Reality TV’s Culture of Rape and Exploitation Extends Far Beyond The Bachelor

Contestants and workers are having traumatic experiences in an industry that lacks a standard of informed consent. In order to offer the sorts of protections exploited workers need for ethical and safety reasons, these shows would have to come clean about just how scripted they are. Would that lead to viewers being less intrigued? When […]

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‘Millions of People Will Lose Their Coverage Under Whatever Comes Out’

Janine Jackson interviewed Trudy Lieberman about covering Trumpcare for the June 16, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine Jackson: As we record this show on June 14, Democratic senators are saying they have no idea what’s in the healthcare bill that Senate Republicans have been crafting secretly for […]

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In Opinion Mostly Rejecting Jeffrey Sterling Appeal, Fourth Circuit Criminalizes Unclassified Tips

The Fourth Circuit just codified the principle that you can go to prison for four minutes and 11 seconds of phone calls during which you tell a reporter to go find out classified details you know about. They just released an opinion mostly upholding Jeffrey Sterling’s conviction. The majority, penned by Albert Diaz, overturned one conviction […]

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Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan   A single-payer health care system would ensure all Americans have medical coverage, regardless of age, from birth to death. (Michael Fleshman / CC BY-SA 2.0) President Donald Trump’s long-promised repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, edges closer to reality, as the Senate releases […]

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The Pentagon Says One Civilian Died in Drone Strike on Syrian Mosque. Witnesses Say It Killed Dozens.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced the results of an internal review into a U.S. drone attack on a mosque in a village in Syria. There had been allegations that at least 38 people, all of them civilians, had been killed in the March 16 attack, but the Pentagon review upheld the Defense Department’s initial […]

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Democracy Now! 2017-06-22 Thursday

Democracy Now! 2017-06-22 Thursday Headlines for June 22, 2017 As Yemen War Rages On, Saudi King Elevates the War’s Architect—His Own Son—to Be Crown Prince From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis U.S. Tied to Torture in Network of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE Austerity & Neglect Blamed as 79 […]

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Russian Duma Approves Bill To Protect Top Officials' Personal Data

Russia’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a bill that would allow classifying personal data of top officials and other individuals who are under the protection of the Federal Protection Service (FSO). The proposed legislation approved in its third and final reading on June 21 would request the FSO to “provide protection […]

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, “There Will Be Hell to Pay”

Posted by Andrew Bacevich at 7:07am, June 22, 2017.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. A billionaire in the White House. Only in America, right? In an age of billionaires, whether the voters who elected him thought that he was the one who could do what was needed in the nation’s capital or were just giving the […]

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Kazakh Senators Approve Controversial Citizenship Bill

Kazakhstan’s upper house of parliament, the Senate, has approved a controversial bill that would enable authorities to strip “terrorists” of their citizenship. The Senate approved the proposed legislation on June 22 and sent it to President Nursultan Nazarbaev for ratification. The bill was approved by the parliament’s lower chamber, the Mazhilis, in May. Under the […]

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The rise of Andrei Zvyagintsev

The recent successes of Russian film director Andrei Zvyagintsev is a reminder of how artists are pigeon-holed into national frames — and how Russian culture has become all-too parochial. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev poses after winning the Cannes Jury Prize Award for “Loveless”. (c) Xu Jinquan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved. Russian film director Andrei […]

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What could a multi-million euro arts festival offer struggling communities in Greece?

The world-class €37 million Documenta arts festival comes to Athens – and brings challenging questions about art’s relevance amid economic and humanitarian crises. Documenta 14 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. Photo: Aristidis Vafeiadakis/PA Images. All rights reserved.On a sunny afternoon in May, a group of Syrian and Iraqi refugees assembled in […]

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