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Noam Chomsky on Anarchism, Communism and Revolutions

As global capitalism, with neoliberalism being a necessary accompaniment, has covered now the entire globe, it is extremely useful to revisit some of …

America: What Happened? A Sneak Preview of the "Other" Twilight Saga

(Courtesy: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)In <b>Why America Failed</b>, cultural historian Morris Berman completes his trilogy on the decline of a nation by tapping …

Foreign Policy

The VICE News Guide to the Panama Papers | VICE News

Mossack Fonseca, a law firm headquartered in Panama City, Panama, has spent the past 40 years helping the world's richest and most powerful citizens hide their money. On Sunday, exactly who they helped — and how — was laid bare thanks to a massive leak of 11.5 million confidential documents dubbed …

Break up The Banks, Says The Fed's New Guy

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s newest policymaker and a former point man for the government’s bailout of the financial industry on Tuesday called on …

The phony in American politics: how voters turn into suckers

<i>Then I’ll get on my knees and pray</i><i>We don’t get fooled again.</i><b>The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again</b><p>For most of history we had an excuse. Emperors, pharaohs, czars, kings, queens, sultans, sheiks, they descended on us via peremptory power structures and the vagaries of genetics. If the king was a …

U.S. Politics

Cards Against Humanity Has Made Over $54K Selling Nothing On Black Friday

While chain stores everywhere are trying to get you to buy things in their physical and online marketplaces, one brand decided to sell absolutely nothing.<p>For $5 a pop.<p>That’s right. The group behind the amazing and legendary card game Cards Against Humanity put nothing but a black screen and form to …

Cards Against Humanity

Forget Mannatech, Ben Carson Embraces White Supremacists

At the widely-panned CNBC debate, much of the chatter around Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, had to do with his questionable relationship to a shady multilevel marketing organization called Mannatech. The company peddles nutritional products backed by, at best, highly dubious science. The …

Talking to Teenagers in Beirut About What 9/11 Means to Them

I spent the 14th anniversary of 9/11 asking kids born around the time of the attacks what they think about the day we will never forget.<p>September 11, 2001, was a pivotal moment in America's understanding of the Middle East. Every teenager in the United States has grown up with the legacy of that …

Ashley Madison Hackers Speak Out: 'Nobody Was Watching'

The company's security was bad, the hackers say.<p>For the past week, international media has reported on the hack of extramarital site Ashley Madison and its parent company Avid Life Media, which has affected potentially tens of millions of site users, as well as spewed the alleged source code of the …

Women Killed Alongside Mexican Photojournalist Were Tortured and Raped | VICE News

The women who were killed alongside photojournalist Ruben Espinosa showed signs that they were tortured and raped before their deaths after an all-night party among friends in a middle-class section of Mexico City, authorities and one witness said.<p>Rodolfo Rios Garza, Mexico City's attorney general, …

Fake, Drug-Test-Foiling Dicks Are a Growing Business in Queensland

You need to be clean for 72 hours to give a drug-free urine sample. Unless you have a fake dick and pee, then you can do whatever you want.<p>Miners in Queensland are using prosthetic penises and synthetic urine to beat drug tests. The trend comes as mines are moving away from saliva testing in favor …

This Is How the Islamic State Manufactures Child Militants | VICE News

Ever since Islamist rebels newly in control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria declared themselves the Islamic State (IS) last year, children have featured prominently in the group's infamous propaganda.<p>IS militants have filmed kids watching public beheadings, training in hand-to-hand combat, firing …

Rebel Soldiers Hold the Buffer Zone: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 109) | VICE News

Caught between Ukrainian government forces and the pro-Russia separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic, the village of Shyrokyne in the Donetsk region has seen on and off fighting for several months. Despite a ceasefire being declared in mid-February, shelling and sniper fire continue to rain …

What It Was Like to Glimpse John Nash's Beautiful Mind

While finishing my dissertation at Princeton, I had the distinct pleasure of taking a seminar with John Nash. If you've read the book or seen the movie, <i>A Beautiful Mind</i>, you'll know that Nash suffered from schizophrenia and this seminar was one of his first appearances since having brought that …

Exclusive: Inside Washington's Quest to Bring Down Edward Snowden | VICE News

A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to "damage" former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's "credibility in the press and the court of public opinion."<p>That's according to declassified government documents obtained exclusively by VICE …

Ron Paul investment ad predicts currency crisis, civil unrest

<i>Ron Paul at the launch of Rand Paul’s presidential campaign in Louisville last month. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)</i><p>While Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul …

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Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray's Death | VICE News

The six Baltimore police officers who have been charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray turned themselves in on Friday afternoon. They have since posted bond.<p>"No one in our city is above the law," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said during a press conference earlier in the …

Nevada's Lake Mead Is at Its Lowest Level Ever — and Federal Authorities Say It's Going to Get Worse | VICE News

<i>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here.</i><p>California's record-breaking drought — the worst in over a thousand years — has captured headlines. But across the western United States, high temperatures and meager amounts of snowfall are causing …

Riots in Baltimore: National Guard 'On the Ground' With City in State of Emergency | VICE News

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard on Monday in response to riots and looting that escalated in Baltimore on the afternoon of Freddie Gray's funeral, according to a statement from his office.<p>"I have not made this decision lightly," Hogan …

Mayhem Erupts in Baltimore at Protests Over Freddie Gray Death | VICE News

Hours after Baltimore police promised "deep, systemic changes in the culture" of their department to protesters upset over the death of Freddie Gray, waves of violence and looting shook the city.<p>Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said that demonstrations and marches were peaceful until …

The End of Ebola: Inside the Race to Finish Vaccine Trials in Liberia | VICE News

It's barely 8am in Monrovia but the air is already thick. Motorbikes roar through the crowded streets of the Liberian capital's New Kru Town neighborhood. Dozens of men and women sit along rows of wooden benches in an open-air section at the back of the public Redemption Hospital. Jacob Choko is …

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Yemen Betrays US Military Decline in a Chaotic Middle East

The last time a significant Arab coalition came together with great resolve and fiery rhetoric, the target was Israel in 1967. The outcome was a decisive victory for Israel and global humiliation for the chaotic coalition.<p>Forty-eight years later, a new coalition led by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia …