West Virginia Plans To Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water To Millions...

Sep 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin CLIMATE PROGRESS An aerial view of the Ohio River between Jeffersonville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. CREDIT: Shutterstock Nine citizen and environmental groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider his plans to let companies drill for oil and natural gas underneath the Ohio River, citing concerns that drilling and fracking could contaminate the drinking water supply and increase the risk of earthquakes in the region. In a letter sent to the governor this month, the coalition of Ohio- and West Virginia-based groups said Tomblin’s Department of Environmental Protection has not proved that it can adequately protect the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to more than 3 million people. The groups cited drilling currently taking place in a state-designated wildlife area, which some have complained is unacceptably...

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Secret Recordings Inside The Federal Reserve Prompt Elizabeth Warren To Call For Investigation...

Sep 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Alan Pyke THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) want to investigate the Federal Reserve’s relationships with the banks it oversees after the release of taped conversations between managers and a former bank examiner at the Fed. The recordings were made surreptitiously by a former Fed employee named Carmen Segarra, who is trying to prove in court that she was fired in retaliation for her attempts to bring a cultural shift to the supervisory work of the powerful central bank. They include a reprimand from her boss that she is “arrogant,” that she should “have a sense of humility” about her work, and should be guided more by the consensus within her working group than by her own instincts as a 10-year veteran of regulatory compliance work...

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Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF...

Sep 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment   The Guardian / By Damian Carrington VIA ALTERNET Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats Photo Credit: Andrey Yurlov/Shutterstock September 29, 2014  | The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found. “If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is happening in the great outdoors. This damage is not inevitable but a...

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MSCP Works to Reverse Human Activities that Have Cut Animal Populations In Half Since 1970...

Sep 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by  Casey Coates Danson   I have been studying a bit and observing over the last 15 years, the decline of wildlife on my property in Los Angeles.   I was inspired by a documentary called “Becoming California” narrated by Jane Fonda. . It was a fascinating history of the state, but the most interesting segment towards the end dealt with our real estate over-development of everything, cities, towns, farms, vineyards–you name it and the need to create what they call ‘reconciled’ areas where wildlife can survive and not interfere but are able to survive — which is not happening in LA at the moment,  We’ve squeezed out most wildlife but the occasional geese (2 in 15 years) that land in my pool and other bird species that bathe and play there.  TOO...

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Watch: “Deadliest Crude: Risking it All for Black Gold ….. and green profits”...

Sep 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Dear Casey, Watch: “Deadliest Crude: Risking it all for black gold…and green profits”Shell’s already proven it doesn’t have what it takes to drill in the Arctic Ocean. Help prevent an oil spill that would threaten wildlife like polar bears and endangered bowhead whales by keeping Shell out of the Arctic. Despite Shell’s history of Arctic bungling, the company just submitted plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as this summer. Even worse, they had the audacity to demand weaker rules to do so. But we’re ready to fight back. With the help of Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Fiore, we’ve created a new video to raise awareness about Shell’s abysmal past performance and rally the country to stop Shell before it can do more damage. Check it out! Too many times, we’ve seen...

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The Book of Trans-Genesis: Protecting the World’s Seeds...

Sep 30, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   By Roberto Rodriguez, Truthout | News Analysis REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM TRUTHOUT.ORG (Image: Placing seeds via Shutterstock) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to fund more stories like it! Tic toc. Tic toc. Tic toc. I recently attended an international “Justice Begins With Seeds” Biosafety Alliance conference in Portland, Oregon. It was both eye-opening and jarring and it was also very focused: opposition to trade agreements and laws that permit genetic modification and GMO foods, while promoting food choice – in particular, safe organic and local foods. Among the 40 presenters were people with biological and scientific backgrounds, educators, attorneys, human rights activists and organic farmers. What they all had in common was that they possess a wealth of information and have...

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Neil Young, Willie Nelson and 8,000 in Nebraska Stand Up to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline...

Sep 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] HUFFINGTON POST Under a warm September sun, ampoule thousands spread out across the cornfield on the Tanderup family farm in Neligh, Nebraska. We sang along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson to honor the beautiful Nebraska farms and ranches, waters and traditional lands. Willie Nelson and Neil Young both have a long track record of standing up for the family farmers. And the threat to their farms these days more and more comes from the oil industry. The proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a double-threat whammy: it hits Nebraska livelihoods with the dangers of both oil spills and climate change. This concert comes at a time when the fight against tar sands is gaining momentum and showing real results on the ground with postponement and cancellation of tar sands projects. It...

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LOG IT, OR LEAVE IT!

Sep 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] In Alaska, a Battle to Keep Trees, or an Industry, Standing By MICHAEL WINESSEPT. 27, 2014 Slide Show|9 Photos Tongass National Forest Faces Auction THORNE BAY, Alaska — The Tongass National Forest, a panoply of snow-dusted peaks and braided rivers, slender fjords and more than 5,000 islands draped over a stretch of Pacific coastline, is widely viewed as one of America’s great natural treasures. Under pressure from environmentalists, the Obama administration pledged four years ago to phase out logging of virgin woodlands here. Yet the Forest Service is now preparing its largest auction of it in a decade: 9.7 square miles of hemlock, spruce and cedar near this island hamlet. An additional four square miles are planned for sale later, and seven more after that. And conservationists, crying betrayal, are in court again,...

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California May Heavily Restrict Pesticide Chlorpyrifos, Which Sickened Dozens In Recent Years...

Sep 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]  | By SCOTT SMITH  HUFFINGTON POST Posted: 09/25/2014 6:30 pm EDT Updated: 09/26/2014 8:59 am EDT FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state’s most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation’s steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday. Regulators are proposing heavy restrictions — but not an all-out ban — on chlorpyrifos, used to treat crops like grapes and almonds. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years. Traces have been found in waterways, threatening fish, and regulators say overuse could make targeted insects immune to the pesticide. “We’ve come up with a clear idea of when it’s really needed and what are the alternatives,” said Brian Leahy, director of the California Department...

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There Are Scarily Few Answers About Drones...

Sep 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on Sep 29, 2014   TRUTHDIG Screen shot via Comedy Central John Oliver’s been looking for information about the unmanned death robots, such as what exactly an “imminent threat means or how many people are killed during any given drone strike. So far, “hard facts” have been hard to come by, and in the “Last Week Tonight” host’s words, it’s “completely fucking terrifying.” But as harrowing as it is to think about the obscurity surrounding drone protocol from the safety of our homes, in countries such as Yemen and Pakistan, the horrors are far more vivid. It’s even gotten to the point, Oliver explains, that a clear sky now represents sudden death to children in several nations as they grapple with the constant panic they feel at the thought that they or their loved ones...

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ASLA Announces 2014 Professional Awards...

Sep 29, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] 09/29/2014 by The Dirt Contributor The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announces the winners of the 2014 Professional Awards. The awards honor top public, commercial, residential, institutional, planning, communications, and research projects from across the U.S. and around the world. This year, 34 projects won awards out of more than 600 entries. The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. October’s LAM will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 600 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14. The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver on Monday, November 24, at 12 noon, at the Colorado Convention Center.  The 2014 awards program is sponsored by Victor Stanley. The professional awards jury...

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U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?...

Sep 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]     By Juan Cole    TRUTHDIG Shutterstock This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page. Sawt al-Iraq [Voice of Iraq] reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attacks small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by ISIL in Deir Ezzor. The day before yesterday the allies struck 12 refineries that ISIL had been in control of, and from which it allegedly earned $2 mn a day. At the same time, Western strategy is to seek more Middle Eastern allies.  Pressure is being put on a reluctant Turkey to step up and play an active role in combating ISIL.  US VP Joe Biden recently met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in this connection. The Succor Front (Jabhat al-Nusra), al-Jabhat al-Nusrah, which...

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Ice Melt Dilutes Arctic Sea’s CO2 Cleanup Role...

Sep 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]     Cutting edge: Climate scientist Dorte Haubjerg Søgaard studies the sea ice in Greenland. Photo by Soren Rysgaard, Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University By Tim Radford, Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—The Arctic ice cap has just passed its summer minimum—and it’s the sixth lowest measure of sea ice recorded since 1978, according to scientists at the US space agency NASA. For three decades, the shrinking Arctic ice—and the growing area of clear blue water exposed each summer—has been a cause of increasing alarm to climate scientists. Polar seasonal changes are measured annually by NASA, but reliable satellite data goes back only to 1978, For much of the 20th century, the Arctic was part of the Cold War zone, so only Soviet naval icebreakers and...

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California Burning Points to More Intense Wildfires...

Sep 28, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]     Razed alarm: Wildfire rages through part of California’s Yosemite National Park this month. Photo by PBJamesPhoto via Wikimedia Commons By Tim Radford, health Climate News Network This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Smoke from fires burning at present in northern California has been detected as far north as Canada, as thousands of firefighters battle to contain blazes that together cover nearly 300,000 acres of forest and shrub wood. And it looks like things are going to get worse. A new report by the US-based Cost of Carbon Pollution project forecasts that such fires are going to become ever more intense in the years ahead—not just in the western US, but elsewhere round the world, and particularly in areas of southern Europe and in Australia. The ongoing drought across much of the western...

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U.S. Army Colonel: America’s Military Leadership Is Dangerously Delusional...

Sep 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   World   CounterPunch / By Col. Douglas Macgregor   via ALTERNET The president and his advisors are about to rediscover how hard it is to figure out what is being accomplished from 30, pharm 000 feet. September 25, search 2014  | The Economist recently published an article with the curious title, pilule “Brains, not bullets: How to fight future wars.” The essay’s theme is intriguing because it implies that with enough brains in the right places it’s possible for the United States to get things right, to immunize America’s use of force against bad policies, the wrong senior military leadership and the impact of special interests on an uninformed American public. If this were true, it would be a revelation. Unfortunately, in open ended conflicts with weak opponents, against people with no armies,...

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The Ballot Initiative That Could Spell the End of Big Soda...

Sep 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   Food   AlterNet / By Clarissa A. León Berkeley’s soda tax wants to send a strong message to the rest of the nation that diabetes is not welcome there. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com September 25, 2014  | Big Soda is getting nervous. The city of Berkeley, Calif. has a proposed measure charging a big tax on soda distributors. Big Soda has poured $800,000 so far into defeating the measure, which has been receiving wide support from community members and elected officials. Berkeley’s Measure D would include a penny-per-fluid ounce tax on soda distributors. It would also tax distributors of other sugary drinks, including sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks with added sugar. Lastly, premade sugary drink syrups would also be taxed based on the volume of drinks they produce. The measure will...

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New Desert Plan Proposes Clean Energy-Conservation Balance For One-Quarter Of California...

Sep 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   by Ari Phillips  CLIMATE PROGRESS     Wind Farm Outside of Palm Springs, California, 2014. CREDIT: flickr/ Chris Goldberg East of Los Angeles, Southern California stretches into a vast, mountainous, arid region that is largely unadulterated and also prime for the siting of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Already home to the world’s largest solar thermal electric plant, Ivanpah, the complex dynamic between three environmental issues — land use, conservation, and global climate change — has been playing out in the desert region for several years. A new draft report released by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on Tuesday thrusts that conversation into the future. The long-awaited 8,000-page Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), released by the DOI and the California Department of Natural Resources, lays...

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Researchers Are Using ‘Bee Doctors’ To Treat Cherry Tree Disease...

Sep 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS A honey bee collects pollen from a flowering tree, hospital Monday, April 12, 2010, in Cincinnati.   CREDIT: AP Photo/Al Behrman The future of fungus-free crops may depend not on fungicides, but on a few fuzzy insects, if a method used by Australian researchers can be successfully replicated. The researchers are using bees as “flying doctors” to deliver a biological control agent that prevents a debilitating fungus to the blossoms of the cherry trees they pollinate. The agent — which contains spores of another fungus that prevents brown rot, a blight that’s prevalent among cherries and other stone fruit — is sprinkled into dispensers on the front of the bees’ hives. The spores cling to the bees when they leave the hive, and then rub off on the...

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Sea beans are delicious. Here are 7 ways to eat them....

Sep 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Food52 / James Ransom Deep Sea Mission By Lindsay-Jean Hard   GRIST Cross-posted from Food52 Editors note: You don’t have to know how to fillet a fish or shuck an oyster to eat sustainably from the sea. Here’s a salty green you can forage from your local shoreline, and seven ways to use it. Like burdock, salicornia doesn’t exactly look like dinner — it looks more like something you’d stick in a fish tank rather than on your plate. Perhaps as a result of its unique looks, salicornia has benefited from a marketing campaign (sound familiar?) and is now also commonly referred to as sea beans — along with a slew of other names like samphire, glasswort, pickleweed, and sea asparagus. The succulent has been making appearances for quite a while; It even shows up in King...

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To make our cities green, we have to think blue...

Sep 27, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Deep Sea Mission ocean city By Amelia Urry   GRIST If you live in a city, and happen to be reading this on a phone, go outside. (I would join you, but — surprise! — it’s raining here in Seattle.) Walk in a general downhill direction — go on, you could probably use the fresh air — and chances are you’ll end up at a waterfront sooner or later; half of the world’s population and three-quarters of all major cities are within 40 miles of a coast. There’s a reason that most big cities in human history have popped up near harbors and major river ports: Many of the technologies that make cities possible are dependent on having a body of water nearby, including food gathered from the sea instead of farmed on limited urban land, cheap waste...

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Has Obama Got Us Trapped in a Perpetual War?...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] World   Democracy Now! / By Amy Goodman   VIA ALTERNET “We have the accomplishment of having repressive Arab regimes joining us in bombing another Arab state.” In an interview with Democracy Now!, Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College, described the recent U.S. air strikes on Syria targeting ISIS as a very significant development, given the fact that the U.S. has been somewhat reserved in entering the Syrian conflict. “It’s also significant that there was an announcement that there was a coalition of countries, largely Gulf Arab states, but also Jordan. And Jordan was the first one to admit publicly that they were involved in some way in these strikes.” He further added that the action did not have any sort of international and congressional support. “The dust has not settled...

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Political Will Is Only Barrier to 100 Percent Renewables...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]     Germany’s Rhein-Hunsrück district already exceeds 100% electricity from renewables. Photo by Markus Braun via Wikimedia Commons By Paul Brown, sickness Climate News Network This piece first appeared at Climate News Network.   VIA TRUTHDIG LONDON—A new handbook shows how forward-looking communities around the world are already moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and generating their own power with 100% renewables—while also becoming more prosperous and creating jobs. The report, How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, is being released today, ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York next Tuesday (September 23), when the UN Secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, will call on world leaders to make new commitments to cut fossil fuel use. The World Future Council, based in Hamburg, Germany, has issued the report to show that it is only lack of political...

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Croplands Changed by Climate’s Ups and Downs...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]     Arid areas such as Patagonia have unexpectedly become wetter rather than drier. Photo by Rolf Hengel via Wikimedia Commons By Tim Radford, Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—With climate change, you win some, you lose some. New research shows that suitable new cropland could become available in the high latitudes as the world warms—but tropical regions may become less productive. Florian Zabel and two fellow-geographers from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, report in the journal Public Library of Science One that they made judgments about the climate, soil and topography to suit the 16 most important food and energy crops. They then compared data for the period 1981-2010 with simulations of a warming world for the period 2071-2100. The results looked good:...

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What to expect from the Earth’s impending magnetic flip...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] New data suggest the poles could be reversing for the first time in 780,000 years. Here’s how it affects you Annie Sneed, Scientific American This article was originally published by Scientific American. Scientific American Earth’s magnetic north and south poles have flip-flopped many times in our planet’s history—most recently, around 780,000 years ago. Geophysicists who study the magnetic field have long thought that the poles may be getting ready to switch again, and based on new data, it might happen earlier than anyone anticipated. The European Space Agency’s satellite array dubbed “Swarm” revealed that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than previously thought, decreasing in strength about 5 percent a decade rather than 5 percent a century. A weakening magnetic field may indicate an impending reversal, which scientists predict could begin...

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Along Norway’s Tourist Route, Landscape Architecture Expands Our Narrow Focus...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] 09/26/2014 by The Dirt Contributor Regardless of how beautiful or strange a landscape is, we’ve all done it. After the initial shock of a cliff’s craggy façade or the undulating, raw rubble of lava rock flows wears off, we’re lulled into sensory complacency. Amazement only lasts for so long: being stunned becomes the norm. This is why the 120 designed projects along Norway’s National Tourist Route are so significant. They are the result of a multi-decade investment of nearly $400 million by the Norwegian government to enhance overlooks, picnic areas, and rest stops along its scenic highways. Together, theses projects highlight design’s power to highlight nature. A result of our hunter-gatherer heritage, we humans are good at maintaining a narrow focus. Through different creative media – film, dance – we have developed ways...

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Is Urban Revitalization Without Gentrification Possible?...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] 09/26/2014 by Jared Green   THE DIRT Cities are the place to be these days, sovaldi which means big changes for the historic communities that have populated urban cores. While much of the urban renewal experiments of the 1940s through the 1960s have been deemed disasters, nurse word is still out on the new wave of “urban revitalization” that began in the 1990s and continues through to today in most of America’s cities. The supporters of revitalization say rising tides lifts all boats. As wealth has come back to cities, everyone benefits. But critics of revitalization simply call it gentrification, and, as one speaker at the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, D.C. said, “gentrification is a crime.” Furthermore, new discussions of turning existing urban neighborhoods into “ecodistricts” may just be gentrification in a green dress....

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Brilliant Idea: The Green Benefits District...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] 09/26/2014 by Jared Green   THE DIRT Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? At the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, cialis D.C., pills two urban innovators in San Francisco, no rx the home of so many game-changing technologies, have come up with a truly brilliant idea: the Green Benefits District (GBD), a sort of green business improvement district, designed to facilitate community investment in new tree-lined streets, parks, and gardens. Michael Yarne, with Up Urban and Build Inc. and the creator of the concept, said the GBD in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco will also aim to improve the management and upkeep of neighborhood public spaces, which they say is currently done poorly by the city government. The GBD will be like the “Uber of public space,” meaning they are adding another layer...

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Obama’s War on Terror Moves to Syria — Here’s What You Need to Know...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Joshua Holland   MOYERS & CO. This undated image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website) Editor’s note: For more background, see: “A Primer: What is the Islamic State, and Why Are We Fighting Them?“ On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that US forces had struck multiple targets in Syria in a dramatic expansion of the air campaign against the Islamic State already underway in Iraq. The airstrikes, undertaken with the assistance of several Arabic states, were seen by many observers as being more expansive than Obama had suggested in his Sept. 10 speech announcing his strategy to combat the Islamic State. Wondering how we got here? Want to know more about...

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Full Show: America’s New War in the Middle East...

Sep 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] September 26, 2014  MOYERS.COM Two experts on American foreign policy talk to Bill about our deepening engagement in the fight against jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Dig Deeper ?subject=Check out “America’s New War in the Middle East” by BillMoyers.com on Vimeo&body=Check out “America’s New War in the Middle East” by BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.%0A%0AThe video is available for your viewing pleasure at http://vimeo.com/107225863%0A%0AIf you like this video, make sure you share it, too!%0A%0AVimeo is filled with lots of amazing videos. See more at http://vimeo.com. Spotlight: War & Peace Guests Jonathan Landay Matthew Hoh Full Show: America’s New War in the Middle East September 26, 2014 As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria,...

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