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On Cuba, Republicans Know Only Failure

Listen carefully to the Republican leaders and presidential hopefuls roaring with outrage over President Barack Obama’s courageous decision to normalize relations with Cuba; listen very carefully, because no matter how long or how closely you listen to them, there is one thing you will surely never hear.

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Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill. According to the congressional record, it took only three congressmen and one second.

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In Politics, Does Evidence Matter?

Whatever your views, you should want government programs to achieve what they set out to do.

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Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.” So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before he was assassinated.

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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

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Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery.

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What to Do About American Plutocracy

All is not lost. Change has happened in the past, against severe resistance, three times since the Civil War.

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Beneath the Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

In the wake of the 2014 midterm “wave election,” Americans will soon find out whether they actually want what they have wrought.

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We Need a New Word for Revolution (Parts 6, 7 and 8)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin conclude their eight-part series on American democracy and corporate capitalism with conversations about the consequences of relentless totalitarianism, the nature of participatory democracy and how to think about the possibility of revolution.

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Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

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Ballot Measures to Watch, From Marijuana to the Minimum Wage

Looking for reasons to vote besides party politics? Here is a quick and dirty guide to today’s main events in direct democracy: the ballot measures.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

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Big Money in Politics

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‘We Never Managed to Relax’ After World War II (Parts 4 and 5)

In the fourth and fifth installments of their long conversation on corporate capitalism and American democracy, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism,” Wolin’s experience as a university professor and the expulsion of unorthodox academics in the postwar United States.

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The Most Expensive Midterm Ever

The system has always stunk, but now the campaign contributions are bigger and far more secret.

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The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

There is a database housed in Arkansas with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

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‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

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Is Voter Suppression an American Tradition?

Today’s ID laws are driven by an old purpose—undermining genuine majority rule and deflecting threats to the established order.

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The Myth of the Free Press

The mass media set the parameters of acceptable debate. Cross those parameters, as the investigative journalist Gary Webb did, and you are turned into a pariah.

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Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination—at least so far.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo.

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The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again

You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and Islamic State. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes—but not in the Middle East.

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Jon Stewart Calls Democrats Out on Their Hypocrisy When It Comes to Money in Politics

Despite countless speeches by Democratic leaders denouncing the evils of money in politics, their party sure knows how to raise and spend boatloads of campaign dollars. “And then of course there are ... the emails,” a horror-stricken Jon Stewart says on Monday night’s “Democalypse” segment of “The Daily Show.”

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Billionaire Elections Turn Off Voters

There is far too much complacency about big money’s role in this year’s campaigns, on the grounds that both sides have plenty of it. This misses the point.

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Hong Kong Protesters Say They Aren’t Going Anywhere

Thousands returned to occupy Hong Kong’s Central district Friday after the government backed out of talks and threatened to break up the demonstrations.

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Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

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Demonstrators at Hong Kong Sit-In Beaten by Thugs

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong became violent when attackers, many from unconfirmed backgrounds, tore down demonstrators’ tents and attempted to force them from the streets.

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Secure the People’s House

The Secret Service needs rescuing, but don’t use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

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Hong Kong Protesters Rally for Leadership Change

Pro-democracy demonstrators continued to throng the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday—a conspicuous day, as it was a Chinese national holiday—calling for the resignation of Chief Executive CY Leung as well as for a change in how candidates for the country’s top positions are chosen.

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China and Its Challenges

China may be said to confront four current categories of challenge, with a possible return to horrors past.

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Hong Kong’s Massive Protest Looks Even Bigger From the Air

Set against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong’s tightly packed skyscrapers, this drone video gives the viewer a better sense of the enormity of Monday’s demonstrations, part of an ongoing campaign to regain political freedom.

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Hong Kong Protesters Urged to Continue Demonstrating

An organizer of Hong Kong’s peaceful pro-democracy civil disobedience movement urged thousands of people to keep up protests across the city until the government responds to their demands.

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Global Warming and Global Warring

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

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Why Are We Bombing Syria?

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? Bomb Syria.

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American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

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Hong Kong Students Protest for Democracy

Amid a weeklong strike, thousands of college students in Hong Kong boycotted classes Monday to protest the Beijing government’s decision to limit electoral reforms.

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One Way or Another, Everything Changes

From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

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A Climate Week to Change Everything

The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

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Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



The Climate Marches On

“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”

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President Poroshenko’s Gift to America

It seems evident that Barack Obama today still does not understand how much he owes to President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



Driving American Politics Underground

Seizure of institutions by corporate power means our real political life has been transferred to groups that operate outside the system.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Worst Fear: High Voter Turnout

It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration.

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