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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


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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

Melting Pot

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


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

How the Rise of the Working Poor and Nonworking Rich Is Challenging Core American Assumptions

Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy and that the rich deserve their wealth because they work harder than others. The reality is very different.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary’s Email

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 ENLARGE

Ten Commandments for a Better American World

My suspicion is that what’s right and moral is also what’s practical and realistic. In that light, let me offer Ten Commandments for a better world in general.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE

America the Rudyful

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 ENLARGE

Real Americans

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 ENLARGE

America Is Open for Business in Iraq

In the midst of the December holiday news-dumping zone, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) quietly notified Congress of several pending arms deals for Iraq.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

Is This Country Crazy?

I still remember a time when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world for way too many reasons to go into here.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

Americans Need Leaders Who Understand Their Plight Instead of Denying It

Call it Empathy Deficit Disorder. Some Democrats have it, but the disorder seems especially widespread among Republicans.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on Oct 14, 2014 ENLARGE

Study: American Democracy ‘Seriously Threatened’

A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

Fourth of July Creek

Far from big cities or either coast, the characters of Smith Henderson’s first novel are the working poor in sparsely populated towns that few escape and no one ever moves to.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE

‘Let Markets Rule Us’

An old, creepy recording shows the Milton Friedman Choir singing that corporations are society’s saviors, that rule and decision making are best left to the so-called free market, and that other moral considerations for the business class should be absolutely gotten rid of.

Posted on May 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Time for a Populist Revival!

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

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE

Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

What has emerged in the new America is an intensification of the practice of disposability in which more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE

Gabriel Jorby (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dear America: Climate Change’s Threatening Water, Plants, Animals No Matter What Party You Belong To

A Gallup poll has found that only 35 percent of Americans are concerned about climate change, and that proportion is barely up from the previous year.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE

(AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Russia Can’t Take the West Seriously Anymore, but Why Should It?

Let’s face it, the West has been sold to the highest bidder and Putin has no reason to fear us.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE

An Interview With Noam Chomsky: Japan, America and the Racism Behind War

A young Noam Chomsky was appalled by the “special” hatred the U.S. reserved for the Japanese during WWII; a reason to appreciate the polar vortex arises; meanwhile, privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE

Koch Puppy Dog

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 ENLARGE

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