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As more cities ban homeless camps, advocates cry foul

The Mysterious Case of Prisoner 212

Emergency shutdown at Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant

US man indicted in plot to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem
Israeli police say Everett Adam Livvix of Illinois was posing as a former US Navy Seal. He remains in custody on weapons possession charge.

The Cost of the US Ban on Paying for Hostages

The Victory of ‘Perception Management’
In the 1980s, the Reagan administration pioneered “perception management” to get the American people to “kick the Vietnam Syndrome” and accept more U.S. interventionism, but that propaganda structure continues to this day getting the public to buy in to endless war.

"Employee Engagement" Is No Substitute for a Union at Volkswagen

Ferguson Police Take Action Against Officer Who Called Brown’s Memorial a “Pile of Trash”

Secret Report Cited in NSA Surveillance Lawsuit, Government Silent on Its Existence

Ohio Prisoners Challenge Lethal Injection Drug Law

Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian Disaster Looms as Food Aid Blocked

More Lethal Than the Whopper: How Burger King Pleases the 1%, Screws Its Workers

Nine Other Countries that Jumped on the Post 9/11 Terrorism Fear to Crack Down on Dissenters

What Investment Bankers Say About Rating Agencies Behind Their Backs

Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother

Israel Gives Approval for 243 New Settler Homes

The Five Worst Things Rich People Did This Week

NYT Editorial: No More Delays on New Jersey Housing

In Black Lives Matter Protest, Corporate Rights Trump Free Speech

Secrets and spies: Data in 2015, the year after everything changed

Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work

What it’s like to watch him die
Johnathan was on death row when we fell in love. Nothing could have prepared me for witnessing his execution.

'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts see high-school basketball team disinvited from event

Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
How proponents of Keystone XL cynically exploit LGBT people.

North Korea Just Slurred President Obama Over Its Internet Outage

Egypt cuts 'gay wedding video' jail terms

#BringHimHome: Arab Twitter users plead for pilot held by Isis

Doubts Persist On U.S. Claims Of North Korean Role In Sony Hack

After Scrutiny, C.I.A. Mandate Is Untouched

The Disunited States: A French Writer Navigates 1930s United States

Evil torturers catch a break: How America got distracted from a national travesty

Challenging Bedrock Law: "Dillon's Rule" in Detroit and Beyond

Charles P. Pierce | Seasons Greetings From Your Friends at the NSA
There are holiday document dumps and there are holiday document dumps. And then there is holiday document carpet-bombing from 30,000 feet.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: I'll Decide on Presidential Run by March

Climate Change 2014: What Do We Do Now?

Neocons Link Cuba Opening to Iran Deal
Neocons are hoping that by raising the political cost of President Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, they can scare him away from reaching a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program and thus keep alive their Mideast “regime change” agenda

Refusing to Wage War Is Possible
-- Robert C. Koehler for BuzzFlash at Truthout

My Atheist Christmas: How I Overcame My Personal Struggle With the Holiday
The holiday and its religious trappings used to offend me deeply. Here's how I overcame my feelings of oppression

Paul Krugman | Tidings of Comfort

Female Vets Fight "the Second Battle": Sexual Trauma
Thousands of military-rape survivors have struggled to receive health-care treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Gap Between the Rich and the Rest of Us Is The Widest It's Been In 30 Years. Here's One Reason Why
Lots of Americans don't have bank accounts.

On Christmas, It Is Hypocritical for the US to Close Its Borders to Migrants in Need of Shelter

Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations

Engineering Chestnut Trees? Biotechnology Takes a Walk in the Woods

Bill O’Reilly ruined Christmas

America Needs Another Civil Rights Movement

George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized

Saudi terrorism court 'to try women drivers'

Islamic State Captures Pilot After Warplane Crashes in Syria

After Sony's about-face, 'The Interview' sells out in many U.S. cinemas

Police officer kills black man near Ferguson; video captured incident

New York City could soon become the biggest US metropolis to outlaw Styrofoam food and beverage containers.

Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa

Race to Build on River Could Block Pacific Oil Route

US formally ends the war in Afghanistan

Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

"Selma" Portrays the True Martin Luther King Jr: A Radical Despised by the Political Establishment

Killer Drones Are a Lethal Extension of American Exceptionalism

In Pennsylvania, Judge Paves Way for Private Takeover of Public School District

Prosecutors Won't Indict Former Tepco Executives Over Fukushima Disaster

Despite Enduring a Lifetime of Violence, Kelly Savage Emerges as an In-Prison Activist

90 Percent of Restaurant Workers Don't Have a Single Paid Sick Day to Recover From Illness

Feds Bar Companies' Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

The US Is the Richest Country as Well as the Most Unequal: Eight Consequences of American Greed

Lessons From 2014: If You Care About Green Cities, You Must Care About Justice Too

So Much More Than the World Cup Happened in Brazil in 2014

One in Five Millennials Lives in Poverty, Report Finds

Top 10 Progressive Policies We'd Love to See Enacted in 2015 (but Probably Won't Be)

Christie and Cuomo Defy Legislatures, Veto Port Authority Reform Bill

Truthout Interviews Joe Macaré on Keeping the Independence in Independent Journalism and Truthout (VIDEO)

AirAsia Indonesia flight to Singapore goes missing with 162 on board

White Christmas? Start worrying about El Niño and its effect on food prices

Green Neocolonialism, Afro-Brazilian Rebellion in Brazil

Selling ‘Peace Groups’ on US-Led Wars
Since the anti-war protests on Vietnam, the U.S. government has made “perception management” of the American people a high priority, feeding them a steady diet of propaganda about foreign crises, even getting “peace groups” to buy into “pro-democracy” wars.

Texas Cops Fatally Shoot Armed 20-Year-Old; Bystanders Throw Bottles at Police

Seven Satisfying and Healthy Meat Alternatives

Police turn backs on de Blasio at funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos

ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents

Trafficking, Child Labor May Be Growing In Global Chocolate Industry

On racial issues, America is divided both black and white and red and blue

U.S. prepares to accelerate detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay prison

NSA Fesses Up To Improper Surveillance Of U.S. Citizens

Mexicans fight back over their missing

Let’s All Screw the 1%: The Simple Move Obama Could Make to Strengthen the Rest of Us
You're working more hours and not getting paid for them. We can fix that -- and put more people to work. Here's how

Increasingly Dangerous Guns Endanger US Communities

Heralded by Human Rights Groups, Global Arms Trade Treaty Goes Into Force
With the new law in place, 'it will no longer be acceptable to turn a blind eye when arms are being transferred into the hands of regimes that will use them to devastate people’s lives.'

Your Tax Dollars at Derp: Newest US Stealth Fighter "10 Years Behind" Older Jets
America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars.

'Some Sort of Hell': How One of the Wealthiest Cities in America Treats Its Homeless
The city refuses to provide affordable housing, yet won't tolerate people living outdoors.

SATIRE: Regulations for Pissing on Cheney’s Grave Announced

Federal Officials May Use Little-Known Civil Rights Statute in Police Shooting Cases
Department of Justice and FBI have for weeks been examining the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III and now Dontre Hamilton

Social Movements Didn’t Kill the NYPD Officers. A Man With Untreated Mental Illness and a Gun Did
From Bill de Blasio to Eric Holder to Barack Obama to #BlackLivesMatter, right-wing pundits are blaming everyone and everything but the obvious.

GOP Moves Early to Court Conservative Christians

White Christmas, Black Christmas

How Torture Physically Changes The Brain Forever

Video Games Gave Cultural Cachet – so Recognize Their Place in Society and History

90-Year-Old Vet Arrested For Feeding Homeless Will Be Allowed To Hand Out Christmas Eve Dinner

Protecting Our Waterways When Disaster Strikes

Plaintiffs in suit striking down state’s same-sex marriage ban named ‘Utahns of the Year’

Protests erupt in Nicaragua over interoceanic canal

Pope Singles Out Refugees, Hostages In Christmas Message

Oil’s Swift Fall Raises Fortunes of U.S. Abroad

On Christmas, It Is Hypocritical for the US to Close Its Borders to Migrants in Need of Shelter
-- Michael Seifert for BuzzFlash at Truthout