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VIDEO: Robert Scheer on How Yesterday’s Allies Became Today’s Terrorists (Part 9 of 10)

In this installment of The Real News Network’s interview series “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells host Paul Jay about the role the U.S. played in creating its current terrorist enemies—and on a broader scale, why history matters.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb! The Money! Dynasty!

In the Bush-Clinton battle to come, no matter who wins, the bankers and billionaires will emerge victorious.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Donald Trump: ‘America’s Id Is Running for President!’

Stewart calls Trump’s announcement that he is entering the race for the White House “over half an hour of the most beautifully ridiculous jibber-jabber ever to pour forth from the mouth of a batshit billionaire.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE


Iraq Sequel

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Can Jeb Bush Be His ‘Own Man’?

A few months into the presidential race, Bush has not been able to turn “contender” into “front-runner,” in part because he cannot seem to escape the legacy of the same last name that provides him so many privileges.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Former CIA Deputy Director Grilled on Falsehoods That Led to Iraq War

In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


The Smarter Bush

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Jeb Bush and Dubyah

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Jeb Foreign Policy

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College Student Tells Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

Jeb Bush, in a comment on TV this week, justified his brother’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and suffered heavy political fire as a result. Then, on Wednesday, the presidential hopeful faced his toughest critic yet: a 19-year-old in Nevada.

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The Iranian Ascendancy

In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Saying No to Torture

Why was it again that, as President Obama said, “we tortured some folks” after the 9/11 attacks? Oh, right, because we were terrified.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



War Is the New Normal

Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch on the seven reasons why America can’t stop making war. More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here’s a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Imagine yourself in January 1963, alive and chastened by a world in which you could be obliterated at any moment. Imagine as well that someone from our time suddenly invited you into the American future some 52 Januaries hence.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights

The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE


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American Torture—Past, Present, and… Future?

Mainstream coverage of U.S. torture in general and of the new Senate report in particular rests on three false assumptions: 1. The most important question is whether torture “worked.” 2. U.S. torture ended when George W. Bush left office. 3. The only kind of torture that really “counts” happens in foreign war zones. Let’s look at each of these in order.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Missing Women of Afghanistan

On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

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The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?

For most of the last several hundred years the story in view focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. But another story was developing in the shadows, and has accelerated in seemingly disastrous ways in our own time under some disintegrative pressure.

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Who Won Iraq?

Bush and his top officials remade reality in Iraq on an almost unimaginable scale and, as we study the region today, the results bear no relation to the world they imagined creating. On the other hand, there were two dreams they had that, after a fashion, did come into existence.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE


Jeb Bush

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Jeb Bush Makes ‘Hopeful’ Noises About 2016

Looks like the 2016 presidential race could actually shape up to be a bona fide throwback to the ’90s, with a Bush and a Clinton duking it out for the White House.

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A Great American Tradition

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Doctors Gave Advice on the Use of Torture After 9/11

A new report shows physicians and other medical professionals working for the CIA and U.S. military were directed to assist in the planning and infliction of torture in prisons such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and other secret “black sites” around the world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Documentary filmmaker and government surveillance reporter Laura Poitras is a model for a new generation of investigative journalists bent on protecting their sources while uncovering government wrongdoing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Naming Our Nameless War

Upon succeeding to the presidency in 2009, Barack Obama junked Bush’s formulation of the “Global War on Terror” without fanfare. Yet if the appellation went away, the conflict itself, shorn of identifying marks, continued.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Terror Campaign

The president maintains a “global system of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder” to demoralize and coerce those who would oppose the American-led neoliberal empire, political economist Rob Urie writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE


Who Was Hugo Chavez?

Much is being written about former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the wake of his death Tuesday. Australian journalist John Pilger’s 2007 documentary on the United States’ hostile, decades-long campaign against Latin American democracy helps separate fact from fiction in Chavez’s legacy.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Homeland Security’: The Trillion Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has grown into a miniature Pentagon. But unlike the Pentagon, it draws no attention whatsoever—even though this country has spent an amount of money equivalent to more than one and a half New Deals on “homeland security” since 9/11.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



Colin Powell Talks GOP Racism, Paul Krugman Blasts Jon Stewart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Treasury Department’s decision about minting a trillion dollar coin and another George Bush mulls a bid for public office.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



Bush Health Update, Starbucks Gets Bipartisan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest member to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and Barbara Walters’ awkward interview with the Obamas.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



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An All-American Nightmare

Torture can’t be disappeared like the body of a political prisoner, or conveniently deep-sixed simply by wishing it elsewhere or pretending it never happened or closing our bureaucratic eyes. After the fact, it can be dealt with only by staring directly into the nightmare that changed us—that, like it or not, helped make us who we now are.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

For those who never knew, the Bush White House received numerous warnings from the counterterrorism desk at the CIA of an imminent attack by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida on the United States. Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald tells of the still-classified briefs issued to the Bush administration in the months leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



Simon & Schuster

6 Questions for the Author of ‘Boss Rove’

Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine speaks with Craig Unger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, about “Boss Rove,” Unger’s new expose of the unofficial godfather of the Republican Party and perhaps the greatest beneficiary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Karl Rove.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ali Abunimah

Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Did The Guardian Hire Josh Trevino?

Readers of The Guardian are up in arms over the addition of former George W. Bush speechwriter Joshua Trevino to the historically liberal newspaper’s American staff.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Update: 25 People at the Heart of the Meltdown

At the height of the financial crisis, The Guardian identified 25 bankers, economists, politicians and financial officials who helped bring about the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. What are they up to now?

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ex-TARP Investigator Neil Barofsky

In late 2008, Neil Barofsky was appointed the Treasury Department’s investigator of the bank bailouts. In the time since, he has suffered dismissal and deprecation from his colleagues and the corporations they’re supposed to regulate.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Senator Moves to Rein In Warrantless Spying

A bill put forward by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposes to slap some limits on the U.S. government’s collecting of information on Americans under its warrantless electronic spying program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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The Roots of Gore Vidal’s Discontent

Gore Vidal, the high-born author and activist who died Tuesday at the age of 86, was a man who had grand, democratic ambitions for his country—a nation that became a pale, mocking imitation of the place he knew during his pre-World War II boyhood—says his longtime friend Bob Carr, the current Australian minister of foreign affairs.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE


Karl Rove Plots His Return

Bloomberg Businessweek’s assistant managing editor, Paul Barrett, has written an article called “Karl Rove: He’s Back, Big Time,” about the torrent of campaign funds Rove has scared up for Republicans in the November elections.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Bureaucrat Torpedoes Plea for a Presidential Pardon

The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron’s sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Smokes Out Obama’s Dubious Sense of Justice

After mischaracterizing a law governing medical marijuana distribution, the president who refused to prosecute those who led the U.S. into an indefinite war on terror told a Rolling Stone interviewer last month that he couldn’t ask the Justice Department to “turn the other way” when it comes to potential violations of medical marijuana use.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


One Dove, One Hawk: The Night the Feathers Flew

“What you have witnessed,” recently elected British MP George Galloway said back in 2005, speaking of Christopher Hitchens’ support for the U.S.-Iraq War, “... is something unique in natural history: the first ever metamorphosis from a butterfly back into a slug.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE



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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Right Reacts to Krugman’s 9/11 Post

Conservatives pundits are falling all over themselves in response to Paul Krugman’s pithy and plainspoken blog post on the “occasion for shame” that has become the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Tom Engelhardt: America, Tear Down ‘Freedom Tower’

Seven years into the Soviet Union’s fatal adventure in Afghanistan, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stood before the international community in West Berlin and demanded that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the wall that separated East Germany from the West. (more)

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE


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