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Chomsky:  Iran Is Not the Greatest Threat to World Peace

Source: Tom Dispatch

There’s a clear way to ensure a nuclear-free Middle East, but Washington is not interested.

hroughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the US Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation and a verification system to promptly detect and deter possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons that will last indefinitely.” read more

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‘Things will never be the same’: the oral history of a new civil rights movement

Source: The Guardian Unlimited

One year ago, the world turned to Ferguson. From mourning emerged a coalition of activists proclaiming that black lives matter and fighting for life and love. The Guardian spoke to 18 leaders about what has changed and what has not … yet

Saturday 9 August 2014: ‘Oh my God, they left him in the street’

PATRICIA BYNES, Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township: At first I did not even know his name. It was actually the committee woman of the seventh ward that sent me a text that day. I was out running errands, on my way to the barbershop. And she said, “Tricia, what’s going on in your city?” And I said, “What are you talking about? Which city?” And she said: “In Ferguson.” read more

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Europe’s Big Banks Are Fueling the Continent’s Far-Right Fascists

Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Greece’s left-wing government stood up to their creditors, only to be politically executed. Is the far right set to pick up the mantle?

a moment this summer, it appeared that Greece had cornered its creditors. In a hotly contested vote in which their European neighbors openly intervened, Greeks overwhelmingly voted to reject more austerity.

In a controversial turnaround, however, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras then submitted to the demands of eurozone leaders for more austerity measures in return for a bailout loan of 86 billion euros. Tsipras lamented that he’d had no choice — resistance would have meant a forcible exit from the eurozone. read more

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The U.S. Military Is in Africa—But What Is It Doing There?

Source: In These Times

Journalist Nick Turse discusses his new book, Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa.

The United States military is a global force, with bases spanning six continents and dozens of countries. Its expansion in East Asia makes headlines and triggers protests around the world; forces fighting in countries as distant as Ukraine and Syria receive military aid; over the past several decades, it has crippled South American insurgent groups and still performs large scale training operations in Central America. read more