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The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New iPhone 7

The arrival of the iPhone 7 has brought unwanted attention to the company’s globalization, tax avoidance and exploitation of workers.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Information or Disinformation? Only 32 Percent of Americans Trust the Media

A new Gallup Poll shows the steepest decline since 1972 in public confidence in the accuracy and fairness of news reporting.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Calls Out Facebook for Working With Israeli Government on Censorship Plan

The investigative journalist made his case on The Intercept about the social media giant’s collaboration with Israeli officials to block content that government finds objectionable.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



10,000 Workers Accuse Chipotle of Wage Theft

Current and former employees of the fast-food chain have joined a class-action lawsuit claiming they had to work extra hours without pay.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



Will Big Pharma Take a Hit on Its Greed in November?

After a year of news about outrageous drug price hikes, a ballot measure in California aims to help control the cost of prescription medications. Not surprisingly, pharmaceutical companies are working hard to defeat it.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Suicide Bombing in Yemen Kills at Least 54

The “martyrdom operation” targeting recruits at a Yemeni army training camp is the latest atrocity in the civil war that has claimed thousands of lives.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



More Bad News About Water Safety Could Affect Millions of Americans

A new Harvard study reveals excessive levels of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other ailments.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



Should a Man Who Did Not Commit a Murder Be Executed for It Anyway?

Jeff Wood is scheduled to be put to death by the state of Texas on Aug. 24, even though he never killed anyone.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Woman Tells Harrowing Story of Being Forced Into Sexual Slavery Ring in Lebanon

A 24-year-old woman left her war-torn country after being promised a restaurant job in Lebanon. Once there, she was tortured and forced to become a prostitute before eventually escaping and helping break up the sex-trafficking network.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Trouble for Johnson & Johnson After Another Big Loss in a Talcum Powder-Ovarian Cancer Case

In two court decisions in less than three months, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay out $127 million. And it faces 1,200 similar lawsuits.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Tom Hayden Article Endorsing Hillary Clinton Produces a Flood of Angry Responses

The progressive activist declared himself “a Bernie supporter” in September, but now he’s backing the former secretary of state in the California Democratic primary.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



Oxfam Report Exposes How U.S. Companies Hide Profits and Avoid Taxes

Turns out U.S. corporations get workers’ hard-earned money in the form of tax breaks and then offload it in tax havens.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



New French Law Targets ‘Johns,’ Not Prostitutes—Buying Sex Is Now Illegal

“You don’t hire a woman like you hire a car. Our society should no longer tolerate it,” explained the head of the Socialist group in the French Parliament.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Stepping In to the Election Fray to Secure His Legacy

The president is becoming more involved in strategizing to ensure that a Democrat succeeds him, and more vocal about the dangers of an Oval Office occupied by Donald Trump.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s War Against Journalism

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to expand the definition of “terror crime” to include media reports deemed to support or praise acts of violence. “Democracy, freedom and the rule of law” no longer have any value, he declares.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent

The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



After Seven Long Years, the Question Remains: Who Killed Rafael Solis in a Texas Jail?

His mother, claiming he was beaten to death by jailers, has turned to the media in calling for justice. She has the backing of the Public Justice Foundation, which cites the Solis case and the infamous Sandra Bland death in demanding an investigation of all Texas jails.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Key Members of Hillary Clinton Team Lobbied Against Bills She Now Touts as National Accomplishments

On the presidential campaign trail, the candidate has been hailing Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Act, a measure aimed at Wall Street corruption. Yet she has infused her staff with former lobbyists and consultants who did all they could to block the two reforms.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Julian Assange ‘Arbitrarily Detained,’ a U.N. Panel Has Found

The panel is expected to announce Friday a finding that the WikiLeaks founder’s long stay in Ecuador’s London embassy is the result of improper actions by Sweden and Britain.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Nestle’s Self-Policing Policy Against Slave Labor Smells Like a PR Campaign

The food giant’s unsuccessful effort to beat back a lawsuit may have been part of an effort to avoid fully facing up to ties to child slavery, critics suggest.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



N.Y. Times Misleads About Bernie Sanders’ Funding and Later Endorses Hillary Clinton

The newspaper hangs an article about Sanders’ campaign finances on a legal technicality, and the next day it backs his main rival’s presidential bid.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



New York State Approves $15 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers

On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration approved legislation that will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE


Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: ‘The Daily Show’ Interviews

As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire and other news shows on which he appeared—usually to the chagrin of those shows.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: The Fox and CNN Interviews

As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire and other news shows on which he appeared (usually to the chagrin of those shows).

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Administration Denies Snowden Petition

A petition titled “We The People,” which sought the pardon of Edward Snowden and garnered 168,000 signatures, has been denied by the Obama administration.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Scientists: No Way to Stop Warming of Oceans

On Thursday, a group of climate scientists working for the U.S. government gave notice that warming temperatures in the oceans are irreversible, regardless of any drastic actions that might be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE



New Emails Reveal Friendship of Koch Lobbyists and Financial Regulators

Recent emails reveal the close bond between Koch lobbyists and regulators at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



FIFA: No End to the Corruption

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner: “Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming,” he said. “The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Spectacle Behind the Gold Mine

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight against Manny Pacquiao will be the highest-grossing boxing match in history. The allure? In part, a narrative that pits polar-opposite combatants in a kind of “Rocky” scenario.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama on Baltimore Uprising: ‘No Excuse for ... Violence’

President Obama addressed the ongoing unrest in Baltimore on Tuesday, admonishing demonstrators for changing the tone of the protests Monday, as he saw it, and characterizing the shift as one toward “senseless violence.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE



Comcast Merger With Time Warner Is Scrapped

The takeover’s collapse comes shortly after outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave regulators his approval to challenge the merger, which they had feared would harm competition and consumers alike.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



Officers Yelled Obscenities as Unarmed Black Man Was Dying From Gunshot (Video)

A reserve sheriff’s deputy has been charged in the killing, and the case has raised issues about the program in which he was participating.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



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Surveillance State Repeal Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is sponsoring the proposed law with the help of five other House members, including Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. When Congress returns from recess next week, Pocan plans to present the bill in an effort to repeal parts of the Patriot Act.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Exploited and Sexually Abused Qatari Migrant Workers Were Forced to Run Marathon

Laborers were bused in—some wearing jeans and flip-flops—and told they had to run the race, which was a failed effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest marathon.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



Amnesty International: China Still No. 1 in Executions

Amnesty International has released an annual report of the recorded death sentences carried out around the world in 2014. China’s estimated tally was higher than the combined number of executions in all other countries.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



Court Dismisses Suit Against Anti-Iran Group Due to Risk of Exposing State Secrets

The U.S. government won the dismissal of a defamation suit against an anti-Iran advocacy group last week. It was the first time the government has intervened in a private case not involving a government agency or defense contractor.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE


Former CIA Agent and Whistleblower John Kiriakou Gives Post-Prison Interview

By John Kiriakou

The former CIA agent-turned-whistleblower tells Amy Goodman he doesn’t regret his decision to expose the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch Matter Move to Music

Nigel John Stanford is a New Zealand-based musician who uses sound to help create visual images.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Koch Brothers and Allies Plan to Unleash $889 Million in Funding for 2016 Campaign

It seems that in the coming presidential election season—occurring during an age of Citizens United and super PACs—super-wealthy political instigators such as the Koch brothers will have more sway over American politics than ever before.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE


Former Air Force Drone Operator Remembers His ‘First Hellfire Shot’

Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant, who was part of the U.S. Predator drone program for more than four years, talks about remote warfare and how he came to a stopping point in 2011.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Denver Police Beat Unarmed Man, Topple His Pregnant Girlfriend and Delete the Evidence

By Donald Kaufman

Officers with the Denver Police Department deleted bystander footage that showed them beating David Flores and knocking his pregnant girlfriend to the ground. Fortunately, the segment was sent to a remote digital storage network known as a cloud, and the horrific event is preserved for all to see.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Rapper Faces Life in Prison Over His Lyrics

San Diego rapper Brandon Duncan, aka Tiny Doo, has no criminal record, yet he is now facing trial on nine counts of participating in “criminal street gang conspiracy.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



Chris Rock on Race, Fox News and ‘Kind of’ Losing Bill Cosby

Chris Rock may be verging on 50, but he’s not showing many signs of mellowing with age—even if he does have to force the odd Uber joke here and there to look relevant.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE


Reza Aslan Responds to CNN and Bill Maher on Islam

In a CNN interview Monday, religious scholar Reza Aslan slammed comedian Bill Maher and CNN anchors Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota over what he considers their simplifications and mischaracterizations of Islam.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Russia Offers 3.9 Million Ruble Bounty for Help Identifying ‘Users of Tor’

Russia’s interior ministry has offered 3.9 million rubles (about $111,000) to anyone who can develop software capable of identifying users of the anonymous Internet browsing platform, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Tiananmen Square Massacre ‘More Important Than Ever’ 25 Years Later

On June 4, 1989, a million peaceful protesters gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, only to be brutally barraged by the Chinese Communist Party with its 200,000 soldiers.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE


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