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  • The Brink of Mass Extinction

    By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis

    Brink of extinction(Image: Polluted dawn, ice bergs via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO)March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. In May - officially the hottest May on record globally - the average temperature of the planet was .74 degrees Celsius above the 20th century baseline, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The trend is clear: 2013 was the 37th consecutive year of above-average global temperatures, and since the Industrial Revolution began, the earth has been warmed by .85 degrees Celsius. Several scientific reports and climate modeling show that at current trajectories (business as usual), we will see at least a 6-degree Celsius increase by 2100.

    In the last decade alone, record high temperatures across the United States have outnumbered record low temperatures two to one, and the trend is both continuing and escalating.

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  • Transgender Activists Speak Out Against Campaign to End Trans Military Ban

    Transgender Activists Speak Out Against Campaign to End Trans Military Ban

    By Toshio Meronek, Truthout | Report

    Aaron Myracle was brought up in a military family, so enlisting in the Army National Guard in 2002 as a teenager was a natural choice. Myracle eventually served for eight years, including two deployments to Baghdad - one during 2007's troop surge, often called the most dangerous period of the war. For those eight years, Myracle had to cover up the fact that he is transgender (trans), due to a longstanding Pentagon policy banning trans people from serving openly in the military.

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  • Blowback on the Border: The United States' Child Refugee Crisis

    Blowback on the Border: The United States' Child Refugee Crisis

    By Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy in Focus | News Analysis

    The US press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the US border. Although the coverage often began with moving stories of the hardships these young migrants faced, it soon turned ugly. For right-wing pundits, the “humanitarian crisis” has become a crackdown on kids. The dominant narrative has been that foolish parents are sending children north to take advantage of immigration loopholes. This is just plain wrong.

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