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Paving the Future

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Jennifer Hudson: Faith, Tragedy and New Music

Jennifer Hudson is preparing to release a new album, “JHUD,” in September—her third studio album and her first since the conclusion of the lengthy trial of the man who killed three of her closest family members—and her faith, in the wake of tragedy, is stronger than ever.

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Execution Snacks

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Dozens Dead as Ukraine Claims Control of Donetsk Airport

Ukraine said Tuesday it had recaptured the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of airstrikes and fierce gun battles with pro-Moscow separatist militants that left dozens of people dead.

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On Memorial Day, Let’s Do Right by Our Veterans

Memorial Day should honor not only those military personnel who gave their lives for America but really all those who have suffered and died in war.

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Author, Litterateur, Environmentalist Peter Matthiessen Dies at 86

The American who won awards for such books as “The Snow Leopard” and “Shadow Country,” co-founded literary magazine The Paris Review and was involved in the CIA’s Cold War propaganda effort died of leukemia in Long Island, N.Y., on Saturday.

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Stephen Colbert’s News Flash: You’re Going to Die Someday

Now, according to the late night show host, you can know the exact second you will perish.

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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

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Ohio Prisoner Experiences ‘Air Hunger’ While Being Put to Death, Attorney Contends

Condemned inmate Dennis McGuire had to undergo “air hunger” before being put to death Thursday, his family and attorney allege.

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Death in the Family

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Selling Death

The question “Why can’t I live forever?” assigns the custody of one’s death to powers that make it their business to promote and instill the fear of it—to church or state, to an alchemist or an engineer.

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Hundreds Expected Dead in Iran Quake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake—described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than 50 years—struck the country near the border with Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, officials fear.

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Ed Koch’s ‘Last Word’

After the former New York City mayor’s death Friday, The New York Times released a candid interview conducted in 2007 that was “not meant to be made public” until he died. Koch had especially harsh words for Mario Cuomo, his opponent in the ugly 1977 mayoral race.

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Dave Brubeck: A Love Affair

It was a conversation representative of the era: Somewhere around 1969 or 1970, my dear, conservative Uncle Ray asked his son and me why we liked music by Jimi Hendrix and the Doors but we never listened to Dave Brubeck.

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Dave Brubeck’s Alternative Ambitions

The celebrated musician, who died Wednesday at age 91 in a hospital in Connecticut, didn’t start out with the desire to perform one of jazz music’s iconic tunes.

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Christopher Hitchens: ‘Mortality’

“Mortality,” Jeff Sharlet writes of the late Christopher Hitchens’ small, posthumously published book of essays, composed while the author was dying of cancer, is death-writing “at its most generous and most human: just another man dying, making a joke and telling a story.”

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Violence, USA: The Warfare State and the Brutalizing of Everyday Life

Warlike values and the social mind-set they legitimize have become the primary currency of our market-driven culture, which takes as its model a Darwinian shark tank in which only the strong survive.

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Werner Herzog Doesn’t Fear Death

The German filmmaker has spent a career chronicling the struggles of odd heroes, real and imagined. Now approaching his 70th year, Werner Herzog confirms he doesn’t fear the inevitable final cut—neither for himself nor the human race.

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God Is Dead

It said DOG on his food bowl, and because he showed no signs that he’d ever learn how to read or write, she decided that he must be dyslexic. So she called him GOD. 

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‘The Empire of Death’

In this special Web-exclusive Halloween edition of Truthdig Radio, Howie Stier interviews art historian Paul Koudounaris, whose macabre new book explores fetishistic tombs and morbid monuments around the world.

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‘The Empire of Death’

In this special Web-exclusive Halloween edition of Truthdig Radio, Howie Stier interviews art historian Paul Koudounaris, whose macabre new book explores fetishistic tombs and morbid monuments around the world.

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Climate Change and America’s Deadly National Parks

After learning that tourist deaths in Yosemite National Park increased this season compared with a typical year, Mother Jones reporter Kiera Butler asks whether the events that are rearranging the Earth’s climate might be the culprit. (more)

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16 Killed in Latest Mass Protest in Yemen

At least 16 people were killed when troops opened fire with anti-aircraft guns on anti-government protesters peacefully massed around a state television building and government offices in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, according to witnesses. (more)

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A First in Iraq War: A Month With No U.S. Dead

Not a single American service member died in Iraq in August, a first since the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. (more)

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New Violence Against Syrian Demonstrators

An estimated 2,000 people have been killed in the five months since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began assaulting the pro-democracy protesters he refers to as terrorists. (more)

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Amy Winehouse 1983-2011

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The Labyrinth of Life

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Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

Chris Hedges, speaking at Truthdig’s Inaugural Fundraising Dinner in Los Angeles, responds to the death of Osama bin Laden.

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500 Dead in Nigerian Postelection Violence

Nigeria’s most credible election in decades has come to a close, but the legitimacy of the process has failed to stem the violence. A local human rights group believes more than 500 people have been killed in postelection fighting.

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Mr. Fish

Phuck Is Not a Four-Letter Word

His name was Sam, no last name, and he wore no pants. He was lying on my little brother’s bed in a filthy orange T-shirt staring up at the ceiling, knees slightly bent, with blue eyes and curly blond hair and small pink lips that were frozen in a strange suckling of the air.

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AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexico’s Drug War Prompts Exodus

Mexico’s drug war has been blamed for the deaths of more than 34,000 people, and now comes a report showing that the violence has uprooted nearly a quarter of a million people south of the border, with many of them thought to have fled to the U.S.

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Bloody Encounter in Afghanistan

A firefight between foreign troops and insurgents in Afghanistan last week reportedly led to the deaths of more than 50 civilians. The confrontation came in Kunar province, close to Pakistan, a region that has become a flashpoint for violence because of insurgent activity on the border.

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Blair Realizes Regret Over Iraq

With regret over the loss of life throughout and after the 2003 Iraq war, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has changed his tune of condolence, saying his historically unapologetic statements defending the war were misinterpreted.

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Great Floods Hit Sri Lanka

Massive flooding battering the island nation of Sri Lanka has been described as the worst natural disaster there since the 2004 tsunami, killing at least 27 people and inundating thousands of acres of vital rice fields.

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AP / Felipe Dana

Mudslides Kill 500 in Brazil

More than 500 people have been killed in the mountain towns of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, with officials fearing that the toll will go higher as massive flooding and mudslides continue in the region.

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AP / Hassene Dridi

Tunisian Protests Turn Deadly

Protests over unemployment have led to the deaths of eight people in Tunisia. The government said police opened fire in self-defense after rioters took to destroying public buildings in the northwestern towns of Thala and Kasserine.

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Haiti’s Cholera Death Toll Rising

The death toll in Haiti’s cholera epidemic is rising. The toll now exceeds 3,300, official sources say, and the number of people infected has soared to 150,000 in just two months since the outbreak began.

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U.S. Army / Spc. Richard DelVecchio

Wikileaks Unloads 400,000 Documents on Iraq

The release of some 400,000 classified military documents on the Iraq War has led the U.N. to call on the Obama administration to investigate American troops’ human rights abuses. Leaked documents tying British forces to possible war crimes sparked a demand for a public inquiry in the U.K. as well.

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2 Afghans Die in Protest of Quran Burning Plan

Florida pastor Terry Jones backed away from his plan to burn a pile of Qurans on Sept. 11, but anger in the Muslim world persists. Two people were killed in eastern Afghanistan when soldiers opened fire on a crowd during protests against the planned burning.

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Hundreds Dead in Guatemala Landslides

Weeks of unrelenting rains triggered a series of landslides in the Guatemalan town of Alaska on the Pan-American Highway, burying as many as 300 people. President Alvaro Colom warned that thousands more people are at risk as the government runs out of money to deal with the crisis.

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Legendary Cartoonist Paul Conrad Dies

Legendary political cartoonist Paul Conrad died Saturday morning at the age of 86. An artist who won the Pulitzer Prize three times, Conrad was the cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times for 30 years and a proud member of Richard Nixon’s “enemies list.”

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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Afghanistan in Review

With civilian casualties in Afghanistan up sharply this year, President Hamid Karzai has asked President Obama for a “strategic review” of the way the war there is being fought.

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Afghan Civilian Deaths Up in 2010

Afghanistan’s human rights commission announced Sunday that civilian deaths so far in 2010 had risen by 6 percent, a fact construed as negative unless you’re The Associated Press, which seems to think “the modest increase suggested that U.S. and NATO efforts to hold down civilian casualties were having some success.”

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AP / Hatem Moussa

Israeli Attack Kills a Hamas Commander

A Hamas military commander, Issa Batran, was killed and 11 other people were wounded in Israel airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, the first such strikes since the massive Israeli offensive against Gaza in January 2009.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE


Some People Have Too Much Money

They say you can’t take it with you, so you might as well leave it to your dogs. Actually the son of the heiress who left her pets and staff millions claims she was manipulated into creating a zany will. So who forced her to cover her Chihuahua with diamonds long before she died?

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



Al Jazeera English

Kyrgyzstan Death Toll Put at Near 2,000

As ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan continued to brutalize the country, interim leader Rosa Otunbayeva paid her first visit there and expressed fear that the death toll could reach 2,000 in the former Soviet republic.

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Nearly 100 Dead in Pakistan Raids

Nearly 100 people were killed Saturday when Pakistani military airstrikes rained down on the country’s northwest tribal areas. Pakistani government officials claim the dead were “militants.”

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Poland’s President, Top Leaders Die in Russian Plane Crash

Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and nearly half of the country’s top leadership perished in a Saturday morning plane crash in foggy western Russia.

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Are You Afraid to Plan for Your Own Death?

There’s great value in exploring our rights to make the death and funerary process more personal and less of a consumer affair.

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