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Matt Taibbi: How Wall Street Hedge Funds Are Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers

In his latest article for Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi reports that Wall Street firms are now making millions in profits off of public pension funds nationwide. "Essentially it is a wealth transfer from teachers, cops and firemen to billionaire hedge funders," Taibbi says. "Pension funds are one of the last great, unguarded piles of money Read more…

Popularresistance.org: The Anti-TPP Take Over of the US Trade Representative Building

Below is a video of activists working in the coalition FlushTheTPP.org dropping multiple banners from the US Trade Representatives Building in Washington, DC to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The groups sought to expose the secret negotiations that have been ongoing throughout the five years of the Obama administration and mobilize people concerned about workers, the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Instead of “Illegal” Threat to Syria, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban in All Nations

In a national address from the White House Tuesday night, President Obama announced he is delaying a plan to strike Syria while pursuing a diplomatic effort from Russia for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. However, Obama still threatened to use force against Syria if the plan fails. We Read more…

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Glenn Greenwald: The End of Internet Privacy? Glenn Greenwald on Secret NSA Program to Crack Online Encryption

A new exposé based on the leaks of Edward Snowden has revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. "Encryption is really the system that lets the Internet function as an important commercial instrument all around the world," says Glenn Greenwald of The Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Big Oil Gets Green Light to Explore Ecuadorian Amazon

On August 15, the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, announced that he is abandoning plans for an internationally funded conservation program for the Yasuni National Park. The park, which is located in the Ecuadorian Amazonian rain forest, is recognized as a UNESCO biosphere reserve and is said to contain more species in just one hectare than all Read more…

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Charlene deGuzman: I Forgot My Phone
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Chris Hedges: On Obama Decision to Attack Syria and “Give Congress a Voice”

Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss President Obama's statement that he has decided to attack Syria and seek authorization from Congress . . . Even though he says he doesn't need it

Portside: Wealth Inequality in America

The distribution of wealth in America is way more unequal than we think it is or than we think it should be. These are the real numbers, and they're hard to believe. 

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Sofia Campos: Voices You Should Have Heard

Director of Dream Defenders Phillip Agnew and leader of United We Dream Sofia Campos were ready to represent our generation at the commemorative events of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. But at the last minute, they were cut from the speaking roster because of "time". Our generation's dreams have been deferred too Read more…

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Phillip Agnew: Two Minutes – #OurMarch

Director of Dream Defenders Phillip Agnew and leader of United We Dream Sofia Campos were ready to represent our generation at the commemorative events of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. But at the last minute, they were cut from the speaking roster because of "time". Our generation's dreams have been deferred too Read more…

Tesa Arcilla: Gagging Guardian: UK Govt Threatens Newspaper Over Snowden’s Leaks

This week, the British newspaper which spilled the beans on the NSA and was in turn forced to destroy materials provided by Edward Snowden, came clean on why it gave in to government pressure. The Guardian editor said London threatened legal action to stop the paper from reporting the sensitive leaks altogether, so they agreed Read more…

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Henry A. Giroux: When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination

Ted Asregadoo speaks to Henry A. Giroux – Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and board member of Truthout – about his article on Truthout, "When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto."

RT.com: ‘Ball Of Fire In Middle East’: Tehran, Damascus Warn US Against Syria Strike

Iran has warned the US not to cross “the red line” on Syria threatening it would have “severe consequences” for the White House. This follows a statement from Syrian officials who said a strike would create “very serious fallout” for the whole region. "America knows the limitation of the red line of the Syrian front Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Bradley Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes

Sixty-eight years ago on August 8 was the signing of the Nuremberg Charter, which established the crime of wars against humanity and the whole concept of war crimes. It was signed by all the major Western countries and the Soviet Union. It was signed by the United States. And let me read you a couple of Read more…

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Robert W. Mcchesney: How The Washington Post’s New Owner Aided the CIA, Blocked WikiLeaks & Decimated the Book Industry

The Washington Post announced on Monday the paper had been sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Bezos, one of the world’s wealthiest men, now controls one of the most powerful newspapers in the country. Some critics of the sale have cited Bezos’ close ties to the U.S. government. In 2010, Read more…

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Daniel Ellsberg: How the Pentagon Papers Came to be Published By the Beacon Press Told by Daniel Ellsberg & Others

Forty-one years ago, Beacon Press lost a Supreme Court case brought against it by the U.S. government for publishing the first full edition of the Pentagon Papers. It is now well known how The New York Times first published excerpts of the top-secret documents in June 1971, but less well known is how the Beacon Read more…

Gar Lipow: Pennies for Wendy’s

Tomato workers in Florida face low wages, harsh working conditions, and – on occasion – rape and even slavery. Major tomato buyers including four of the five largest fast food giants have agreed to pay an extra penny a pound on condition growers treat workers with minimal decency. Wendy's is holding out. So we collected Read more…

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Ellen Cantarow: Truthout TV Interviews Ellen Cantarow About the Dangers of Fracking

Ted Asregadoo speaks to journalist Ellen Cantarow, about an interview posted on Truthout featuring Louis W. Allstadt — a former executive with Mobil Oil — on the environmental dangers of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking).

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Chris Hedges: Chris Hedges: As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in the Mainstream – Pt 6 of 7

Chris Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, Read more…

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Cornel West: Obama’s Response to Trayvon Martin Case Belies Failure to Challenge “New Jim Crow”

For a response to President Obama’s comments on the acquittal of George Zimmerman and racism in the United States, we’re joined by Dr. Cornel West, professor at Union Theological Seminary and author of numerous books. On Obama’s remarks comparing himself to Trayvon Martin, West says: "Will that identification hide and conceal the fact there’s a Read more…

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Chris Hedges: “America is a Tinderbox”

On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the American Left bears responsibility for the weakness of the mass movement; Hedges says the gravest mistake of the left is not articulating a viable vision of socialism

Jules Lobel: California Prisoners Challenge Solitary, Jail Conditions with Largest Hunger Strike in State History

Prisoners in California have entered their 10th day of a statewide hunger strike to fight back against what they call inhumane conditions. The prisoners’ demands include a call for adequate and nutritious food, an end to group punishment, and stopping long-term solitary confinement in high-security "special housing units" where more than 3,000 prisoners are held Read more…

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Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA Spying Shows Why U.S. Wants to Silence Edward Snowden

As Congress holds its second major public hearing on the National Security Agency’s bulk spying, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations. The NSA admitted their analysis of phone records and online behavior far exceeded what it had previously disclosed. "The fact that you now see members Read more…

Kali Akuno: Trayvon Martin’s Unpunished Shooting Death Among 100+ Extrajudicial Killings of Unarmed Blacks

According to a recent study, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer is not unique. In "Operation Ghetto Storm," the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) found at least 136 unarmed African Americans were killed by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes in 2012. Overall, one black person was killed in Read more…

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Michelle Alexander: : “Zimmerman Mindset” Endangers Young Black Lives with Poverty, Prison & Murder

"Justice for Trayvon" protests are planned in more than 100 cities this weekend as activists seek federal charges against George Zimmerman and the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws in Florida and dozens of other states. We speak with Michelle Alexander, a law professor at Ohio State University and author of the best-selling book, "The Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Ossington Circle: Episode 2, Jon Elmer on a Generation-long Civil War

The Ossington Circle is an internet talk show hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. This week we have Middle East journalist Jon Elmer, and we discuss the Egyptian Revolution, the Syrian Civil War, and the great powers and their designs in the middle east.

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Glenn Greenwald: Snowden Has ‘Blueprints’ to NSA

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says Former NSA Systems Analyst Edward Snowden has documents that blueprint what the National Security Agency does and how it works. He says these documents prove that everything Snowden leaked is true. 

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Chris Hedges: Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Debate

Edward Snowden's decision to leak a trove of secret documents outlining the NSA's surveillance program has elicited a range of reactions. Among his detractors, he's been called "a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison," (Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker), who's committed "an act of treason," (Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Read more…

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Yasiin Bey: This is America

As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaked document sets out the military instructions, or standard operating procedure, for force-feeding detainees. In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Field Notes on Democracy

Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned Indian author and global justice activist. From her celebrated Booker-Prize winning novel The God of Small Things, to her prolific output of writing on topics ranging from climate change to war, the perils of free-market development in India, and the defense of the poor, Roy's voice has become indispensable to Read more…

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Ali Ahmed: Child Explains Egyptian Revolution In Less Than 3 Minutes

Why have over 20 million Egyptians taken to the streets of Egypt? Though our very own president and most politicians in America would debate the subject over a rather lengthy period of time, 12-year old Ali Ahmed explains quite eloquently this ‘turning of the tide’ in Egypt in less than 3 minutes. If only our Read more…

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Gilbert Achcar: Egyptian Army Ousts Pres. Morsi From Power In Face Of Popular Protests

Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, and is currently Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. His books include The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, published in 13 languages, Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Noam Chomsky, Read more…

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