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Building the Institutions for Revolt

We must form our own new structures and carry out continual mass protest and civil disobedience to wrest back power from the corporate state.
 

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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

King's courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.
 
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Oxfam Finds Eight Men’s Wealth Equals That of Half the World’s People

"This is the perfect but horribly sad point to make on MLK day," Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer writes in a memo to staff.
 
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Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with professor Sergei Plekhanov about Western misconceptions of today’s Russia.

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

 
 
 
 
Inheritors of MLK’s Legacy Are Drawn to the Revolutionary King

Many young black activists say they prefer the capitalism-challenging radical to the Nobel Prize-winning pacifist to whom they were introduced as children.

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Part 6: Coming Home

After more than 30 years in prison and halfway houses, the 58-year-old author walks free in the world.

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Ringling Bros. ‘Finally Bows to Public Opinion,’ Will Say Goodbye in May

Activists see the announcement as “a sign that any industry—including farms, labs, and circuses—that commits violence against animals is destined to fail.”

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To Halt Sea Level Rise, the World Must Cut More Than Carbon

Short-lived greenhouse gases such as methane will continue to affect oceans for centuries, no matter how much nations reduce carbon, research suggests.

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We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself

The 44th president’s service to the rich and powerful was foretold, and not just by leftist “carpers.” This is history that matters.

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Six Reasons Trump’s Wall Is Even Worse Than Most of His Other Ideas

At his turbulent news conference Wednesday, the president-elect reiterated that he will build a wall along the border of Mexico.

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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

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DOJ Report About Chicago Police Department Echoes What Residents Have Long Known

Communities of color in Chicago meticulously documented the agency’s pattern of racist violence.

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Inauguration Boycott Grows Along With Women’s March Momentum

An increasing number of Democratic lawmakers say they won’t attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday.

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Part 5: Back to School and a Sense of Renewal

After earning an associate degree in prison, the author, 58, hopes to complete his Bachelor of Arts study through a program at Rutgers University.

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Overtime Issue Will Be Early Test of Trump’s Pledge to Help Workers

A rule that could secure overtime pay for 4 million workers is in limbo, and the president-elect will help decide whether it survives.

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Refuting Donald Trump’s Attack on Rep. John Lewis

It began when the civil rights icon announced that he will not attend Trump’s inaugural because he does not consider him a legitimate president.

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Five Ways Trump’s ‘News Conference’ Wasn’t a News Conference

Trump isn’t even president yet, but he’s already eroding our democracy.

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Will Trump’s Climate Team Accept Any ‘Social Cost of Carbon’?

The nation’s top science panel has sketched a way to set a fair price for cutting climate risks. Some of the president-elect’s advisers say the price should be zero.

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Allegations of Russian Hacking Cover Up a Larger Issue: Attacks on Independent Journalism

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues that politicians are zeroing in on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election to shut down outspoken media.

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What Is Donald Trump Aide Mike Flynn’s Relationship With Russia?

The headlines about Trump and his team and the Russian Federation are coming fast and furious, and the stories seem more than merely isolated data points.

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Part 4: Restarting Life in a Halfway House

The transition from convict to parolee can be difficult, with more restrictions in the reintegration facility than in prison. But thoughts of the free world keep the author going.

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Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton

The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Cornel West, Social Philosopher and Obama Critic

“The reign of Obama did not produce the nightmare of Donald Trump—but it did contribute to it,” West tells us.

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