Empire Files: The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

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The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey **   In the first installment of the series, Abby Martin introduced viewers to a neighborhood called Lakewood that was virtually ignored by both state and federal officials during and after the hurricane. Lakewood is home to working class Houston residents, many of which are Black or Latino. Is it simply a coincidence that neighborhoods like Lakewood receive far … Read More

Journalist Amber Lyon: The War on Drugs is a Human Rights Crisis

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Have you ever found it odd that a side effect of Cymbalta, a leading anti-depressant, is suicide? It seems counterintuitive, but in a country where medicine is dictated by Big Pharma, such a paradox is hardly surprising. That’s because, as former CNN correspondent Amber Lyon points out, Western medicine treatments are not intended to get to the root of the sickness. … Read More

The Case for Vegetarianism You’ve Never Heard Before

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When I was in 5th grade, I was obsessed with animals. It was an age where most of my friends were going through the phase of wanting to be either a veterinarian or whale trainer at Sea World (yes, this was before Blackfish). My love for animals may have been innocent and ill-informed early on, but it led me to … Read More

American Drug War Creator on Addiction, Prohibition & the “Green Rush”

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As costly as it is ineffective, America’s prohibition on illegal drugs is a contentious subject the corporate media keeps at arm’s length. Documentarian Kevin Booth is the director of several films that scrutinise America’s dubious relationship with drugs and suggest that illegal trafficking is embedded in the US economy. As arrests are hastily made for the possession of marijuana – … Read More

10,000 Toddlers on Drugs for Non-disorder A.D.H.D.

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NEW YORK TIMES — More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are particularly prone to be put on medication such … Read More

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