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Donald Kaufman
Donald Kaufman

Donald Kaufman is an L.A.-based producer, composer and mix engineer. He is also the songwriter and frontman of the band Visceral Design. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Kaufman began contributing editorial content to Truthdig. Steeped in the culture of the site and already a...

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Spectacle Behind the Gold Mine

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight against Manny Pacquiao will be the highest-grossing boxing match in history. The allure? In part, a narrative that pits polar-opposite combatants in a kind of “Rocky” scenario.

Posted on May 1, 2015



President Obama on Baltimore Uprising: ‘No Excuse for ... Violence’

President Obama addressed the ongoing unrest in Baltimore on Tuesday, admonishing demonstrators for changing the tone of the protests Monday, as he saw it, and characterizing the shift as one toward “senseless violence.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015



Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015



Armor Clad Police Arrest Journalists After Michael Brown Shooting in Ferguson

Riot police dispersed protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday night. Among 16 people arrested were two journalists, Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014



Iraq Roundup: Al-Maliki’s Ouster, ISIS’ Onslaught and America’s Airstrikes

As of Tuesday, longtime Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was on his way out, as the long-term outcome for his divided country seemed troubled at best.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014



Tarek Mehanna and the Isolation of American Muslims

In an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-like activity,” the news agency Inter Press Service tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a lengthy jail sentence.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014



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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014



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Why Does the FBI Treat Nonviolent Activists Like Terrorists?

Peace activists in the Midwest are the latest victims of a surveillance state hellbent on prosecuting terrorists where none likely exist.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014



Journalist Crashes Wall Street Secret Fraternity Party, Lives to Tell Bizarre Tale

As he recounts in New York magazine, journalist Kevin Roose was able to infiltrate a secret Wall Street fraternity party in January 2012 that was attended by many of the top financial moguls of our time.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014



Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014



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