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William Cook – Angela Merkel wants to be liberal Europe’s answer to Donald Trump

So, Angela Merkel has ignored the Spectator’s advice and has decided to run for a fourth term as German Chancellor in next year’s federal elections. If she wins and serves a full term, she’ll overtake Helmut Kohl as the longest serving German Chancellor since Bismarck. What does Merkel’s bid for four more years mean for Germany – and Britain? And …

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Michael Klare – Tomgram: Michael Klare, Whose Finger on the Nuclear Button?

I was born on July 20, 1944, the day of the failed officers’ plot against Adolf Hitler. That means I preceded the official dawning of the nuclear age by exactly 361 days, which makes me part of the last generation to do so. I’m speaking not of the obliteration of two Japanese cities by America’s new “wonder weapon” on August …

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Ask The Blood Detective – “Everything Immune” – 10.29.16

Everything Immune by Dr. Michael Wald is a breakthrough one-hour show during which the blood detective explores the fundamentals of the immune system. According to Dr. WALD, “we have ‘immune systems’ not only one immune system. Each of these immune system’s require special nutritional attention in the form of diet and nutritional supplements, rest, sleep and other lifestyle factors.” Go beyond the basics and really learn what your immune systems require for your current health problem, to prevent health problems or to just feel your best. Dr. Wald be reached at www.integratednutritionny.com and emailed at info@integratednutritionny.com or info@blooddetective.com. His phone number at Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco is 914-242-8844.

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JESSICA KANTOR – Ava DuVernay Shares Her Advice for Women to Break Glass Ceilings: “Focus on Your Work”

Ava DuVernay is a woman who’s used to being first. The first African American woman director to have a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (2014’s Selma). The first woman of color to direct a $100 million film (Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, out next summer). The trailblazing creator, writer, director, and co-executive producer of OWN’s new hit series …

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Obama extends post-9/11 state of national emergency for 16th year

WASHINGTON — The post-9/11 state of national emergency — declared by President George W. Bush three days after the 2001 terrorist attacks — will continue through the end of the Obama presidency. President Obama has extended Bush’s Proclamation 7463 for the 16th consecutive year, giving him broad powers over the organization of the military for at least another year. Among them: the ability to call up the …

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Vincent Di Stefano – The Devil’s Century

Our present generation is living out of the spiritually vacuous philosophies of modernism and post-modernism, the cancerous ideologies of free-market economics and unrestrained economic growth, and the corporate and political tyrannies that have nurtured an energised ethos of transience. The triumphalism of modernity has effectively wiped from our collective memories a coherent view of just what has gone down in …

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Chris Hedges – Reform or Revolution

Chris Hedges gave this talk on revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg on Friday at the Left Forum in New York City. On the night of Jan. 15, 1919, a group of the Freikorps—hastily formed militias made up mostly of right-wing veterans of World War I—escorted Rosa Luxemburg, a petite, 50-year-old with a slight limp, to the Eden Hotel in Berlin, the headquarters …

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Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an “Indisputable” Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP

Despite the tens of thousands of people who marched against the deal in Germany ahead of his arrival and the steady drop in support for such neoliberal trade deals overall, President Barack Obama stood next to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday and defended the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and said similar past deals have been an “indisputable” benefit to the U.S. economy. …

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Greece’s Varoufakis to Launch Pan-European Progressive Movement

Hoping to show Europeans they have an alternative to the prevailing system of “authoritarianism” and austerity, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has announced a new cross-continent movement with a “simple, common agenda:” To democratize Europe. The movement, known as the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (or DiEM 25), will be launched on February 9 at Berlin’s Volksbühne theater. Varoufakis, …