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Riots Hit Kiev, Neofascists Hold Torch-Lit March In Ukraine

After previously promising to march on Kiev, neofascists began a riot in Kiev that involved throwing smoke bombs and using air guns to shoot out windows of the Ukrainian parliament. The riot forced an early end to the session of parliament as police battled to take back the streets of Kiev. Show More Summary

Americans are Way too Worried About Ebola

According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll 43 percent are worried that they or someone in their immediate family might catch the Ebola virus. In addition an incredible two thirds of the country is concerned about the possibility...Show More Summary

AP Story Lets Anti-Marijuana Group Say DC Liquor Stores Are Concentrated in Poor Communities — But They Aren’t

There is a good AP story about how initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure on the D.C. ballot, puts racial justice issues front and center in the drug policy debate. Unfortunately, it allows opponents of the measure to get away with claims that are simply not based in facts.

World Health Organization Warns That Ebola Outbreak Could Lead To Failed States, CDC ‘Rethinking’ Strategy

With the Ebola virus spreading out of control in West Africa the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a stark warning that the outbreak could so disrupt communities over such wide areas that countries could become failed states. While...Show More Summary

Day of Resistance: ‘Ferguson October’ Makes St. Louis Feel Presence of Growing Movement Against Police Violence

By the time the day of resistance was over on October 14, there had been at least seventy-six arrested during somewhere around five to ten separate nonviolent actions to call attention to the national problem of police violence against African-Americans and the need for racial justice in the United States.

Turkey Denies US Claims About Allowing Use Of Military Base To Fight ISIS, Bombs Kurdish Fighters

It seems the Obama Administration jumped the gun on announcing that the US would be allowed to use its military base in Turkey to attack ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria as the Turkish government is now flatly denying they ever made such an agreement. Show More Summary

The Roundup

- Juan Cole: “Listening to Nobelist Malala Yousafzai instead of just honoring her” - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon criticized Israel for expanding its settlements and called it “provocations” - Despite the time and money invested by the U.S. to eradicate drug crops in Afghanistan, one in 20 civilians still use drugs.

Why we haven’t even bombed these people…yet

Let’s see off the top of my head which countries in the Islamic World we’ve bombed in the last decade: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Pakistan, and Somalia. And, of course, it’s been habit forming…with lots of coincidences.

Late, Late Night FDL: Honest Town

Simple Minds - Honest Town Simple Minds is all set to release their new album Big Music...

FDL Movie Night – Forward 13: Waking Up The American Dream

Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream starts off as the very personal story of how filmmaker Patrick Lovell and his family bought their first home and then lost it as a result of predatory lending practices. It's ironic, because Lovell...Show More Summary

The Six Main Ways Marijuana Can be Legalized

As the world moves away from prohibition and towards marijuana legalization, I'd like to give an overview of what that could mean. There are potentially more than a hundred different ways legal marijuana could be treated with dramatically...Show More Summary

Elizabeth Warren Says Obama Administration ‘Protected Wall Street Not Families’

Senator Elizabeth Warren condemned the Obama Administration for perpetually siding with Wall Street instead of Wall Street's victims. In an interview with Salon conducted by Thomas Frank, Senator Warren noted her frustration with the...Show More Summary

How ‘Ferguson October’ Ended Up Occupying a Plaza on Saint Louis University’s Campus

Hundreds of people took to the streets of St. Louis last night following an interfaith service at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University (SLU). They eventually made their way on to the SLU campus by 2 am and, by early morning, twenty-five...Show More Summary

US Nurse Infected With Ebola May Have Broke Protocol

Though the Ebola virus is ravaging West Africa with over 4,000 dead, it has so far been limited to two infections and one fatality in the US. But the second person infected after now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan is raising concerns - a nurse treating Duncan. Show More Summary

Lost Iraqi Billions Found?

New information from the former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGAR) Stuart Bowen, reported by perhaps the bravest journalist alive today, James Risen, shows that of the multi-billions of U.S. dollars cash literally shipped on pallets to Iraq in 2003, over one billion was traced into Lebanon (the other billions remain unaccounted for.)

Almost All Americans Think Mandatory Minimums for Non-Violent Offenses are Stupid

A Reason-Rupe poll last week found an incredible 77 percent support eliminating mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenders so that judges have the ability to make sentencing decisions on a case-by-case basis. Only 17 percent oppose this change, which is serious fringe territory, yet this where many in Congress still stand.

Republicans Have Edge on Most Big Issues

The bad news for Democrats keeps coming. New data from Gallup shows the Republican party has the advantage among the issues voters care most about this year

ISIS Advancing Towards Baghdad

Though there has been a sustained US-led bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria for weeks, the militant group is still progressing towards Baghdad. ISIS has steadily expanded its power in Sunni-dominated Anbar province where it is now estimated to control 80% of the territory and has overrun forces loyal to Baghdad consistently.

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