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Why Do All of the Pentagon’s ‘Successes’ in Iraq Look More Like Failures?

Why Do All of the Pentagon’s ‘Successes’ in Iraq Look More Like Failures?

By September 2012, after almost a decade at the task, the U.S. had allocated and spent nearly $25 billion on “training, equipping, and sustaining” the Iraqi security forces, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. In the end, the U.S. claimed to have trained roughly 950,000 members of the “steady,” “solid,” and well-trained Iraqi security forces.
And yet just two and a half years after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, that same force collapsed in spectacular fashion to less than 31,000 ISIS militants (according to CIA estimates) and these forces reportedly were so frightened by 800 ISIS militants that they went running, leaving equipment and even their uniforms behind, thus handing over the second largest city in the country, Mosul.

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The Hypocrisy of Politicians With Armed Security-Who Wish it For No One Else

The Hypocrisy of Politicians With Armed Security-Who Wish it For No One Else

We’ve all heard this one: if a politician wants to disarm the public, he should give up his own security protection. See how he likes it. What is it about politicians that gives them a special right to have armed professionals stalk their perimeter and mumble into their collars?

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TRUMP: Technocrats, Davos Globalists can’t stop talking about Trump

Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Corruption, Government, Politics with 13 Comments
TRUMP: Technocrats, Davos Globalists can’t stop talking about Trump

Donald Trump is gathering a great deal of support not despite his frequent change of focus and promises to defeat globalism, but because of them. He represents a candidate who is not

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With 29 Million American’s Uninsured, Sanders Proposes ‘Medicare for All’

Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Government, Politics with 61 Comments
With 29 Million American’s Uninsured, Sanders Proposes ‘Medicare for All’

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a new plan to achieve the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century – healthcare coverage for everyone.

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Recent Congressional News About the TPP

Recent Congressional News About the TPP

“The Commission’s report on the potential economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes at a turning point in American trade policy. “We all recognize that trade can be beneficial. The issue is not whether Members of Congress such as myself could pass an Econ 101 class, as President George W. Bush’s Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Gregory Mankiw, recently put it. Instead, the issue is whether we are going to face up to the fact that our trading system today is much more complex than the simplistic trade model presented in an Econ 101 class.

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Why Did Ted Cruz’s Mass Murder Proposal Win Him Higher Poll Numbers?

Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Corruption, Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 20 Comments
Why Did Ted Cruz’s Mass Murder Proposal Win Him Higher Poll Numbers?

After Senator Ted Cruz suggested that the United States begin carpet bombing ISIS, politicians and papers around him wrote it off as “bluster and bigotry,” “foolish”, and “…just silly.” By almost any standard, Cruz’s proposal was laughable [not to mention pathological & inhumane], and his rivals and the media called him on it. Yet, his poll numbers actually crept up, from 15 % to 18 percent, & one poll even had at 24 %.

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“The Big Short” and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street

Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Government, Politics with 33 Comments
“The Big Short” and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street

The only way to contain Wall Street’s excesses is by taking on its economic and political power directly – with reforms so big, bold, and public they can’t be watered down. Starting with busting up the biggest banks, as Bernie Sanders proposes.

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Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

Mass surveillance has “badly shaken writers’ faith that democratic governments will respect their rights to privacy and freedom of expression,” according to a January 2015 PEN America report based on the responses of 772 writers from fifty countries. Reporting for Common Dreams, Lauren McCauley covered not only the PEN America report, but also a July 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch indicating that US journalists and lawyers increasingly avoid work on potentially controversial topics due to fear of government spying.

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U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs in 2015 Under Command of Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Obama

Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Corruption, Government, Military, Politics with 190 Comments
U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs in 2015 Under Command of Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Obama

Last year, under the auspices of a Nobel Peace Prize-Winning President, the U.S. dropped over 23,000 bombs on Muslim-majority countries.

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Maine Congressperson Seeks to Address Hunger & Food Waste in Important New Bill

Maine Congressperson Seeks to Address Hunger & Food Waste in Important New Bill

Nearly 7 million U.S. households struggle with hunger. Yet Americans throw away 40 percent of our food—the equivalent of $165 billion each year—according to the National Resources Defense Council. That’s why U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D-Maine) has introduced H.R. 4184, the Food Recovery Act—a bill to address food waste.

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Bernie Sanders Promises to Immediately Break up the Big Banks If Elected

Posted by on January 7, 2016 in Government, Politics with 13 Comments
Bernie Sanders Promises to Immediately Break up the Big Banks If Elected

Speaking in downtown Manhattan, presidential hopeful calls to break up ‘too big to fail’ big banks and reinstate Glass-Steagall.

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What You Need to Know About Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control

Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Government, Policies, Politics with 143 Comments
What You Need to Know About Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control

Do you think gun control will make our communities safer? The author deciphers the details of Obama’s executive order on gun control.

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At Stake in 2016 Election: We Must End the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

Posted by on January 4, 2016 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
At Stake in 2016 Election: We Must End the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

America has succumbed to an endless loop in which incredible affluence deciphers into political influence and power, which creates significantly more riches, and considerably more influence and power. The author thinks this vicious cycle must end in the 2016 election, here’s why.

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The Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals Threatening Ordinary People in 2016

Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
The Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals Threatening Ordinary People in 2016

Corporate media failed to cover the dangers of business-friendly trade deals in 2015, despite growing grassroots opposition to such pacts—and increasing public awareness about their contents. Will 2016 be the year looming toxic trade policies catapult into the mainstream? It seems there is a widening set or people who hope so.

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$10 Vouchers Are Giving Low-Income Families Access to Fresh Produce

Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Government, Politics with 53 Comments
$10 Vouchers Are Giving Low-Income Families Access to Fresh Produce

Many people earning poverty wages have a difficult time purchasing fresh produce, but that is all changing with a Washington, D.C. program that gives people $10 vouchers to use at their local farmers’ market which are only good for fruit and vegetables.

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