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Iran Sentences Facebook Protesters to 127 Years in Prison

Eight “youths” in Iran were sentenced to an average of almost 16 years in prison for speaking out against their government, state media and Sky News reported Monday.

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Defense Officials Preparing for Civil Breakdown

“A U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various U.S. military agencies,”  international security scholar Nafeez Ahmed writes at The Guardian.

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Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’ (Video)

When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles photographer Annie Appel set out to capture the faces and record the hopes of participants in 12 American cities. The result is a 572-page ready-to-print book, with a foreword from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

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Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family, Malaysian Teen Said to Be Raped by 38 Men & Other Horrors

Tragically, 25-year-old Farzana Parveen’s slaying is one of many cases in which women have been brutalized recently in South Asia, the U.S. and beyond.

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New Environmentalists Taking Bold Actions, and They’re Working

No longer dominated by the traditional “Big Green” groups that were taking large donations from corporate polluters, the new environmental movement is broader, more assertive and more creative.

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Fast Food Worker Revolt

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CapitaLetters Review of ‘No Place to Hide’

Glenn Greenwald’s new book makes a compelling case about the rightness of Edward Snowden’s actions.

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Vietnam Shaken by Worst Anti-China Unrest in Decades

Anti-China protesters have set more than a dozen factories on fire in Vietnam in the biggest eruption of rage against Beijing in decades over the deployment of an oil rig in contested waters.

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Activist Cecily McMillan Found Guilty of Assaulting Police Officer

The Occupy Wall Street organizer, whom Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges profiled last month, was convicted Monday on charges of “assaulting” an NYPD officer who grabbed her breast as he removed her from a protest. She faces up to seven years in prison.

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Jose Antonio Vargas’ ‘Documented’ on Plight of Undocumented to Air on CNN After Theatrical Release

I was privileged to see a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ breathlessly awaited documentary, “Documented,” when I was in Los Angeles last week.

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Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children

As talks between Israel and Palestine falter, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday on behalf of nearly 5,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israeli authorities in 22 Israeli jails, many of them arbitrarily.

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Time for a Populist Revival!

This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grass roots.

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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

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Why Does the FBI Treat Nonviolent Activists Like Terrorists?

Peace activists in the Midwest are the latest victims of a surveillance state hellbent on prosecuting terrorists where none likely exist.

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Fracking Bans Gaining Popularity All Over the Place

Americans aren’t the only ones against fracking.

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Voting Rights Advocates Try to Put Oversight Back on the Map

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments with a history of discrimination no longer needed to submit new voting laws for federal approval. Now, voting rights advocates are trying to put them back under oversight using the courts and Congress.

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Today Is ‘The Day We Fight Back’

In honor of Aaron Swartz and the billions of us who want to use the Internet for the pursuit of knowledge and not a weapon of surveillance, control and war, thousands of websites on Tuesday, Feb. 11, are asking visitors to call their representatives and demand legislative action against the National Security Agency of the United States.

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Who’s Behind the Rapid Decline in Abortions in the U.S.?

The abortion rate has hit a 30-year low, but anti-choicers had nothing to do with it.

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Pete Seeger: Troubadour of Truth and Justice

Pete Seeger’s life, like the arc of the moral universe famously invoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bent toward justice.

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Pete Seeger: ‘Democracy Now’ Remembers the Folk Icon With His Own Music and Words

Amy Goodman and the team from Democracy Now have put together a wonderful tribute to the late Pete Seeger, who died Monday.

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People Pressure Is Making Fast Tracking the TPP Politically Toxic

After four years of secret negotiations with more than 600 corporate advisers, the once seemingly invincible trade bill—the largest in history, covering 40% of the world’s economy—looks very much like it can be defeated.

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If You Still Want to Be an Activist After Reading This, Prepare to Be Hated

Do activists such as feminists, environmentalists, pacifists and others have an image problem?

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Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians’ Organizing ‘Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen’

The environmental activist whose life story was turned into a hit movie talks to “Democracy Now” about the chemical spill in West Virginia.

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Coming in 2014: An Even Bigger Occupy Wall Street Movement

A research firm believes by the end of the new year social unrest will mark American politics; Pope Francis is reportedly “shocked’ by gay adoption; meanwhile, 33 percent of Americans refuse the idea of evolution. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Of Course the NSA Phone Program Is Likely Unconstitutional, but Now a Judge Thinks So Too

If you listen carefully, you can probably hear a chorus of “Duhs” breaking out worldwide as the news spreads about a federal judge ruling Monday that the National Security Agency’s phone data collection program constitutes unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

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Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

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Chris Hedges on the Role of Art in Rebellion

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?”

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Why Elizabeth Warren Should Run for President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Elizabeth Warren’s country. Hillary Clinton just lives in it. Why Wal-Mart should be worried. Truthdigger of the Week Jeremy Hammond is sentenced to a decade in prison, and we get an update on the Philippines.

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Why Elizabeth Warren Should Run for President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Elizabeth Warren’s country. Hillary Clinton just lives in it. Why Wal-Mart should be worried. Truthdigger of the Week Jeremy Hammond is sentenced to a decade in prison, and we get an update on the Philippines.

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Striking California Wal-Mart Workers Aim to Embarrass Company

After 50-odd years without coordinated strikes in U.S. Wal-Marts, the chain has seen a series of employee protests organized by the nonunion workers’ group OUR Wal-Mart. Wednesday the wave of demonstrations reached Southern California in a surprise strike riding on the coattails of a successful walk-off in Hialeah, Fla.

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Doug Ireland, Radical Journalist: 1946 – 2013

Doug Ireland was not only a left-wing critic of sexual and political conformism among sectors of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements, but he was also one of the notable public intellectuals of the civil libertarian left.

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Bill Moyers: Historian Is Optimistic About New Activists

Peter Dreier says “this is an incredible turning point in American history. ...”

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Facebook May Join Forces With Police to Thwart Protests

Independent journalist Kenneth Lipp attended a law enforcement conference in Philadelphia on Monday in which he discovered that soon authorities may have control over what’s posted on social media sites. This includes allowing people to plan demonstrations using sites such as Facebook.

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Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

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Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America.

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The Sparks of Rebellion

The tinder for revolt will not be the same as in past industrialized societies. Guided by the revolutionists who came before us, we will have to create our own forms of resistance out of the wreckage of the corporate state.

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Sam Jackson on Obama, Republicans and Civil Disobedience

In a new Playboy interview, the highest-grossing actor of all time, who has made an art of the f-bomb, says Barack Obama should “be fucking presidential,” and, on GOP obstruction, “there was a time we would be in the streets about this shit.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Searching for Sustainable Models of Activism, 2 Years After Occupy

While economists are celebrating a tenuous recovery five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this week’s U.S. Census Bureau report on poverty provided a sobering statistic.

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American Unions’ Troubles Could Be Fueling a Resurgence in Labor Activism

As the nation’s union structures crumble, the stage is set for labor unrest similar to what came during the Great Depression. The reason: reduced mechanisms for mediating grievances as income equality grows.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Singing and Sidewalk Chalk Seen as New Threats to the Empire

Police continue their crackdown on protesters and photographers in Madison, Wis., including the videotaped violent arrest of a man taking pictures. Elsewhere, writing political protests in washable chalk is now a felony.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


Be an Outlaw

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Movements Without Leaders

Most of the movements of the moment—even highly successful ones—don’t have easily discernible leaders. There are highly capable people who have worked overtime for decades to make these movements succeed, but there aren’t particular people that the public at large identifies as the face of the fight. The world has changed in this way, and for the better.

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Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century

All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Demanding ‘Justice for Trayvon’ (Videos)

Demonstrators in more than 100 U.S. cities from Los Angeles to New York gathered outside federal courthouses Saturday to press the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman one week after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. 

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Journalism Should Be About Truth

In the second part of a series of interviews with The Real News, the Truthdig columnist details his criticism of the Iraq War and the news coverage leading up to it. He says it is his belief that great reporters care about the truth above all.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Urban Poverty Made Me Ask Questions

The Truthdig columnist tells The Real News how his experience living in the inner city in Boston shaped his perspective as a journalist.

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