• Orange X-Ray Mind
    Who Needs Lobbyists? See What Big Business Spends to Win American Minds

    By Erin Quinn via Center for Public Integrity Forget lobbying. When Washington, D.C.’s biggest trade associations want to wield influence, they often put far more of their money into advertising and public relations, according to a new...

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  • Muhammad Grigory Gagarin
    How the “Ban” on Images of Muhammad Came to Be

    By Christiane Gruber via Newsweek In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a flurry of articles have explored whether images of the Prophet Muhammad are “banned” in Islam. While some Muslim voices are adamant that...

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  • Barrett Brown Smiling
    Don’t Believe What the Government Says About Barrett Brown

    By Kevin Gallagher via NY Observer On January 22, jailed American journalist Barrett Brown will finally learn his sentence. This had been expected to happen last month, on December 16, but the government unleashed a torrent of...

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  • Martin Luther King Jr Portrait
    Paraphrasing Selma

    By Jonathan Band via DisCo Among the most powerful moments of Selma, the new film about the march Martin Luther King, Jr. led in 1965 in support of voting rights for African Americans, are the speeches, sermons,...

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  • Freedom Industries River Spill
    How Real Journalism Brought Real Justice to West Virginia

    By Carl Gibson via Occupy The Dec. 16 indictment of Freedom Industries in West Virginia is the latest example of why in-depth, honest journalism that holds power accountable is so critical to a democratic society. In January 2014, Freedom...

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  • Hands Steering
    The Next Big Turning Point in the Net Neutrality Debate

    By Brian Fung via Washington Post In recent weeks, momentum seems to have been building at the Federal Communications Commission for aggressive net neutrality rules similar to the kind endorsed by President Obama in November. The stronger...

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  • Cave Troll
    The Troll Hunters

    By Adrian Chen via MIT Technology Review We’ve come up with the menacing term “troll” for someone who spreads hate and does other horrible things anonymously on the Internet. Internet trolls are unsettling not just because of...

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    Why I Quit ‘Russia Today,’ and Why it Remains Necessary

    By Paula Schmitt via +972 The first thing I told my father when I accepted a job offer from Russia Today was, “at least I know where their money comes from.” I had no illusions about news...

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  • It’s A Wonderful Life
    It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade

    By Michael Winship via Moyers & Company A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up....

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  • Khalid al Masri
    U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims

    By Glenn Greenwald via Intercept Ever since the torture report was released last week, U.S. television outlets have endlessly featured American torturers and torture proponents. But there was one group that was almost never heard from: the...

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