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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


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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



Hillary Clinton Denounces the Trump and Cruz Responses to Brussels Attacks

“Slogans aren’t a strategy,” the Democratic front-runner said in a speech at Stanford University. “Loose cannons tend to misfire.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE



Farewell, Ben Carson—We’ll Always Have ‘Hummus’

The good doctor’s foreign policy gaffes made for some great political satire, but his ignorance on the Middle East made him a frightening presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE



Bloomberg Won’t Run for President, Fearing He Would Help Elect Trump or Cruz If He Did

Vote for Bloomberg? Not in 2016. He doesn’t want to give Donald Trump an advantage in the general election, so the former New York City mayor won’t enter this year’s presidential race.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Explores Veganism as a Moral Choice With Activist Gary Francione

Does being vegan brand you as elitist? “Days of Revolt” host Chris Hedges and longtime animal rights activist Gary Francione discuss that question, as well as the impact of the animal agriculture industry on the ecosystem, animal suffering versus human suffering and how Whole Foods CEO John Mackey can be both vegan and anti-union.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Which Party Loves the USA?

The debates we have witnessed—too few and far between for the Democrats, frequent enough for the Republicans to constitute a new reality TV show—have provided an incontestable answer to the question.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Make America Great, as It Was ... When?

Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 16, 2015 ENLARGE



From the Annals of U.S. History: America’s Role in Creating Islamic Extremism

It’s a refrain that has been played and replayed before, but some Americans might need yet another refresher.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Paying for Patriotism

The Pentagon shells out millions for sports leagues to “support the troops” with cheap stunts.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



New 2015 Wealth Data Reveal U.S. Inequality at Its Ugliest

According to new data, nearly 50 million of America’s 243 million adults are part of the world’s poorest 10 percent.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Time to Stop Celebrating Columbus Day

Honoring Columbus Day means honoring a painful history of colonialism, enslavement, discrimination and land grabs that followed the Italian explorer’s 1492 arrival in the Americas. It’s time to stop celebrating it and start celebrating the native cultures that his arrival in the Americas began the process of displacing.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE


Made in China









Posted on Aug 15, 2015 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Black Lives Matter: One Year After Ferguson

Marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hand of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, professor John A. Powell discusses how we can create a society in which black lives really do matter.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


America and Guns









Posted on Aug 7, 2015 ENLARGE


Arsenal









Posted on Jul 28, 2015 ENLARGE



71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Your Fourth of July and My Fourth of July

Your Fourth of July is invasions and wars. Mine is the pure sunbeam of peace.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Let’s Talk About the True Meaning of Patriotism This Fourth of July

True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



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



‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your Fourth of July?’

Independence Day is a fitting time to reflect on the role that grass-roots organizing for social change has played in building this nation.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE


Trump Hair









Posted on Jun 30, 2015 ENLARGE



The U.S. Is Now the World’s Second-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country

The United States now has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11 million people who are bilingual.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Black People in Minneapolis Are 9 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Minor Offenses

A damning ACLU report finds “severe,” “pervasive” and “systematic” racial disparities in arrests by Minneapolis police.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE


Boy Scouts Unprepared









Posted on May 22, 2015 ENLARGE



The U.S. and Israel Have the Worst Income Inequality in the Developed World

A new report finds that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years in most countries—and that the U.S. and Israel are leading the trend.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Protests Begin Amid News of No Charges for Wisconsin Police Officer Who Killed Tony Robinson

The family of the biracial 19-year-old appeals for calm after it was announced that Matt Kenny, the officer involved in the March fatal shooting, will not face charges.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE


Guns in Classroom









Posted on Apr 14, 2015 ENLARGE


Mandatory Church Attendance









Posted on Mar 31, 2015 ENLARGE


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