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Reconciliation between Judaism and Islam is Possible

Reconciliation between Judaism and Islam is Possible

By Joseph Richard Preville via IslamiCommentary Israeli-American businessman, scholar, and activist Rabbi Shai Har-El’s new book — Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) — is…

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Snowden: Clapper pattern of Lies about My Complaints to NSA

After NBC confirmed Ed Snowden’s earlier claims that he had tried to make use of internal channels to question NSA surveillance programs, James Clapper released a single email from Snowden to the legal department at the NSA, which they claim shows he…

“Man-Up” Kerry tries to Swiftboat Ed Snowden

“Man-Up” Kerry tries to Swiftboat Ed Snowden

By Jon Queally U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is facing widespread criticism for his comment that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden—increasingly seen by the American public as a heroic figure for exposing…

Bush-Cheney Committed War Crimes: Terrorism Czar

Bush-Cheney Committed War Crimes: Terrorism Czar

Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! has an exclusive interview: ” Exclusive: Bush Committed War Crimes Says Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke” Excerpt: Amy Goodman: “Do you think President Bush should be brought up on…

Shale Oil Hype Fail: California Bonanza Evaporates

Shale Oil Hype Fail: California Bonanza Evaporates

California's Shale Fail: The Case of 13 Billion Barrels of Missing Oil By Richard Heinberg In 2011, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy commissioned INTEK Inc., a…

Obama’s Just Right Foreign Policy

Obama’s Just Right Foreign Policy

By Daniel Wagner via IPD A plethora of pundits, lawmakers and think tanks continue to criticize the Obama administration for presiding over what appear to be persistent failures in the foreign policy…

When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

(By Shalom Goldman via IslamiCommentary) Shalom Goldman After weeks-long elections in India, the Hindu nationalist BJP party, with Narendra Modi as prime-minister elect, has emerged as the overwhelming victor in a hotly…

House Passes Fake USA Freedom Act; Fight Turns To The Senate To Fix A Broken Bill

House Passes Fake USA Freedom Act; Only hope is Senate

As explained earlier, due to pressure from the White House and NSA’s supporters in Congress, what could have been real NSA reform was completely changed at the last minute, in secret. The bill, which was substantially different than what both the Judiciary…

After Occupy:  Is Economic Democracy Possible?

After Occupy: Is Economic Democracy Possible?

(A conversation on economic democracy with Tom Malleson via OUP) How do we address the problem of inequality in capitalist societies? Tom Malleson, the author of After Occupy: Economic Democracy for the…

Occupartheid is Isolating and Degrading Israel

Occupartheid is Isolating and Degrading Israel

​(Open Letter from Daniel Bar-Tal, Tel Aviv) “Love your neighbor as yourself” This is the core requirement for overcoming blindness caused by hate and fear needed for peacemaking. Dear Friends, I write…

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Picture This: U.S. Cities Under 12 feet of Sea Level Rise

By Climate Central Maps are one way to understand what collapse of West Antarctic glaciers could eventually mean. Photos show it another way. In 2013, Climate Central shared some of its sea level rise mapping data with artist Nickolay Lamm so that…

FCC Votes To “Fast Track” Death Of Net Neutrality

FCC Votes To “Fast Track” Death Of Net Neutrality

There’s good news: the nationwide outcry against the Federal Communications Commission’s troublesome proposal for new Open Internet rules is clearly having an impact. At a public meeting this morning, commissioners were factoring in questions that…

On Sunday, 75% of Germany’s Electricity came from Renewables

On Sunday, 75% of Germany’s Electricity came from Renewables

En route to its 2050 Energiewende goal of 80% of the nation’s power being supplied by renewables, especially spurred on by the phaseout of nuclear reactors, Germany broke another renewable energy record on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Europe’s biggest…

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Sudan judge orders Christian woman to hang for apostasy

A Sudanese judge on Thursday sentenced a heavily pregnant Christian woman to hang for apostasy, a ruling which Britain denounced as “barbaric” and left the United States “deeply disturbed”. Born to a Muslim father, the woman was convicted under the…

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Greenwald: NSA sneaking backdoors into hardware exports

Glenn Greenwald has accused the US National Security Agency (NSA) of inserting backdoors for surveillance purposes into servers being exported to other countries. The irony here is that this is just the sort of thing that the US government has in the…

Activists in Bahrain denounce anti-Shia Policies

Activists in Bahrain denounce anti-Shia Policies

(By Catherine Shakdam) Early last week political activists affiliated with Bahrain’s opposition groups delivered a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon calling for his office to take a stand against…

The True Costs of Remote Control Drone Wars

The True Costs of Remote Control Drone Wars

(By Pratap Chatterjee via Tomdispatch) Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield…

Why the Super-Rich Should Pay Super Taxes

Why the Super-Rich Should Pay Super Taxes

(By Paul Buchheit) Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, "It's really American to avoid paying taxes, legally…It's a game we play…I see nothing wrong with playing the game because we set it up…

Rush Limbaugh: Pope Francis trying to convince UN to impose Marxism, socialism on world

Rush Limbaugh: Pope Francis using UN to impose Marxism on world

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday attacked Pope Francis as a “Marxist” for urging governments to redistribute wealth to the poor. “The pope, ladies and gentleman, is back, saying — demanding — a legitimate redistribution of wealth…

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Top Ten Answers to global warming Deniers

Posted on 6 May 2014 by dana1981 Roy Spencer is one of the less than 3% of climate scientists whose research suggests that humans are playing a relatively minimal role in global warming. As one of those rare contrarian climate experts, he’s often asked…

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Climate Change in the U.S. in 8 Frightening Charts

By Brian Kahn Follow @blkahn The newly released National Climate Assessment spans 30 chapters with thousands of references on how climate change is impacting the U.S. The report took more than 300 scientists and 4 years to prepare, including addressing…

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Emails suggest Google and the NSA are closer than we knew

reputation has been shaken by evidence to suggest its relationship with the US National Security Agency (NSA) is cosier than anyone thought. If emails obtained by Al Jazeera are to be believed, relations between Google chairman Eric Schmidt and NSA…

In Egypt, Industrial Scale Death Decrees

In Egypt, Industrial Scale Death Decrees

(By Amy Austin Holmes) A single judge in a single court in Egypt has sentenced more people to death this year than the total number of people who were executed last year…

Apartheid is a reality in the West Bank

Apartheid is a reality in the West Bank

(By Glenn Robinson) America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry, has found himself in a pickle for having used the word “apartheid” when describing a possible future for Israel if it…

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Scientists Develop Coal-Killing Solar Cell Made From Tin

Weren’t we just saying that perovskite solar cells are the next big thing? Well, make that tin perovskite solar cells. Tin perovskite solar cells are suddenly a thing this week, with not one but two major new research announcements coming out of the…

The Cost of Repression: Turkey on May Day

The Cost of Repression: Turkey on May Day

(By Emma Sinclair-Webb @esinclairwebb ) With a reported 39,000 police officers and 50 water cannon vehicles, plentiful supplies of teargas, and a complete shutdown of the public transport system in the city,…

It’s Not about Hamas: Decrying Palestinian Unity

It’s Not about Hamas: Decrying Palestinian Unity

(By Gregory Harms) Aside from the occasional cross-border violence between Gaza and Israel, Hamas, which governs the coastal strip, has received little attention in the press over the last few years. Because…