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The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq

The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq

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Tag: Freedom

Privacy Is Freedom

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points to Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision in SCOTUS’ 2014 cell phone wiretapping case, which affirmed that the ideas embodied in the Fourth Amendment represent the basic idea that sparked the American Revolution.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Liberation and Enslavement in the Same Tool

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer describes how leaders in business and government abuse the Internet to deprive people of the privacy that is essential to the creation of a strong, independent self.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE

How to Avoid Killing and Maiming Children

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE

A Report to the City Commissioners: A Poem About Freedom and Privacy in the Surveillance Age

At a time when the surveillance state seems stronger than ever, award-winning poet David Wagoner reminds us that sometimes even the most regimented pursuits may lead to a freedom that can only be found in unexpected places.

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How the Internet of Things Could Destroy the Welfare State

A long article at The Observer examines the regulatory possibilities of “smart” phones, cars and even carpet, and asks what’s to become of governance if data and algorithms are setting the limits of human life.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind

Freedom is the one value conservatives place above all others, yet time and again their ideal of freedom ignores the growing imbalance of power in our society that’s eroding the freedoms of most people.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Pulitzer Committee Vindicates NSA Reporters With Highest Honor

“What splendid courage!” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said upon hearing the announcement. “By recognizing the astounding threat posed by the NSA to the basic freedoms our government is sworn to observe, the award effectively honors Edward Snowden and, through his example, other brave whistle-blowers.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE

Freedom House

People Are Less Free for the 8th Straight Year, Report Finds

Freedom House has released its annual report on authoritarianism and found that people around the world are less free than they were a year ago.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE

Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE

Bohman (CC BY 2.0)

‘What I Learned About Freedom From Hitchhiking Around America’

“To be ‘free’ in America is at risk of becoming meaningless,” Amien Essif, who hitchhiked from Denver to Portland, Ore., writes in The Guardian. “Our choices are increasingly limited to just two: to exploit or be exploited.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Theana Calitz-Bilt, Pool

Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Freedom and ‘Our Sacred Honor’

We find ourselves, 237 years after the Founders declared us a new nation, in a season of discontent, even surliness, about the experiment they launched. We are sharply divided over the very meaning our founding documents, and we are more likely to invoke the word “we” in the context of “us” versus “them” than in the more capacious sense that includes every single American.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE

Memorial Day Gratitude

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE

Memorial Day 2013

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE

Yearning to Breathe Free

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE

Henry Giroux

Angela Davis: Education and the Meaning of Freedom

Occasionally we meet the unsullied images, history and legacy of intellectuals who symbolize a rare combination of civic courage, political commitment and rigorous scholarship. Angela Davis is one of those exemplary individuals.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE

Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 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

AP/Alex Katz

How Pussy Riot Helps Putin

The Pussy Riot case has become an international PR disaster for the Russian government, but domestically Russia’s conservative majority is rallying behind Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE

GOP Congressman Defends Comparison of 9/11, Free Birth Control

Instead of doing the right thing—i.e., apologizing—for his insensitive and outrageous claim that President Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide contraception without a co-pay is just like the 9/11 terrorists and Pearl Harbor, GOP freshman Rep. Mike Kelly is doing the opposite: doubling down on his remarks.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE

Republican Conference

GOP Congressman Compares Free Birth Control to 9/11

Caution: Rep. Mike Kelly has made a statement so ridiculous it might make your head spin. To see the Pennsylvania Republican’s remark, click below.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE

Newtown grafitti (CC-BY)

Black Power and Sports Today

When John Carlos raised his fist in a salute at the 1968 Olympic Games, he encouraged untold numbers of people to continue fighting for racial and economic justice. Today, he says, the control corporations exert over professional athletes makes such an act impossible to imagine.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE

AP / John Minchillo

The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost

I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Simon Greening (CC-BY-ND)

Fiji Military Says It Will Lift Martial Law

Two years after imposing martial law, Fiji’s illegal, internationally sanctioned military dictatorship has promised to end an indefinite state of emergency and craft a new constitution on the way to democratic elections. It’s a needed reminder that there are many places outside the Middle East and lower Manhattan where people yearn for a government accountable to its citizens.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE

Liberty Detained

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE

Charles Chan (CC-BY-ND)

The Two Faces of China

Don’t hold your breath waiting for any kind of Occupy Beijing movement to set up camp.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

A Master Class in Occupation

In the park and other Occupied sites across the country, middle-class men and women, many highly educated but unschooled in the techniques of resistance, are taught by those who have been carrying out acts of rebellion for years.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE

Let My People Go

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U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Nathanael Callon

Get Out of Afghanistan

It does not matter when we leave Afghanistan. Ten years. Five years. A year. Tomorrow. The same thing, a civil war, will happen with or without us. This is Afghanistan. Read a history book.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Indonesia Frees ‘Playboy’ Editor

We’ve been tracking the fate of Erwin Arnada since 2006, when the editor launched a PG version of Playboy in the world’s most populous Muslim country. After all these years, the Indonesian high court has invalidated the indecency charges on which Arnada was convicted. It’s a big day for swimsuits in Bali.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE

The Overthinker

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Matt Rourke

Help Stop Destruction of the Free Internet Now

The recent FCC decision to “protect” the free and open Internet was long awaited by activists but it turned out to be smoke and mirrors, catering largely to service providers such as Comcast and AT&T.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE

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AP / Peter Dejong

No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted

We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE

Press Freedom in China

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE

Jonathan Franzen in Womanland

“Freedom” is about something important, but the hubbub about how the critical establishment favors male literary writers like Franzen is also significant. Why has everyone cared so much? Because fiction matters.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE

Freedom: A Novel

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Dream Act

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE

Sloppy Seconds

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE    

Jefferson Would be Ashamed of Republican Mosque Panderers

We have a Bill of Rights that protects our freedoms against the whims of public opinion. Thomas Jefferson understood this. A bunch of opportunistic politicians—who love to quote him—obviously do not.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE

The Dictatorship That Cried Wolf

Egypt has officially been in a state of emergency since 1981, allowing the government extraordinary powers such as the ability to arrest and detain someone forever for no reason. The Egyptian government has just extended the emergency powers for two years, using Guantanamo and the Patriot Act as political cover.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Afghanistan Leans Away From Censorship

The Afghan government has stepped away from a total ban on the broadcasting of “disturbing images” that was implemented earlier this month. The move had set off howls among media and rights groups.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Husky

Wikipedia Muzzles the Mob

The online user-generated encyclopedia will require editors to approve changes to articles about living people, an effort to curb misinformation and the sometimes nasty food fights made possible by the site’s pioneering format. The changes are either a direct assault on Wikipedia’s soul or a sign of its growing maturity, depending on whom you ask.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Why Did So Few Americans Give a Damn?

Justice Department documents that demonstrate the Bush administration’s view of the president’s constitutional power in a “state of war” tell us things we suspected but didn’t want to know.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE

Eric Holder

Attorney General: On Race, America Is ‘a Nation of Cowards’

Speaking at a Justice Department event in honor of Black History Month, the first black attorney general, appointed by the first black president, acknowledged that America has made progress but warned that “in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” His full remarks, after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 READ MORE

AP photo / Charles Dharapak

The President of the United States

At noon Eastern Time, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States. His inauguration speech celebrated America’s history of progress, called for a new era of responsibility and rebuked the Bush administration’s abuse of the Constitution.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE

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