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Resistance Proves Effective as Andrew Puzder, Michael Flynn Are Forced Out

“When the people lead, the leaders will follow.” These oft-quoted words attributed to Gandhi played out in Washington, D.C., this week.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE


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Silenced Twice by the Senate, Coretta Scott King’s Words Live On

Sen. Elizabeth Warren made history Tuesday by quoting another history-making woman’s 1986 letter to a Senate segregationist.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE



Frederick Douglass: Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

The good news: Donald Trump opened Black History Month by mentioning the renowned abolitionist. The bad news: Trump doesn’t seem to realize that Douglass is dead.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE



Standing Rock Sioux to Trump: ‘Creating a Second Flint Does Not Make America Great Again’

It will take more than the stroke of the president’s pen to quash the vigorous resistance to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE


Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



30 Years Later, the Senate Should Reject Jeff Sessions Again

The arc of U.S. history is on full display as the peaceful transition of power takes place between the administrations of President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



Obama, Deporter in Chief, Should Pardon the Undocumented

President Obama can use his immense power of the presidential pardon to de-escalate the war on immigrants, which otherwise threatens to get immeasurably worse under Donald Trump. 

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte Talk About Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, the KKK and More (Video)

The two activists shared a platform on Dec. 4 in New York, where they joined Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Journalism Icon I.F. Stone’s Words Ring Truer Than Ever in ‘All Governments Lie’

The documentary makes a strong case, with input from a starring lineup of left-leaning investigative reporters, in support of a theme that keeps repeating.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE


Did a Dakota Access Pipeline Guard Carry an AR-15 Into Peaceful Protests?

Demonstrators in North Dakota are still reeling from last Thursday’s peaceful protests that led to the arrests of over 140 people. New video footage from that day shows a security contractor wielding an AR-15 rifle “attempting to infiltrate a group of water protectors.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Filmmaker-Activist Josh Fox on Pipeline Standoff: ‘Where the Fuck Is Hillary Clinton Right Now?’

By Kasia Anderson

The director, playwright and climate activist was wondering why the presidential candidate wasn’t anywhere near the contested grounds where the clash over the Dakota Access pipeline appeared to be at a critical point.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



As Stakes Rise, 83 Dakota Pipeline Protesters Are Maced and Arrested

Saturday’s events follow reports of escalating police abuse at protest sites, including beatings and unnecessary strip searches of those detained.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges, Eddie Glaude’s Democracy Now! Debate: Which Candidate Should Win Progressives’ Votes?

Should progressive voters adopt different strategies in swing states versus, say, blue states? Princeton University’s Eddie Glaude makes room for that possibility in this Democracy Now! debate with Chris Hedges, while Hedges decisively does not.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



On Strip Searches and Press Freedom in North Dakota

Attempts to criminalize and humiliate nonviolent land and water defenders—and to arrest journalists—should not pave the way for the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Are There Any Heroes Left?

It’s been a rough few months, and it’s not as though the conclusion of this presidential election cycle is going to usher in a fresh wave of optimism. Still, some Truthdig readers held in high regard a few figures and/or topics that made news in recent days.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Charges Against Journalist Amy Goodman Dropped in Vindication for Press Freedom (Video)

North Dakota has dismissed riot charges issued after the Democracy Now! host reported on security guards assaulting nonviolent Dakota Access pipeline protesters in September. By filing the charges in the first place, “the state’s attorney was attempting to stop journalism,” Goodman said.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE


Amy Goodman Explains Decision to Turn Herself In to North Dakota Authorities (Video)

What had the journalist been doing at the Dakota Access pipeline protest? Her job.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Striking Prisoners Are Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Closer to Justice

Right now, under some of the most repressive circumstances that exist in the United States, a national movement is growing for prisoners’ rights.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



North Dakota Charges Journalist Amy Goodman for Exercising Her First Amendment Rights

At a Dakota Access pipeline site, the “Democracy Now!” host documented use of vicious guard dogs by private security personnel in clashes with protesters. Authorities have charged her with trespassing.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Dakota Access Pipeline Security Agents Attack Protesters With Dogs and Mace (Video)

Democracy Now! provides video and photos of a private security team urging dogs to bite Native American protesters.

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE



In Post-Olympics Brazil, a Political Coup Is No Game

The Brazilian Senate voted 60-21 on Wednesday to impeach Dilma Rousseff. Remarkably, most of those who voted to oust her are themselves under investigation for corruption.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 READ MORE


In Impeachment Trial, Dilma Rousseff Makes Defiant Final Plea to Salvage Brazil’s Democracy (Video)

The Brazilian president is about to be impeached by a corrupt Senate. As the country’s media attempt to make the move seem legitimate, journalist Glenn Greenwald explains why Rousseff is right that the entire proceedings are a threat to democracy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Climate Change and the 1,000-Year Flood in Baton Rouge: When Will We Learn?

While any one extreme weather event can’t be directly attributed to climate change, storms, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes all are expected to become more frequent and more severe as the planet warms.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE


Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: ‘We’re Standing Up and We’re Saying, “No More” ’

More than 1,000 Native American activists have traveled to Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in North Dakota to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Now the fight continues in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



For Future Summer Olympics, Climate Change Is No Game

A report just published in the British medical journal The Lancet suggests that by the year 2085, almost all of the cities that could host the Summer Games will be too hot for outdoor events.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



The Voting Rights Act, 2.0

This new generation of Jim Crow-style laws is facing federal court challenges, and they are being thrown out or significantly weakened, one by one.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Liberty Bell and the Democratic Party: A Tale of Two Fractures in Philadelphia

Cheers and applause filled the Wells Fargo Center. While thousands went wild, several hundred, well, just went.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

Hedges and Reich appear on “Democracy Now!” to debate whom progressives should support now that Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Terror, Tennis Balls and Tamir Rice

At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a large contingent of Indiana State Police, riot cops and police on horseback was deployed to contain 15 women and one man from Code Pink and their 500 tennis balls.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE



Videotaping a Crime Is Not a Crime

Citizens who provide video evidence of police brutality are doing a public service. Police harassment of those citizens has to stop.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



Iraq War, Based on Lies, Rages On

In the wake of the Chilcot Report, there should be a serious effort to hold leaders like George W. Bush and Britain’s Tony Blair accountable for the ongoing death and destruction in Iraq and beyond.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Makes Herstory

With hundreds of abortion restriction bills in play around the country, this week’s landmark victory in a Texas battle over the issue is cause for celebration, but not rest.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



A House Divided on Gun Control Cannot Vacation

“Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our jobs. We came here to work. The American people are demanding action.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s Learn From Australia: Semi-Automatic Weapons Bans Work

About 10 days before he committed the single largest shooting massacre in modern U.S. history, Omar Mateen walked into the St. Lucie Shooting Center, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and bought an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



A Tale of Two Injustices: ‘Lynching’ and Sexual Assault in California

Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 90 days and three years’ probation. Brock Turner, despite his multiple felony convictions for sexual assault, will likely get credit for good behavior and serve about the same amount of time as Jasmine. As for Brock Turner’s victim, her sentence is ongoing.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



An End to Impunity for Dictators—and Their Backers—Makes the World Safer

It was a bad week for dictators, and a good one for international justice.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Takes High School Detention to a New Level

In January, Wildin Acosta left his home to go to school but never made it. He was thrown to the ground and arrested by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has been in detention ever since.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

It has become increasingly clear that it is the younger generation that will save us all.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Should Heed Hiroshima’s Survivors

As we left the memorial, Koji Hosokawa told us to stop. He looked us in the eye and told us not to forget the victims.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



Greece Bailout Was for EU Banks: Study Confirms That Rescue Loans Didn’t Serve the Greek People

“The only reason why they effected this so-called bailout of Greece was to save their own banks and to present this as solidarity with Greece.”

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE



Rest in Peace, Dan Berrigan—Just as You Lived

Daniel J. Berrigan lived his life true to his calling, literally practicing what he preached.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Demonstrators at May Day Rallies Worldwide Demand Workers’ Rights

In the U.S., “there’s manufactured ignorance that prevents us from knowing about May Day,” one historian says.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



Amid Media Megamergers, a Mosaic of Community Media Thrives

There is a hunger for authentic voices—not the same handful of pundits circulating through all the media networks who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 READ MORE


Amy Goodman on How the Media Is Ruining the 2016 Election by Focusing on ‘Trump-Land’

The “Democracy Now!” host explains why pundits are getting coverage “so wrong” and outlines what needs to change.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Harriet Tubman and the Currency of Resistance

What better tribute to her lifetime of struggle could there be than to place her image into the hands of hundreds of millions of people?

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE


Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Defense of Her Role in Honduras

By Amy Goodman & Dana Frank / Democracy Now!

In an interview on “Democracy Now!,” Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras, takes the presidential contender to task over her statements about the 2009 ouster of the Honduras president.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear-Arms Train Wreck

As with his pledge to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Obama’s pledge to move the U.S. toward nuclear disarmament seems to have been abandoned.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



Stand Your Ground, Unless You’re a Battered Woman

When victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized—first by their abusers, then by the criminal justice system.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



North Carolina: Flush Your Bathroom Bill Down the Toilet

The bathroom ban is a symptom of systemic, institutionalized discrimination against transgender people.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE


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