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October 23, 2014
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Ebola Buddy

Now that politicians and pundits are using Ebola to score political points, it seems only natural for Ebola Buddy to be a vice presidential candidate, or at very least a trusted political consultant.

Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency

President Obama has called his administration the “most transparent in history,” but instead of allowing companies to be completely transparent regarding their involvement in government surveillance, Washington has muzzled them.
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The Imperative of Revolt

Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations' slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt. (Above, a moment in a Sept. 22 protest at the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street in New York City.)

Huddled around a table, surrounded by a group of teenagers who volunteer every evening, Rahi and Baig explain the birth, vision and achievement of the Lyari Youth Cafe in Karachi.

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The so-called youth bulge in Pakistan has now become visible.

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Progress in the creative and performing arts in Pakistan is hindered by creeping religious fundamentalism. Nevertheless, there are artistic young people who chase their dreams.

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Although new research discounts the likelihood of a two-metre sea rise this century, the predicted impacts of global warming are still bad news for the many millions of people living at or near sea level.

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Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that, while President Obama was sending at least 1,600 military personnel to fight ISIS, his first response to the Ebola crisis was also to send 3,000 troops into Liberia in what the media has been calling an “Ebola surge.”

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With the IMF and European Central Bank acting as knee-breakers in what has become a financial extension of NATO, the U.S. and its allied investors aim to appropriate the wealth that kleptocrats took from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies, as well as whatever assets remain.

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The legislature of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (a super-province of Iraq) has voted to send Kurdistan forces to the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane to help it fight off a concerted attack by Islamic State.

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One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of early-onset diabetes. A major culprit is Big Soda.

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“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo.

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John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves.

Chris Hedges Honors Humanists Combating the ‘Culture of War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges channeled his solemn, sermonic style at Stony Point, N.Y., on Saturday at a dinner inaugurating the Anne Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement.

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