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The Dying Russians by Masha Gessen

The Dying Russians by Masha Gessen | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying.
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This is a powerful essay which raises an important question: Since they do not have a sense of their personal futures being better, do the Russian people need to aggress against neighbors such as Ukraine in order to maintain their own sense of purpose and therefore of hope? Next question: As economic inequality grows in the U.S., will a similar sense of hopelessness and resulting decrease in personal health and longevity lead to similar aggression? Was that the underlying force behind the rise of the Nazi party in Germany?

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Pope lifts ban on 'left-wing' bishop

Pope lifts ban on 'left-wing' bishop | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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It is about time that the Catholic Church recognizes the Christian value of Liberation Theology. The beatification of Oscar Romero  is long overdue if you want the Church to represent the striving of decent, hard-working, but often poor people throughout the world. Next, perhaps we can have some recognition of the need for birth control. I have no doubt that were Jesus alive today and concerned as he was for people and especially those in need, he would be supporting Planned Parenthood and the use of prevention.

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I've Never Seen the Israel / Palestine Conflict Illustrated More Uniquely Than This

I've Never Seen the Israel / Palestine Conflict Illustrated More Uniquely Than This | Upsetment | Scoop.it
3 minutes | The story shared by Israel and Palestine has been told in several stunning films, but I don't think I've ever seen it told like this.

Nina Paley created this (extremely brief) animated history of...
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Brilliant and so powerful. There is, by the way, a "pogrom" (sic) to help identify the characters.

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Christian right secession fantasy: Spooky neo-Confederate talk grows louder at the fringes

Christian right secession fantasy: Spooky neo-Confederate talk grows louder at the fringes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The religious right is spooked and making scary new allies. Some worry theocratic violence will soon be on the rise
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If this topic interests you, be sure to catch my special interview with historian John McKee Barr, author of "Loathing Lincoln," this Thursday on It Matters Radio. The show will run from 9 - 10:30 Eastern time. The show link is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itmattersradio/2014/07/04/it-matters-radio-presents--a-salute-to-independence

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10 Amazing Things Recently Found from WWII (war, ww2, wwii, treasure, relics, artifacts, found, nazis) - ODDEE

10 Amazing Things Recently Found from WWII (war, ww2, wwii, treasure, relics, artifacts, found, nazis) - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Check out these 10 fascinating World War II artifacts that have turned up seven decades later. (war, ww2, wwii, treasure, relics, artifacts, found, nazis)
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Always enjoy a bit of hostory.

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Where slavery thrived, inequality rules today - The Boston Globe

Where slavery thrived, inequality rules today - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
More than a century later, some experts say, a terrible institution is still exacting its price
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If you know the history of slavery in the U.S., this makes sense. Join us on It Matters Radio ( http://www.itmattersradio.com ) this Thursday evening (9 PM Eastern time) when I interview historian Gerald Horne and we discuss the role of Africans in America at the time of the Revolution. You may be surprised by what you learn.

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Have You Ever Heard Of The Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened.

Have You Ever Heard Of The Ludlow Massacre? You Might Be Shocked When You See What Happened. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here’s a bit of history that you probably never learned in school.
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When we think of Ferguson, it may be a good idea to remember how many Americans have died as a result of similar social issues. Be sure to join us on It Matters Radio Aug 28, when we'll be talking about the role of Africans at the time of the American Revolution. You may be very surprised.

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The Founding Fathers backed Thomas Piketty – and feared a powerful 1 percent

The Founding Fathers backed Thomas Piketty – and feared a powerful 1 percent | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This 4th of July, remember the truth about founding fathers, and their prescient warnings about income inequality
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If you don't know who Thomas Piketty is; no, he was not a founding father. He is a modern French economist who proposes a worldwide tax on wealth to stop the growth of inequality. Meanwhile, the review of the thought of some of our great American heroes is very instructive and interesting.

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.
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I chose to highlight the map above because it reflects one of my hobbyhorses, the correlation between the Pashtun as a people and support of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, all these maps are important and worth your time.

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The Bomb Didn't Beat Japan... Stalin Did - By Ward Wilson

An excellent discussion of the end of the war with Japan. How important were the two atomic bombs?

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This is a great piece of historical writing. It makes sense and recasts the significance of the atomic bomb. However, the writer does leave out one very real fact. While conventional bombing had wrecked much devastation on Japan, it did not include radiation sickness. It took a bit of time for the military leaders to understand the significance of this new kind of sequeala.

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