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Even critics understate how catastrophically bad the Hillary Clinton-led NATO bombing of Libya was

The NY Times reports on Clinton’s war leadership don’t go far enough. Hillary’s disaster in Libya should haunt her<p>The New York Times published two lengthy pieces this week detailing Hillary Clinton's role in the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya. Both are important documents, and provide much insight into …

Human Rights

The government just admitted it will use smart home devices for spying

Many consumers are wholly unaware that the smart devices making their home more custom and responsive are making data that can be hacked or collected<p>If you want evidence that US intelligence agencies aren’t losing surveillance abilities because of the rising use of encryption by tech companies, …

Surveillance

Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.<p>• Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global …

Employment

Millions of people are being starved to death as food is used as a weapon across the Middle East

Millions of people across countries like Syria, Yemen and Iraq are gripped by hunger, struggling to survive with little help from the outside world. Children suffer from severe malnutrition, their parents often having to beg or sell possessions to get basic commodities including water, medicine and …

Middle East

Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it’s been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that their ability to track suspects using new technologies is under threat because of growing use of …

Surveillance

Dover Protest Turns Violent As Far Right Clashes With Anti-Fascist Demonstrators

A confrontation over immigration between the far right and anti-fascists in Dover has turned violent.<p>Hundreds of police struggled to keep the two …

Rights & Freedoms

NATO may start using military tactics to try and combat Russian propaganda

Both NATO and the European Union are concerned by Russia's ability to use television and the Internet to project what they say is deliberate disinformation. The EU set up a special unit last year to counter what it considers overt propaganda.<p>Draft NATO proposals seen by Reuters set out how military …

Russia

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K

The architecture students at Auburn University's Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, thanks to their initiative called the 20K Project. The undergraduate program advocates for social justice through architecture, and to demonstrate this, students have created …

Architecture

They’re still lying about Ronald Reagan: What Trump, Cruz and the GOP field won’t tell you about Reaganomics

We know the results of Reagan’s tax and spending policies. So why do GOP presidential candidates keep pushing them?<p>Every candidate in the GOP presidential race is running on the same economic platform: slash taxes, slash spending, slash regulation. It’s the Republicans' special formula, guaranteed …

Income Inequality

Ask Ethan: Is The Universe Itself Alive?

You’ve seen the analogies before: how atoms are like solar systems, how the large-scale structure of the Universe are like neurons in a human brain, and how there’s the interesting coincidence that the number of stars in a galaxy, galaxies in the Universe, atoms in a cell, and cells in a living …

Self-awareness

Pass the dogfish nuggets? Seafood industry rebrands 'trash'

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Call them fish sticks for millennials. At any rate, Dana Bartholomew is banking on college students warming up to "Sharck Bites."<p>Ipswich Shellfish, of Massachusetts, for which Bartholomew oversees sales, is offering that product — nuggets of dogfish coated in a gluten-free, …

Rhode Island

Theodore Roosevelt used this productivity trick to get more done in a couple hours than most people do in a day

Theodore Roosevelt, widely regarded by political scholars as one of the greatest American presidents, was also one of the most prolific.<p>Before becoming the country's youngest president at age 42 following President William McKinley's assassination in 1901, Roosevelt had already served as police …

Time Management

Dying Whales, Horrific Omen

Earth's ailing oceans are witnessing a shocking trend - dying whales.<p><i>Beached sperms whales along Dutch island of Texel in second week of Jan. 2016. Photo credit: washingtonpost.com</i><p>My colleagues at Baylor University, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institute perfected a …

Whales

Noam Chomsky: The problem with US politics is the spectrum is “center to extreme — way off the spectrum — right”

There’s no such thing as American exceptionalism, he argued, it’s just normal imperial practice<p>In an interview with Abby Martin, renowned linguist and political theorist Noam Chomsky discussed the shift in American politics and its impact on the nation's foreign policy.<p>"The spectrum is broad, but …

Political Science

Our George Orwell/Noam Chomsky paradox: Let’s decipher the doublethink media and government peddles about U.S. foreign policy

Our policies and actions routinely go against our oft-stated ideals. Here’s how to examine the lies and spin<p>Despite what politicians say, understanding U.S. foreign policy is much more difficult than applying a black and white, good and evil, us versus them approach. To begin to comprehend the maze …

Middle East

Economic apartheid: Explosive report shows how rich Americans have their own “private tax system that saves them billions”

The U.S. tax system is essentially regressive, and rich elites use the money they save to buy political influence<p>A system of governance in which different segments of society live under distinct sets of laws is an apartheid regime. An explosive report by The New York Times shows how the U.S. is …

Middle-class

The Illusion of Freedom

This deception will exist as long as we “stay in our place.” Once we call out power for what it is, once we resist, the chimera will vanish. The iron …

Bernie Sanders

Israel warns Brazil faces diplomatic downgrade unless it accepts settler as ambassador

Israel warns ties may suffer if Brasilia does not accept nominee Dani Dayan, a former head of the Jewish settlement movement<p>Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has led to a standoff with Israel now warning it could downgrade diplomatic relations.<p>The …

Israel

The truth is rushing out there: why conspiracy theories spread faster than ever

From 9/11 to the Paris attacks, from Ebola to Isis, every major global event attracts a corresponding counter-narrative from the ‘truthers’, some so all-encompassing that they take over people’s lives. Are our brains wired to believe, as a new book argues? And could such thinking actually be …

Critical Thinking

2015: The year Russia told America 'enough'

In an age when diplomats regularly correspond with each other behind the cold cover of firewalls and Twitter accounts, Moscow’s method of informing …

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

Physics

They are as dangerous as Donald Trump: The monstrous foreign-policy lie that goes unreported by the mainstream media

Obama, Hillary, Cheney and others pretend Trump has gone too far, while themselves guiding murderous policies<p>Here is a good thought experiment: Would you rather a country bar you from entry or have that country bomb your house?<p>This question has not occurred to President Obama, Hillary Clinton, the …

Political Science

French police don't hesitate to use broad new emergency powers

It was a typical Saturday night at the Pepper Grill, a halal burger and Tex-Mex restaurant in the Parisian suburb of St.-Ouen-l'Aumone. Staff were busy serving customers when police in full body armor, carrying rifles and riot shields, poured into the sleek red dining room.<p>Video from the …

Military Industrial Complex and GOP Plans To Rob Taxpayers and Bankrupt America

Apparently, there are Americans who hate the idea of contributing to the general welfare of the United States, what George Washington called “<i>the</i> …

Edward Snowden meets Arundhati Roy and John Cusack: ‘He was small and lithe, like a house cat’

The Indian novelist recalls an extraordinary encounter in a Moscow hotel with the NSA whistleblower<p>The Moscow Un-Summit wasn’t a formal interview. Nor was it a cloak-and-dagger underground rendezvous. The upshot is that John Cusack, Daniel Ellsberg (who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam …

Surveillance

“Sorry we killed your family”: We are the terrorists in the Middle East, and our compliant media will never tell the truth

The real Middle East terrorists? Look in the mirror. We’ll never face it, because the media won’t level with us<p>As the great American lawyer and statesman John Adams noted, “facts are stubborn things.”<p>Anybody paying attention to the facts regarding the U.S. bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres …

War
Universe

Why No One Will Implement the Best Solution to Economic Stagnation

The other day, something remarkable happened. One of the most beloved brands in the world attributed its poor results not to competition, innovation, or talent…but to flat incomes. The average person, Hershey said, was simply too poor to keep buying its products, and so allow the company to …

Economics

The man who made America: Reason, religion and the brilliant mind of John Locke

There will be no lack of odes to colonial America today. Let’s also remember the man whose ideas made it possible<p>After his triumphant return to London, John Locke’s theory of the mind gradually spread, as did his views on the processes of thought, consciousness, delusion, and the capacity of reason …