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US-Backed Nigerian Military Kills 30 Civilians -- News from Antiwar.com

US-Backed Nigerian Military Kills 30 Civilians -- News from Antiwar.com

US-supported Nigerian soldiers killed up to 30 civilians on Monday “using assault rifles and heavy machine guns mounted on armored personnel carriers” and set fire to about 50 homes and businesses in the area, according to the Associated Press.

The US presidential debates' illusion of political choice | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | The Guardian

The US presidential debates' illusion of political choice | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | The Guardian
Wednesday night's debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney underscored a core truth about America's presidential election season: the vast majority of the most consequential policy questions are completely excluded from the process. This fact is squarely at odds with a primary claim made about the two parties – that they represent radically different political philosophies – and illustrates how narrow the range of acceptable mainstream political debate is in the country.

In part this is because presidential elections are now conducted almost entirely like a tawdry TV reality show. Personality quirks and trivialities about the candidates dominate coverage, and voter choices, leaving little room for substantive debates.