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Privacy Is Freedom

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points to Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision in SCOTUS’ 2014 cell phone wiretapping case, which affirmed that the ideas embodied in the Fourth Amendment represent the basic idea that sparked the American Revolution.

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George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’

On Independence Day, against official claims that mass domestic surveillance is needed to ensure U.S. security, Truthdig reprints the farewell address of the first president of the United States.

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Actor America Ferrera Thanks Donald Trump for Inspiring Something Brilliant in the Latino Community

Rather than chastise the presidential hopeful for his repugnant racist comments about Mexicans, America Ferrera chose to use a more powerful tool: gratitude.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



A God in Ruins

A new novel takes its place in the line of powerful works about young men and war, and recognizes the courage of those in war’s aftermath, who are left to pick up the pieces.

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‘A Small Needful Fact’: Possibly the Most Heartbreaking Piece on Eric Garner You’ll Read

Ross Gay’s unforgettable poem about Eric Garner—who was choked to death by an NYPD officer last July—reads like a memorial wreath, delicately pieced together with pain and sprouts of hope.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



Maybe It’s Time to Terminate

“Terminator Genisys” is unnecessarily complicated by so many time twists and warps that even an ardent fan of the franchise must admit that its future is behind it.

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Misty Copeland Makes History as American Ballet Theatre’s First Black Female Principal Dancer

At 32, Misty Copeland has already emerged as a bona fide star of the ballet world by many measures. On Tuesday, she added a big feather to the already impressive plumage in her proverbial cap.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



Will the Machines Ever Rise Up?

“Apocalyptic pronouncements from scientists and entrepreneurs have driven [a] surge in interest” in artificial intelligence, writes The Guardian’s science editor Ian Sample. But is it reasonable to expect that machines will one day willfully turn on their human creators?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Almond Garden

The Badam Bagh (“Almond Garden”) penitentiary on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, is home to many incarcerated women whose stories are told in photographs and text in a new book by Gabriela Maj, a Polish-Canadian photographer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Univision Dumps Trump’s Miss USA Pageant, Trump Tweets ‘I Love Mexico’ (Updated)

UPDATE: Turns out that publicly declaring that migrants from Mexico to the U.S. are almost all “rapists” and criminals prone to shepherding drugs across the border—with a few as-yet-unconfirmed “good people” mixed in—doesn’t make for ideal neighborly relations.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE


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