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Election 2012

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Flower Power

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Senators Band Together to End NDAA’s Indefinite Detention Provision

“The federal government experimented with indefinite detention of United States citizens during World War II, a mistake we now recognize as a betrayal of our core values,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday as she introduced an amendment to end the provision. “Let’s not repeat it.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Elizabeth Dalziel

Stand Still for the Apocalypse

Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

Alexis Gravel (CC-BY-ND)

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Why I’m Voting Green

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Nati Harnik

Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline

The planned route of this six-state, 1,700-mile proposed pipeline is fast becoming a flashpoint in the war of attrition against the corporate state.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Activist Tim DeChristopher to Be Released From Prison

The environmental activist who was sentenced to two years in prison for disrupting the transfer of public land to the oil and gas industry will be released to a halfway house on Oct. 24 after spending 18 months in custody.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Maimed

Chris Hedges gave this talk Sunday night in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 READ MORE

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NDAA Setback: Latest Court Ruling Paves Way for ‘Indefinite Detention’

An appeals court Tuesday extended a temporary stay of a judge’s order prohibiting the Obama administration’s controversial efforts to put any U.S. citizen the government deems a terrorism suspect behind bars indefinitely without being charged or tried.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Steve Miller

What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us

A disturbing pattern of gross infringements on basic civil liberties, put in place in the name of national security, has poisoned our legal system.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

How Do You Take Your Poison?

We can take it from nurse Romney or we can take it from nurse Obama, but one way or another the corporate hemlock will be shoved down our throats.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

OWS Is a ‘Tactic’ That Is ‘Far From Over’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges was in Zuccotti Park—the plaza in lower Manhattan known to Occupy Wall Street as “Liberty Square”—during the movement’s one-year anniversary. The genie of protest it let loose can’t be returned to the bottle of society’s margins, he told RT America.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Debates the Black Bloc

In his article “The Cancer in Occupy” posted on Truthdig in February, Chris Hedges criticized Black Bloc activists, saying their use of violence in the streets would alienate the Occupy movement from mainstream Americans and legitimize the use of police violence in the eyes of the public. Black Bloc supporter Brian Traven debated him in New York City last week.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE

AP/John Minchillo

We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Growth Is the Problem

The ceaseless expansion of economic exploitation, the engine of global capitalism, has come to an end. Let’s not revive it.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Biswaranjan Rout

Life Is Sacred

The giddy, money-drenched, choreographed carnival in Tampa and the one coming up in Charlotte divert us from the real world—the one steadily collapsing around us.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE

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The Mirage of Our Lives

In Dave Eggers’ “A Hologram for the King,” an ordinary man comes to realize that managers like him who made outsourcing possible will be discarded as human refuse now that the globalization process is complete, left to wander like ghosts among the ruins.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The War in the Shadows

There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE

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Criminalizing Dissent

The very name of the law itself—the Homeland Battlefield Bill—suggests the totalitarian credo of endless war waged against enemies within “the homeland” as well as those abroad.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE

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The Science of Genocide

On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hedges

Hedges Talks About His New Book on NPR

Chris Hedges stopped by NPR on Thursday to discuss his new book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” with “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan. Click below to listen to the interview.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Perversion of Scholarship

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Sits Down With Bill Moyers

In one of the most pointed, sweeping and personal public conversations about Chris Hedges’ life and work yet, Bill Moyers speaks with the journalist after the release of “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” the book Hedges co-authored with fellow reporter and artist Joe Sacco.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 READ MORE

Hedges to Appear on ‘Moyers & Company’

Chris Hedges will be a guest on this weekend’s episode of “Moyers & Company.” During his interview with Bill Moyers, Hedges will discuss America’s “sacrifice zones,” pockets of the U.S. that are mired in poverty and trapped in endless cycles of helplessness and despair because of the capitalistic greed that plagues this country.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Battle of Blair Mountain

There are still bullets in the ground where working people in the 1920s staged the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE

markusram (CC BY-ND 2.0)

War Is Betrayal

War is always about betrayal—betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdig on Link TV

Catch Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges and Dennis Kucinich’s speeches from the 2012 Truthdig Retreat in Santa Fe on Link TV all month. Check your local listings for airtimes, and check back with Truthdig for the complete footage.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Michael Probst

How to Think

If universities think a Milton Friedman or a Friedrich Hayek is more important than a Virginia Woolf or an Anton Chekhov, then we become barbarians.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Time to Get Crazy

There are few resistance figures in American history as noble as Crazy Horse.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE

Tipping Point Democracy

A collection of distinguished voices on the left—journalists, activists and organizers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—sued the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In interviews that occurred during or after the March court hearing, they spoke to the deep, grim causes of the deterioration of Western societies.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE

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Hedges Is L.A. Press Club’s Journalist of the Year

In awarding him the organization’s top prize for online writers, the judges offered high praise for Hedges, calling him “Champion of the 99%—mortal enemy of the 1%. This former war correspondent turns out weekly columns packed with insightful and biting opinion.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE

Joe Sacco

Why We Fight

The men and women in despair who rise up against the corporate onslaught don’t do it to save themselves. They do it because it is right.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE

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Occupy Will Be Back

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

America’s Street Priest

Daniel Berrigan, undaunted at 92 and full of the fire that makes him one of this nation’s most courageous voices, says there is one place where those who care about justice need to be—in the streets.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 READ MORE

"Democracy Now!"

NDAA Update: Another Legal Victory

A federal judge on Wednesday said that her earlier ruling on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act applied to everyone, not just the plaintiffs in the case. She made the clarification in upholding a preliminary injunction that would block the military from indefinitely detaining American citizens it accused of supporting terrorists. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges (above) is among the plaintiffs.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE

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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

The War on Gays

In most of America, life for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people is getting worse—much worse.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE

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Truthdig in the Running for 6 L.A. Press Club Awards

Truthdig is a finalist for six Los Angeles Press Club awards, with special recognition for the site as a whole, the Ear to the Ground blog, Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges, Richard Schickel and Mr. Fish.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Mary Altaffer

A Victory for All of Us

We hoped we could draw attention to the injustice of the law. None of us thought we would win. But every once in a while the gods smile on the damned.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest

A decade of war on terror has created a culture of deference in which U.S. officials may restrict American civil liberties in the name of national security. This Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest bravely challenged that culture.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on the NDAA Injunction

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the U.S. government over a provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that could enable the indefinite detention of American citizens, spoke with “Democracy Now!” alongside attorney Bruce Afran about a federal judge’s decision on Wednesday to block that provision.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Mary Altaffer

Judge Blocks Portion of NDAA

A federal judge Wednesday issued an injunction against a National Defense Authorization Act provision that grants the military the right to detain anyone it suspects of involvement in terrorism. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, who filed a lawsuit against the legislation within weeks of President Obama signing it.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE

Illustration by Mr. Fish

Colonized by Corporations

We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Stephanie Keith

The People’s Bishop

Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard was arrested for the second time as part of the Occupy protests. His moral and intellectual courage stands in stark contrast with the timidity of nearly all clergy and congregants in all of our major religious institutions.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE

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