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10 ways America can stop terrorizing its citizens (and the rest of the world)

We refuse to think of ourselves as barbaric, and yet our War on Terror is exactly that. It’s time we put it to rest<p>Dear American Patriot,<p>I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start …

American exceptionalism is a sick joke

Endless incarceration. Extrajudicial killing. Pervasive surveillance. America is anything but a model democracy<p>"The sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation’s leader can defy the law to serve the greater good. Though …

‘The Crusades Were Great, Actually!’

The right-wing hysteria following President Obama’s remarks has revealed a shocking belief held by many Christian conservatives: that the Crusades …

Why I Don't Want You to Feed My Children

Life for my kids is very different than when I was growing up. I won't even count the ways. But I will tell you that I've had it with snacks. It is impossible in this country to go more than two hours without someone offering my children a snack. Notes come home from school reminding me to pack a …

The US has no excuse not to prosecute CIA torturers

Ever since the US Senate’s devastating report into the CIA interrogation practices, which concluded the agency’s conduct amounted to torture, the …

Guantanamo guard: 'CIA killed prisoners, made it look like suicide'

A former Guantanamo Bay prison guard and Marine explained in details what makes him believe three problematic detainees were killed at CIA black site …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Heart Rates

The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault

It’s the end of the world as they know it. So why do evangelicals worry so much?<p>Say “evangelical Christian,” and most people will probably think of …

Religion

Foxtrot Alpha - Explaining The Hows And Whys Of Modern Defense

When the HMMWV, AKA the Humvee, AKA the military version of the Hummer, first came out, people thought it was unstoppable. Then the wars of …

Military

We’re putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the exploding new American secularism

Religious right extremism, new atheists & late-night mockery have religion on the run. American secularism’s rising<p>What is going on? How do we explain this recent wave of secularization that is washing over so much of America?<p>The answer to these questions is actually much less theological or …

Is the U.S. really against torture? It can be hard to tell

The Great Debate<p>« Previous Post<p>Documents raise fresh questions about thalidomide criminal trial<p>Next Post »<p>Time for a ‘melt-up': The coming global boom<p>877 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is …

Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club

This year, 108 experts, historians and political analysts from 25 countries, including 62 foreign participants, took part in the club’s work.<p>The …

Is America Governable?

The world seems a right mess! Ebola is wreaking havoc in West Africa. Spillover effects are more than likely to expand geographically, not lessen. The Islamic State threatens to control Iraq and Syria with a perverted ideology that in evilness approaches and may surpass the Nazis during World War …

America’s conspiracy mania: Why Ebola and 9/11 truthers reflect a tortured history

From 9/11 to McCarthyism, we have a long history of conspiracy theories — and government acts have encouraged them<p>Hey, did you hear that President Obama purposefully allowed Ebola to enter the United States so America will be more like Africa?<p>That’s what conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly said …

Gitmo “Team Leader” in Slahi Torture Sued for Framing Innocent Chicago Man for Murder - Shadowproof

CommunityFDL Main Blog<p>03 Nov 2014<p>Guantanamo Bay Cuba<p><i>Two worlds of governmental crime. Both involve the imprisonment of innocent men. The article that</i> …

Must-see morning clip: John Oliver reveals the true reason why this year’s elections are so important

“All those conspiracy theories about a shadow government are actually true”<p>John Oliver pointed out the races we're <i>not</i> paying attention to during the midterm elections: The ones for state legislatures. While everyone worries about the "do nothing Congress," state legislative bodies are passing a lot …

Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus

Even as they profess to spread his word, fundamentalists are forgetting Jesus’ most important message<p><b>Jesus never could have been the pastor of a contemporary evangelical church nor a conservative Roman Catholic bishop.</b> Evangelicals and conservative Roman Catholics thrive on drawing distinctions …

7 countries where college is free

<b>(Shutterstock/Minerva Studio)</b><p>Looking to escape the skyrocketing cost of higher education? If you’re willing to leave the U.S., options abound<p>Zaid Jilani<p>November 2, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The cost of college tuition has skyrocketed, with huge increases over the …

Scott Walker’s minimum wage farce: Why he’s determined to keep it down

The governor’s administration insists $7.25 is a “living wage.” Its source is the state’s restaurant lobby<p>Under pressure to raise his state's minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so. Low-wage workers had filed a complaint charging that the …

The right’s sham Christianity: How an attack on John Kasich exposes the fraud

Ohio’s GOP governor was the darling of the right — until he sought to help poor people, in the name of Christ<p>Could Republican Gov. John Kasich run for president? According to the Washington Post, he’s poised to, and he certainly seems to be among the better options out there, with the other obvious …