Global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right expert solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems while ignoring the political oppression that created them in the first place, Continue →

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How Darren Aronofsky Made ‘Noah’ His Own

by ThinkProgress » Climate on April 24, 2014

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“In the beginning there was nothing, nothing but the silence of infinite darkness. The breath of the Creator flooded against the face of the void whispering let there be light and light was, and Continue →

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The wave of patriotic jingoism which Putin is riding is unprecedented in Russia’s post-Soviet history, writes Peter Zalmayev, director of the Eurasia Democracy Initiative (EDI), an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy and rule of law in Continue →

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Violence that began between the Venezuelan government and large segments of the opposition last February has now resulted in a dialogue between the opposing sides, says analyst Luis Fleischman. The aggressive discourse of the pro-Maduro representatives casts serious doubts about the Continue →

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Towards a Free Media in Vietnam?

by Demdigest on April 24, 2014

Every single newspaper, radio station, and television broadcast in Vietnam is officially controlled by the Vietnamese Communist Party or government. But thanks to social media and news outlets based outside the country, Vietnamese citizens are increasingly gaining access to independent Continue →

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India votes on second biggest polling day

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Eleven states and a union territory vote for 117 seats in parliamentary elections that ruling Congress party may lose.
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“States Prepare to Implement Photo ID”

by Rick Hasen on April 24, 2014

That’s the lead story in this week’s Electionline Weekly. … Continue reading →
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Get ready for the next Erdogan decade

by Demdigest on April 24, 2014

If Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan can realize the transformation to the presidential system that his advisers have been advocating, it would amount to the most significant Turkish revolution since Kemal Ataturk’s, says Mustafa Akyol, a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse and a columnist Continue →

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Let’s Get Together

by Eric Martin of TPR on April 24, 2014

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Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, left, shakes hands with head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh after announcing a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fateh, in Gaza City.

It’s probably smart to view yesterday’s deal between the Continue →

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One Year After Factory Disaster, What Have We Learned?

by Simon Billenness on April 24, 2014

The Rana Plaza catastrophe on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on April 24, 2013, that left 1,138 dead and more than 2,000 injured (Photo Credit: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images).

The Rana Plaza catastrophe on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on April 24, 2013, that left 1,138 dead and more than 2,000 injured (Photo Credit: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images).

Today is the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Continue →

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Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Talks halted in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions.
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Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye: ‘I’ve Won Television’

by editor@truthdig.com on April 24, 2014

“Almost 9 years ago, I promised to change the world, and together, I did it,” says Stephen Colbert, still in character as his self-obsessed conservabot doppelganger, while dropping in to rub it in on his onetime mentor Jon Stewart’s Continue →

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Rise of the Milkbots

by editor@truthdig.com on April 24, 2014

At a farm near Albany, N.Y., robots milk the cows.

Related Entries April 17, 2014 Beyond Colbert: Why We Need Progressive People of Color on TV April 10, 2014 Stephen Colbert to Take the ‘Late Show’ Reins from David Continue →
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Pakistani jets attack Taliban bases

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Scores killed in a Pakistani military operation targeting "terrorist hideouts" in remote Khyber tribal area.
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Tony Blair, in an earlier appearance

Tony Blair’s big speech on the Middle East yesterday shows he has learned nothing from his catastrophic foreign policy failures as British prime minister.  Blair’s arrogance and stupidity will be analyzed at length in the Continue →

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US vs. Global Spending

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on April 24, 2014

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Each year we put together a series of charts based on global defense spending, and the latest numbers are out. In 2013, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the U.S. approved $600.4 billion in defense budget Continue →

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Was Congress legally sophisticated enough to distinguish between “statutes of limitations” and “statutes of repose” when it amended the “Superfund” legislation (known as CERCLA) in 1986?  At the oral argument in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, some Justices confessed that the Continue →

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Evangelical climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe has just been named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world! A featured star on Showtime’s landmark climate series, “Years Of Living Dangerously,” Katharine joins Continue →

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Lapland’s Mystery Moths Puzzle Science

by editor@truthdig.com on April 24, 2014

By Tim Radford, Climate News Network

Warmer and wetter conditions are often bad news for wildlife. But moths in Finland’s Arctic Continue →

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“The left’s secret club plans for 2014, 2016″

by Rick Hasen on April 24, 2014

Vogel: Some of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull Continue →
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Kosovo: Approval of Special Court Key Step for Justice

by Human Rights Watch on April 24, 2014

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Afghan election run-off looks likely

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Abdullah Abdullah is in the lead as votes are tallied in presidential election but a clear winner seems unlikely.
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After seven years of formal separation, the Palestinian parties of Fatah and Hamas have agreed to come together and form a unity government. Since the U.S. and Israel consider Hamas a terrorist group instead of a political party, they both Continue →

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Brad Smith: It has just come to my attention that last week David Schultz, a Professor at the Graduate School of Management at Hamline University with whom I’ve previously had cordial relations, rather out of the blue “called me out” Continue →
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A Normal, Nuclear Pakistan

by krepon on April 24, 2014

Mark Fitzpatrick is a highly respected, careful chronicler of nuclear proliferation. His monograph of A.Q. Khan’s activities is required reading. So, too, is his latest, Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers, in which he recommends that Pakistan be treated as a normal Continue →

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Ukraine forces move in on rebel stronghold

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Government reports up to five "terrorists" die as Russia orders military exercises around the Ukrainian border.
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Majd Lahlouh’s grandmother points to a poster of Majd. (Photo: Alex Kane)

Majd Lahlouh was shot in the heart by an Israeli soldier last August.  Israeli military forces raided the Jenin refugee camp where Lahlouh resided to arrest a Continue →

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New MERS deaths reported in Saudi Arabia

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 24, 2014

Total number of victims in the kingdom since September 2012 reaches 83, with most new cases in Riyadh and Jeddah.
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Activists in Bradfort, CT (Photo via Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel)

Activists in Bradfort, CT (Photo via Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel)

 

The second annual Free Cone Day leafleting action at Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops on Tuesday, April 8, organized by Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Continue →

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MarketWatch: A Currency War is Coming

by Diamond Dog on April 24, 2014

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We’re on the cusp of an outright currency war — something that the Brazilians first warned about in 2010 — as central banks in all the major economies actively work to weaken their currencies to boost exports, their economies, and Continue →

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Top of the Morning: Russia Blocks CAR Sanctions

by Eric Martin of TPR on April 24, 2014

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How Do You Say “Ukraine” in Sango? The Russians, backed by the Chinese, are blocking an effort by France and the US at the Security Council to impose individual sanctions and a travel ban on Continue →

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Netanyahu’s response to Palestinian reunification, on twitter

It sure looks like the media’s blame-game has shifted– from blaming Palestinians for the breakdown of talks to blaming the Israelis.

The State Department briefing yesterday was dominated by the reports that Palestinian factions Continue →

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From McMecca to McJerusalem

by Marc H. Ellis on April 24, 2014

Jerusalem’s light rail run by Veolia. (Photo: Emil Salman via Haaretz)

Jerusalem’s light rail run by Veolia. (Photo: Emil Salman via Haaretz)

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

McMecca – that’s how Esther Bergdahl describes Continue →

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Opinion analysis: Extending limitations on habeas relief

by Jordan Steiker on April 24, 2014

On Wednesday, in White v. Woodall, the Court reversed a grant of habeas relief by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Woodall’s underlying claim concerned the state trial court’s refusal to accommodate his request for a “no-adverse-inference” Continue →

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