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Azmat Khan on How U.S. Hid Thousands of Civilian Deaths in Middle East Air War

U.S. air power has been central in the country’s wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, with officials promising that drones and other sophisticated weapons allow the U.S. military to carry out precision airstrikes that spare civilians caught in war zones. But a groundbreaking investigation by The New York Times reveals the U.S. military’s air wars have been plagued by bad intelligence, imprecise targeting and a lack of accountability for thousands of civilian deaths, many of them children. The two-part series by reporter Azmat Khan is based on a trove of... read more .

The Ivy League’s Legitimacy Crisis

As a year of labor militancy comes to a close, the largest active strike in the United States is taking place in New York City, not on the factory floor, but outside the university. Nearly 3,000 graduate workers at Columbia University have been on the picket lines since... read more .

“An Outrage”: House Passes Largest Military Budget in Generations

President Biden may soon approve the largest military spending bill since World War II, which ramps up spending to counter China and Russia. Separately, the Senate voted down a bipartisan bid by Senators Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul and Mike Lee to halt $650 million in U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid the devastating... read more .

The 'agricultural mafia' taking over Brazil's Amazon rainforest

Encouraged by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and local authorities who want to see the development of agribusiness, an "agricultural mafia" is taking over the Amazon rainforest. In the Brazilian state of Rondonia, organised groups set up camps for small farmers – sometimes the size of a city – within national forest parks that are supposed to be protected by law, or on land... read more .

Barbados Breaks From Colonial Rule as Calls Grow For Reparations

Barbados has become the world’s newest republic breaking ties with Queen Elizabeth 55 years after it became an independent nation, saying it was time for Barbados to break from its colonial past. The move comes as calls grow for the United Kingdom to pay reparations for enacting a regime of slavery in Barbados. While it was an occasion for celebration, it was also “55 years overdue” and should have happened... read more .

Mass Psychosis is a Real Global Pandemic

Mass psychosis is defined as “an epidemic of madness” that occurs when a “large portion of society loses touch with reality and descends into delusions.” The witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries are a classic example. We’re now in the middle of another mass psychosis, induced by relentless fear mongering coupled with data suppression and intimidation tactics of all kinds.  Read more.

Aron Solomon: What Exactly Is a Jury of One’s Peers?

 The concept of being tried by a jury of one’s peers is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, which ensures that “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.” As the C ornell Law School Legal Information Institute explains, the point of being tried by a jury of one’s peers is that “is to ensure that a jury’s verdict is not tainted by biases that jurors may harbor before being... read more .

No jab, no job? Thousands of American workers could get pink slip

Thousands of unvaccinated workers across the United States are facing potential job losses as a growing number of states, cities and private companies start to enforce mandates for inoculation against COVID-19. In the latest high-profile example, Washington State University (WSU) fired its head football coach and four of his assistants on Monday for failing to comply with the... read more .  

Steven Donziger, Who Sued Chevron over “Amazon Chernobyl,” Ordered to Prison

The environmental and human rights lawyer Steven Donziger joins us just before he is ordered to report to jail today, after a years-long legal battle with the oil company Chevron and 813 days of house arrest. In 2011, Donziger won an $18 billion settlement against Chevron on behalf of 30,000 Indigenous people in Ecuador for dumping 16 billion gallons of oil into their... read more .

The Facebook Papers: Docs Reveal Tech Giant’s Complicity in Hate, Lies & Violence

Thousands of internal Facebook documents leaked to media outlets continue to produce damning revelations about how the social media giant has prioritized its profits over user safety. The Facebook Papers have provided fresh evidence of how the company has let serious problems fester on its platform, including hate, misinformation, and human trafficking, and failed to invest in... read more .