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Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we’re looking for newsmakers whose actions in a given week are worth celebrating.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Anderson Cooper

Coming out as gay in a society full of elements that work to suppress the rights of homosexuals means one more voice for the persecuted and oppressed, and the bigger the voice, the better.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco was 30 years old when he tossed his ambitions to be a hard-news writer aside and wandered into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to write a comic book with a social purpose.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange

Few people have so fully devoted their lives to exposing abuses of power as WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown

Claiming an opponent has violated a sacred rule of decorum is a time-honored and effective way of discrediting that person in the eyes of an audience used to deferring to authority and tradition. That’s exactly what Michigan’s House Republicans did to Rep. Lisa Brown on Thursday.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: WSJ Writer Mark Maremont

Most of us know better than to trust men running for public office to tell the whole story of their past. For those inclined to forget, Wall Street Journal senior editor Mark Maremont offered a reminder this week when he uncovered hidden emails detailing Mitt Romney’s support for a law similar to a portion of Obamacare that is reviled by conservatives.

For anyone with the tendency to trust men running for public office to tell the whole story of their past, WSJ senior editor Mark Meremont administered an antidote this week.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Judges of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

In an August 1996 letter, President Bill Clinton wrote that raising the issue of gay marriage was “divisive and unnecessary.” He was right about the first part, but according to a decision by a federal appeals court in Boston this week, he was mistaken about the second.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 READ MORE

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Truthdiggers of the Week: 400,000 Canadians Launching the ‘Maple Spring’

More than 400,000 Canadians—students and defenders of freedom of expression—filled the streets of Montreal this week to protest a 75 percent university tuition hike and emergency legislation that placed draconian penalties on people exercising their right to demonstrate.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest

A decade of war on terror has created a culture of deference in which U.S. officials may restrict American civil liberties in the name of national security. This Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest bravely challenged that culture.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Sang Tan

Truthdiggers of the Week: 35,000 Striking British Police Officers

It must have been a strange sight in London on Thursday when uniformed police officers ushered upward of 35,000 of their off-duty colleagues from across the U.K. through the streets during a protest against cuts that could leave 16,000 police members across the country without jobs.

Posted on May 11, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Mary Altaffer

Truthdiggers of the Week: The May Day Occupiers

There were doubts about whether Occupy Wall Street could pull off the massive day of protest its organizers spent many months planning. But demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere joined forces with labor unions and immigrant-rights activists to remind the public that there is a working class and May 1 is its holiday.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE

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