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Prophets of Instability
Rick Perlstein | The Nation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2020

How Finance Broke the Modern Corporation – What are corporations for? In his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman gave a blunt answer: profit. Almost two decades earlier, Karl Polanyi had a different answer. Who was right?

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Never Has So Little Done So Much Harm to So Many
Scott C. Tips | The National Health Federation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

4 Apr 2020 – The Latest Coronavirus Attack Is A Cover for Restricting Our Health Freedoms

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India: Intimations of an Ending
Arundhati Roy – The Nation, 25 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019 – The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right. While protest reverberates on the streets of Chile, Catalonia, Britain, France, Iraq, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, and a new generation rages against what has been done to their planet, I hope you will forgive me for speaking about a place where the street has been taken over by something quite different.

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Can a New Think Tank Put a Stop to Endless War?
David Klion – The Nation, 5 Aug 2019

30 Jul 2019 – The Quincy Institute will attempt to radically rewrite the DC foreign policy playbook. Odd couple: George Soros and Charles Koch have each committed half a million dollars to the Quincy Institute.

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Why Americans Should Support BDS
Omar Barghouti – The Nation, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 – Inspired by the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements, it calls for Palestinian liberation on terms of full equality with Israelis and categorically opposes all forms of racism, including antisemitism.

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A Peek into a Future When the Border Wall Is Built and the 1 Percent Get Away with More than Just Murder
Joshua Rivera – The Nation, 17 Jun 2019

10 Jun 2019 – There are approximately 48 legal border crossings between the United States and Mexico, and each is now a potential vector for some new horror. Fernando A. Flores’s debut novel, Tears of the Trufflepig, is unlike any border story you’ve read before.

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The Toxic Consequences of America’s Plastics Boom
Zoë Carpenter – The Nation, 8 Apr 2019

Thanks to fracking, petrochemicals giants are poised to make the plastic pollution crisis much, much worse.

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Washington Trained Guatemala’s Killers for Decades
Greg Grandin and Elizabeth Oglesby – The Nation, 18 Mar 2019

The US Border Patrol played a key role in propping up Latin American dictatorships.

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Is Hawai‘i an Occupied State?
‘Umi Perkins – The Nation, 28 Jan 2019

As the campaign for full independence gains momentum, a new view of Hawaiian history is taking hold.

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What Trump’s Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals
Stephen F. Cohen – The Nation, 14 Jan 2019

9 Jan 2019 – A wise decision is greeted by denunciations, obstructionism, imperial thinking, and more Russia-bashing.

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Myanmar: The UN Calls It Genocide—Why Won’t the US?
David Palumbo-Liu – The Nation, 3 Sep 2018

On August 27, 2018, just two days after Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day, the United Nations issued a scathing report, accusing Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, of committing crimes against humanity, including murder on a massive scale, torture, rape, enforced disappearance, imprisonment, and sexual slavery.

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The Myanmar Journalists Risking Their Lives to Report on the Rohingya’s Plight
Stephen Starr – The National [UAE], 6 Aug 2018

3 Aug 2018 – While the charred, blood-soaked borderlands of northern Rakhine state are off limits to most outsiders, it’s a place journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu knows only too well. The dangers of uncovering stories in Rakhine during a time when so many tales need to be told.

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How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation
Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie – The Nation, 9 Apr 2018

23 Apr 2018 Issue – The disinformation campaign—and massive radiation increase—behind the 5G rollout. As happened earlier with Big Tobacco and Big Oil, the wireless industry’s own scientists privately warned about the risks… The World Health Organization classifies cell-phone radiation as a “possible” carcinogen… “Everyone knows that if your research results show that radiation has effects, the funding flow dries up.”

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Why Gina Haspel, the Queen of Torture, Was Able to Rise to the Top of the CIA
Lisa Hajjar – The Nation, 26 Mar 2018

16 Mar 2018 – While Pompeo is a torture enthusiast like Trump—Haspel is the real deal. A career CIA agent, she played a leading role in the agency’s program of torture, kidnapping, and forced disappearance during the Bush administration.

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If America ‘Won the Cold War,’ Why Is There Now a ‘Second Cold War with Russia’?
Stephen F. Cohen – The Nation, 26 Feb 2018

The Ongoing Role of False Narratives and Historical Fallacies

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Remembering Investigative Journalist Robert Parry
Norman Solomon – The Nation, 5 Feb 2018

What made Bob Parry a trailblazer for independent journalism also made him a bridge burner with the media establishment.

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A Hero Turned Villain: [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi and the Annihilation of Myanmar’s Rohingya
Neve Gordon – The Nation, 16 Oct 2017

They potentially face the final two stages of genocide—mass annihilation and erasure from the country’s history.

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The United States Was Responsible for the 1982 Massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila, Beirut
Rashid Khalidi – The Nation, 18 Sep 2017

Washington had explicitly guaranteed their safety—and recently declassified documents reveal that US diplomats were told by the Israelis what they and their allies might be up to.

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Remembering a Priest, a Diplomat, and a Voice for Palestine: Miguel D’Escoto
Richard Falk and Phyllis Bennis – The Nation, 19 Jun 2017

14 Jun 2017 – Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, who died a few days ago, was a Catholic priest and former president of the UN General Assembly. The Nicaraguan diplomat was also a leading voice of conscience on Middle East peace — as well as a cherished friend, loved and admired by both of us, who became an inspirational figure to many around the world.

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The Inside Story on Our UN Report Calling Israel an Apartheid State
Richard Falk – The Nation, 3 Apr 2017

A people cannot be permanently repressed in all these ways without viewing the structure that has emerged as an apartheid regime.

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Terrorist Political Leadership
Saad Rasool – The Nation {Pakistan}, 20 Feb 2017

19 Feb 2017 – This week, the State and people of Pakistan have experienced one of the deadliest surges in extremism, over the recent years. But even as the hapless people of Pakistan are victims of this terrorism, it must be asked: is the State of Pakistan, and its leadership, a victim or a culprit?

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Nobody Wanted to Take Us In: The Story of Jared Kushner’s Family, and Mine
Lizzy Ratner - The Nation, 6 Feb 2017

As Trump bars refugees and Muslim immigrants from coming to this country, it’s worth remembering the Jews who were shut out the last time we closed our borders—like Jared Kushner’s grandmother. A new article takes a sweeping look at history to find what it portends.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Is a Wildly Popular Fascist
Walden Bello – The Nation, 16 Jan 2017

Now what? Instead of creeping repression, the new Philippine president began his reign with a blitzkrieg of extra-judicial killings, stupefying the country and blazing a new trail for fascism.

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How Israel Privatized Its Occupation of Palestine
Antony Loewenstein and Matt Kennard – The Nation, 5 Dec 2016

It has enriched the security industry and allowed the country to evade accountability for human-rights violations.

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Why Is the Foreign Policy Establishment Spoiling for More War? Look at Their Donors
Dennis Kucinich – The Nation, 7 Nov 2016

War is first and foremost a profitable racket. We must not accept war as inevitable, and those leaders who would lead us in that direction, whether in Congress or the White House, must face visible opposition.

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Five Decades Later, Israel’s Brutal Occupation of Palestine Is Stronger than Ever
Antony Loewenstein – The National, 10 Oct 2016

From its beginning, Israel’s settlement project was shrouded in secrecy. After 50 years of occupation, Israel is a radically different country than in the late 1960s. Zionism, with a messianic and nationalist fervour, is in the ascendancy while liberal and more tolerant humanism is dying.

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Can War Reporting Be a Feminist Project?
Rafia Zakaria – The Nation, 29 Aug 2016

Women journalists can go to places where men are barred—and build their careers by exposing the lives of other women.

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Why Are Elites Out of Touch? They Think Anyone Who Disagrees with Them Is Crazy
Nitzan David Foucks – The National Interest Magazine, 15 Aug 2016

Not a single expert has questioned his own beliefs. Not a single word on the dysfunction of the EU, or why exactly cosmopolitanism should be embraced. And the Brexit is just one example where the experts put the blame on the general public. Another is Trump. And again, instead of questioning why their voice has become irrelevant, the elites blame the masses. This trend cannot go on.

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Who Profits as the EU Militarises Its Borders?
Antony Loewenstein – The National, 15 Aug 2016

1 Aug 2016 – Arms dealers make money from the European refugee crisis. The defence industry has never been happier. With sales at unprecedented levels – US$ 65 billion in 2015, according to the Global Defence Trade Report – France, the United States, Canada and Britain have become global leaders in arms exports.

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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Intelligence Agencies
Cortney Weinbaum | The National Interest – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

Some of society’s brightest minds have warned that artificial intelligence (AI) may lead to dangerous unintended consequences, yet leaders of the U.S. intelligence community—with its vast budgets and profound capabilities—have yet to decide who within these organizations is responsible for the ethics of their AI creations.

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Can Suu Kyi Bring Change for Myanmar Expats?
The Nation | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

14 Jun 2016 – Aung San Suu Kyi’s stated readiness to discuss migrant issues with her counterparts here when she visits Thailand next week as state counsellor and foreign minister of Myanmar is welcome news. Optimism must be tempered, however, unless she arrives with a comprehensive plan covering not just migrant labourers but also refugees – and the benighted Rohingya in particular.

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Sure, Washington Has Always Supported Democracy in Haiti
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 1 Feb 2016

American politicians’ rhetoric on Haiti remains woefully disconnected from reality.

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A Military-Backed Comedian Will Be Guatemala’s Next President – Activists Aren’t Laughing
Lindsay Bigda – The Nation, 9 Nov 2015

Amid rising violence against human rights defenders, Guatemalan activists are counting on an emboldened civil society to take on their next president. Riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, Jimmy Morales — a comedian with no political experience and backed by military hard-liners — has been elected Guatemala’s next president.

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Can Haiti’s Corrupt President Hold On to Power?
James North – The Nation, 2 Nov 2015

Michel Martelly is trying to impose a successor amid widespread public anger at government repression and failure to rebuild after the earthquake.

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October 9, 1967: Che Guevara Is Executed in Bolivia
Richard Kreitner – The Nation, 12 Oct 2015

Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian army on this day in 1967. When his self-selected executioner hesitated before firing, Guevara allegedly spat at him and shouted: “Shoot me, you coward! You are only going to kill a man!”

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Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Made in America
Editorial – The Nation, 14 Sep 2015

Washington helped create the conditions with its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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How Goldman Sachs Profited from the Greek Debt Crisis
Robert B. Reich – The Nation, 20 Jul 2015

The investment bank made millions by helping to hide the true extent of the debt, and in the process almost doubled it.

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OIC to Apprise UN Chief of Serious Concern over Rohingya Muslims Persecution
The Nation (Pakistan) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

17 Jun 2015 – A meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held at UN headquarters in New York on Monday [15 Jun 2015], decided to form a delegation to apprise UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the 57-member body’s serious concern over the continued persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and to underscore the need for step towards restoring their human rights.

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How Private Contractors Have Created a Shadow NSA
Tim Shorrock – The Nation, 8 Jun 2015

A new cybersecurity elite moves between government and private practice, taking state secrets with them.

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Why Are the Rohingya Risking Everything to Flee Burma?
Daniel P. Sullivan – The Nation, 25 May 2015

Flight of the Rohingya – Stateless refugees from Burma are risking death, rape, and drowning by the thousands on a risky escape to Malaysia.

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How the World’s Largest Psychological Association Aided the CIA’s Torture Program
Lisa Hajjar – The Nation, 18 May 2015

The American Psychological Association’s collusion was crucial because other physicians were increasingly reluctant to participate in the interrogations. To date, psychologists who are critical of the APA’s record on offshore national security interrogations—including report authors Soldz and Reisner—continue to be described as “dissidents” in the organization. This revealing report may provide long overdue redress of this ignominious record of human experimentation and ethical malfeasance.

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U.S. Reveals It Has Known About Israel’s Nuclear Program for Over 50 Years
The National Security Archive, George Washington University – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2015

April 15, 2015 – Despite denials for decades, the U.S. has finally declassified information affirming its knowledge of Israel’s Dimona nuclear program since 1960. Included in the report are a myriad of other documents indicating dubious practices on the part of the U.S., Israel, the UK and even international agencies.

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New ACLU Cellphone App Automatically Preserves Video of Police Encounters
Jon Wiener – The Nation, 11 May 2015

1 May 2015 – The ACLU in California today released a free smart-phone app that allows people to send cellphone videos of police encounters to the ACLU, automatically—and the ACLU will preserve the video footage, even if the cops seize the phone and delete the video or destroy the phone.

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Drones, Cops, and the Unaccountable Machinery of Death
Editorial, The Nation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2015

From signature strikes in Pakistan to police violence in Baltimore, the state is seemingly uninterested in even counting how many people it kills.

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Eduardo Galeano: A Prophet Who Looks Backward
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 20 Apr 2015

Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America’s most beloved writers, died on Monday [April 13, 2015] in a hospital in Montevideo, after a long battle against lung cancer. His first book, Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America), which the late Hugo Chávez famously presented to Barack Obama as a present, appeared in 1971.

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The US Carried Out 674 Military Operations in Africa Last Year. Did You Hear About Any of Them?
Nick Turse – The Nation, 20 Apr 2015

The US military publicly insists its presence in Africa is negligible. Is that why they call it an American “battlefield” behind closed doors?

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After Latest Incident, Israel’s Future in FIFA Is Uncertain
Dave Zirin – The Nation, 13 Apr 2015

Their names are Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. They were once soccer players in the West Bank but are never going to play again. They were on their way home from a training session on January 31 when Israeli forces fired upon them as they approached a checkpoint. After being shot repeatedly, they were mauled by checkpoint dogs and then beaten. Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot.

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Magna Carta Messed Up the World, Here’s How to Fix It
Noam Chomsky – The Nation, 30 Mar 2015

The “logic” of capitalist development has left a nightmare of environmental destruction in its wake. In a few months, we will be commemorating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta—commemorating, but not celebrating; rather, mourning the blows it has suffered.

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The U.S. Military Just Plunged Philippine Politics into Crisis
Walden Bello – The Nation, 23 Mar 2015

American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.

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March 5, 1871: Rosa Luxemburg Is Born
Richard Kreitner and The Almanac – The Nation, 9 Mar 2015

5 Mar 2015 – Rosa Luxemburg, founder of the Spartacus League, brutally murdered by proto-fascists in January 1919, was born on this day in 1871, just two weeks before the Paris Commune took hold.

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February 19, 1942: FDR Orders the Internment of the Japanese
The Almanac and Richard Kreitner – The Nation, 23 Feb 2015

19 Feb 2015 – The Nation’s response to the president’s evacuation, relocation and internment order was not nearly as firmly opposed as one now wishes it had been.

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The Afghanistan War Is Still Raging—but This Time It’s Being Waged by Contractors
Tim Shorrock - The Nation, 9 Feb 2015

4 Feb 2015 – The killing of three US Pentagon contractors at the hands of a uniformed Afghan Army soldier in Kabul last week casts considerable doubt on President Obama’s recent proclamation that America’s “combat mission in Afghanistan is over.”

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They Drew First
Saad Rasool – The Nation (Pakistan), 26 Jan 2015

While (peacefully) contesting for every inch of our religious beliefs and freedoms, and responding to the Western propaganda through the barrel of intellect, let us not forget that we are the inheritors of that unadulterated light that can neither diminish nor flicker.

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The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings
Lisa Hajjar – The Nation, 22 Dec 2014

Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability. At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen.

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Misery Made Me a Fiend: Latin America and the Torture Report
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 15 Dec 2014

11 Dec 2014 – A central player in the Bush-Cheney’s torture program is Jose A. Rodriguez during the worst of the barbarity—the rectal hummus flushes, drills, dogs, broken limbs, sexual humiliation and assault, sleep deprivation, intense heat, intense cold, blood thinners, beatings and deaths from exposure. Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico and joined the CIA in 1976.

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How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo
Arturo Lopez-Levy – The Nation, 1 Dec 2014

Instead of encouraging Cuban doctors to defect, the United States should be working with them to stop the spread of Ebola.

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The Truth about Anonymous’s Activism
Adrian Chen – The Nation, 24 Nov 2014

A Look behind the Mask Reveals a Naïve Techno-Utopianism

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Why the Left Continues to Win in Latin America
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 3 Nov 2014

Washington-led and financed anti-communism united the right’s various branches. Without such an organizing principle the right can’t electorally compete with what voters, all things considered, want: economic justice, a dignified life, peace and social welfare.

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Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview
Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen – The Nation, 3 Nov 2014

28 Oct 2014 – In a wide-ranging conversation, he discusses the surveillance state, the American political system and the price he’s paid for his understanding of patriotism.

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Cuba’s Sending Doctors to Fight Ebola in West Africa — How Will the US React?
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 20 Oct 2014

15 Oct 2014 – Last week, BBC News reported that Cuba had sent 165 healthcare workers to Sierra Leone to help that country fight Ebola. Another 296 doctors and nurses are scheduled to arrive in Liberia. In addition to West Africa, Cuba is also sending specialists to Nicaragua, though that country has not yet had a reported case, to prepare local doctors and nurses in case there is an outbreak.

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‘The New York Times’ Wants Gary Webb to Stay Dead
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 20 Oct 2014

Kill the Messenger, a movie starring Jeremy Renner, just opened, about the life and death of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Gary Webb, who committed suicide in 2004. Webb came late to the Iran/Contra scandal, long after most of the mainstream media had moved on.

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Edward Snowden Speaks: A Sneak Peek at an Exclusive Interview
Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen – The Nation, 13 Oct 2014

We recently met with the courageous whistleblower for over three hours in Moscow for a wide-ranging conversation on surveillance, technology and politics.

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Hope for Myanmar Democracy Now Fading
Editorial, The Nation (Thailand) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Oct 2014

Crackdowns on ethnic armies and journalists have raised fears that the reform process is going into reverse.

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‘The Economist’ Has a Slavery Problem
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 22 Sep 2014

Multiple commentaries from the journal show a pattern of making sure white people aren’t taken for total villains when discussing slavery.

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300 Americans [Terrorists] Fighting Alongside IS
The Nation, Pakistan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Sep 2014

30 Aug 2014 – The US government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, according to senior US officials.

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Soros Fund Drops Shares in Israel’s SodaStream
Mahmoud Kassem – The National, 11 Aug 2014

A number of big international investors, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, join in a burgeoning financial boycott of Israel amid a push by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. SodaStream, headquartered in the Israeli city of Lod, has its main factory in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

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Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked
Noura Erakat – The Nation, 4 Aug 2014

Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more.

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Why Is the 2022 World Cup Being Held in a Country That Practices Modern-Day Slavery?
Michelle Chen – The Nation, 28 Jul 2014

Even when migrant contract workers lose their jobs, they may end up stranded indefinitely if their employer does not give permission for them to return home. Workers who run away or are “abandoned” by their bosses might wind up homeless, unemployable and trapped on foreign soil.

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How the Mexican Drug Trade Thrives on Free Trade
Christy Thornton and Adam Goodman – The Nation, 21 Jul 2014

Reversing this trend will require recognizing the extent to which Mexico’s “good” and “bad” capital are increasingly inextricable. Elite politicians, businessmen, and cartel leaders aren’t strange bedfellows in Mexico—they share the billions under the mattress.

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On Israel-Palestine and BDS
Noam Chomsky – The Nation, 7 Jul 2014

The UN may harshly condemn South Africa, but, as the ambassador put it, “what mattered perhaps more than all other votes put together was that of [the] U.S. in view of its predominant position of leadership in [the] Western world.” For forty years, ever since it chose expansion over security, Israel has made essentially the same judgment.

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Why Would Bigots Attack a Jewish-Arab School in Israel That Teaches Tolerance and Mutual Respect?
Neve Gordon and Catherine Rottenberg – The Nation, 16 Jun 2014

This latest evidence of hatred is an alarming reminder of how a wonderful educational project continues to stand on precarious ground.

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Class War: Thailand’s Military Coup
Walden Bello – The Nation, 2 Jun 2014

Thailand’s military coup is a victory for the country’s elites and middle classes [Yellowshirts]. But the country’s rural majority [Redshirts] is unlikely to stand aside while the elites dictate a new constitution.

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Why You Should Worry About the Election of Narendra Modi in India
Bob Dreyfuss – The Nation, 19 May 2014

Who is Narendra Modi, and why should we be afraid? Modi, of course, is the leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party, a rightist, Hindu nationalist party, which won big in India’s weeks-long national election, and Modi will become India’s next prime minister.

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Why Is Blackwater Helping to Train Brazil’s World Cup Security?
Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff – The Nation, 12 May 2014

25 Apr 2014 – The Brazilian press revealed earlier this week that Academi—the rebranded private militia once known as Blackwater— the notorious company responsible for the 2011 Nisour Square massacre in Iraq, has been training Brazilian security forces in North Carolina for the 2014 World Cup.

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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Take on America’s Runaway Surveillance State
Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras – The Nation, 12 May 2014

On April 30 [2014], in a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, the Nation Institute and the Fertel Foundation awarded their annual Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and filmmaker Laura Poitras.

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2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling — Edward Snowden & Laura Poitras
The Nation Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 May 2014

Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras receive the ‘Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling,’ with introduction by James Bamford – April 30, 2014.

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The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External
Naomi Klein – The Nation, 28 Apr 2014

The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking. This is a story about bad timing.

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Let This Earth Day Be the Last
Wen Stephenson – The Nation, 28 Apr 2014

No, really. Fuck Earth Day. Not the first one, forty-four years ago, the one of sepia-hued nostalgia, but everything the day has since come to be: the darkest, cruellest, most brutally self-satirizing spectacle of the year.

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A Very Serious Problem With Very Serious Journalism
Julia Carrie Wong – The Nation, 31 Mar 2014

27 Mar 2014 – Last week, Foreign Policy published a feature on the role of the Academy in foreign policy that asked, among other things, “Where are all the women?” Women journalists account for 20 percent or less of the writers at magazines and newspapers covering the economy, global politics, security and national politics.

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Why Is the US Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa?
Nick Turse – The Nation, 31 Mar 2014

The officers running secret operations there have been calling Africa “the battlefield of tomorrow, today.”

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This Week in ‘Nation’ History: The Horrific Legacy of the Invasion of Iraq
Katrina vanden Heuvel – The Nation, 24 Mar 2014

This Monday [17 Mar 2014] marks the eleventh anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq—a solemn punctuation mark to the steadily increasing violence that has gripped that country over the past two years. There is no question that hatred of the US government is strong in Iraq, regardless of what people think of Saddam.

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The Dark Side of the Ukraine Revolt
Conn Hallinan – The Nation, 10 Mar 2014

Ukraine’s ultra-right-wing Svoboda party is no fringe organization. You’d never know from most of the reporting that far-right nationalists and fascists have been at the heart of the protests and attacks on government buildings. The most prominent of the groups has been the ultra-right-wing Svoboda or “Freedom” Party.

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Feeding a Billion: Agriculture and Food Security in India
Sonia Luthra – The National Bureau of Asian Research, 3 Mar 2014

In this NBR interview, Suresh Babu (International Food Policy Research Institute) examines the dynamics facing Indian agriculture as the country seeks to meet its food security needs while moving more of its workforce to the industrial and services sectors.

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Reading Melville in Post-9/11 America
Greg Grandin – The Nation, 20 Jan 2014

The author’s half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.

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Why I’m Voting to Boycott Israel
Alex Lubin – The Nation, 16 Dec 2013

The American Studies Association resolution has punctured a longstanding silence. The boycott movement has clearly defined goals of ending the occupation, ending discrimination against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and ending forced exile and ongoing expulsion of Palestinians from their homes. All three of these place profound restrictions on Palestinian academic life.

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NBA Player Jason Collins Broke Ground by Coming Out—Now He’s Being Dismissed as a Distraction
Dave Zirin – The Nation, 11 Nov 2013

Here is a man who made history last spring by becoming the first active player to come out of the closet and told the world that he was gay. He was praised by teammates, league officials, presidents and kings (OK, Bernard King). But now just for being himself, after a career as the epitome of a “team player”, he has been labeled “a distraction” and finds himself on the outside looking in.

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Playing the Terrorism Card
Paul R. Pillar – The National Interest, 19 Aug 2013

Despite U.S. and European appeals for restraint, the Egyptian military slaughtered supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, an atrocity rationalized by claims of combating Islamic “terrorism.” But the bloody crackdown is likely to make terrorism a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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68 Years Ago: The Nuclear Age Is Born—Amid Secrecy, Cover-up and Radiation Threat
Greg Mitchell – The Nation, 23 Jul 2013

While most people trace the dawn of the nuclear era to August 6, 1945, and the dropping of the atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima, it really began three weeks earlier, in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico, with the top-secret Trinity test. Its sixty-eighth anniversary is marked—or mourned, if you will—on July 16.

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President of International War Crimes Tribunal May Have Worked to Shield Israelis from Prosecution
Alison Weir – The Council for the National Interest, 24 Jun 2013

The NY Times says that the Israeli-American judge, Theodor Meron, “… has led a push for raising the bar for conviction in such cases, prosecutors say, to the point where a conviction has become nearly impossible.” Some analysts feel that Meron’s motivation may be to protect Israeli political and military leaders from prosecutions that could place them in legal jeopardy.

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Seven Myths about Bradley Manning
Chase Madar – The Nation, 10 Jun 2013

Myth # 1: It is routinely asserted or implied that Manning declassified the field reports and diplomatic cables because he is a nut job, or because he is gay, or because he is a gay nut job. In fact, Manning’s motive was expressly political: “I want people to see the truth…regardless of who they are…because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”

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Obama: Walk Your Talk on Guantánamo
The Nation, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2013

As the hunger strike reaches its 100th day on May 17 [2013], 100 prisoners are refusing food. The Pentagon, which once called prisoner suicides “asymmetric warfare,” has dismissed the hunger strike as a publicity stunt. Rather than “reward bad behavior,” the official response has been to throw the men into solitary confinement and keep the most weakened alive through torturous means.

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What the UN Owes Haiti
Isabeau Doucet – The Nation, 22 Apr 2013

In Haiti, where there is no sewage system, and where access to water and sanitation is mostly privatized, cholera has been a death sentence: more than 8,000 people have died and 640,000 (and counting) made ill since it was imported by UN peacekeepers from Nepal in Oct 2010, according to a host of scientific studies. It is now the worst cholera epidemic in modern history.

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Chiquita Sues to Block Release of Files on Colombia Terrorist Payments
Michael Evans – The National Security Archive, 15 Apr 2013

Two years ago, the Archive published “The Chiquita Papers,” a declassified collection of more than 5,000 pages of internal Chiquita documents turned over to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a criminal investigation of more than $1.7 million in payments to the AUC over six years, and for nearly three years after the group was formally designated as a terrorist organization. That case resulted in a 2007 sentencing agreement in which Chiquita admitted to more than ten years of payments to a variety of Colombian guerrilla and paramilitary groups.

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Poll: Fox Is the Least-Trusted Name in News
Allison Brito – The National Memo, 11 Feb 2013

The poll found that 39 percent of voters identified Fox News as the news outlet they trust the least — this dwarfs the 14 percent who named MSNBC, followed by CNN at 13 percent, Comedy Central at 12 percent, ABC and CBS at 5 percent, NBC at 3 percent, and the 1 percent who said they least trust PBS.

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Government Persecution, From Aaron Swartz to Bradley Manning
Chase Madar – The Nation, 28 Jan 2013

When 26-year-old Internet prodigy and freedom of information activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide on January 11 [2013], the tragedy was the direct result of US attorneys deciding to throw criminal charges at him for violating a website’s “terms of services” while accessing publicly subsidized academic research.

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UBS Libor Manipulation Merits a Death Penalty
William D. Cohan, The National Memo – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2012

There is no point in mincing words: UBS AG, the Swiss global bank, has been disgracing the banking profession for years and needs to be shut down.

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Occupy Wall Street Activists Buy up Debt to Abolish It
Allison Kilkenny – The Nation, 19 Nov 2012

Strike Debt, a movement formed by a coalition of Occupy Wall Street groups looking to build a popular resistance to debt, plans to hold a telethon and variety show November 15 [2012] in support of the Rolling Jubilee, a system to buy debt for pennies on the dollar, and abolish it. Strike Debt hopes to raise $50,000, which the group claims can then be used to purchase, and eliminate, around $1 million in debt.

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How Low Can Honduras Go?
Dana Frank – The Nation, 22 Oct 2012

The Obama adminstration’s “partnership” with the ongoing coup regime in Honduras is getting harder to defend every day—with every act of brutality against the opposition committed by the corrupt government and its allies.

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Palestinian Soccer Player Mahmoud Sarsak Won’t Play FC Barcelona’s Game
Dave Zirin – The Nation, 8 Oct 2012

Mahmoud Sarsak is the Palestinian national team soccer player jailed for three years without charges by the Israeli government. He refused an invitation sent by FC Barcelona to attend its Clasico [7 Oct 2012] against Real Madrid. Barcelona wants him there to mute planned protests against the presence of another invitee, former Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. “His slogan is the gun, whereas mine is football, whose message is love and peace. For this reason I will refuse.”

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Chris Kluwe and the Greatest Political Statement by Any Athlete Ever
Dave Zirin – The Nation, 17 Sep 2012

For the first time in football history, a punter is truly leading the way. Thank you Chis Kluwe, for the greatest political statement made by any athlete in decades. The fact that it happens to be about LGBT rights only shows how far we’ve traveled, in the streets and in the locker rooms.

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