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Looking Back on Libya

Libya is sliding back into chaos. The escalating violence prompted the U.S. to evacuate its embassy, and European countries are urging their citizens to flee. We hate to say it, but it looks like deja vu all over again for another failed military intervention by the West. If you want to understand what motives are in play now, read on for a look back at the real reasons behind Qaddafi’s overthrow.

Obama opens East Coast to oil exploration—and more headlines

• Obama opens East Coast to oil exploration

• Military device used against Detroit protesters

• Pickpocket remembers good old days

And more headlines…

The Whole Ukrainian Crisis Revolves Around This Pipeline

The Ukraine crisis has given the U.S. another front to fight its war for global energy dominance with Russia. Here’s the story of the pipeline at the heart of the Moscow-Washington battle to sell oil and gas to one of the world’s biggest consumers: Europe.

Classic WHO: FBI Knew About Saudi 9/11 hijacker Ties, But Lied to Protect “National Security”

Here’s a repost of one of our most popular—and explosive—pieces of original reporting for your enjoyment: WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker’s scoop about how the FBI knew for a decade about connections between powerful Saudi interests and the 9/11 hijackers, and lied about it in the name of national security.

Pitchforks Coming for Us Plutocrats, Says Tycoon—and More Headlines

• Pitchforks coming for us plutocrats, says tycoon

• Max Blumenthal on Israeli right wing

• Snowden says can handle Guantanamo

And more headlines…

EXCLUSIVE: The Counterinsurgency War on—and Inside—Our Borders

A Mexican military chopper’s flight into U.S. airspace last month isn’t a rare occurrence. It’s part of growing counterinsurgency war against drug traffickers on the U.S.-Mexico border, where the lines between law enforcement and the military are blurring. An exclusive investigation by WhoWhatWhy in partnership with WikiLeaks.

Germans Consider Manual Typewriters to Stump NSA—and more headlines

• Germans consider manual typewriters to stump NSA

• Earth just finished warmest quarter ever

• GOPer proposes bringing policy “down to a woman’s level”

And more headlines…

After $40 Billion, America’s Biggest Nuclear Dump Is Still Leaking

Begun in 1989, America’s biggest radioactive contamination waste site—run by the Department of Energy—has cost taxpayers roughly $40 billion so far and may take another 40 years and an additional $100 billion before the cleanup is done, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And critics argue workers are getting sick while waste is still leaking.

Meet the Self-Guiding Bullet—and More Headlines

• Did U.S. cause Latin American violence that sent kids rushing to border?

• U.S. tests revolutionary self-guiding bullet

• New study finds GMO health risks

And more headlines…

Four in Ten Bostonians Skeptical of Official Marathon Bombing Account

A poll in Boston turned up a surprising finding—42 percent of those polled are unsure if Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev is guilty. That’s a shock given the dominant media narrative that says he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Yet the case is still full of lots of contradictions and unanswered questions that beg for answers.

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