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Who needs a Constitution anyway? Donald Trump sets the First Amendment on fire

The founding fathers probably had Trump in mind when drafting the Bill of Rights as he looks to persecute Muslims<p>The day before Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” he cited political correctness as a serious contributing factor to the San …

I used to laugh off Donald Trump: As a Muslim, a U.S. citizen and a veteran, I’m not laughing anymore

The first time our government fingerprinted me, it was for a post-9/11 registry. The second was for the Army<p>In six months, Donald Trump has gone from a sputtering brat and a punch line on the fringes of the American political scene to a legitimate contender for our highest office. Trump has …

Donald Trump

6 keys to understanding ISIS’ barbaric brand of nihilism

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It really believes it is the agent of the coming apocalypse<p>The latest terrorist attacks by ISIS have changed the 2016 presidential race, sparking a range of predictable reactions across the partisan spectrum, from "Fortress America” stances …

This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you

We talk democracy, then overthrow elected governments and prop up awful regimes. Let’s discuss the actual history<p>The soi-disant Land of the Free and Home of the Brave has a long and iniquitous history of overthrowing democratically elected leftist governments and propping up right-wing dictators in …

States cannot refuse refugees, but they can make it difficult

<b>(CNN) —</b> A wave of governors -- mostly Republicans -- issued a cascade of press releases Monday voicing objections to Syrian refugees landing their states, following the Paris attacks.<p>Experts say that while the states may not have the legal authority to block their borders, state agencies have …

Immigration

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

ECONOMY Canada’s immigration lab: What the country can learn from PEI Subscriber content<p>TRADE Ottawa triggers NAFTA’s Chapter 19 to appeal U.S. import duties<p>Opinion Canada can win at trade – even if NAFTA dies Subscriber content<p>CANNABIS Shoppers Drug Mart signs marijuana supply deal with Tilray …

Why There Hasn’t Been Another Benghazi

While a House committee tries to pin the 2012 tragedy on Hillary Clinton, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service has moved on to even …

“Every president has been manipulated by national security officials”: David Talbot exposes America’s “deep state”

From World War II though JFK, “The Devil’s Chessboard” explores how Allen Dulles used the CIA as a tool of elites<p>This year’s best spy thriller isn’t fiction – it’s history. David Talbot’s previous book, the bestseller “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years” explored Robert F. Kennedy’s …

Sheriff Hanlin Is the Kim Davis of Gun Control

Ideas, beliefs and actions have always been more inherently dangerous than inert firearms. But guns in action are dangerous, too often deadly and never benign. Guns can reside in museums or family collections as historic, revered, artistic and seductive tools that generate wonderment, respect, …

It’s not just about guns: What the gun control debate exposes — and threatens — in our toxic white male culture of violence

America loves its firearms—but they’re just the tip of the dysfunctional iceberg<p>The “school shooting” is now as American as apple pie. Though school shootings have occurred in other countries, the US excels at them. In the wake of last week’s school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, …

The American Pope

Francis may be the first pontiff from the New World, but heirs to St. Peter’s throne have long loomed large in the American imagination.<p>When the chartered Alitalia jet known as “Shepherd One” touches down in Maryland this week, Pope Francis will become just the fourth leader of the Roman Catholic …

Christianity

The remarkable life of Carly Fiorina, tech CEO turned presidential candidate

Despite her lack of political chops, she's a businesswoman who cut her teeth in tech before joining John McCain on the campaign trail as an advisor.<p>Here's a look at her life from tech trainee to a presidential hopeful.

Government

George Takei on How Kim Davis Violated the First Amendment

The Kentucky clerk and her supporters ignore the Constitution’s Establishment Clause—which prohibits anyone from forcing their own religious views on …

Former CIA director under Obama: 'Someone needs to lose their job' if reports about ISIS intelligence are true

According to a report from The Daily Beast, more than 50 intelligence analysts at Centcom have formally complained that reports on the Islamic State and the Nusra Front— Al Qaeda's Syria branch — have been repeatedly altered by senior intelligence officials to fit with the Obama administration's …

National Security

'There is no silver bullet': Isis, al-Qaida and the myths of terrorism

The west’s response to 9/11 was the catastrophic ‘war on terror’. Have we learned from our mistakes with al-Qaida, or is history repeating itself with Isis?<p>Fourteen years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a series of misconceptions about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida became widely …

Know your history: Understanding racism in the US | Black History

There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp <i>why</i> the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history.<p>We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at …

Black History

America’s inequality crisis is about so much more than money: The ugly realities that elude our politicians

The growing chasm between the rich and the poor is a crisis of our own making — and a threat to our very liberty<p>Inequality is about much more than the growing chasm of income and wealth between those at the very top and everyone else in America. It's also about education, environmental hazards, …

“The Confederate flag still flies overseas”: Endless war, domestic racism and the forgotten history of the stars and bars

Before it became a pennant for right-wing backlash, the Confederate flag was a symbol of American imperialism<p>The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop …

What Can the Right Do After Gay Marriage?

Conservatives feared the Supreme Court’s ruling would impinge upon their religious freedom—and believe they’ve found bittersweet vindication.<p>If public opinion on same-sex marriage was polarized before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June, it has split almost entirely in two since.<p>Take the case …

LGBTQ

Gay marriage plaintiff Obergefell: push for religious freedom laws is offensive

Man at center of supreme court case says such measures suggest ‘that those of us who believe in equality have no conscience’<p>Jim Obergefell made history on 26 June, when the supreme court ruled on his case and in a 5-4 vote legalized same-sex marriage across the US. But not all in the nation have …

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.

History is the polemics of the victor, William F. Buckley once said. Not so in the United States, at least not regarding the Civil War. As soon as the Confederates laid down their arms, some picked up their pens and began to distort what they had done and why. The resulting mythology took hold of …

Robert E. Lee

White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

The response to the Twin Peaks shootout says everything you need to know about how white privilege really works<p>Malcolm X, the famed Civil Rights leader and minister of the Nation of Islam, would have turned 90 years old this week. While America annually marks the significance of the life of Dr. …

Crime

Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy

Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for …

Dick Cheney’s gift to the Middle East: How America created an Afghan Blackwater

Just as the U.S. threw its support behind the Taliban, officials have empowered a whole new set of Afghan warlords<p>[<i>This essay is taken from chapter five of Anand Gopal’s</i> No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes <i>and appears at</i> TomDispatch.com <i>with the kind</i> …

Michael Slager Is Not Going to Prison for Killing Walter Scott: Here’s Why

It’s good he was arrested and charged with murder, but the Supreme Court made it hard to actually convict trigger-happy police officers.<p>Last …

Justice

Next, We Muslims Bring Sharia to Indiana

Allah’s blessings be upon you, Mike Pence. Now that “religious conscience” means whatever, we Muslims are going to town!<p>I, along with millions of …

Religion

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaw

Nothing can work without tough inspections and enforcement. And for that we must rely on … Vladimir Putin.<p>We don’t yet know all the details of the nuclear agreement that Iran, the United States and five other world powers announced Thursday they are aiming to complete by June 30. What we do know is …

Middle East

A Boston Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A career criminal shot a good cop. There’s no dispute over the facts. But that doesn’t mean everyone accepts them.<p>A career criminal, Angelo West, 41 …

Law Enforcement