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January 27, 2015
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A 21st Century Left Rises: Syriza’s Victory and Its Relevance for the U.S. and the World

A question looms large in the wake of the Greek elections: Can democracy defeat the rule of the 1 percent?
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Killing Ragheads for Jesus

The movie “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society -- including the belief that Christians are called upon to exterminate “lesser breeds.”

Truthdigger of the Week: Barrett Brown

Since his arrest in 2012, Brown has come to be seen as one of those subjected to predatory treatment as the U.S. government persecutes journalists who use underground tactics to expose wrongdoing.

In this age of Citizens United and super PACs, it seems that super-wealthy political instigators like the Koch brothers will have more sway over American politics in the upcoming presidential election season than ever before.

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President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

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A huge blizzard is ravaging the East, causing thousands of flight cancellations, school closures, at least one death so far and general chaos. Many of those making minimum wage or less are forced to choose whether to venture into the cold or lose their jobs.

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Not much has changed in the GOP since it lost the last presidential election.

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The host of the YouTube series “The Trews” takes a look at Syriza’s victory in Greece’s recent elections and considers whether capitalism has “finally crumbled.”

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Some of the names on this list of the über rich will seem familiar while others may come as a surprise.

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Do we really need reminding about what happened six years ago?

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During his recent visit to India, Barack Obama pressed unsuccessfully for India to set specific carbon limits.

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And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016—hey, hold on, where’d everybody go?

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The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Tumult in the Arab Peninsula, SOTU, N.Y. Corruption

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists ask how will Saudi Arabia’s new king manage the challenges of the region after Abdullah’s death? New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is indicted on corruption charges. Also, the European Central Bank announced an aggressive bond-buying program.

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