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Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Why a U.S. Alliance With al-Qaida Is a Crazy Idea

With U.S. Middle East strategy in tatters, some experts are advocating that the U.S. ally with al-Qaida against Islamic State. Here’s why such a cold-blooded plan is pure folly—and what we should call for instead.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE


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After Pat’s Birthday

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman (pictured with his arm around Pat).

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A ‘Martyr,’ a Murder and the Making of a New Afghanistan

Farkhunda is dead and buried, but the staying power of her story seems to mark the rise of something not seen in Afghanistan for a very long time: the power of people to renounce violence and peacefully reclaim themselves.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Columnist William Pfaff

The writer, who died April 30, loved his native U.S. but was saddened by its behavior. Over decades, he consistently called for enlightened policy devoid of fearmongering and misinformation.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



Body Counts, Drones and ‘Collateral Damage’ (aka ‘Bug Splat’)

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders

When it comes to the Middle East, what could we expect during a Bernie Sanders presidency?

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Finally Admits It Has No Idea Who It Is Assassinating by Drone (Video)

The tragic deaths last January, just now being revealed, of two Western hostages in drone strikes on a relatively empty housing complex in northern Pakistan underlines that the Obama administration is killing people from the air without knowing who they are and is killing significant numbers of innocent civilians.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



A Century of Women Working for Peace

One hundred years ago, more than 1,000 women gathered here in The Hague during World War I, demanding peace.

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Assassination as Washington Policy and How It Failed, 1990-2015

The strangest part of the story is that a strategy that achieved the very opposite of its intended goal in the drug wars would later be applied full scale to the war on terror—with exactly the same results.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



‘Still Death’: a Hard-Hitting Poem About Predator Drones (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem drives home the idea that when it comes to the many lives taken in our ongoing drone wars, “On the screen or on the ground, death observed is still death.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



Mind-Boggling Conundrums in the Middle East

As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans. A shifting global economic balance and the fortunes of American arms manufacturers are further complicating matters.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Iranian Ascendancy

In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



For Nader, Defiance Is a Way of Life

Our democracy may be farce, our citizens may be entranced by electronic hallucinations and our ecosystem may be collapsing, but the longtime gadfly, armed with his 50-year-old typewriter, will not give up.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE



Middle East Policy Under Rand Paul

Although Rand Paul has a reputation as a Libertarian non-interventionist, he isn’t actually either one.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



Creating an Afghan Blackwater

Just as Afghan men had once flocked to the Taliban, in 2001 they threw their weight behind a new power: the government of President Hamid Karzai.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



The Great Game in Afghanistan: a 21st Century Update

As the chances for peace talks between the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the unbeaten Taliban brighten, the Obama administration finds itself gradually but unmistakably reduced to the status of bystander.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE


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The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?

The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


U.S. Policy Sows Conflict Across the Middle East and North Africa

The U.N. has warned of “total chaos” in Libya; the U.S.-backed regime in Egypt continues a crackdown on political opponents; and Iraq is coming off its deadliest month in years—all while the rise of the Islamic State continues there and in Syria. “Democracy Now!” surveys the wreckage in these places and others with Vijay Prashad.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



War Is the New Normal

Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch on the seven reasons why America can’t stop making war. More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here’s a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



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U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand

The conviction of Australian David Hicks, held for nearly six years, was not legally valid, the chief prosecutor says.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE


Former Air Force Drone Operator Remembers His ‘First Hellfire Shot’

Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant, who was part of the U.S. Predator drone program for more than four years, talks about remote warfare and how he came to a stopping point in 2011.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



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Letter to a Young Army Ranger (From an Old One)

Rory Fanning, an Army Ranger who served with Pat Tillman and became a conscientious objector, writes this letter to young Americans targeted by Army recruiters. (At right, a recruiter.)

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Paris’ Place in the Middle Eastern Wars

The recent excitement in Paris produced an occasion of great surprise to an American observer, certainly to one who witnessed the transformational fear exacted from America’s governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Report: Attacks on Militants in Pakistan Kill 38

A U.S. drone strike and air assaults by Pakistani military forces killed 38 people this weekend in tribal areas near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, official sources reported Sunday.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Mario Cuomo, Bush-Clinton, Afghanistan Legacy

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York who said he wanted to be remembered as a man who tried. Also, is Jeb Bush going to be our next president?

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015

Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim.

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A Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade

Beneath the facade of festive glamour is an institution rife with the nation’s ugliest faults.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE


War in Afghanistan

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Did Drought and Climate Change Cause Middle Eastern States to Collapse in 2014?

The Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan, has seen an unusual number of governments collapse in recent years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars was finally released. Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, and said…

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Answering Evil With Evil

The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE


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America’s Superpower Thinking Is a Bad Habit From a Bygone Century

China is emerging as the new Number One, while the policy makers in Washington can’t get their heads out of the Cold War.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!)

After 13 years of doing its damnedest, the U.S. has overseen the rise of the dominant narco-state on the planet with monopoly control over up to 90 percent of the global opium supply and 75 percent of the heroin. It’s also been complicit in the creation of the first terrorist mini-oil state in history, a post-al-Qaeda triumph of extreme jihadism.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE


Obama Strategy

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Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq?

It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Last Days of Tomas Young

The maimed veteran died last week after a desperate battle with the VA, which callously had reduced his pain medication. His crucible is familiar to the many other Americans who have become the fodder of our wars.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE


The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s come-apart and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE


The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s come-apart, and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



The Bases of War in the Middle East

There is almost no way to overemphasize how thoroughly the U.S. military now covers the Greater Middle East. After 35 years of base-building there, it’s long past time to look carefully at how this garrisoning affects the region, the U.S., and the world.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE


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