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Charlie Hebdo and Debating the Merits of Censorship

Charlie Hebdo and Debating the Merits of Censorship
A number of media organizations have chosen to censor the Charlie Hebdo cartoons while reporting on the story surrounding the Paris attacks. Are there merits to self-censorship?
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Do Last Week's Midterm Results Mean the TPP's Inevitability?

Do Last Week's Midterm Results Mean the TPP's Inevitability?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has long been the boogeyman hiding under America's bed. The TPP, which was written to favor corporations over local domestic law with deregulations, was kept at bay by Democrats in the Senate. Unfortunately, something happened last week that significantly hurt those Dems' ability to fight the international "trade agreement" boogeyman.
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Michael Brooks
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How the U.S.-Saudi Joint Venture Funds and Fuels Terrorism Against the U.S.

How the U.S.-Saudi Joint Venture Funds and Fuels Terrorism Against the U.S.
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are more than allies, they’re equal partners in a joint venture to maximize returns from the Arab state’s natural resources. This much is obvious, but once you understand and acknowledge that, you understand why the U.S. will never win the war on terror.
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Only 4% of Drone Victims in Pakistan Identified as al Qaeda Members

Only 4% of Drone Victims in Pakistan Identified as al Qaeda Members
As the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan hits 400, research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that fewer than 4% of the people killed have been identified by available records as members of al Qaeda
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US Did Find Chemical Weapons in Iraq... The Ones We Sent There

US Did Find Chemical Weapons in Iraq... The Ones We Sent There
New reporting from the New York Times, published online late Tuesday, which reveals that though the administration of George W. Bush employed false claims of a chemical weapons program to justify its 2003 invasion of Saddam Hussein's Iraq (no such program existed), the reality is that substantial, largely forgotten and degraded stockpiles of older weapons did exist inside the country.
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Red-Handed: Oil Companies Unhappy With Good News at the Pump Try to Sneak Shady Language Into Treaties

Red-Handed: Oil Companies Unhappy With Good News at the Pump Try to Sneak Shady Language Into Treaties
A surprising "boom" in oil and gas production, fueled (no pun intended) by fracking and pipelines, brought a surplus in barrels and lower prices for the first time in forever. Of course, that means less profit for the oil companies. So to ensure that the destruction of the world's natural resources benefits them and only them, they're sneaking language designed to lift a beneficial ban on oil exports into U.S. treaties – a new low for the industry.
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Was Khorasan Just a Fake Terror Threat Used to Justify Bombing Syria?

Was Khorasan Just a Fake Terror Threat Used to Justify Bombing Syria?
In an effort to win support for its bombing campaign against Syria, the Obama Administration concocted a new terror threat—the so-called 'Khorasan Group'—and got the mainstream media to run with the story, according to reporting by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain, published at The Intercept over the weekend.
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Into the Heart of Darkness: Obama Addresses ISIS, Ebola and Ukraine in UN Address (Video)

Into the Heart of Darkness: Obama Addresses ISIS, Ebola and Ukraine in UN Address (Video)
President Obama, in his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, cited "the cancer of violent extremism" in the Middle East as the single issue that could derail future global progress, and said six years into his presidency that the world is at a crossroads. He specifically called on Muslim communities in the region to confront the threat of extremism and reject such ideology.
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Obama on Ebola: Chance of US Outbreak 'Extremely Low,' Situation in Africa is 'Spiraling out of Control'

Obama on Ebola: Chance of US Outbreak 'Extremely Low,' Situation in Africa is 'Spiraling out of Control'
Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, President Obama provides an update on the U.S. plan to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. President Obama says the U.S. will lead on fighting the ebola outbreak. He also says the probability of ebola spreading to the U.S. is low, but the country is ready to deal with it.
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Did US Threaten Families Trying to Rescue Their Children from ISIS?

Did US Threaten Families Trying to Rescue Their Children from ISIS?
Is ISIS successfully manipulating U.S. politicians and media? Did the U.S. government threaten the families of the beheaded journalists if they paid the ransom allegedly demanded by the extremist group?
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