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October 31, 2014
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The Thirteenth Turn

“The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose” explores the little known history and symbolism of the noose and the role it played in crime, punishment and race in American society.
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The Most Expensive Midterm Ever

The system has always stunk, but now the campaign contributions are bigger and far more secret.

Gamergate Wants You!

Do you ever get the feeling that news stories are extensions of high school spats?

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

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I’ve chosen two interviews from Terkel’s oral history of death which stayed with me these last 13 years. The first focuses on an impulse that may be among the hardest to understand and yet most moving to encounter, forgiveness; and the second centers on a subject that, unfortunately, is still all too timely: the trauma deaths of young Americans from gunshot wounds.

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Patterns of winds and pressure systems traced by researchers to the decline in Arctic sea ice can transport cold air further south and create harsher winters in Eurasia.

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In the fourth and fifth installments of their long conversation on corporate capitalism and American democracy, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism,” Wolin’s experience as a university professor and the expulsion of unorthodox academics in the postwar United States.

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U.S. right-wingers are fanning a hysteria that could damage the fight against the disease and discriminate against both Africans and African-Americans.

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On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

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UNICEF reports that child poverty has increased in over 20 countries since the global recession, while a new Oxfam study shows that billionaires have increased their combined wealth by over 120 percent. How can we continue to ignore this appalling inequality?

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The author of “This Changes Everything” stops by the “Trews” set to talk to Russell Brand about how the “brutal, dominance-based capitalist system” in place in the West is screwing us all.

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The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

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Video Proof That Some Men Are Pigs

In this video titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman,” we get to bear witness to what it’s like for a young woman to get from A to B, and why sometimes a compliment feels like harassment.

Wendy Davis Talks Politics, Education, Women’s Rights and More With Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

The Texas gubernatorial hopeful, who rose to fame after her nearly 13-hour filibuster in the Senate of the Lone Star State, stopped by “The Daily Show” to share her views on conservatism in Texas and her ideas on the lopsidedness of voter ID laws.

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