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AP/Mohammed Abu Zaid

Egyptian Protesters Remove U.S. Flag During Attack on American Embassy

It is believed that the demonstrators in Cairo were upset about a film production that they say insults the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / IRIB TV

Iran Condemns American to Death in Spying Case

Another story has emerged to further make the headline-ready case that tensions are ratcheting up between Tehran and Washington, this time from the espionage department. On Monday, news hit the wires that an Iranian court had sentenced 28-year-old Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for allegedly spying for the CIA.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hints at Prisoner Swap for 2 Hikers

After speculation that Iran might allow two imprisoned American hikers to return home in exchange for a steep bail, Iran’s foreign minister hinted Saturday that the timetable for their release could depend on the willingness of the U.S. to release Iranian prisoners. (more)

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 READ MORE


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American Artists in Paris

“Not all pioneers,” writes David McCullough, “went west.” Thus he establishes his theme, the intellectual frontier mentality that drove countless Americans to brave the rigors of a sea voyage and an alien culture to imbibe the Old World charm and history of Paris.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Maya Alleruzzo

U.S. Gets a Call for Help in Iraq Attack

American soldiers reportedly were called in to help Iraqi forces repel an attack by insurgents on an army base in Baghdad, just five days after the much-ballyhooed official end of U.S. combat operations in the country.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE


A Bloody Close to August in Afghanistan

The final weekend of August was a costly one for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with seven Americans killed. Also, five campaign workers for a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections were found slain, and a candidate for parliament was shot to death.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Americans Believe the Dumbest Things

Here’s a listicle that many Americans, unfortunately, can believe in. Yes, it’s Funny or Die’s roundup of nine ideas, ranging from the goofy to the spooky to the downright embarrassing, that scores of fellow denizens of the USA hold to be true.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


spring break revelers
Flickr / BluEyedA73

Latest Violence in Mexico: Just in Time for Spring Break

America’s college kids are keeping it classy once again, taking recent reports about violence in Mexico as their cue to perform keg stands in other sunny locales for this year’s spring break festivities. Florida, you’ve been warned.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


religious American flag
Composite: Wikimedia Commons / Rursus / Oren neu dag

Americans Picking and Choosing From Religious Grab Bag

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, Americans are getting more creative with their choice of religion—or choices, as the case may be. They’re picking and choosing from various world religions and using the Internet to learn about different faiths.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Ford logo
cartype.com

Ford Asks Gov’t for $9 Billion

After a dismal November, Ford Motor Co. is hanging by a thread, but the automaker told Congress on Tuesday that it is in better shape than Chrysler and General Motors and could make it through its current economic crisis with a little help—to the tune of $9 billion in standby loans.

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE


Betancourt Rescue
news.bbc.co.uk

The Real Operation to ‘Rescue’ Ingrid Betancourt

The July 2nd rescue of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and U.S. mercenaries employed by the Northrop Grumman Corp. was heralded as a dramatic victory over the anti-imperial FARC guerrilla forces in Colombia. The real story may be significantly less daring. The mainstream media’s heroic rescue narrative is being contradicted by claims that a $20-million ransom payment was made.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


Pelosi and Congress members
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Congressional Approval Rating Falls to 9%

President Bush hasn’t exactly been basking in the glow of Americans’ approval recently, according to those all-important poll numbers, and now he’s got some company at the bottom of the barrel. Rasmussen Reports finds that just 9 percent of American voters think Congress is doing a bang-up job, and the numbers fall even lower for respondents who don’t identify as either Republicans or Democrats.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


Election Day
Arts Engine Inc.

Portrait of an American Election

“Election Day” isn’t a film that highlights the horse-race aspect of American politics, nor is it about red or blue states. Instead, director Katy Chevigny and her colleagues from Arts Engine Inc. aimed to capture a much more complex story—or rather, a multilayered and interconnecting set of stories—about an array of Americans from different states, backgrounds and political positions, all taking part in some way in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


Baghdad power lines
AP photo / Samir Mizban

Baghdad’s Other Power Struggle

As one U.S. soldier tells Truthdig foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen, it’s not entirely a bad sign that residents of Baghdad’s Saidiyah neighborhood are complaining about their meager daily power allotment: A year earlier they were concerned about just staying alive.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Bomb Kills 5 U.S. Soldiers in Baghdad

In one of the deadliest strikes in months, five U.S. soldiers were fatally injured by a suicide bomber Monday as they patrolled Baghdad’s Mansour district. Three other soldiers and an Iraqi translator were wounded in the blast but survived, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Jolie in Iraq
AP photo / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell

Angelina Jolie: Now’s the Time to Help Iraqis

For those inclined to ask “who cares?” every time a celebrity-and-politics news item makes the rounds, consider it asked already. For everyone else, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by actress Angelina Jolie on Thursday about the problem of Iraqi refugees fleeing to Syria, Jordan and “a vast and very dangerous no-man’s land” within their own borders. Now, Jolie says, is the time for Americans to “do some of the good we always stated we intended to do.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Tentative Security Gains in Baghdad?

The New York Times reports that in certain areas of Baghdad, such as the Dora neighborhood in the south of the city, residents are cautiously returning to their homes and attempting to resume some semblance of normal life by taking advantage of a recent lull in violence.  How long it will last, however, remains to be seen.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Doris Lessig
copiszczy.pl

Lessing’s Lessons on 9/11

Allowing that some Americans might find her “crazy,” Nobel Prize-winning writer Doris Lessing told Spain’s El Pais newspaper that the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were “neither as terrible or as extraordinary as they think,” pointing to the IRA bombings in Britain as other examples of calamities.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Arrest in Iraq
AP photo / Hamza Hendawi

Dissent From the Front Lines

When will we listen to the troops?  I’m not talking about soldiers used as props for a George Bush photo op, telling reporters what Washington wants to hear. The Iraq war has produced brilliant messages of dissent from the ranks that should cause us to stop in our tracks and reconsider what we have wrought.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Blackwater helicopter
iraqfact.com

Checkbook Imperialism:  The Blackwater Fiasco

The latest Blackwater USA scandal, in which privately contracted American security troops gunned down innocent bystanders in Baghdad, might cause the Iraqi government to finally give firms like Blackwater their marching orders—if only it could command the power to order these mercenary operations out of the country.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq to Scrutinize Private Security Firms

The Iraqi government is taking a close look at all private security firms still involved in the ongoing conflict there following Sunday’s shootout in Baghdad, after which several contractors from Blackwater USA were accused of killing innocent bystanders while guarding U.S. officials.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bush at Ground Zero
news.bbc.co.uk

Faludi on 9/11 and American Mythology

Journalist and author Susan Faludi is back with another book, “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America,” an ambitious look into the formative mythology, driving forces and fears of the U.S.‘s national psyche. 

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE


Those Sexy Seniors

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week reports that American men and women are enjoying active sex lives well into their autumn years.  If the article is indeed an accurate indication, well over half of the country’s seniors (at least up to age 85, given the study’s parameters) are doing their job to challenge some stereotypical views of sex at an advanced age.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


petraeus
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Petraeus: Occupation Could Last for Decades

The good news, according to the United States’ main military man in Iraq, Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, is that American troops have succeeded in taking hold of two main insurgent hot spots, Ramadi and Baquba.  The bad news:  Petraeus is speculating that the situation in Iraq will get worse before it gets better—and that U.S. forces might need to stay there for many years.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


sarkozy
AP Photo/Sang Tan

Sarkozy Critiqued for le Running Habit

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being widely criticized for his passion for jogging, which some members of his country’s intelligentsia consider to be un-French, right-wing ... or even a ploy to brainwash his citizens.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


Alive in Baghdad: Iraq Through the Eyes of Iraqis

Founded by Brian Conley, a 26-year-old American journalist, and coordinated in Iraq by 21-year-old Iraqi Omar Abdullah, the website Alive in Baghdad features short films by Iraqis documenting daily life in their war-ravaged country. You must see this site. (BBC story, AiB site)

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Chinese beggar
flickr/Rivard

American Companies Fight For Right to Bleed China

In the face of vast poverty and exploitation, the Chinese government is about to enact a labor law that would strengthen the role of unions and protections for workers.  But American corporations, eager to maintain their fiefdoms in the middle kingdom, have lobbied fiercely against the proposed legislation.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Anti-U.S. attack video

Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on Internet

Videos showing attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq have started appearing on sites like YouTube. The company is taking many down, but it can’t keep up with the volume, and they abound.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Anti-U.S. attack video
From YouTube.com

Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on Internet

Videos showing attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq have started appearing on sites like YouTube. The company is taking many down, but it can’t keep up with the volume, and they abound.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Has American Airlines Banned Gay Air-Kissing?

An interesting confluence of apparent homo- and terror-phobia: A gay couple flying on an JFK-bound AA flight out of Paris were told that their air kissing was impermissible; when the couple inquired further, the captain threatened to divert the plane.

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


John Oliver

John Oliver?s American Odyssey

The “Daily Show?s” ?foreigner? correspondent, John Oliver, reports from the front lines of the immigration debate, sharing his own harrowing experience: ?Jon, like billions of other unfortunate people in the world, I was tragically born not American.?

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


NBC poll
From NBC

Americans Reject Bush’s Hitler-Iraq Comparisons

A NBC poll shows that 61% disapprove (32% approve) of Bush’s comparison of Iraq war critics to Hitler appeasers.
Of course, just because there’s a high disapproval rate in a survey doesn’t mean the linkage is rhetorically ineffective in people’s minds. Bush’s handlers know what they’re doing on that score.

Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


Ann Beeson
AP / Carlos Osorio

Truthdigger of the Week: Ann Beeson

Truthdig salutes Ann Beeson, the American Civil Liberties Union officer and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in ACLU v. NSA, the case that persuaded a Detroit judge to order a halt to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


choking
From redcross.org

Finish Chewing Before Reading This Item

Seriously: We won’t be responsible for the above if you try to digest your dinner and this news simultaneously….
Ready? OK: Bush is apparently frustrated that the Iraqi people have not shown greater support for America’s mission in Iraq.
That’s right: Bush is frustrated at the lack of public support for America in Iraq.
Has the man stopped watching even Fox News, and instead installed a one-way walkie-talkie in his brain with Don Rumsfeld on the other end?

Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


Ambiguously healthy coffee
From answers.com

Meet Your Friendly (and Deadly?) Coffee Bean

The java in this cup could either cause or counter a heart attack, depending on which recent study you believe. The American Medical Association says, drink up; an assistant professor at Brown says, sedentary types: beware.

Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


British Airways
From MSNBC

MSNBC: U.S. Pressured UK to Rush Terror Arrests

American officials leaned on England to arrest the would-be plane bombers at least a week before British authorities wanted to move in, according to MSNBC. One British official suggested the attacks were not imminent; the suspects did not yet have plane tickets—some didn’t even have passports.
Why did this allegedly happen? We have a (unfortunately justifiably) cynical answer. Click to the jump….

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


Immigrants Don’t Hurt U.S. Jobs, Says Study

In what could be tantamount to dropping a neutron bomb on xenophobes like Lou Dobbs, a study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that high levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American workers. But some economists question the study’s technique.

  • Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper on the myths of America’s immigration debate.

  • Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Chuck Hagel on 'Face the Nation'

    Hagel Warns of ‘Hopeless, Winless Situation’ in Iraq

    Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel chastised the Bush administration on “Face the Nation,” saying Iraq was headed toward civil war and neither the American people nor Congress would tolerate the continued presence of U.S. troops there.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Rape-Murder Hearing Reveals Horrifying Details

    The specifics of this case are made more sickening by the fact that they did not occur in a vacuum. Several cases of U.S. forces killing unarmed Iraqi civilians are pending in military courts, and they have badly mangled America’s already bad image in the region.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: Closing the Racial Gap in Medical Treatment

    Why do African Americans still lag behind even recent African immigrants when it comes to beating heart disease and cancer?

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Ignorance is Strength
    From stampandshout.com

    Half of U.S. Says Iraq Had WMD’s

    According to a new Harris poll, about 50% of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. This is up (up!) from 36% last year.
    We can only hope, perhaps naively, such a moment represents a low-water mark ... that (with apologies to Fitzgerald) we are face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate with our capacity for ignorance.

    Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Legal Group Rails Against Bush’s Signing Statements

    The American Bar Association said the president’s signing statements amount to a “line item veto” that Congress is powerless to override, and constitute a ?threat to the Constitution and to the rule of law.?

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: Who’s Showing Black Youth the Path to Responsibility?

    Even as the notion of responsibility becomes less and less relevant among black American youths, people like Bill Cosby and the actor who plays Gordon on “Sesame Street” are asking the tough questions necessary for any reversal of the trend.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

    Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Foreign Companies Buy U.S. Roads

    U.S. roads and bridges paid for by American taxpayers are being sold to companies abroad. Selling roads and bridges to private companies provides states with extra cash in the short term, but as Indiana’s House Democratic leader has argued, these deals are shortsighted taxpayer rip-offs that funnel long-term profits to foreign coffers. (h/t AmericaBlog)

    Posted on Jul 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Conservatives Fuming Over Bush’s Foreign Affairs

    Ultra right-wingers at places like the American Enterprise Institute say they are furious at Bush over his apparent timidity on crises in Lebanon, North Korea and Iran.
    Hey, if things aren’t going the AEI’s way, it’s gotta be good news.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: A Troubled Picture for Black Male Students

    The gender gap among African-American college students is growing at a dangerous rate. And it’s no wonder: The roots of the problem were obvious at my daughter’s school, where many boys by age 10 had been socialized to be tough, regarding education with contempt and suspicion.

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Patton's famous slap
    From fantasfilm.com

    Think Tank’s Claim: Soldiers Faking Post-Battle Stress

    The American Enterprise Institute suspects that U.S. soldiers are fabricating instances of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Blogger Respectful of Otters dismantles the claims.
    Gen. George Patton famously made the same charge (incident depicted above by George C. Scott) during WWII. He was made to apologize and almost lost his command. Wonder if the AEI will suffer an analogous fate?

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


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