This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.
This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman.
The fatal derailment May 12 did not deter the House Appropriations Committee from slashing Amtrak funding the very next day. Congress could fund its massive infrastructure bill without raising taxes, but the conservative-controlled Congress seems to have other plans for the nation’s profitable public assets.
Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask why coverage of the deadly biker gang dispute in Texas was so different from that of the Baltimore unrest. Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for 10 hours to discuss the Patriot Act, and Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.
In an exclusive one-hour interview with The Guardian, the NSA whistleblower weighs in on the recent (somewhat incomplete) shift in Congress toward bulk data collection, warning, “This is only the bare beginning of reform.”
Saturday vote counts of the Irish referendum on gay marriage show that the once “Roman Catholic stronghold” seems ready to embrace same-sex marriage with open arms.
The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more.
Nearly 500 people died in the campaign by the Islamic State group to take the Syrian city of Palmyra, including 49 who were executed before the fundamentalists reached the city center.
While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company’s internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years.
The Islamic State was supposed to be reeling from U.S.-led airstrikes. Yet the group was able to capture Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and is now consolidating control over that strategically important city.
A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted all six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, setting the basis for a criminal trial.
Since the 1985 publication of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” neurologist Oliver Sacks has been enlightening readers with sharply observed, generously humane medical case studies. In his latest book, “On the Move: A Life,” Sacks presents an extended study of the patient he knows best: himself.
Unemployment rates of 43 percent for Gaza’s general population and 60 percent for young people suggest a bleak future for Israel as well as Gaza.
Scientists say meeting the tougher demands of many countries on limiting global temperature rise may be technically feasible, but would risk worsening world hunger.
A new report finds that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years in most countries—and that the U.S. and Israel are leading the trend.
This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.
There is a vast military complex deep in the hills of eastern Tennessee called “Y-12.” This is where all of the highly enriched uranium is produced and stored for the production of the U.S. nuclear-warhead arsenal.
For decades we have heard that free trade would result in prosperity for all. But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril.
In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.
For weeks, Israeli forces have shut a village of 6,000 people out from entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank; scientists find that when it comes to fighting bacteria that resist antibiotics, viruses may come in handy; meanwhile, one writer explains why Elizabeth Warren is right about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Nearly 14 years after its uncritical reporting helped enable the “war on terror,” the paper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan admits to a mixed performance on its coverage of all things related to war and security.
The Navy is increasingly focused on possible future climate-change conflicts in the melting waters of the north and, in that context, has little or no intention of caretaking the environment when it comes to military exercises.
The major discovery in Africa of tools dating around 3.3 million years old has forced scientists to push back the standard dating of the dawn of culture by 700,000 years.
“We will do everything necessary to protect California’s coastline,” the governor said in a statement Wednesday, after news broke that the oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara that began on Tuesday may be far greater in magnitude than originally expected.
More than 250 tech companies signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and denouncing regulatory language that appears in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.