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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Jill Stein on How, and Where, Revolution Can Actually Happen

Green Party candidate Jill Stein sits down with Hedges at a crucial moment in the 2016 election cycle to talk about the many emergencies that the two major-party nominees will be categorically unable to confront, much less solve. 

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Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Speak at Socialist Convergence During Democratic Convention (Video)

What should progressive-minded citizens do after everyone leaves Philadelphia? Our Truthdig columnist and the Green Party presidential candidate share their thoughts.

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The 1 Percent’s Useful Idiots

Bernie Sanders, by capitulating to the corporate machine, sold us out. By calling on us to accept “reality,” he mocked the reality his followers made possible. We will have to carry out the political revolution on our own.

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Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

Hedges and Reich appear on “Democracy Now!” to debate whom progressives should support now that Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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The New European Fascists

Poland offers a frightening example of the right-wing populism sweeping through many nations. Neoliberalism is wrecking economies, creating rage among the working class, devastating cultural institutions and eroding liberal democracy across Europe and in the United States.

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The Importance of Protesting Inequality at the Democratic National Convention (Video)

On this week’s episode of “On Contact,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with two Philadelphia organizers to discuss why people should take to the streets to bring Democratic leaders’ attention to poverty and homelessness.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Writing as Resistance

Doomed writers buried their accounts of the Warsaw ghetto in the hope that they could teach whoever unearthed the documents about good, evil, indifference and the importance of the truth as an act of resistance. They have left us a trove of papers on how to construct a life of meaning.

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Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges, whose column is published weekly on Truthdig, has written 11 books, including the New York Times best seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Some of his other books include “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

Hedges previously spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011. The LAPC also granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists”. In 2012 Hedges won the Southern California Journalism Award for the Online Journalist of the Year.

Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.

Hedges began his career reporting on the Falkland War from Argentina for National Public Radio. He went on to cover the war in El Salvador and Nicaragua for five years, first for The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio and later The Dallas Morning News. Following six years in Latin America, he took time off to study Arabic and then went to Jerusalem and later Cairo. He spent seven years in the Middle East, most of them as the bureau chief there for The New York Times. He left the Middle East in 1995 for Sarajevo to cover the war in Bosnia and later reported the war in Kosovo. Afterward, he joined the Times’ investigative team and was based in Paris to cover al-Qaida. He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq.

In 2012, Hedges notably sued President Barack Obama after the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration appealed, and the decision was overturned. In 2014 the the Supreme Court denied to review Hedges v. Obama   . The act still allows for presidential authority for indefinite detention without habeas corpus.
 
Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. Hedges speaks Arabic, French and Spanish and studied classics, including ancient Greek and Latin, at Harvard. In addition to writing a weekly original column for Truthdig, he has written for Harper’s Magazine, Le Monde, The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs and other publications. In 2014, Chris Hedges was ordained as a minister at the Second Presbyterian Church. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey and is married to the Canadian actress Eunice Wong with whom he has two children. He also has two children from a previous marriage.

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