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Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming

The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and the Politics of ‘Huh?’

The Census Bureau’s latest report on incomes suggests that the vast majority of Americans have a great deal to lose if the Republican nominee wins the presidency.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE



We the Plutocrats vs. We the People

How would I help my fellow Americans recoup their sanity, come home to democracy, and help build the sort of moral compact embodied in the preamble to the Constitution, that declaration of America’s intent and identity?

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE



Follow Colin Kaepernick, Change the World

The NFL quarterback took a big personal risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



10,000 Workers Accuse Chipotle of Wage Theft

Current and former employees of the fast-food chain have joined a class-action lawsuit claiming they had to work extra hours without pay.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame

If indigenous activists manage to block the building of an oil line they consider a threat to ancestral lands, their success will be one small measure of justice in a line of injustices going back to the founding of this nation.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Clinton and Trump Are Rich and Pals of the Rich—and That Could Be a Huge Problem for the Nation

Whatever the differences between the two nominees, either will function as an emissary of the powerful who control America. That’s the conflict of interest we all should be talking about.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Ignorance Is Not a Virtue, and Knowledge Is Not a Vice

The idea lives on: “Regular” or “everyday” Americans have been failed by out-of-touch elites and the mainstream media, who basically have screwed up the country.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE


Making America Great Again









Posted on Aug 13, 2016 ENLARGE



Hillary Clinton Should Push Hard for Disability Civil Rights

Hillary Clinton and women with disabilities have something major in common: They are not seen for who they are and what they contribute.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



Why Are Police So Afraid of Bold, Black Women Like Korryn Gaines?

It is incredible that during this time of heightened public awareness of police brutality, officers continue to behave with impunity.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the Democratic Convention: Two Americas (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

The Democratic and Republican conventions showed the great divide between insiders and outsiders. If what was happening inside a political convention could be merged with what was happening outside, perhaps such gatherings would be more representative of our country.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Bernie Rebels Are Fed Up With Democratic Party’s Corporate Values (Video)

Some Sanders supporters still do not like Hillary Clinton, and even though she is the Democratic presidential nominee, they are not going to follow the senator’s lead and vote for her.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Refuting Donald Trump’s Lies About the United States

AP’s Fact Check found that the candidate’s statistics in his GOP acceptance speech are way beyond the “damned lies” level.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States

The great tragedy of the moment is not rooted in the Republican Party’s self-cannibalization. It’s in a Democratic Party that “successfully” suffocated responsible answers to the crises consuming our world.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE



Killer Robots Pose Potential Problems for Future Policing

Removing officers in the field could reduce the danger they face and the need to use force. Then again, adding a layer of distance between officers and citizens could increase the use of force.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE



Time for Progressives to Take a Stand Against Politics of Hate

The crisis over racism in America calls for something bolder and more single-minded than the laundry list of good ideas being tossed about by the Bernie Revolution.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Charge Abu Zubaydah With a Crime or Free Him

Al-Qaida’s reported No. 3 operative is a bad guy, but he did not help plot the Sept. 11 attacks and has provided no actionable intelligence since his capture—and subsequent torture—in March 2002.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein’s Green New Deal Deserves to Be Heard by Widest Audience Possible

The prospective Green Party presidential candidate is moving up in the polls with progressive ideas to reinvigorate the American economy, save the environment and give power to the people instead of corporations.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



Reimagine and Rebuild Our Broken Democracy—in Time for the Nation’s 250th Anniversary

The heavy chains of “present political possibility” should be cast off. In just 10 years, it will be the 250th birthday of the United States, and it is time to create a new political system.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



Antonin Scalia and the Clear and Present Danger of Second Amendment Fundamentalism

The late Supreme Court justice, having bestowed the Constitution’s blessing on personal gun rights, bears responsibility for our collective impotence in response to the madness of gun violence in America.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE


Seeing Red









Posted on Jun 14, 2016 ENLARGE    



Immigration Is Fueling Innovation in Silicon Valley

Former “Dreamer” Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, now a startup CEO, is among a growing number of Latino entrepreneurs redefining the American tech industry.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Senator Who Thinks We Need More Incarceration

Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, argues that the U.S. isn’t putting enough people behind bars. He ignores the fact that when ex-felons are allowed to reintegrate into society as productive, tax-paying citizens with voting rights, they are far less likely to reoffend.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



A Worrisome New Plan to Send U.S. Troops to Libya as ‘Advisers’

Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send “military advisers” to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Must Act on Marijuana Reform

Expanding legal access to cannabis would help veterans with PTSD and many other vulnerable populations. Because the next president may not do it, it’s a change that should be made now.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE


The U.S. Remains Unequal 50 Years After Malcolm X’s ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ Speech (Audio)

In the 1964 talk, the human rights activist stressed the importance of voting to achieve equality for African-Americans, but he warned that violence would be necessary if politicians failed to bring about justice.

Posted on May 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Private Groups, Not Government, Lead the Charge on Prison Issues

As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Gives a Very Important Speech on Poverty (Video)

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet 47 million Americans are living in poverty. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the issue in West Virginia on May 5.

Posted on May 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The GOP’s Veil of Unity

Having presumably sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump has entered the “three-card Monte” phase of his campaign, in which he shuffles his positions so quickly that the gullible patsy loses track.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



Budweiser Is Renamed ‘America’ for the Election Season

Belgian-owned beer company Anheuser-Busch’s announcement has met with mixed reactions.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Protesters in East L.A. Would Rather ‘Deport Her’ Than Support Her (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Demonstrators did not appreciate the Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance in the Mexican-American community on Cinco de Mayo and accused her of pandering to Latinos.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Over 10 Years Later, George Carlin’s Comments on the American System Are as Haunting as Ever (Video)

In this stand-up routine from 2005, the late comedian and social critic explains the way our country works and why most politicians make little impact.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Once-Undocumented Wall Street Executive Now Is Helping Others Live the American Dream

Julissa Arce worked for seven years at Goldman Sachs as an undocumented immigrant. Now she is an American citizen fighting for immigration reform, and her incredible story may soon become a TV series. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



Democracy Spring Activists Take Capitol Rotunda to Demand an End to Voter Suppression

Many Americans are fed up with a congressional majority bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday in Washington, D.C., after voicing their disapproval.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


Old ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch Shows the Genius of Ronald Reagan (Video)

The 40th president had a reputation as a rube, but that persona may have been an act. Look no further than the late Phil Hartman’s impersonation of the former commander in chief in 1986.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


American Perceptions of Social Programs Are Result of Longtime Racist Political Strategy (Video)

The ruling class of America has been effective at labeling anti-poverty programs as a black phenomenon, even though the majority of people who benefit from government assistance are white.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Conversation With Robert Scheer: Larry Flynt Is With Hillary Clinton (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Love him or hate him, the Hustler publisher has never compromised his beliefs. He shared them—including why he wants the former secretary of state to be president—during a visit to Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s communications class at the University of Southern California.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Aren’t Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Talking About Encryption?

The controversy over encryption has been one of the biggest public debates of the year so far, yet the Democratic presidential candidates have been largely silent on the subject.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Attacks on the Humanity of Transgender People

Right-wing extremists—losing the battle over same-sex marriage—have found a new target. They have hit upon a formula designed to lure gullible Americans into believing that transgender people are sexual predators lurking in restrooms, eager to prey on the opposite sex.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Wall Street Criminals and the Future of Our Economy (Video)

In the second part of an interview from teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges continues his discussion of “junk economics” with professor Michael Hudson.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



America’s Astounding Human Rights Hypocrisy in Cuba

The idea of the United States lecturing Cuba or any other country about human rights comes down somewhere between embarrassing and nauseating.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE


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