05 August 2017

All the news for 05 August 2017 [ 111 news items | Now showing page 1 of 6 ]

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This Simple Philosophical Puzzle Shows How Difficult It Is to Know Something - Facts So Romantic

What is knowledge? Well, thinkers for thousands of years had more or less taken one definition for granted: Knowledge is “justified true belief.” Bu...   [ continue reading...]

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I Was There When Medicare Got Passed. Here’s How it Happened.

This story was first published on July 30 by Moyers and Company. Watching the craziness in the Senate this week, as Mitch McConnell and the GOP&r...   [ continue reading...]

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Eastern Ukraine: “We need new ways of organising”

Amid military conflict and industrial collapse in eastern Ukraine, activists are feeling their way towards new mod...   [ continue reading...]

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US Lags Far Behind in Banning the Use of Mercury in Dentistry

United Nations -- The United States is lagging far behind its Western allies -- and perhaps most of the key developing countries -- in refusing to act decisivel...   [ continue reading...]

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Hiring Workers for Manufacturing Jobs Isn’t All That Hard

FRED has some new data. Isn’t that exciting? They now have several new series from DHI Group that measure how difficult it is for firms to hire people. I...   [ continue reading...]

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Court Throws Out Murder Conviction for Blackwater Guard in Nissour Square Massacre

A federal court ordered a new trial for Nicholas Slatten in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqis in Nissour Square, Iraq   [ continue reading...]

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The Global Anti-Corruption Revolution

Global uprisings against corruption can fuse middle-class concerns over the rule of law to a more radical critique of unequal political systems. The post The Gl...   [ continue reading...]

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Maitree Express: The Friendship Train Between India and Bangladesh

"The Kolkata-Khulna (Maitree Express) train has been relaunched 52 years after the Indo Pakistan War 1965. Cheers!"   [ continue reading...]

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Economist Rajiv Kumar to be Niti Aayog’s New Vice-Chairman

Kumar, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, will take up the reins from economist Arvind Panagariya, who put in his papers four days ago. The pos...   [ continue reading...]

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Free Edwin Pile!!!

Edwin Pile has served 25 years in prison though his court records confirm he was acquitted of some the charges. Eddie Conway speaks to his lawyer, family, and f...   [ continue reading...]

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The Connective Party

The 2007 founding of Die Linke, or the Left Party, in Germany, marked a crack in the social-democratic hegemony that characterizes Germany’s trade unions....   [ continue reading...]

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Democrats Help Trump Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal

US isolation will only deepen if Trump and Congress continue to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, says Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran   [ continue reading...]

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Thai Journalist and Two Other Critics of Military-Led Government Face Sedition Charges Over Facebook Posts

"I will continue to criticize the illegitimate military regime until they take away my smartphone."   [ continue reading...]

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Not a Lunchtime Photo

I just posted an umbrella photo a couple of days ago, so I can hardly do another one right away. But I took a picture today of a red umbrella out at Silverado C...   [ continue reading...]

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Declares War on Leaks

By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams He said the Justice Department will seek to punish leakers and also news organizations that publish their information.   [ continue reading...]

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Planting Resilience to Climate Change

Aurelia Arzú inspects the cocoplum patch and reaches in to pluck the ripest fruits. It’s early in the year, and the season is just beginning, so th...   [ continue reading...]

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South American Trade Bloc Mercosur Suspends Venezuela

Foreign ministers of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil urged Maduro to release prisoners and immediately start a political transition. The post South Amer...   [ continue reading...]

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How Much Will Methane From Melting Permafrost Speed Up Global Warming?

Methane "seeps" on the tundra may be more problematic than previously thought, according to a new report co-authored by Torsten Sachs, a researcher at the GFZ G...   [ continue reading...]

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Youths Joining Terrorist Groups in Syria Driven by Economic Factors

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment A U.N. study finds that most young Muslim fighters lack “any basic understanding of the true meaning of Jihad or even the...   [ continue reading...]

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McMaster solidifies power at NSC — and supports Iran deal, sees Israel as occupier

Israel supporters such as Caroline Glick are demanding that Trump fire national security adviser H.R. McMaster because he has fired pro-Israel analysts and supp...   [ continue reading...]

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