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  • A Digital Desert: The Internet Debate Pits Local Communities Against Broadband Giants

    By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

    Optical fibers(Image: Optical fibers via Shutterstock)Joyce Coltrin runs a wholesale nursery about 10 miles from the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in rural Bradley County. She relies on her iPhone at work because there is no internet connection at the nursery.

    "A lot of the college students go to do their homework at McDonald's," Coltrin told Truthout. "Imagine your child at McDonald's, in the parking lot, in the dark, running the car so he can see the videos he needs for class."

    Bradley County is a digital desert on the edge of an internet oasis. Internet service with modern connection speeds is not available in much of the area, and some parts of Bradley County have no internet service at all. Less than half a mile down the road from Coltrin's nursery, however, is the end of a fiber optic cable that supplies internet connections with speeds up to 200 times the national average.

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  • Violence Directed at Anbar University Students From All Sides

    Violence Directed at Anbar University Students From All Sides

    By Sawsan al-Assaf and Matthew Schweitzer, Truthout | Report

    Students at Anbar University in Ramadi and Fallujah do not know from which side their death will come. In January, fighters linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept through Anbar province in a dramatic prelude to their victories in Mosul six months later. Since then, the campus has become a target for government artillery and airstrikes against Sunni extremists said to be operating in the area, even as students attempt to continue their studies.

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  • Machiavelli and Oligarchic Democracy

    Machiavelli and Oligarchic Democracy

    By Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Machiavelli wrote that when we are trying to understand politics and the history of human societies, much can be explained in terms of the eternal conflict between two fundamental desires. One is the desire of the grandi - that is, the super-rich and the super-powerful - to protect their wealth and power, and to accumulate more wealth and power. The other is the desire of ordinary citizens.

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