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Matt Taibbi: Baltimore, Freddie Gray and How Legal System Covers Up Police Violence

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Jon Schwarz: I.F. Stone’s One Weird Trick to Do Great Journalism

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Robert Scheer: They Know Everything About You

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Zarna Joshi: Seattle Mobilizes to Shut Down Shell Operations to Protest Arctic Oil Drilling

The Port of Seattle has voted to seek the blockade of rigs used by the oil giant Shell for its planned drilling in the Arctic this summer

Paul Jay: Was Baltimore’s Curfew a Dress Rehearsal for Martial Law?

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Noam Chomsky: Science at MIT: From the Cold War to Climate Change

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Henry A. Giroux: On the Struggle for a Cohesive Left

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The Greek social and material crisis has forced many book stores and publishers to close while writers and readers are considering new political ideas

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A call for disciplined protest from a young Baltimore resident

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Norman Finkelstein: Current Realities of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Interview on the alternative media, activism and a host of other related issues

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Students at Harvard University have expanded their blockade of key administration offices while calling on the school to divest from fossil fuels

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“the Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II”

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The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs held a lecture entitled:
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On the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

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Talks over a nuclear deal with Iran are in their final stages

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Interview on a variety of topics

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Presentation by Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University, Toronto

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