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Comments of the Week: On the Meaning of Brexit

A roundup of standout reader contributions to stories about the stunning U.K. power move, as well as observations on Hillary Clinton’s potential VP picks and the sit-in on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video)

By Chris Hedges

The Haaretz correspondent for the occupied territories and author of “Drinking the Sea at Gaza” has angered Israeli and Palestinian leadership with her uncompromising honesty.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdig Wins Five Southern California Journalism Awards

Truthdig made a strong showing at the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday night.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE

2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant Talk Third-Party Politics (Video)

Truthdig contributor Hedges analyzes establishment politics with the socialist on Seattle’s City Council.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Comments of the Week: From Tuesday’s Primaries to Sunday’s Shooting Tragedy

It’s been quite a week, one in which a single event creates “before” and “after” pictures that show a far-reaching change, even if opinions vary as to how and why the event happened.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Capitalism Will Collapse Because Elites ‘Allow Poor to Rot,’ Tariq Ali Tells Chris Hedges (Video)

By Chris Hedges

“The elites who have run the United States and Western Europe have proven incapable of offering even the smallest palliatives to their populations,” says the British radical intellectual, in an interview with Truthdig’s Chris Hedges. “And so what we have is a protest against this center elite.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

All predatory systems of power seek to mask their ultimate aims. As they become more repressive, they become more deceptive. They silence dissidents and bombard the airwaves with lies. Those who effectively resist have to peel back the layers of deceit to understand the intentions of the elites.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Holocaust Survivor Lola Mozes Revisit Nazi-Occupied Poland (Video)

Mozes’ testimony is both a history lesson and a cautionary tale for our time.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Shut Down the Democratic National Convention

Corporate Democrats rigged the primary elections. They sold us out to Wall Street. They stripped us of our civil liberties. And now they want us to be mute props in their political theater. Democracy will only come from the streets.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdig to Host Green Party’s Jill Stein on California Primary Night

The party’s presumptive presidential nominee will join Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team for a “Facebook Live” chat at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter on the Evolution of Radicalism

Stewart and Poynter, a couple with a long history of fighting for human rights, explain how things have changed since the political activism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Posted on May 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Lock Up the Men, Evict the Women and Children

Part of the daily reality of poverty in America, evictions—along with mass incarceration—are the mechanisms used to destroy communities and profit from the misery of the poor.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Video)

At Left Forum 2016, Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges explained how the early 20th-century revolutionary socialist’s philosophies are relevant to today’s struggle against capitalism.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges: Taxpayers Pay for Primaries, but DNC Determines Rules in Order to Steal Votes (Video)

“It is our job to make the powerful frightened of us,” the Truthdig columnist said at the Left Forum in New York City. “That is what movements do. Movements keep power in check, and as any good anarchist will tell you, power is always the problem, no matter who holds it.”

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Reform or Revolution

Rosa Luxemburg warned the left about becoming seduced by liberals who speak the language of reform but serve the interests of capitalism. And she understood that holding fast to revolutionary ideals was, especially in a moment of crisis, a moral imperative.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Inaugural Edition

Since Truthdig’s launch just over a decade ago, our staff has always considered our comment community to be an integral part of the site.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Israeli Peace Activist Miko Peled Discuss the Devolution of Israel

Miko Peled, born in Jerusalem, is an author and advocate for peace between Israel and Palestine.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Bearing the Cross

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, whose funeral was held Friday in New York, exemplified the radical call of the Christian Gospels to defy the laws of the state for the laws of God. If we seek salvation, for our nation and for ourselves, we must find his courage and his faith.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: The Late Daniel Berrigan, Lifelong Activist for Peace

From the dark days of Vietnam to the endless wars of today, the Jesuit priest-poet remained faithful to his mission: protecting the vulnerable, championing resistance and always, always working toward peace.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges Talks With ‘Cowspiracy’ Directors (Video)

The film’s directors Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn discuss the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges on Why Daniel Berrigan’s Most Important Contribution Wasn’t Activism

In a segment on “The Real News Network,” Truthdig’s Chris Hedges calls the late Daniel Berrigan a “fine poet” and “prolific writer of radical theology,” and he argues that the Jesuit priest’s “most important contribution was as a writer.”

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

Global warming has already progressed farther than many are willing to admit, and that’s exactly why it’s time for the industrialized world to acknowledge the ethical consequences.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Josh Fox on Holding Onto Our Humanity Amid Climate Change

Hedges, a Truthdig contributor, and Fox, a filmmaker, consider how various forms of culture instill hope, despite looming environmental catastrophe.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Democracy Spring Activists Take Capitol Rotunda to Demand an End to Voter Suppression

Many Americans are fed up with a congressional majority bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday in Washington, D.C., after voicing their disapproval.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE

‘Days of Revolt’: Corporate Influence and the Pitfalls of a Two-Party System (Video)

Chris Hedges and Green Party Senate candidate Dr. Margaret Flowers examine the rigged political system and the corporate money that controls it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Wages of Sin

Huge segments of working-class whites—victims paying for the sins of American empire—are desperately seeking to halt change and re-create a mythical past. This is always the last, desperate gasp of a dying culture.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE

The Lie of Patriotism

A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE

‘Days of Revolt’: Wall Street Criminals and the Future of Our Economy (Video)

In the second part of an interview from teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges continues his discussion of “junk economics” with professor Michael Hudson.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

We All Are Islamic State

The killings in Brussels or Paris and the killings in U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria or Libya perpetuate the same dark lusts. The savage tit-for-tat game will not end until we rouse ourselves from our hypnotized state. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Terrorist Attacks in Brussels: ‘Our Violence Is What Created These Groups’ (Video)

Political demands for stronger surveillance of American Muslims consider only the violent displays of terrorism, not the cause, the Truthdig columnist says. “The cause is the U.S. military occupation of the Middle East.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Michael Hudson Discuss How We Got to Junk Economics (Video)

The federal debt has exceeded $19 trillion. One reason for the record-high figure is a gigantic Ponzi scheme that defines the U.S. and global economies.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Voting With Our Feet

Bernie Sanders will soon be urging us to support Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. But the Democratic Party, along with a bankrupt liberalism, is as dangerous as Donald Trump. It is time to vote with our feet—by taking to the streets against the corrupt power elite. 

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, ‘Mr. Fish’ Examine the Power of Political Cartoons

Political cartoonist “Mr. Fish” (Dwayne Booth), in conversation with Chris Hedges, describes how he uses his art to reveal the often “unpleasant truth” behind a subject.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Mexicanization of the United States

The destruction caused by neoliberalism is global. The patterns of economic, social, cultural and political assault that Mexico has suffered are afflicting countries from Greece to the United States. Only a worldwide anti-capitalist resistance movement will save us.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Mexican Activists Are Rewriting Destroyed Constitution

NAFTA did not increase opportunities in Mexico. Instead, the agreement imposed neoliberal policies on the Mexican people. In this week’s edition of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Mexican activists discuss what is being done to counter NAFTA’s repressive impact.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Native American Activists Denounce Uranium Poisoning

Nuclear contamination is harming land and lives in parts of America. Some Native Americans call it “deliberate genocide.” In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and two Native American activists examine the problem and how to fight back.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Graveyard of the Elites

The establishment structure is sliding toward its death, and the foremost sign of this is the silly and sickening display of “junk politics” that we call an election campaign.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Confront the ‘Corporate Leviathan’

In the first installment of this two-part series for teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” host and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein identified the problem: the “corporate leviathan,” a bought two-party political system. In this episode, they discuss solutions.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Why I Support Dr. Jill Stein for President

The candidate, seeking the Green Party nomination, is the only presidential hopeful who understands that what’s important is not the election—it’s the construction of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist global movements. The building of these movements alone will save us.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Jill Stein Take On the Scam of American Politics

Hedges and the Green Party presidential candidate explore the problems plaguing American politics, including the essential dysfunction of a two-party system, the staged hypocrisy of the presidential debates and the lack of difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders’ Phantom Movement

No “movement” or “political revolution” will ever be built within the Democratic Party. The Sanders campaign is just one more betrayal of the left.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Salinas Leaders Decry the Decline of Another Company Town

In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist and series host Chris Hedges talks with two figures from the American agribusiness center of Salinas, Calif., about the corporate takeover of the city’s political system, its impact on local workers and the similarities between Salinas and Detroit.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Student Activists on the Decline of the Liberal Church

“If you look at how [Union Theological Seminary] treats its professors of color, its students of color, its neighbors of color, it doesn’t add up.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Pity the Children

If we continue to ignore the hunger, poverty and desperate families and communities of our young, we guarantee there will be a huge, violent population plagued by crime, drug addiction and high incarceration rates. If we save the children, we save society.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE

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