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August 31, 2015
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The Great Unraveling

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power is collapsing. If we do not quickly dismantle the structures of neoliberalism and global capitalism, we will be swept away in the coming upheavals.
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Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.
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Is Donald Trump Really a ‘Fascist’?

Genuine conservatives aren't wrong to fret, but they seem unwilling or unable to grasp the clearest evidence that Trump is channeling toxic currents from the past -- namely, his appeals to racial bigotry, his truculent attitude toward other nations and his extremist "solution" to illegal immigration.

An international team of experts found that of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, the results of just 25 percent of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies could be replicated in independent trials.

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Frequent antibiotics users were about 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than those who had taken the drugs infrequently, researchers in Denmark found.

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Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

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As several countries in the region—Hungary, Macedonia, Italy and Greece among them—struggle to deal with staggering numbers of refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, European Union leaders have decided it’s time for an emergency summit on the subject.

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Hollywood might have granted him fame, but the renowned psychiatrist’s valuable work deserved to be amplified, however the means.

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Authorities “demolished all of the city’s remaining traditional public housing … converted almost the entire public school system into charters, eliminated the teachers’ collective bargaining agreement” and oversaw “the permanent closure … of the public hospital dedicated to serving the poor,” writes Jay Arena in the magazine Jacobin.

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An assistant professor of law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism should be attacked as “treasonous” enemy combatants.

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A Cairo court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The move has sparked worldwide outrage, with the European Union describing the verdict as “a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt.”

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Michael Steiner, a former political adviser to Germany’s then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, told German publication Der Spiegel that the nuclear option was one of the possibilities examined after the terrorist attacks in the U.S.

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A/V Booth

Amid a decade’s worth of New Yorker articles about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath collected ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the natural disaster, the magazine published a short video report on the effort to incentivize residents of Staten Island, a place hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, into leaving parts of the disaster-prone borough.

Those hoping for a nuanced takedown of the response to the epic catastrophe that washed away much of what the city once was will have to look elsewhere for that sort of thing.