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US-style livestock farming will not come to the UK, says Michael Gove

on July 21, 2017

Brexit will not spark a move towards US-style agribusiness in the UK, with animal welfare and environmental standards eroded, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said yesterday. His comments came after the Bureau revealed there were now 800 US-style ?mega farms? across the country, part of a 26% rise in intensive livestock farming over the last six […]

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Now It?s Time for Tax Cuts ? and Republicans Are More Divided Than Ever

on July 21, 2017

When presidents fail, it creates a snowball effect. George W. Bush couldn?t privatize Social Security and his legislative agenda never recovered. Bill Clinton?s abandonment of health care reform led it to tackle small-ball measures. Both were punished by voters for their failures in the next midterm, losing control of Congress and the ability to get […]

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Kaboom Town

on July 21, 2017

COLFAX, Louisiana ? Two years ago, the U.S. military had an embarrassment on its hands: A stockpile of aging explosives blew up at a former Army ammunition plant in Minden, Louisiana, sending a cloud of debris 7,000 feet into the sky. Bombs in Our Backyard This story is part of a series examining the Pentagon?s […]

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In Colfax, Echoes of Another Conflict

on July 21, 2017

COLFAX, Louisiana ? Early one evening, I went out for a run. I took a route out by Lake Iatt, passing through acre after acre of logged land, trailer homes and lush green farms. It was an easy out and back, but as I rounded the last corner, I was alarmed by clouds of black […]

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The politics of nudity as feminist protest ? from Ukraine to Tunisia

on July 21, 2017

Frontline activists, including women who use their topless bodies as political statements, are gathering in London to deplore threats to free expression worldwide. FEMEN activists. Photo: Jacob Khrist.Such are the risks to some frontline activists who have dared to challenge religious orthodoxies around the world that an international conference on Free Expression and Conscience, 22-23 […]

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Democracy Now! 2017-07-21 Friday

on July 21, 2017

Democracy Now! 2017-07-21 Friday Headlines for July 21, 2017 Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS Has Jared Kushner’s Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump’s Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis? Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators As Trump Touts […]

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White House Aide Says U.S. Not Seeking Immediate Ouster Of Syria's Assad

on July 20, 2017

The United States won’t insist on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate ouster as it seeks a political settlement of the country’s six-year civil war, President Donald Trump’s counterterrorism adviser said on July 20. “I don’t think it’s important for us to say Assad must go first,” Tom Bossert said at the Aspen Security Forum in […]

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Insurance Fixes

on July 20, 2017

John Jonik is a magazine and political cartoonist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His magazine work has appeared over the years in The New York Times, National Lampoon, Audubon, The New Yorker, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, the Readers’ Digest and Mad Magazine. His political work has appeared in Z Magazine, Earth First! Journal, The Ecologist, Funny Times, many […]

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North and South Korea Want a Peace Treaty: The US Must Join Them

on July 20, 2017

People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station on July 4, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers’ ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like […]

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Defending Public Schools, Demonstrators Greet Betsy DeVos at ALEC Annual Meeting

on July 20, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met by hundreds of protesters in Denver on Thursday, where she spoke at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Demonstrations outside the Hyatt Regency included teachers and parents who disapprove of DeVos’s agenda, particularly voucher programs (also known by the innocuous-sounding term “school choice”), a […]

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Proposed Law Seeks to Reform System That Jails People Just for Being Poor

on July 20, 2017

Civil liberties and criminal justice reform groups are celebrating the introduction of a new bill in the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would overhaul the nation’s money bail system which critics have long decried for incarcerating people regardless of guilt or innocence but simply because of their inability to pay. Introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris […]

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Human Rights Watch Delegation To Visit Uzbekistan

on July 20, 2017

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) delegation will visit Uzbekistan for the first time since its office was suspended in the Central Asian country in July 2011. HRW Central Asia researcher Steve Sverdlow told RFE/RL on July 19 that Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov stated on July 17 at a meeting of the EU-Uzbekistan council in […]

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Lies and the Lying Lobbyists Who Tell Them

on July 20, 2017

The greatest problem in Washington is not polarization but lying. The legislative machinery has ground to a halt not because of the great divide between liberals and conservatives but because of the great divide between the lobbyists and the people. The lobbyists want things that are against the public interest, and they use lies and […]

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