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Britain’s oldest man dies aged 108

A centenarian who was thought to be Britain’s oldest man and put his longevity down to drinking vinegar has died aged 108. John Mansfield, known as Jack, died on Sunday evening just 16 days before his 109th birthday. In October he was named the oldest man in the country according to the website Oldest in Britain, which relies on members …

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Stephen Moss – Mayer Hersh obituary

Mayer Hersh, who has died aged 90, became in the last 30 years of his life one of the foremost UK-based witnesses to the Holocaust. That he had lived to tell his story at all was little short of miraculous. Hersh, whose family name was originally Herszkowicz, was a Polish Jew, born in the town of Sieradz, near Łódź, in …

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Chris Hedges – The New European Fascists

WARSAW, Poland—Jaroslaw Kurski and Piotr Stasinski embody the hope that once was Poland. They struggled against the Communist regime for years in the underground press and as Solidaritymembers. They built Gazeta Wyborcza, now one of the most influential newspapers in the country, after the 1989 fall of communism. They helped usher in a period of democracy and open debate, one that …

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Yuri Rubtsov – Hitler Was Financed by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England

More than 70 years ago was the start of the greatest slaughter in history. The recent resolution of the parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE fully equalizes the role of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany at the outbreak of the Second World War, except that it had the purely pragmatic purpose of extorting money from Russia on the contents of …

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Fertilizer applied to fields today will pollute water for decades

Dangerous nitrate levels in drinking water could persist for decades, increasing the risk for blue baby syndrome and other serious health concerns, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of Waterloo. Nitrogen fertilizer applied to farmers’ fields has been contaminating rivers and lakes and leaching into drinking water wells for more than 80 years. The study, …

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John Pilger – Why the Rise of Fascism is again the Issue

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of …

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Paul Street – Verging on Plutocracy? Getting Real About the Unelected Dictatorship

In politics as in medicine, excessively mild remedies are typically based on overly placid diagnoses. Look, for example, at the highly esteemed Columbia University historian Eric Foner’s recent letter of congratulations and advice to Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in The Nation. As I have argued in a previous CounterPunch essay, Foner’s missive failed to correct Sanders on the …

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William John Cox – The Pornography of Hatred

There is danger in the pandering of hatred that goes beyond the freedom of expression. Is there a right to profit from supplying the seeds of destruction to those who have the need to blame others for the poverty of their existence? Bar owners who continue to serve drunks can be held responsible for the deaths of those later killed …

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LOA Today – 08.06.15

Did you know that one of the best ways to gain better health is to forgive? That’s right, and it has nothing to do with the person you’re forgiving. The act of true forgiveness actually has some amazing physiological benefits to the person doing the forgiving.

This week on LOA Today, we explore the incredible, physical impact of forgiveness on the human brain of the forgiver.

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Dick Cheney Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes: Former International Court of Justice Judge – Sarah Lazare

A former judge for the International Court of Justice and renowned expert on human rights law told a reporter this week that former vice president Dick Cheney should be prosecuted for war crimes and torture. Eighty-one-year-old Thomas Buergenthal told Newsweek journalist Robert Chalmers that “some of us have long thought that Cheney, and a number of CIA agents who did what they did in …