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  • Debate: Should Scotland Vote for Independence? Musician Billy Bragg vs. Historian Sam Wetherell

    17 September 2014, 8:36 am

    Scotland is set to vote Thursday on whether to become independent from Britain for the first time since 1707. The question on the ballot will ask simply: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Polls show the referendum is too close to call, but many…
  • As Activists Gear Up for People's Climate March, Rep. Jim McDermott Pushes Carbon Tax

    17 September 2014, 8:21 am

    World leaders are gathering at the United Nations next week for a major summit on climate change. On September 21, more than 100,000 people are expected to attend the People’s Climate March being held in New York City. We talk to Rep. Jim McDermott about his…
  • U.S. Ground Troops Back in Iraq? General Hints Broader Military Effort May Be Needed to Fight ISIS

    17 September 2014, 8:13 am

    A week after President Obama vowed not to send ground troops into Iraq to fight the Islamic State, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted ground troops may be needed. “If there are threats to the U.S., I would of course go back to…
  • Headlines for September 17, 2014

    17 September 2014, 8:00 am

    Dempsey: U.S. Ground Troops May Be Needed in Iraq, CodePink Peace Activists Interrupt Senate Hearing on ISIS, Syrian Gov't Airstrikes Kill 48; Islamic State Downs Syrian Plane, 34 Children Die in Syria from Tainted Measles Vaccine, Manning: Bombs Cannot Defeat…
  • An NFL Wife Tells Her Story: Intimidated Spouses Followed "Code of Silence" Around Domestic Abuse

    16 September 2014, 8:45 am

    Calls are increasing for National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign over how the league has addressed domestic violence. So far this year, at least four players have been arrested for beating a spouse or partner, most notably Baltimore…
  • "We Will Not Be Silenced": Students Denounce Rape at Columbia as Schools Face Scrutiny for Inaction

    16 September 2014, 8:24 am

    Hundreds of students turned out for a rally at Columbia University in New York City on Friday bearing mattresses and chanting "carry that weight," a reference to the emotional burden they say all survivors must shoulder each day. Some wore red tape over their…
  • A Survivor's Burden: Columbia Student Carries Mattress on Campus Until Alleged Rapist is Expelled

    16 September 2014, 8:13 am

    A Columbia University senior who says she was raped on campus by a fellow student has launched an unusual act of protest. Emma Sulkowicz has vowed to carry a dorm room mattress with her everywhere on campus until her rapist is expelled or leaves campus on his…
  • Headlines for September 16, 2014

    16 September 2014, 8:00 am

    U.S. Launches New Iraq Strikes as Part of Expanded ISIS Campaign, Iran Rejects "Self-Serving" U.S. Offer to Cooperate vs. ISIS, Obama to Unveil U.S. Ebola Response; Up to 3,000 Troops Planned, Ukraine Offers Concessions as Attack Threatens Truce, Hundreds of…
  • Underestimated and Ignored, Growing Ebola Epidemic Requires Unprecedented Global Mobilization

    15 September 2014, 8:43 am

    The World Health Organization is warning that the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than relief workers can manage. The organization says that thousands are at risk of contracting the virus in the coming weeks and more medical…
  • Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

    15 September 2014, 8:31 am

    A new report finds many talking heads who have been fanning the flames of war in the news media have ties to Pentagon contractors. Reporting for The Nation, Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and…
  • Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes

    15 September 2014, 8:10 am

    An international summit on combating militants from the Islamic State has opened in France, bringing together around 30 countries from a U.S.-led coalition. The Obama administration says several Arab League countries have signed on for airstrikes in Iraq and…
  • Headlines for September 15, 2014

    15 September 2014, 8:00 am

    U.S. Claims Arab League Role for Anti-ISIS Strikes, White House Cites Iraq War Resolution for ISIS Strikes, Islamic State Beheads U.K. Aid Worker in New Video, U.S. Triples Estimate of ISIS Fighters, Obama Met with Prominent Journalists Ahead of ISIS Speech,…
  • The Untold Story of the Shejaiya Massacre in Gaza: A Former Israel Soldier Speaks Out

    12 September 2014, 8:44 am

    On July 20, at least 90 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya. Days later, former Israeli soldier Eran Efrati was arrested by Israel after he posted details about the massacre based on interviews he…
  • James Foley on the Dehumanization of War: Acclaimed Filmmaker Haskell Wexler Shares 2012 Interview

    12 September 2014, 8:22 am

    In his address on Wednesday night, President Obama invoked the memory of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who were recently beheaded by the Islamic State, as he outlined his case for expanded military actions in Iraq and U.S.…
  • "Insanity": CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Obama Plan to Bomb Syria, Expand Iraq Attacks

    12 September 2014, 8:13 am

    The Pentagon has announced it will soon start flying bombing missions out of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as part of an expanded U.S.-led military campaign against militants from the Islamic State. But it remains unclear when the U.S. will begin…
  • Headlines for September 12, 2014

    12 September 2014, 8:00 am

    Kerry Visits Saudi Arabia, Turkey to Push for Support Against ISIS, James Foley's Mother: U.S. Response to ISIS Has "Increased the Hate", Syrian Rebels Release 45 Fijian Peacekeepers, Chile Marks Anniversary of Its Own 9/11, AP: More Than 5,000 Killed in…
  • What Would Dr. King Do? As U.S. Moves to Bomb Syria, Tavis Smiley on MLK's Antiwar Legacy

    11 September 2014, 8:43 am

    What would Dr. Martin Luther King do? As debate continues over U.S. plans to launch airstrikes in Syria, we look at the final year of King's life when he became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War, calling his government "the greatest…
  • Obama Vows to Destroy Islamic State, But Expanded Strikes in Syria & Iraq Point to "Endless War"

    11 September 2014, 8:12 am

    President Obama has authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and their expansion in Iraq against the militant group Islamic State. In a prime-time address, Obama vowed to hunt down Islamic State militants "wherever they are." Obama also announced…
  • Headlines for September 11, 2014

    11 September 2014, 8:00 am

    Obama Claims Authority to Expand Strikes to Syria, Family: Sotloff Was Sold to ISIS by "Moderate" Rebels, Saudi Arabia to Host Training of Syrian Opposition, Dozens Arrested in Ferguson at Highway Protest, U.N.: Ozone Layer Recovering; New Steps Needed to End…
  • As Pot Decriminalization Advances in U.S., Former World Leaders Call for End to Failed War on Drugs

    10 September 2014, 8:47 am

    We look at the growing movement for drug decriminalization that is moving ahead in the United States and being amplified by former heads of state from around the around. On Monday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said he would sign a bill that would make…
  • Internet Slowdown: Online Protest Warns Users of What's to Come if Net Neutrality Rules Redrawn

    10 September 2014, 8:38 am

    If your favorite website seems to load slowly today, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net's "Internet Slowdown," a global day of action. The Internet won't actually be slowing down, but many sites are placing on their homepages…
  • Exclusive: DA Joins the Climate Activists He Declined to Prosecute, Citing Danger of Global Warming

    10 September 2014, 8:13 am

    Two climate activists were set to go on trial in Massachusetts on Monday for blocking the shipment of 40,000 tons of coal to the Brayton Point power plant, a 51-year-old facility that is one of the region's largest contributors to greenhouse gases. But in a…
  • Headlines for September 10, 2014

    10 September 2014, 8:00 am

    Obama Claims Existing Authority to Expand Strikes on Islamic State to Syria, Syrian Rebel Leader Among 45 Killed in Blast, Brown Wins GOP Senate Primary in NH; Cuomo Survives Primary Challenges in NY, Ferguson Residents Pack City Council Meeting with Calls for…
  • The Climate Change Defense? Citing Global Warming, DA Drops Charges Against Anti-Coal Activists

    9 September 2014, 8:55 am

    In a surprise move, District Attorney Sam Sutter of Bristol, Massachusetts, has dropped criminal charges against two climate activists who were set to go on trial Monday for blocking a shipment of 40,000 tons of coal. In May 2013, Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara used…
  • University of Illinois Urged to Reinstate Professor Steven Salaita, Critic of Israeli War in Gaza

    9 September 2014, 8:37 am

    As the fall school term begins, an Illinois college campus is embroiled in one of the nation's biggest academic freedom controversies in recent memory. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has sparked an outcry over its withdrawal of a job offer to…
  • It's Not Just Ray Rice: Dave Zirin on the NFL's History of Condoning Domestic Abuse

    9 September 2014, 8:13 am

    We turn to the sporting news that has put a new spotlight on domestic violence and its lax treatment by the country's most popular sport. Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice has been cut by his team and indefinitely suspended by the National Football…
  • Headlines for September 9, 2014

    9 September 2014, 8:00 am

    U.N.: Greenhouse Gas Levels Reach Record High, Report: Southwestern U.S. at Higher Risk of "Megadrought", Iraqi Lawmakers Approve New Government, EU OKs New Sanctions on Russia; Report Finds MH17 Hit by "High-Energy Objects", Yemeni Police Fire on Protesters,…
  • Big Tobacco's Child Workers: Young Laborers Endure Health Risks, Harsh Conditions on U.S. Farms

    8 September 2014, 8:46 am

    Even as tobacco companies are legally barred from selling cigarettes to children, they are reportedly profiting from child labor. Investigations by The New York Times and Human Rights Watch reveal hundreds, if not thousands, of children are working on tobacco…
  • Think Tanks as Lobbyists: Exposé Shows U.S. Groups Receive Millions to Push Foreign Nations'…

    8 September 2014, 8:31 am

    A New York Times exposé reveals more than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials. Some scholars funded by the think tanks…
  • "U.S. Militarism Brings Chaos": As Obama Plans a War on ISIS, a Call for a Middle East-Led Response

    8 September 2014, 8:13 am

    President Obama has launched an effort to rally Congress and the public behind a sustained offensive against the militant group, Islamic State. Obama is set to meet with Congress on Tuesday followed by a national address Wednesday. The United States says it…

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