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Obama Rejects Keystone XL: This Is Big ... and Just the Beginning

Just a few years ago, insiders and experts wrote us off and assured the world Keystone XL would be built by the end of 2011. Together, ranchers, tribal nations and everyday people beat this project back, reminding the world that Big Oil isn’t invincible—and that organized people can win over organized money.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

UPDATED: After seven years of deliberation, the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

Are the Fracking Vampires Going Bust?

Oil is crashing, and gas prices at the pump keep sliding lower and lower. As of October, a barrel of Brent crude (the global standard) is selling for less than $50—nearly half of what a barrel cost last year at this time. What does all of this mean? You wouldn’t think that a significant drop in oil prices could actually be a good thing for the environment and a bad thing for Big Oil and dirty frackers, yet it may well be.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Death by Fracking

We are committing suicide by failing to rise up in large numbers to oppose a practice that poisons our air and water, causes epidemics of cancers and other diseases, and lays a hellish hand on the ecosystem. The longer we wait for the political process to work, the more assured is our mutual destruction.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: This Artist Is ‘Erasing’ the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence With Blue Paint

A Mexican-American artist has launched a project to “erase” the border fence in Nogales, Mexico. Ana Teresa Fernández hopes the project will raise awareness of migrant rights and human rights internationally. “For me the border, the border wall, is like a tombstone,” she explains.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Gaza and Ferguson Are Closer Than You Think

A powerful new video featuring dozens of artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill and Alice Walker, draws comparisons between blacks’ and Palestinians’ struggles for justice.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech May Come From Dianne Feinstein and Her Millionaire Husband

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reports that the California senator and her military-contractor husband Richard Blum are essentially blackmailing the University of California into punishing students who speak out against Israel.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, Syriza and the Power of Activism

In an interview in Jacobin magazine, the linguist and scholar predicts what would happen if Bernie Sanders won the 2016 presidential election and comments on the rise of progressive political parties like Greece’s Syriza and figures such as Jeremy Corbyn of the U.K.

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On This Labor Day, Here’s How We Can Honor the Men and Women Who Fought for Workers’ Rights

Labor Day is a time for honoring the working people of this country. It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the activists and organizers who fought for the 40-hour work week, occupational safety protections and other workplace rights.

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Will Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’ Usher In a Secular State?

The country’s youths are taking to the streets, demanding restoration of trash collection and other public services and an end to government corruption. At the root of the turmoil: the politics of religious identity.

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Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

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Have Rich, White Feminists Made Matters Worse for Sex Workers?

Several famous actresses have signed a letter opposing Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalize sex work. Veronica Bayetti Flores believes “their position is misguided in several ways.”

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VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought

The activists’ spoof campaign encourages hipsters to forgo showers if they eat beef. Find out if they managed to fool anyone.

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Noam Chomsky: It’s Painful to See the Fate of the Human Species, but We Must in Order to Change It

In an interview conducted earlier this year, Noam Chomsky admitted it’s much easier to ignore the major issues of the day and pretend information is inaccessible than it is to take action.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Juan Felipe Herrera, the Next U.S. Poet Laureate

The Californian has been a powerful voice in telling the Latino story, but his reach is not limited by culture. In his new post he wants to use poetry as a force for unity—“to bring us closer together. That’s the heart of it.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism (7/7)

In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Marches Against Femicide and Domestic Violence Sweep Through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile (Video)

Latin America is alight with feminist movements. From Argentina to Paraguay, women are taking to the streets to demand human rights.

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AUDIO: ‘Your Body Is a Dark Axiom ... ’: A Forceful Poem About Immigration Reform Activism

Purvi Shah’s poem collects the voices and stories of some of the women who fasted to promote immigration reform as part of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

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Why We Need to Praise Whistleblower Jeremy Hammond, Too

Jeremy Hammond’s hacktivism is overlooked by the media, but his actions have some calling him “the original Snowden”; Canada is threatening to come down hard on activists calling for a boycott of Israeli products; and it seems bees are far more complex creatures than most of us may think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

85-Year-Old Nun Imprisoned for Protesting Nuclear Weapons Is Released for Surprising Reasons

Sister Megan Rice and two Christian pacifists have spent the past few years of their lives in a federal prison for peacefully demonstrating at Tennesee’s Y-12 National Security Complex in 2012. But as The New Yorker puts it, “the legal decisions that freed them [on May 16] were as unprecedented and surprising as the break-in that put them behind bars.”

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Pleading Guilty (to Insubordination)

In the current age of “lean-in” feminism at one end of the spectrum and an “anti-respectability” discourse at the other, an essay by Howard Zinn reminds us of an earlier meaning of women’s liberation.

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Protesters Assail Austerity Policies at Madrid ‘Dignity March’

Thousands took part in a “march for dignity” and against austerity measures in Madrid on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched regional election in southern Spain.

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Organizers Fail to Ban Chris Hedges From Speaking at Vancouver Conference

In response to his Truthdig column of March 8 on capitalism, the sex industry and the political left, organizers of an upcoming conference on exploitation and activism in Canada tried to remove the writer as keynote speaker.

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Uncle Pentagon: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American War State

The Pentagon loomed so large in my childhood that it could have been another member of my family. Maybe a menacing uncle who doled out put-downs and whacks to teach us lessons or a rich, dismissive great-aunt intent on propriety and good manners.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Harrowing Bystander Video of Police Killing a Homeless Man in L.A. Sparks Protests

A camera phone video showing Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man Sunday morning had over 4 million views on Facebook as of Monday morning.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE

Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

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Howard Zinn: Have a More Interesting Life

The late historian, who studied injustice and action through the centuries, offers this wonderful insight.

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Activists Are Not to Blame for Murder of Police

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.

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How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE

Max Blumenthal Explains Why His Critics Are the Real Anti-Semites

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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Robert McChesney Is Hopeful About Revolutionary Change

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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Ferguson Isn’t the Only Place Where Police Are Protected by a Broken System

The recent ruling by a St. Louis grand jury on Michael Brown’s shooting sheds light on just how difficult it is to indict a cop; the apocalypse may have something to do with indifference toward climate change; meanwhile, a teacher uses a scrap of paper to teach his students a valuable lesson about inequality and privilege. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE

Amnesty Releases Free Tool to ‘Detekt’ Government Spyware on Computers and Phones

Sick of being tracked without your consent or knowledge by the National Security Agency and its ilk? Amnesty International has an app for that.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE

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Tomas Young, Veteran Author of ‘The Last Letter,’ Dies at 34

Iraq War veteran and activist Tomas Young has died, “Democracy Now” is reporting.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Honors Humanists Combating the ‘Culture of War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges channeled his solemn, sermonic style at Stony Point, N.Y., on Saturday at a dinner inaugurating the Anne Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE

Cornel West in Ferguson: ‘I Came Here to Go to Jail’

Dr. Cornel West was arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday during a protest.

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Young Blacks Question Effectiveness of Peaceful Tactics

At an event of mass protest Sunday, young black Americans grew frustrated and angry at an older generation’s peaceful response to the killing of Missouri teenager Michael Brown by police, exposing a generational divide over how best to confront police racism, brutality and excessive force.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

Rather Than Just Honor Nobelist Malala Yousafzai, We Should Listen to Her

Honoring someone with the bravery and resiliency and ethical intelligence of a Malala Yousafzai is easy.  Taking her more challenging positions seriously and engaging with them is much more difficult.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE

Hong Kong, the Hard Part: Kick Out U.S., Build National Consensus

What does U.S. involvement mean for the credibility of the protest movement and the future of Hong Kong? How should Hong Kong activists respond?

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert’s Priceless Interview With Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change

Even when the “Colbert Report” host calls Naomi Klein a “class traitor,” the journalist laughs it off and gives a stellar explanation of what needs to be done if we want to keep the planet from becoming unrecognizable due to climate change.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE

Obama: More Than Terrorism or Disease, Climate Change Is the Greatest Threat

Speaking to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama said “no nation is immune” from what he described as the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

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NYC Climate Demo: Top 5 Massive Rallies That Had No Effect

I am all for demonstrating and admire everyone who came out in New York City on Sunday to demand that world leaders deal urgently with climate change, but I just do have to point out that holding large rallies doesn’t always result in political change.

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Occupy Activists Try to Restore Our Faith in ‘Collective Power’ by Wiping $3.9M of Student Loan Debt

The Strike Debt movement, which has its roots in Occupy Wall Street, bought and “abolished” a portfolio that included the student loan debts of 2,700 students who had attended the privately run Everest College.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

The Climate Marches On

“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”

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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Fifty years ago this month, Berkeley, Calif., was the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement. Now, Berkeley is moving against Big Soda.

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