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How Our Government Is Trying to Scare Us into Submitting to Corporate Dominance Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The FBI's surveillance of Occupy is an explicit warning by the security services to all who consider dissent. READ MORE»

How the Conservative Movement Cons Its Naive Followers Out of Their Cash Alex Pareene, Salon

The most prominent conservative organizations in the nation are primarily dedicated to separating conservatives from their money. READ MORE»

5 Most Terrifying Things About the Likely New CIA Head John Brennan Alex Kane, AlterNet

President Obama tapped a man for the top CIA post who has supported drone strikes, torture and extraordinary rendition. READ MORE»

Austerity Disaster: Hurricane Sandy Victims Thrown to Lending Sharks and Privatized "Relief" By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt blog

Disaster victims are now expected to shoulder relief expenses that used to be shared publicly. READ MORE»

The Secret Sex Lives of Christian Women By Jia Tolentino, The Hairpin

There’s something sexual about the way that some churches present the idea of God to young Christians, particularly women. READ MORE»

Was Fiscal Cliff Deal a Stinker, or Did Obama Win One? By Joshua Holland, Michael Tomasky, AlterNet

Mike Tomasky of the Daily Beast and AlterNet's Joshua Holland have very different views on the question. READ MORE»

Debt! How Human Beings Become Enslaved to Powerful Interests By Jeffery Atik, Los Angeles Review of Books

David Graeber's "Debt: The First 5,000 Years" traces the history of debt in human relationships, exploring the complex power dynamics at play. READ MORE»

Weird Science: Siberian Psychologists Caning Patients "On the Buttocks" in New Addiction Treatment The Fix

Siberian psychologists are taking a hair-raising approach to helping people with addiction: literally beating it out of them. READ MORE»

Homeless in Suburbia By David McKay Wilson, Teaching Tolerance

As more suburban students face homelessness, schools have a crucial role to play in ensuring their safety and fair treatment. READ MORE»

America’s Craziest Sheriff Sends Armed Posses to Arizona Schools By Annie-Rose Strasser, Think Progress


Joe Arpaio has thought of less friendly uses for firearms in his recent past. Back in November, the sheriff decided to arm his deputies with automatic weapons to stop “illegal aliens” “attempting to escape” his county. READ MORE»

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Gordon Campbell: On How Obama’s Supreme Court Choice Says Everything (Bad) About His Presidency

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes misfire and turn out to be liberals in disguise (David Souter). Yet Obama has consistently skipped over the judicially qualified liberals and gone for a succession of centrists... More>>

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Turkey: UN Secretary-General On The Terrorist Bombing In Ankara

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Ankara earlier today. According to the latest reports, the explosion in the Kizilay district killed and wounded dozens of people. More>>

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Five Years On: Fukushima And New Zealand

Science Media Centre: It was the worst nuclear event since Chernobyl. In the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a crippled Japanese nuclear powerplant went into meltdown, and the world watched as emergency workers scrambled to shut down and contain the reactors. More>>

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UNICEF: 1 In 3 Syrian Children Has Grown Up Knowing Only Crisis

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011. More>>

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Franklin Lamb: Syria’s Truce Bodes Well For Salvaging Our Cultural Heritage

The tentative cessation of hostilities in Syria, which came into effect on 2/28/2016, brokered by Washington and Moscow, is only in its second week... It is well documented that there have been daily incidents of artillery shelling, airstrikes and clashes. Yet, for the nearly 12 million displaced civilians, half of Syria’s population, it’s a much welcomed respite. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Rubio’s Last Stand (And Sleater-Kinney)

Well, it certainly was entertaining to watch Rubio succeed in getting under Donald Trump’s skin the other day, in the last debate before tomorrow’s Super Tuesday multi-state sweepstakes... The real killer for Rubio was that the most recent poll from Florida which shows him losing his home state to Trump by a huge margin in the primary due on March 15. More>>

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