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Nature Bats Last – 02.09.16

We were joined this week by journalist, filmmaker, and graphic designer Leighton Woodhouse. His print stories have appeared in Gawker, The New Republic, VICE News, The Nation, Salon, and The Awl, and he has produced short documentaries for The Nation, Story of Stuff, and Participant Media. You can read more at http://leightonwoodhouse.com/. We finished with our customary update about the ongoing climate-change predicament.

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Robert Parry – Ukraine Merges Nazis and Islamists

In a curiously upbeat account, The New York Times reported that Islamic militants have joined with Ukraine’s far-right and neo-Nazi battalions to fight ethnic Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. It appears that no combination of violent extremists is too wretched to celebrate as long as they’re killing Russ-kies. The article by Andrew E. Kramer reported that there were three Islamic battalions “deployed …