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The Worst Narco-State in History? After 13-Year War, #Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Floods the Globe - DemocrayNow 13 mn

The Worst Narco-State in History? After 13-Year War, #Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Floods the Globe - DemocracyNow 13 mn

In the 13 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the country's opium production has doubled, now accounting for about 90 percent of the world's supply. To learn more, we are joined by Matthieu Aikins, a Kabul-based journalist whose latest report for Rolling Stone magazine explores Afghanistan's heroin boom. "What has happened in Afghanistan over the last 13 years has been the flourishing of a narco-state that is really without any parallel in history," Aikins says. "This is something that is extraordinary, that is catastrophic, that has grave danger for the future and yet there has been virtually no discussion of in recent years."

Watch 13 years of Democracy Now! coverage of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan in our online archive:
http://www.democracynow.org/topics/af...

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▶ Empire - McAmerica: The Success Secrets of Brand USA - Al Jazeera documentary 46 mn

▶ Empire - McAmerica: The Success Secrets of Brand USA - Al Jazeera documentary 46 mn

Despite the many failures of its government, America continues to triumph as the biggest brand in the world. Empire investigates how the use of American soft power, its cultural imperialism and its exceptional branding has gained global traction. -

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#NYC #USA The Real Reason So Many #Cops Hate Mayor #BilldeBlasio - #PoliceState

#NYC #USA The Real Reason So Many #Cops Hate Mayor #BilldeBlasio - #PoliceState | News in english | Scoop.it

#NYC #USA The Real Reason So Many #Cops Hate Mayor #BilldeBlasio - #PoliceState

In the past few weeks police officials have launched a media assault against the Mayor

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#investigation Prying Eyes: Inside the #NSA's War on Internet Security #USA #UK #Surveillance - SPIEGEL ONLINE

#investigation Prying Eyes: Inside the #NSA's War on Internet Security #USA #UK #Surveillance - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News in english | Scoop.it

#investigation Prying Eyes: Inside the #NSA's War on Internet Security #USA #UK #Surveillance - SPIEGEL ONLINE

US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA.

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#EmpireHasNoLimits As the US "Enhances" Military Cooperation in the #Philippines, a Complicated Relationship Is Challenged

#EmpireHasNoLimits As the US "Enhances" Military Cooperation in the #Philippines, a Complicated Relationship Is Challenged | News in english | Scoop.it

#EmpireHasNoLimits As the US "Enhances" Military Cooperation in the #Philippines, a Complicated Relationship Is Challenged

Opponents of a US-Philippines military agreement say it tramples on Philippine sovereignty.

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'Miss Independence': Beauties in wheelchairs (RT Documentary 26 mn ) -#Russia


'Miss Independence': Beauties in wheelchairs (RT Documentary 26 mn ) -#Russia

Miss Independence’ is an annual beauty contest for young women in wheelchairs. Its participants all have different stories that have confined them to this way of life, but all have one thing in common: a determination to live their lives to the fullest, by exploring their talents and realizing their potential. They dance, go rock climbing and fall in love. And they’re competing with each other to be crowned Miss Independence.


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A political mobilization of the American #police - World Socialist Web Site

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A political mobilization of the American #police - World Socialist Web Site


The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence.

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#Health #Malaria killing thousands more than #Ebola in West #Africa - The Washington Post

#Health #Malaria killing thousands more than #Ebola in West #Africa - The Washington Post | News in english | Scoop.it

#Health #Malaria killing thousands more than #Ebola in West #Africa - The Washington Post

West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.

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▶ From South Africa to the United States: The Black Consciousness Movements - 18 mn - The Real News

▶  From South Africa to the United States: The Black Consciousness Movements - 18 mn - The Real News

Jared Ball hosts legendary emcee and producer Shaheen Ariefdien and Dr. Rico Chapman discussing the histories, similarities and mutual impact of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa and the Black Power Movement here in the United States.

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How Anonymous Revolutionized Revolt

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How Anonymous Revolutionized Revolt

“There’s a trade-off in place here. There’s a privacy interest involved with accessing private computer systems, but there is also an interest in ensuring the public good,” one Internet researcher tells MintPress, explaining the ambiguities and lack of boundaries in “hacktivism.”

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DISRESPECTING THEIR OWN TO SHOW DISRESPECT IS HATRED #RafaelRamos #NVY #BillDeBlasio by MentalUnrest

DISRESPECTING THEIR OWN TO SHOW DISRESPECT IS HATRED #RafaelRamos #NVY #BillDeBlasio by MentalUnrest | News in english | Scoop.it

DISRESPECTING THEIR OWN TO SHOW DISRESPECT IS HATRED #RafaelRamos #NVY #BillDeBlasio by MentalUnrest

It happened again. NYPD officers—during the funeral of slain cop Rafael Ramos turned their backs on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio when he addressed parishioners. The same cops who want anti-police prote...

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#Russia’s new military doctrine lists #NATO, #US as major foreign threats - 1:36 - RT

#Russia’s new military doctrine lists #NATO, #US as major foreign threats - 1:36 - RT

Russia has adopted an updated version of its military doctrine, which reflects the emergence of new threats against its national security. NATO military buil...

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▶ Botched Aid: Audit shows #US money vanishes in #Afghanistan 1:15 RT

▶ Botched Aid: Audit shows #US  money vanishes in #Afghanistan 1:15 RT

The United States has spent nearly a billion dollars on improving the lives of women in Afghanistan over the past two years. But a newly-published audit says it's unknown where most of the money has actually gone, claiming there is no clear link between improvements in women's issues and U.S. financial aid. Sahar Aziz, an Associate Professor at Texas School of Law told us why the outcome is of little surprise.

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▶ Witness - Dust in the lung -#health #migrants #China - Al Jazeera documentary 25 mn

▶ Witness - Dust in the lung -#health #migrants #China - Al Jazeera documentary 25 mn

One journalist is determined to help China's millions of migrant workers suffering from the deadly black lung disease. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly...

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¡Podemos! #Spain Party Rises from #Grassroots to Challenge Corruption of Elite Party Rule (follow @ahorapodemos)

¡Podemos! #Spain Party Rises from #Grassroots to Challenge Corruption of Elite Party Rule (follow @ahorapodemos) | News in english | Scoop.it


¡Podemos! #Spain Party Rises from #Grassroots to Challenge Corruption of Elite Party Rule (follow @ahorapodemos)

The ascendent leftwing Syriza Party in Greece is not the only progressive party in Europe seeing an increase in its popularity and political might on the basis of a consistent, two-pronged anti-austerity and pro-democracy platform.


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Top 50 Most Influential #Marijuana Users

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Top 50 Most Influential #Marijuana Users

You might be surprised who's on the list.

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#UN -Recommended Prosecution of Lawyers Who Cleared #US #Torture Program Good First Step - cc @CIA - Truthout

#UN -Recommended Prosecution of Lawyers Who Cleared #US #Torture Program Good First Step - cc @CIA - Truthout | News in english | Scoop.it

#UN -Recommended Prosecution of Lawyers Who Cleared #US #Torture Program Good First Step - cc @CIA - Truthout

A UN panel's call to prosecute lawyers who cleared US torture program is a good start.

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@BarackObama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in #Afghanistan - #drones #WarCrimes SPIEGEL ONLINE

@BarackObama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in #Afghanistan - #drones #WarCrimes SPIEGEL ONLINE | News in english | Scoop.it

@BarackObama's Lists: A Dubious History of Targeted Killings in #Afghanistan - #drones #WarCrimes SPIEGEL ONLINE

Combat operations in Afghanistan may be coming to an end, but a look at secret NATO documents reveals that the US and the UK were far less scrupulous in choosing targets for killing than previously believed. Drug dealers were also on the lists.

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#Saudi royal priorities - analyzing 2015 budget - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

#Saudi royal priorities - analyzing 2015 budget - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | News in english | Scoop.it

#Saudi royal priorities - analyzing 2015 budget - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

A recent budget report shows challenges ahead for the Saudi economy in 2015.

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#Guantanamo The Mysterious Case of Prisoner 212 - #Gitmo The Intercept

#Guantanamo The Mysterious Case of Prisoner 212 - #Gitmo  The Intercept | News in english | Scoop.it

#Guantanamo The Mysterious Case of Prisoner 212 - #Gitmo  The Intercept

Researchers and reporters had long counted the total number of prisoners who cycled through Guantanamo at 779, but the Senate intelligence committee’s report on CIA torture revealed that there was one more previously unknown detainee. Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, also known as prisoner 212, was held at a secret black site at Guantanamo Bay, according to the report, bringing the total number of detainees to 780.

That al-Libi was held by the CIA is long established. After all, al-Libi’s name is notorious as the source of bad information used by the Bush administration to tie Saddam Hussein to Al-Qaeda to support the US invasion of Iraq — information he provided while being tortured in Egyptian custody, and later recanted.

More than a single digit change in the tally, al-Libi’s hitherto unknown presence at Guantanamo underscores how much remains unknown about the total number of detainees and their fates. The Senate report includes a list of 119 men– a rare official disclosure of the individuals held and in many cases tortured by the CIA. Only a fraction of those had previously been acknowledged as CIA detainees, though journalists and human rights groups had pieced together the population of prisoners from disclosures about Guantanamo, leaked documents, and court proceedings.

The Senate list fills the holes in a few cases, like al-Libi’s.

The black sites in the Senate report are identified by color code names, but journalists and human rights groups quickly identified them. As the Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg first noted, the report confirms that al-Libi was at one of Guantanamo’s black sites—“Maroon” and “Indigo” in the report. Al-Libi was secreted away from Guantanamo in 2004 along with four other so-called high value detainees, before the Supreme Court determined that prisoners at the naval base had the right to challenge their detention.

Disappearing those detainees gave the CIA leeway to continue secret interrogations outside the view of any court system. Al-Libi ultimately ended up in prison in Libya, where he died in 2009.

The Senate report doesn’t cover everyone caught up in the CIA’s net. The Open Society Foundations, for example, published a report last year detailing 136 cases of individuals suspected to have been detained or rendered by the CIA. The Senate report misses some high-profile cases, however, because it didn’t include rendition — when the CIA handed prisoners over to third countries for interrogation or imprisonment. (As the Intercept’s Peter Maass noted last week, it also doesn’t touch on detainee abuse by the military.)

Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained in 2002 and shipped to Jordan and then Syria and tortured before being released in 2003. The Canadian government ultimately

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After 13 Years, US-Led Afghanistan War is Officially Over but Nightmare Goes On

After 13 Years, US-Led Afghanistan War is Officially Over but Nightmare Goes On | News in english | Scoop.it

After 13 Years, US-Led Afghanistan War is Officially Over but Nightmare Goes On

The war in Afghanistan claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and about 3,500 foreign troops


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The year the #grassroots took on the powerful – and won #altermondialisme - The Guardian

The year the #grassroots took on the powerful – and won #altermondialisme - The Guardian | News in english | Scoop.it

The year the #grassroots took on the powerful – and won #altermondialisme - The Guardian

Owen Jones: Ignored communities have forced the elites to listen by getting organised. They offer hope for democracy

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Trafficking, #ChildLabor May Be Growing In Global #Chocolate Industry - Focus on #Traders - #ModernSlavery

Trafficking, #ChildLabor May Be Growing In Global #Chocolate Industry - Focus on #Traders - #ModernSlavery | News in english | Scoop.it

Trafficking, #ChildLabor May Be Growing In Global #Chocolate Industry - Focus on #Traders - #ModernSlavery

Labor advocates say failure to address the root causes of poverty among cocoa farming communities may be leading to both human trafficking and child labor along the chocolate industry’s supply chains.

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#Facebook to face lawsuit for 'reading' users' messages. - Hack Read

#Facebook to face lawsuit for 'reading' users' messages. - Hack Read | News in english | Scoop.it
Facebook is facing a lawsuit for reading users messages and sharing them with advertisers.
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#ISIS capable to bring down planes #IS #EI - 2 mn - RT

 #ISIS capable to bring down planes #IS #EI - 2 mn - RT

Islamic State terrorists have reportedly brought down a US-led coalition fighter jet in northern Syria. That's according to the London-based Observatory for Human rights, but the claim hasn't been confirmed by the coalition. RT's Paula Slier has more.

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