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By Robert De Filippis
Children, You're Not Welcome Here!

On the surface one might ask what happened to America's big heart? The one that donates time, money, physical help to people in natural disasters in foreign countries. The country that is the home of tens of thousands of young men and women who have given their lives in defense of other homelands?

By Carl Gibson
How Corporations Are Creating a Life-Threatening Water Shortage

Nestle is draining America's vital groundwater resources at a stunning rate -- with 29 water bottling facilities across North America, it pocketed $4 billion in revenue from bottled water sales in 2012 alone.

By Merritt Clifton
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Kucinich urges Washington to negotiate with Hamas in FOX Video

Former congressman says U.S. has 'moral responsibility' stop violence. We must distinguish between governments and the people who are governed.

By Walter Brasch
AIDS Advances May be Compromised by Legislative Inaction

The Pa. legislature, like those of many other states and the Congress, have placed low priorities on public health and high priorities at giving tax breaks to the rich. Here's why that's not a good idea.

By Pepe Escobar
Western plutocracy goes bear hunting

In the US, and a great deal of the EU, a monstrous grotesquerie has developed, packaging Putin as the new Stalinist Osama bin Laden. So far, his strategy on Ukraine was to be patient -- what I called Vlad Lao Tzu -- watching the Kiev gang hang themselves while trying to sit down with the EU in a civilized manner working for a political solution.

By Paul Craig Roberts
If Nuclear War Doesn't Exterminate Us Ebola Virus Might

Russia has as many nuclear warheads as Washington, and Washington's "ABM shield" is a farce. If the insane American government drives a crisis, which Washington alone created, to war, we will all die, and for what? The answer is: for a Washington LIE. Do you want to die for a lie? Another Washington lie? If you don't, you had better let Washington know.

By David Sirota
Clinton vs. Warren: Big Differences, Despite Claims to the Contrary

Hillary Clinton's political allies want Democratic primary voters to believe that the former secretary of state is just like populist Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, and they've been claiming that there are no differences between the two possible presidential contenders. There's just one problem: That's not true.

By Joan Brunwasser
BOP: 'Til Death Do Us Part?

If I left Gary and prison by 2:00, I could stop for gasoline and a caffeinated drink, make a snack-and-bathroom-break stop, and get home by 8:00, 20 to 21 hours after I had started the day. In those 20-hour days, I have usually been able to spend only five hours or so with Gary. Sometimes it was only two hours, when the prison employees were being particularly horrible. Those hours together had to last until the next time.

By David Corn
Should Obama Fire His CIA Chief for Misleading the Public About the Senate Spying Scandal?

If the CIA was covertly undercutting and interfering with congressional oversight, then the foundation of the national security state was at risk, for the executive branch, in theory, can only engage in clandestine activity as long as members of Congress can keep an eye on it.

By Justin Samuels
Harlem's New Renaissance Comes at a Price to the Poor and Elderly

The oldest residents pay the highest price as Harlem continues to be developed.

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A Teacher Remembers His Class Before the Age of Facebook

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Oscar-Winning Actor Jeff Bridges Fights to End Childhood Hunger

Despite his decades of work against childhood hunger and the enormity of the challenge, Jeff Bridges remains optimistic that childhood hunger can be eliminated in America. The optimism Bridges feels today is rooted in the new approach of No Kid Hungry to, as he describes it, "deal with the governors and get into communities." In other words, closer to the front lines of the battle against hunger. "You're not gonna have a strong America if you got weak kids," he says.

By Deena Stryker
Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

A book review in the series 'Books Old and New', this work was published in 2009, making it a betwixt and between selection that is highly relevant to the Middle East quagmire.

Man takes airliners across West Africa, then dies of Ebola

No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.

By Rafe Pilgrim
"LIZ: Do Not Run !" WHAT !!!
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By Bill Habedank
Compassionate conservatism - it still exists
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Brooklyn College Defends Academic Freedom

Unlike an estimated 150 colleges and universities that have taken $56 million from the billionaire, libertarian, industrialist Koch brothers since the 1980s (and then integrated their extreme right-wing agenda into business classes while censoring other views) the New York City college keeps rejecting Koch cash. An aggrieved libertarian business school professor complained about it in a detailed report by

Latin America's support for Palestinians and the echoes of the Cold War

WaPo: On Wednesday, Bolivia's outspoken President Evo Morales denounced Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, and labeled the country a "terrorist state." Bolivia also changed the rules for Israeli citizens visiting the Andean nation, making a visa now mandatory prior to travel.

By William Boardman
MH17 -What Really Happened?

German media have reported variations of this story, focusing on the one or two Su-25s flying near MH17. The evidence for an Su-25 close to MH17 comes from a July 21 briefing by the Russian military that was widely reported at the time, from the Wall Street Journal to Veterans Today. A week later Time, like the Journal, makes no mention of any Su-25

By James Wall
Israeli Officer Captured; 40 Palestinians Die

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Democratic Congressman Says That GOP Senator Ted Cruz Is Essentially Speaker Of The House

Boehner had to pull the border crisis bill during the vote on Thursday as it was clear that it was not going to reach 218 votes and pass. The night before, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had held a meeting with the most right-wing members of the House Republican Caucus and convinced them to go against the bill as, in his opinion, it wasn't conservative enough. Due to Cruz's interference, Boehner wasn't even able to get a totally watered-down spending bill that would have barely addressed any real needs at the border. Even with some moderate Democrats expressing support for the bill, Boehner was forced to tuck tail and run.

W.H.O. Says Outbreak of Ebola Virus Is Outpacing Control Efforts

In an ominous warning as fatalities mounted in West Africa from the worst known outbreak of the Ebola virus, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that the disease was moving faster than efforts to curb it, with potentially catastrophic consequences including a "high risk" that it will spread.

By Bill van Auken
Gaza, Ukraine and the fraud of "human rights" imperialism

Israel's Zionist leadership, having failed to suppress the heroic Palestinian resistance, has reacted with demoralized rage, demolishing entire neighborhoods, bombing schools and hospitals, and killing some 1,400 people, 90 percent of them civilians. Yet, the Obama administration insists that no one can be held responsible, save the Palestinians for refusing to capitulate.

By Jonathan Cook
The experts' verdict: Every Israeli missile strike is a war crime
Even if we assume total good faith on Israel's part that it is trying to hit only Hamas and other military sites, it is clear it cannot do so even with the advanced weaponry it has. The inherent imprecision of its arsenal is compounded many fold by the fact that it is using these weapons in densely built-up areas. Israel is committing war crimes by definition -- right now.

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