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A Glimpse Into the Shattered Lives of Some Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors

“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” starkly shows that, while convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev languishes in prison, victims who lost limbs in the 2013 attack still struggle to cope with their brutally altered existence.

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Water Departments to Change Lead-Testing Methods After Investigators Find ‘Cheats’ in 33 U.S. Cities

A Guardian investigation prompted by the toxic water crisis in Flint, Mich., found that administrators in dozens of cities, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit, cut corners while testing drinking water for dangerous levels of lead.

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The Inequality Sweepstakes

When you press Democrats on their lousy trade deals or their flaccid response to Wall Street misbehavior, they automatically reply that those awful Republicans wouldn’t let the really good legislation get through. So let’s go to a place where Democratic rule is virtually unopposed and see if the excuse holds.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



A Flawed ‘Black Mass’: Tale of a Rat, as Told by Rats

Director Scott Cooper’s film about Boston gangster “Whitey” Bulger shines in its casting but is shaded by earlier works from Martin Scorsese and others.

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A Tale of Two Terrorists: Both Convicted, One Condemned to Die

The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists whose acts were far more destructive, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.

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Chris Hedges Makes His Case for Revolt

American society has some serious issues. As Boston NPR affiliate station WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook puts it on the latest episode of “On Point,” our country’s problems range “from a ruling oligarch corporate elite to looming environmental catastrophe to an alarming erosion of civil liberties.” What’s to be done? 

Posted on May 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Bill Maher May Have Finally Gone Too Far (Video)

In a now-viral quip, the comedian compares former One Direction singer Zayn Malik to convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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‘Shock Wave’: A Compelling Poem About the Boston Marathon Bombings

Leslie McGrath’s poem gives us an intimate look into a person’s mind in the immediate aftermath of the April 15, 2013, tragedy.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE



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Low-Wage Workers Forced to Slog Through ‘Snowmageddon’

A huge blizzard is ravaging the East, causing thousands of flight cancellations, school closures, at least one death so far and general chaos. Many of those making minimum wage or less are forced to choose whether to venture into the cold or lose their jobs.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



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Triumph of the Immigrant American Spirit: Meb Keflezighi and the Boston Marathon

On Monday, Boston responded with its vigorous spirit of community and transcendence to the cowardly terrorism that marred the marathon in 2013, coming out in record numbers for this year’s event.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



No Pipe Dream

Spectra Energy, one of the largest natural gas infrastructure companies in North America, had proposed changes in a pipeline it owns, the Algonquin, which runs from Texas into my hometown, Boston. Suddenly, I’m in the crosshairs of the fracking industry, too.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Chaos in Egypt, NSA Revelations and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether the Obama administration should have stated stronger positions on aid and military in Egypt as violence overwhelmed Cairo. Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA broke its own surveillance rules thousands of times. And the Republican Party convenes in Boston and Chris Christie makes a case for 2016.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Don’t Judge a Magazine by Its Cover

America’s apparent outrage over the Rolling Stone cover featuring a photo of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveals a great deal about this country’s insecurities and prejudices.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Urban Poverty Made Me Ask Questions

The Truthdig columnist tells The Real News how his experience living in the inner city in Boston shaped his perspective as a journalist.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Should We Kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than 70 percent of Americans support the death penalty for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is found guilty of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the USA, Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the U.S.A., Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Catastrophe and the Value of Silence

After an explosion like those in Boston, it is indeed hard to hear one’s own internal monologue, much less meditate on such horrific events.

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Giffords ‘Furious’ Over Gun Vote, Stewart Mocks ‘Human Centipede’ CNN, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a setback for privacy rights advocates and the bizarre connection between the alleged sender of ricin-laced letters and one of the targets.

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Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

Monday was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, celebrating the day the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It is also the day of the annual Boston Marathon, which will now, sadly, go down in history as yet another episode of senseless mass violence.

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To Boston, With Love

Boston is tough and sentimental, traditional and forward-looking, working class and wealthy, parochial and global, warm and reserved, reform-minded and un-reformable, restrained and boisterous, superstitious and free-thinking, very new and very old.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE


The Disuniting of America

We come together as Americans when confronting common disasters and common threats, such as occurred in Boston on Monday, but we continue to split apart economically.

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A Lesson in Empathy From Glenn Greenwald

“I’m up for us ‘All Being Bostonians Today’. But then can we all be Yemenis tomorrow & Pakistanis the day after?” Greenwald’s Guardian colleague Gary Younge wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

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No Arrests, No Responsibility Determined in Boston Attacks (Video)

Law enforcement agencies are scrambling to figure out who carried out the Boston Marathon blasts. So far there have been no arrests, no credible claims of responsibility and little information from authorities about who might have planted the explosive devices.

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