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Michael Hudson: American Sanctions on Russia Backfire as Putin Partners With China

Out of the week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings has emerged the understanding that “the center of global economic investment is shifting to Asia, leaving the United States out as well as Europe,” economist Michael Hudson says.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Jon Stewart: Time to Update the ‘List of Innocent Things Black People Do That Look Suspicious’

It appears that pointing is now a serious offense in the state of Minnesota.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Princess Leia Endures 10 Hours of Harassment on NYC’s Mean Streets

Sadly, we are sorry to report that, given the opportunity, even Yoda himself isn’t above wolf-whistling.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Jon Stewart: We May Have Killed Islamic State’s Leader or ‘Some Other Fucking Guy’

Jon Stewart offers his audience an update on the current situation in Iraq, from the uncertainty surrounding the possible death of Islamic State’s leader to the over 3,000 troops President Obama has now sent to the Middle Eastern country.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Dyslexie Font Aims to Make Reading Easier for Dyslexics

Dutch designer Christian Boer is dyslexic and grew tired enough of struggling to read that he invented a new font to address the issue.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Ex-State Dept. Official Blasts Obama’s Doubling of Troops in Iraq

Former Marine and State Department official Matthew Hoh, the first known U.S. official to resign in protest over the Afghan War, describes President Obama’s authorization of 1,500 additional troops to Iraq in the campaign against the Islamic State as “for lack of a better phrase ... crazy.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


How State-Sponsored Lotteries Steal From the Poor to Give to the Rich

Last year, in the words of “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, “Americans basically spent more on the lottery than they spent on America.” And although lottery commercials would have you believe that proceeds go to charitable causes, the truth is a bit more complicated.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Election Postmortem

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists sort through the Republican victory in a rare live show out of Washington, D.C. The Atlantic’s David Frum says voters signaled the economy continues to disappoint; Scheer says Obama was responsible for ignoring the party base; and host Matt Miller suggests we institute mandatory voting.

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


We Need a New Word for Revolution (Parts 6, 7 and 8)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin conclude their eight-part series on American democracy and corporate capitalism with conversations about the consequences of relentless totalitarianism, the nature of participatory democracy and how to think about the possibility of revolution.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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