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Like many preteens prescribed heavy-duty amphetamines, I had difficulty sleeping. This manifested in a variety of ways, but the most common was sneaking out of my room to watch my favorite late-night channel, The Weather Channel, until I passed out from exhaustion on my family’s Southwestern-patterned sofa. (For an experience enhancer while reading this essay, […]

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The Trickster King and the Erudite Literalist

April 20, 2019           |                                       

“The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship from Pantheon”Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar “The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship” A book by Alex Beam A tribunal of the literary gods could not have selected two more mismatched friends than Edmund Wilson and […]

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Parents Who Starved and Shackled Children Get Life Sentence

April 19, 2019           |                                       

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison. Since being freed from their prison-like home more than a year ago, the […]

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Posted by Arnold Isaacs at 8:03am, April 16, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Typical of last week’s news when it came to immigration and the U.S. border was a Soviet-style “purge” of the Department of Homeland Security, or to cite another grimly appropriate word, as an unnamed official of the Department of Homeland Security did […]

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Democratic presidential candidates, led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, spoke out forcefully in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar this weekend, after the president of the United States risked inciting violence against the Muslim Congresswoman by endorsing the false claim that she downplayed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Ilhan Omar is a leader with […]

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Baba Aye discusses the protests in Algeria, the colonial legacy that still shapes the country’s politics today, and the decision of independence hero Bouteflika to step down The post Arab Spring Arrives Late in Algeria: New Elections Called appeared first on The Real News Network.

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The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. Government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to criminalize […]

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Trump Tramples on Bedrock Environmental Laws in Service to Big Oil

April 10, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON – Today, President Trump announced two executive orders aimed at speeding approvals of oil and gas infrastructure proposals. In response, David Turnbull, Strategic Campaigns Director with Oil Change U.S., issued the following statement: “Today, President Trump has taken a jackhammer to two of our bedrock environmental laws, the Clean Water Act and the National […]

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The 22nd Unity4J online vigil for Julian Assange will take place at 4 pm EST on Friday with special guests. Watch it live here. In addition to journalist Cassandra Fairbanks, who will discuss her bombshell report from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, we are scheduled to be joined today by CIA torture whistleblower John […]

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