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There's a Catastrophic Antibiotic Threat Coming From Our Industrialized Food System

The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated that antibiotic use in animal husbandry, poultry farming and aquaculture in the US is over four times USDA recommended levels. Meanwhile, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has estimated that 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the USA are used on animals.

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Colonialism, Strongmen and Religious Extremism: 10 Reasons Why the World Is a Bloody Mess

While the Third World War has not been formally declared, conflicts throughout the world are reaching levels unseen since 1944.

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Hardliners vs. 'Happy' Dancers: Iran's Internal Battle Ensnares Pharell Fans

It was a perfect headline for the satirical online news site, ‘The Onion.’

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U.S. Religious Progressivism 'Way of the Future'

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 (IPS) — The future of religion in U.S. politics lies not with conservatives but rather with religious progressives, social scientists here are suggesting, with a faith-based movement potentially able to provide momentum to a new movement for social justice.

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How the U.S. Is Feeding the Middle East's Huge Appetite For Bombs And Fighter Planes

The Middle East continues to be one of the world’s most lucrative arms markets, with two Gulf nations – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – taking the lead, according to a new study released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

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Is Washington About to Torpedo All the Progress It Made in Iran Negotiations?

The Barack Obama administration's insistence that Iran discuss its ballistic missile program in the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement brings its position into line with that of Israel and senators who introduced legislation drafted by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC aimed at torpedoing the negotiations. 

But the history of the issue suggests that the Obama administration knows that Iran will not accept the demand and that it is not necessary to a final agreement guaranteeing that Iran's nuclear program is not used for a weapon. 

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Thwarted: Israel Lobby's Bid to Scuttle Iran Deal Goes Down In Flames

In what looks to be a clear victory – at least for now – for President Barack Obama, a major effort by the Israel lobby and its most powerful constituent, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), to pass a new sanctions bill against Iran has stalled in the U.S. Senate.

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Indian Queers Under Siege After Supreme Court Bans Gay Sex

Human rights have taken a step back in India, activists say after the Supreme Court overturned a ruling of the High Court that had earlier lifted the ban on gay sex.

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Ukraine Crackdown Turns Sinister as Police Beat Pro-Europe Demonstrators and Target Students

As anti-government protests in the Ukraine move into their third week, there are growing concerns among individuals and civil society organisations in the country over the regime’s approach to protestors.

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Militarized Seas? European Diplomats Propose Using Armed Forces to Curb Refugee Flow

A Nov. 19 paper by the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU diplomatic corps, considers the possibility of the European military getting involved in the south Mediterranean in an effort to curb the influx of irregular migrants and refugees into Europe.

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