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The Coming New Cold War

The U.S. and Russia are sinking billions into nuclear-capable bombers, missiles, and submarines. Another round of “Mutually Assured Destruction,” anyone?

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Why ‘boots on the ground’?

The expression “boots on the ground” may not have been used until about 1980.

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Travis sentence to be reviewed

Suspended sentence given to ex-BBC DJ Travis for indecent assault to be reviewed by UK’s attorney general’s office

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Poisoning accused ‘beaten by mother’

A woman who allegedly poisoned her mother in a Breaking Bad-inspired plot tells a court she was beaten by her.

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VIDEO: Memorial service for stabbed teacher

Hundreds of people are gathering at a memorial service for teacher Ann Maguire who was stabbed to death at a Leeds school

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Gay Pride march returns to Serbia

Serbia is to hold a Gay Pride march in the capital Belgrade, after being called off for several years because of the fear of violence.

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Van Gaal accepts Rooney’s red card

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says captain Wayne Rooney’s red card against West Ham was the “right” decision.

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Blessed Are The Swingers: Christian Couple Share Partners, Word of God

Devout Christians looking to spread the word of God sometimes need to get creative about where they’re preaching—after all, anywhere could be the right place to convert an unbeliever. So why not discuss Bible verses with the guy you’ve invited over to fuck your wife? Read more…

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IRA violence ‘did work’ says Prior

A former Northern Ireland secretary who served under Margaret Thatcher says the IRA’s violence did work and that Mrs Thatcher never really understood what the problem was.

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Economic Update: How Capitalism Works

This episode covers why efforts against obesity fail, Cadillac’s move into New York, the Atlanta Symphony lockout, subprime auto credit and bank economics. We also discuss the economics of climate change, and respond to listeners’ questions on Jamestown in US history, current minimum wage struggles and the economics of insurance. Download the show To listen in live on Saturdays at noon, visit WBAI’s Live Stream Economic Update is in partnership with Truthout.org Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station, check this out. If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station, send them this. Visit Professor Wolff’s social movement project, democracyatwork.info. Permission to reprint Professor Wolff’s writing and videos is granted on an individual basis. Please contact profwolff@rdwolff.com to request permission. We reserve the right to refuse or rescind permission at any time.

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Choose Your Own Obama Scandal!

Should he have switched hands? Dropped the cup? Not drank the coffee? Declared war on coffee growers

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Pick your Young Sports Personality

Nominations are now open for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award – here’s how to get involved.

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Reconstruction of Alice’s last moves

A reconstruction of the last known movements of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross is due to take place later – four weeks after she disappeared.

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Two MSPs to launch SNP deputy bids

Two candidates for the deputy leadership of the SNP are expected to put their names forward later.

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Wiggins wins world time trial title

Great Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins clinches his first road world title with a thrilling victory at the Road World Championships.

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Yahoo prodigy opts for university

The 18-year-old coder who was paid millions to sell his app to Yahoo has decided to go to university in the UK rather than work full-time in the US.

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The Problem with ‘Inspiration Porn’

Critics of retired Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords call her anti-gun ads ‘mean.’ But Giffords isn’t mean—she’s just not doing what society expects (and accepts) of disabled people.

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PM: Queen purred over Scotland vote

The Queen “purred” when David Cameron told her about Scotland’s rejection of independence referendum, he apparently reveals.

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Teenager hurt in power line incident

A teenage boy is taken to hospital after being injured in an incident involving overhead lines at a railway crossing in Ayrshire.

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Marijuana Decriminalization a Racial Justice Victory in Philadelphia

Philadelphia will soon become the largest US city where you can have marijuana and smoke it too — at least without going to jail. Rather than arrest, being caught with anything under an ounce of marijuana will carry with it a $25 fine and citation. Getting caught smoking in public means a slightly heavier penalty: a citation and a $100 fine that can be avoided with 9 hours of community service. Combined, this year’s series of national victories around marijuana decriminalization may look spontaneous, but they in fact speak to years of racial justice organizing and the cultural shift around criminalization that they’ve helped bring about. The Philadelphia City Council voted 13-3 to decriminalize marijuana back in June, but putting the decision into law has been dependent on Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s signature. The bill, introduced by councilman Jim Kenney in May, originally included even less severe penalties, but was beefed up in a compromise with Nutter’s administration. In return, he’s agreed to sign the bill into law. Nutter has been quick, however, to draw a distinction between legalization and decriminalization. On KYW Newsradio, he clarified that there will still be “a consequence to people violating the law.” Nutter scoffed at the council’s decision earlier this summer, saying, “Suddenly, this is the great civil rights issue of our day — that black guys should be allowed to smoke as much dope as they want.” As Dan Denvir pointed out for Philadelphia’s City Paper, Nutter’s class-tinged moral posturing around marijuana use has become an anachronism in light of a shifting political context; a Quinnipiac University poll found that 85 percent of Pennsylvanians favor not just the decriminalization, but legalization of marijuana. Philadelphia’s decision is part of a growing trend among state and municipal governments. Washington, D.C., has a similar law, while Washington state and Colorado each voted to legalize recreational marijuana use last November. Twenty-three states have legalized the use and sale of the substance for medicinal purposes. Soon, Florida might become the first southern state to do the same. Kenney described marijuana decriminalization as a cut and dry racial justice issue: “Marijuana possession and use has been decriminalized in Philadelphia for years… if you’re a white person.” Indeed, African Americans accounted for 83 percent of the over 4,314 marijuana arrests last year in the city. As Kenney told Policy Mic, city police have been far more reluctant to make arrests at Phish concerts or frat houses than predominantly black working-class neighborhoods. Philadelphia is the nation’s poorest major city. The poverty rate is an astounding 26 percent, with 40 percent of children living below the poverty line. One in four people are at risk for hunger. As public education is gutted and prisons crop up around the city, it’s become harder for even the city’s most well-off to avoid the racial disparities embedded in the criminal justice system. Former gubernatorial candidate John Hanger made decriminalization a centerpiece of his Pennsylvania People’s Campaign, arguably pushing other primary contenders further left on the issue. The Hangar campaign itself was built on the foundation of groups like the Institute for the Development of African American Youth, or IDAAY, and Decarcerate PA, which for years have been fighting the prison expansion in the state. Councilman Kenney’s use of phrases like “school-to-prison pipeline” didn’t spring out of nowhere; that one of America’s highest elected city officials has started using the talking points of prison reform and abolitionist movements is thanks to those movements themselves and the public pressure they’ve built. Kenney admitted as much to the Philadelphia Tribune, saying, “City government would not have gotten to this point without IDAAY and other groups’ grassroots effort to change the mayor’s opinion and get him to implement this policy.” IDAAY executive director Archye Leacock echoed the sentiment, and said that his group would work to hold the mayor and city council accountable to implementing the law on “terms that are agreeable to community stakeholders.” Given the heightened visibility of racist violence in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere this summer, waves of marijuana legalization aren’t the only thing drawing national attention towards what can most generously be described as the country’s unequal justice system. Ideally, Philadelphia’s ruling will be the first of many movement victories decriminalizing not only marijuana, but whole segments of the population.

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