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Four Score and Seven Years Ago… at Disney World

Have we been living in a futuristic science fiction novel through the most bizarre American century yet? Tom Engelhardt discusses the demobilization of the American people and the spectacle of the 2016 elections.

How Much ‘Free Speech’ Can You Buy?

Mega-rich families and the corporations they control have bought more than a million dollars' worth of "free" speech in this so called "democratic" election process. It's time we get Big Money out of our political system.

Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing...

Tony Blair continues with his half-hearted apologies on the inception of the Iraq War. He has never actually apologized for breaking international law by launching a war of aggression. But will this cause him to be lynched by the public and the media?

VIDEO: 'Everybody Is a Suspect:' European Rights Chief on Edward Snowden's...

In a new campaign to establish global privacy standards, Edward Snowden along with others proposed the International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance and Protection of Whistleblowers. Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, discusses the treaty.

WikiLeaks Releases CIA Director’s Hacked Emails

So many top U.S. intelligence officials are unable to maintain basic security over sensitive data with the most recent hacked private email account of CIA Director John Brennan. Are these hackers confirming that the wrong people have been leading this country for far too long?

My Pick for the Next Speaker of the US House

While the Speaker of the House doesn't actually have to be a member of Congress, why don't we choose someone like a kindergarten teacher, a minimum-wage worker, or organic farmer to run the show? They might be exactly who is needed.

AUSTERITY 101: The Three Reasons Republican Deficit Hawks Are Wrong (Video)

As Congress debates another federal budget deficit, the national debt and the debt ceiling, here are three reasons why the Republican deficit hawks are wrong and the one economically sound answer to the problem.

License Politicians: Better Late Than Never

Politics remains a glaring, backward exception to a complex, modern culture that rightly demands top credentials for top jobs: any buffoon struts into high political office and commandeers god-like powers over life and death.

Things Like Ted Cruz’s Threat to Kill Iran’s Ayatollah Are Why...

Decades of American dirty tricks and plots against the Iranian people might be the main reason why Iranians don’t trust the U.S. And Ted Cruz confirmed that on Friday at the Value Voters Summit conference.

Papal Stardom: Triumph of Upbeat Humanism, Skirting Dogma-Driven Culture Wars

The Pope Francis whirlwind has wowed the West with an upbeat Christian humanism. Yet the Pope doesn't come without major contradictions—Is his urge for reform “outside” the church not matching up with that on his home turf?


The spy and the nerve agent: The new Cold War heats up in the...

In a horrifying case of life imitating lowbrow art, it seems likely there will be many twists and turns to the story, even if an actual ending in which all is revealed seems unlikely.

Close call in Illinois’ third district should be a wake up call to Democrats

Newman’s insurgent campaign should be a wake up call to both centrist and right-leaning Democrats.

Donald Trump’s America

"It's a hell that remains largely private at the moment, but for how long?"

Arthur Jones, Holocaust denier, wins Republican nomination in Illinois primary in predominantly Democratic district

Arthur Jones, former leader of the America Nazi Party, won the Republican nomination for a seat in Congress, but in a predominantly Democratic district, the chance of Jones winning is far fetched.

Beyond the illusion of human rights

As precious as they are, “rights” can no longer protect us against the environmental, political, and economic degradation engendered by today’s global system.