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The White House on April 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Dear House Democrats, You told us to be patient. You told us to be cautious. You told us to wait for Robert Mueller. Well, the time for waiting is over. And the moment for impeachment hearings has arrived. Forget the mendacious […]

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Posted by Belle Chesler at 7:50am, April 18, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Who even remembers? After all, it happened in ancient times. November 9, 2016, to be exact, at newly elected president Donald Trump’s victory rally, when he so memorably said, “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, […]

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Iran Parliament Votes to Blacklist US CENTCOM as Terrorists

April 16, 2019           |                                       

n a 204-2 vote, Iran’s parliament approved a bill Tuesday that would add US Central Command (CENTCOM) to the government’s terrorist blacklist. The bill calls on the Iranian government to “act firmly” in response to US terrorist actions, and use all legal, political, and diplomatic means necessary. Since vote formalizes a move that the Iranian […]

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If you’re curious about the future of American conservatism, a good person to consider might be Ben Shapiro. The thirty-five-year-old conservative author hosts one of the country’s most popular podcasts, and clips from his frequent television appearances and public speeches have racked up millions of views on YouTube. In debate appearances, which Shapiro doesn’t shy […]

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Police crackdown on striking oilworkers in Zhanaozen, December 2012. Source: YouTube / 666crang. According to Eurasianet, the government’s departure betrayed “anxiety over growing public discontent” as the then-President “appears to have recognised the potential for sentiments to escalate and has sought to staunch the damage by firing the government en masse.” While the government was […]

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ProPublica and Partners Win Pulitzer Prize for MS-13 Coverage

April 15, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Get our best stories as soon as they are published. The Pulitzer Prize Board announced Monday that three articles in ProPublica’s “Trapped in Gangland” series on MS-13 by reporter Hannah Dreier won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The winning stories were jointly published […]

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This article is part of a Three years on, it is clear that these austerity policies are not succeeding. In 2018, GDP was 5% lower than in 2014, and unemployment has increased from 4.8% in 2014 to 12.3% in 2018. Despite steep budget cuts, the fiscal deficit and the public debt have increased due to […]

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HRW Warns Against New Russian Move To Crack Down On Freedom Of Expression, Assembly

April 15, 2019           |                                       

The Russian government is developing a draft law that will “further jeopardize” freedom of expression and assembly in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned. The bill, if adopted, would enable the authorities to “freeze the bank accounts of people who donate to or finance protests that are deemed unlawful,” the New York-based human […]

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Grim Britain

April 15, 2019           |                                       

If the whole ghastly debacle over Brexit has proven anything at all it’s how totally unfit for purpose the British parliament is. For those of us who have known that for a long time and campaigned vigorously for many years for its complete reformation this comes as no surprise. The whole shambolic system of Britain’s […]

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Two weeks ago, the Intercept, in partnership with Sentient Media, a new media company devoted to the issue of animal rights, launched the debut episode of our eight-part video series covering all aspects of the animal rights movement: political, economic, environmental, cultural, racial, labor and public health. That debut episode was devoted to a discussion of why […]

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Mystery Killer Spans the Globe

April 13, 2019           |                                       

Public health experts have been warning for decades that overuse of antibiotics reduces the effectiveness of drugs that cure bacterial infections. At least 2,000,000 Americans get antibiotic-resistant infections per year. Notably, gluttonous overuse of antimicrobial drugs to combat bacteria and fungi via hospitals, clinics, and farms is backfiring and producing superbugs or “Nightmare Bacteria,” which […]

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This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The views expressed are those of the author’s only, and are not necessarily representative of either organisation. In recent years Counter Balance has explored the new wave of large-scale infrastructure projects financed all over the world […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The American war against Iraq was among the more idiotic and gratuitous slaughters in human history. It was premised on lies, prosecuted by criminals and fools, outsourced to professional murderers and it isn’t over. In addition to those murdered directly and indirectly in the war, several million refugees were scattered […]

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This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The views expressed are those of the author’s only, and are not necessarily representative of either organisation. The consequences of IMF and World bank policies have been traumatic for the people of South. They have increased […]

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First, members of the Council should not take the public forgranted. In the UK, remainers called the Brexit referendum because they thought that the public was on their side. Leavers are now making the same mistake, assuming that the public will still follow them when Brexit starts to squeeze their pockets and complicate personal lives […]

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