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Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced a plan to “green” the U.S. military. After cataloguing some of the threats to our “readiness” posed by climate change—including floods and hurricanes compromising Air Force bases—the proposal quickly pivots to the “thousands of people [forced] to migrate from their homes,” conflating the fates of the most vulnerable […]

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Soviet-Era Rock Star's Monument In Almaty Used To Express Protest

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Unidentified persons have attached a bilingual cardboard sign to the statue of Soviet-era rock star Viktor Tsoi in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, in an apparent gesture of protest ahead of a snap presidential election. The sign, reading “Changes” in Russian and “Kazakh spring” in Kazakh, was spotted attached to the statue’s right hand early on […]

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Facing War-Weary Base, Trump Shifting to a More Diplomatic Approach

May 29, 2019           |                                       

Despite trying to give the appearance of boundless confidence in his foreign policy, President Trump appears very aware that a lot of Americans, including parts of his political base, are profoundly uncomfortable with the war-mongering tone of recent months. Between Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, the US has seemed on the brink of a huge […]

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We urgently need to wean ourselves off our addictive consumption, to stop identifying with the system that is killing us, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net I don’t write much directly about climate collapse, even though by any measure it is by far the most important issue any of us will face in our lifetimes. […]

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'An Electoral Maidan': Hope And Change, Ukrainian-Style, Vaults Zelenskiy Into Presidency

April 21, 2019           |                                       

In the end, it was a demand for radical change and broad disappointment with the incumbent that vaulted a comedian who played Ukraine’s president on television into the real thing. Volodymyr Zelenskiy rode these sentiments, political analysts and sociologists say, to what was shaping up to be an unprecedented landslide victory over President Petro Poroshenko […]

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It's All Academics When It Comes To North Macedonian Vote

April 20, 2019           |                                       

Imagine an election campaign run among candidates who aren’t politicians. Macedonians can. As an April 21 presidential vote approaches, the race between three candidates, all academics and none career politicians, has been dominated by debate on issues such as integration into Western structures. In a country where previous election campaigns have been marked by violence, […]

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