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Black Women’s Lives Matter: Film Reveals Little-Known Story of the Grim Sleeper

As an invigorated movement emerges against police killings of black men, a timely new documentary examines American law enforcement's negligence in the grisly killings of black women for over two and a half decades.
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Cuba: Top 5 Other Dictatorships With Which the U.S. Has Diplomatic Relations

The U.S. sanctions on Cuba were justified by their supporters with reference to the Communist government’s human rights record. That record, bad as it is, however, cannot explain the sanctions.

Citigroup Democracy

Now that the secret backroom dealings are done and the latest budget bill passed Congress (of course, at the eleventh hour), we can see the thumbprints of Wall Street once again.

American forces have killed three high-ranking Islamic State leaders in Iraq in recent weeks, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Nearly a year after Colorado blazed a trail in the movement to legalize recreational marijuana use in the U.S., two neighboring states are totally harshing the stoner mecca’s mellow.

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In a few days, the U.S. Army will position in the skies over Maryland two billion-dollar blimps capable of monitoring activity in an area the size of Texas.

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If journalists and officials began talking about the tests that CIA psychologists conducted on suspected terrorists at U.S. black sites, would Americans demand the prosecution of those responsible?

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The new Yiwu-Madrid railway across Eurasia is the first building block on China’s “New Silk Road,” conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

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Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.

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Some people are a bit peeved at the fact that protests against injustices such as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice are causing traffic or getting in the way of their holiday shopping. Or worse yet, seeping into professional sports.

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How are we ever going to learn from our mistakes when we won’t even admit they were errors at all?

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Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they’re particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.

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The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

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Stephen Colbert: No One’s Going to Pay Me to Watch Bill O’Reilly Anymore, So Fuck That Noise

As the “Colbert Report” films its last few episodes, host Stephen Colbert comes to a startling realization: He’s going to miss Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly. Watch as the comedian pokes his final holes in O’Reilly’s defense of unjustifiable, immoral acts such as CIA torture.

The Elizabeth Warren Speech That Has Everyone Talking

The Massachusetts senator sure won’t let big banks get away with the kind of blatant robbery other members of Congress seem perfectly happy to allow.

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