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John Cusack and Arundhati Roy: Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

This is the narrative result of an encounter between Cusack, Roy and whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg. Cusack and Roy provide their own accounts and joint conversations.


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Why Hate Speech by Presidential Candidates Is Just Plain Despicable

Hate crimes will never be eliminated entirely. But this doesn’t absolve the politicians who have been fueling hatefulness.
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The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.
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In the third episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” eight-term Ohio congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich raps about the underbelly of U.S. politics going back to his days as Cleveland’s “boy mayor” in the late 1970s.

On the occasion of the publication of his new book, “Between the World and Me,” the intellectual figure of the Black Lives Matter movement delivered a stirring talk on the unique violence, fear and difficulty in living that black Americans suffer.

Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Change Cover-Up

“We’ve often wondered if Exxon actually hates our children because they so consistently stand in the way of safeguarding their future,” a campaigner said. “It turns out they apparently hate good journalism as well.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Emanuel has made an example of his city’s top cop one week after the release of video footage showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

2003 All Over Again? On Eve of Syria Vote, U.K. Is Warned Against ‘Rush to War’

“We must do everything we can to stop MPs voting the U.K. into its fourth war on a Muslim country in 14 years,” Stop the War coalition says.

VIDEO: Refugees Appear Alongside British Rapper M.I.A. in New Music Clip ‘Borders’

In a recently released music video, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., highlights the plight of refugees who risk their lives to cross borders.



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Putin Claims Turkey Was Protecting Islamic State Oil Smuggling as He Urges Kurds to Ally With Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday in Paris that his government had intelligence that the reason Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week was to protect oil smuggling from Islamic State (Daesh) through Turkey.

Turkey Stages Coup Against Its Own Press and Generals in Bid to Arm Syrian Militants (Video)

Turkey has jailed two very prominent journalists for publishing video of a Turkish intelligence convoy of weapons to Syrian militants. It has arrested several senior generals who ordered the search of the trucks.

Clean Energy Gathers Steam

As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world’s biggest economy gets left behind.

Former Defense Intelligence Head Admits Islamic State Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks out about how U.S. foreign policy has helped create and foster the growth of global terrorism.

Environmental Activists Are ‘Being Killed in Record Numbers,’ With at Least 116 Dying in 2014

A new report reveals that two killings of environmental activists occurred on average every week—up a fifth from 2013. Nearly three-quarters of the known deaths were in Central and South America.

VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’ Kicks Off Full Coverage of Paris Climate Talks

Amy Goodman and her team are on the streets of Paris and in the meeting halls of COP21, the United Nations’ fraught, highly policed attempt to craft a global, intergovernmental solution to the existential problem of climate change.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton Opened Her Door to Financial Supporters

Official calendars obtained by The Associated Press show that while serving as secretary of state, the Democratic presidential candidate made herself available to dozens of influential fundraisers, loyalists of the former Clinton administration and her current campaign, and corporate donors to her family’s global charity.

Two-Thirds of Americans Want the U.S. to Join a Global Climate Pact

A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that a solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming. Most of those who say otherwise identify as conservative.

The American Hunger Games

Let’s send the six Republican candidates for the presidency into the wilderness, weapons in hand, one at a time, and examine their minor differences to see what we can expect in a coming Republican era of “good times.”

Forest Destruction Can Be Cut by Half

A new study shows that political will is all that is needed to stop the chainsaws and bulldozers that are destroying tropical forests and contributing to global warming.

Turkey Reels as Putin Imposes Stiff Economic Sanctions (Video)

The Russian sanctions announced by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday could have a severe impact on the Turkish economy.

The United States of Contradictions

With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.

Putin Justifies Russian Tourism Ban on Turkey by Claiming That the Country Supports Radicalism

Russian President Vladimir Putin explained his rationale for asking Russian tourists to leave Turkey last week, and it is ominous.

How Illinois’ Super-Rich Governor and His Cronies Are Changing the State

If the recent political trends in Illinois serve as a test case for the rest of the country, we’re in for big trouble.

Not Dissecting ‘Disgraced’ With the Pulitzer Winner’s Playwright

Ayad Akhtar wants audience members to decide for themselves what his play, about the complexities of identity and hidden prejudices in post-9/11 New York, is saying.

Why the Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers—and What Must Be Done

In this holiday season, it’s especially appropriate to acknowledge how many Americans don’t have steady work.

Truthdigger of the Week: Offshore-Banking Whistleblower Hervé Falciani

The leaks engineered by “the Edward Snowden of banking” have brought to light malpractice that is costing government treasuries hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The IT expert’s action has earned him a five-year prison sentence given in absentia.

People’s Global Climate March 2015: Taking to the Streets for Our Future

On the biggest day of climate change activism ever seen worldwide, millions of people are joining in Sunday, at more than 2,500 events around the globe, using people power to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at the COP21 summit opening Monday in Paris.