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Jeff Biggers – Mountaintop Removal Never Ended: Coal River Mountaineers Fight On

Standing in solidarity with the water protectors on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Coal River Mountain residents already fending off seven square miles of devastating mountaintop removal mining permits are planning a protest on Monday at the Department of Environmental Protection in Charleston, West Virginia against pending permits for a possible expansion of operations by formerly bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources. …

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Leid Stories – Money, Oil and Terrorism: The Clintons’ Rotten Record in Nigeria – 06.30.16

Seven years into a counteroffensive against a campaign of terror that claimed the lives of 15,000 people and caused the displacement of about 2 million more in Nigeria and neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, Nigeria’s army declared just four days ago that it had freed more than 5,000 people held hostage by the terrorist group Boko Haram in raids on 15 villages. The militant Islamist group, claiming affiliation with ISIS, riled the country and the world two years ago when it kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno state; the search continues for them.

Hillary Clinton, secretary of state when Boko Haram emerged as Africa’s ISIS affiliate, repeatedly refused to designate the militants as terrorists—even at congressional urging and pleas from African leaders, including the Nigerian president, for support in combating terrorism. Meanwhile, Boko Haram was able to escalate its terror campaign and atrocities.

Mindy Belz, senior editor of WORLD Magazine, discusses Clinton’s “troubling ties” to Nigerian big money, the role of the Clinton Foundation and former President Bill Clinton, and their connection to her inaction on Boko Haram.

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CHARLES P. PIERCE – What Happens When Water for 30 Million People Disappears

Believe it or not, there are actual concerns in the world that do not depend on what 1,000 people in Iowa, called at random, think of the trustworthiness of a guy who gets policy advice from Alex Jones. There is, for example, the Lake Chad Basin in Africa, which is probably where our next humanitarian disaster is about to happen. Nine …

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HORACE G. CAMPBELL – New Push for Military Intervention in Libya: Who Will Control the Libyan Central Bank?

There is intense push for the NATO countries to make an overt intervention in Libya. In this moment, the justification is to fight the Islamic State and to prevent terror from spreading across the Mediterranean to Europe. As is the case in matters of the destruction of African societies, the governments of Britain and France are in the forefront of …

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Thomas C. Mountain – Millions Starve As Ethiopia Rejects Eritrean Ports

As famine stalks millions of Ethiopians, and aid ships wait forever to unload at Ethiopia’s port of Djibouti, offers of free use of Eritrea’s Red Sea ports fall on deaf ears in Addis Ababa. According to Oxfam between 50% to 90% of Ethiopia suffered all or major crop failure due to the latest, greatest drought (this is just a guess …

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Charles Hugh Smith – A Fatal Accident Waiting to Happen: U.S. Healthcare

U.S. healthcare isn’t just an historical accident–it is a fatal accident waiting to happen. Many of the systems we take for granted are historical accidents. Either based on legacy systems hundreds of years old (higher education) or assembled in a short-term, ad hoc fashion (post-1940 national defense/ national security), these systems have expanded into vast patronage systems that are completely …

Should Aid Money be Used as a Tool for Expanding Free Markets? – Nick Dearden

Ask a particularly extreme proponent of the free market how they see the future, and they might conjure up schools run by Coca-Cola and education programmes administered by Price Waterhouse Coopers. Or they might see hospitals operated as companies by nurse-entrepreneurs who compete for private equity funds. To the rest of us, this sounds like a nightmare. But it is …

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The Destruction of Libya, the Destabilization of a Nation. US-NATO Crimes against Humanity

The late Col. Muammar Gaddafi, hailed as the “Great Leader” by the Libyan people during his incumbency, was murdered by Chad, Somali and Sudanese mercenaries in collusion with NATO and US invading forces on October 19, 2011. Gaddafi’s Libya, two years before he was ousted and assassinated was considered as one of Africa’s most affluent countries.  Prof. Garikai Chengu a …