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‘Dunkirk’ Avoids Politics and Melodrama to Deliver a Powerful Human Survival Story

Christopher Nolan’s film is not only different from any other ever made on the subject. It’s different from any other connected to war.

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Dunkirk Represents a Big Disgrace and a Great Moment in British History

Winston Churchill called the World War II battle “a colossal military disaster” and the evacuation “a miracle of deliverance.”

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A Former CIA Analyst Explains Why Denuclearization Is Crucial to Stabilizing U.S.-Russia Relations

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Melvin Goodman (pictured) about agency failures and the future of U.S.-Russia ties. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Illuminating the Darkness in the Age of Despair

In a U.K. commencement speech, the author urges grads to “confront the poisonous authoritarianism that is emerging in many countries today.” (Pictured, an anti-Trump march in London.)

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 READ MORE



State Department Publishes Formerly Expunged Documents on 1953 Iran Coup

The documents reveal U.S. fears over communism and offer new information on the CIA’s role in toppling Iran’s government. (Pictured: A man erases graffiti from a wall in Iran in 1953.)

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Manufactured Illiteracy and Miseducation

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s gift to the billionaires, evangelicals, hedge fund managers and bankers who view schools as training centers and sources of profit.

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Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.

Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE



Islamic State Blows Up Historic Nuri Mosque in Mosul

The militant group claims the United States struck the site, but the U.S. Air Force denies it bombed that part of the Iraqi city.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE



A Psychedelic Spin on ‘National Security’

Two kinds of radicalism emerged in the ’60s: one promoting a more humane idea of security, the other aimed at building a life that transcended the question of security altogether.

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The Making of a Nation’s Decline

President Trump is giving America’s tottering domestic and global systems the push that will send them over the edge.

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 READ MORE



Impeach the U.S. Constitution

Our charter is outdated. We need to devise a new governmental structure to protect and advance the common good in the 21st century.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE



Dear President Trump: Breaking Up (Banks) Isn’t Hard to Do

A growing bipartisan alliance wants to restore Glass-Steagall legislation, which ensured that investment banks and commercial banks couldn’t cohabit. But what will the president do?

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on How to Create Effective Resistance to Fascism (Video)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, drawing on history and his own experience, outlines how to effectively oppose the Trump regime.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Trump Doctrine: Up-Yours-Ism!

A chip-on-the-shoulder attitude prevails at the White House. It could destroy the country.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the New Cold War and ‘Faux Redbaiting’ (Video)

The Truthdig editor in chief sits down with “Watching the Hawks” co-host Sean Stone to discuss foreign policy under President Trump, the demonization of Russia and media bias.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Is U.S. Climate Policy Killing Capitalism?

The president isn’t responsible for taking the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord—it’s the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Big Gas and Big Coal.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE



Wrestling With His Angel

The second volume in Sidney Blumenthal’s biography of Abraham Lincoln’s political evolution follows the president during the stormy period between the Mexican War and the Civil War.

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Little Big Man

Donald Trump is a messenger from the gods, teaching us just how deeply disturbed our American world is.

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Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia

As we struggle to keep up with the administration’s shifting explanations, it is difficult to remember the events of yesterday, let alone last week or last month.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE



Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration

The undeniable truth is that Trump is the product of an authoritarian movement and ideology with fascist overtones.

Posted on May 17, 2017 READ MORE



Mosul on My Mind

Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE



The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars

The American way of recalling war has led to the populist nationalisms of today.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE


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The Menace of Trump and the New Authoritarianism: An Interview With Henry Giroux

The renowned intellectual and social activist analyzes the underlying forces of authoritarianism in the U.S. and Europe and argues the need for resistance.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World

Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE


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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost half a century after his death, the civil rights icon has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government in a time of war must not be lost to history.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE


Does the WWII Internment of Japanese-Americans Provide a Model for an American Fascism Under Trump?

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host Robert Scheer speaks with professor Richard Reeves about Japanese internment and how it compares with president-elect Donald Trump’s attitude toward Muslim Americans.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

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Their Promised Land

Were Ian Buruma not an acclaimed historian, this book would probably never have been published. Yet the story of his grandparents, which spans both world wars, is full of resonance for contemporary Europe’s struggle with mass immigration and national identity.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 READ MORE


A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, the first sitting U.S. president to do so since the World War II atomic bombings of Japan. To acknowledge the historic trip, Truthdig reposts Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s 2007 piece recalling the bombings.

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Bill Moyers: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics (Audio)

In an audio interview, journalist Bill Moyers sat down with historian Rick Shenkman to talk about the brain of the American voter and what is firing its synapses during this extraordinary primary season.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Empire of Things

“Instead of warriors or workers, we are more than ever before consumers,” a new book declares. “In the rich world—and in the developing world increasingly, too—identities, politics, the economy and the environment are crucially shaped by what and how we consume.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE



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How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



We Still Need Black History Month

America’s racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it.

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Make America Great, as It Was ... When?

Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Welcomes Students Back to School by Telling Them All the Things They Won’t Learn

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is on hiatus, but that hasn’t stopped John Oliver from releasing two funny Web exclusives that focus on history and education.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

While the world has avoided nuclear attacks since those two days in 1945, the potential for nuclear devastation is forever hanging over us.

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Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE



Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, here are my top nine American repeat headlines, each a surefire news story guaranteed to appear sometime, possibly many times, between June 2015 and the unknown future.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



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That’s All, Folks

Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Ancient Landscapes Point to Dramatic Climate Change

Scientists believe Chinese civilization could have been founded by climate refugees after the collapse of an Inner Mongolia-area culture over 4,000 years ago.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



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Patronizing at the Prayer Breakfast

The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror as a “unique” phenomenon rings hollow, coming from a leader who routinely sends missile-firing drones to blow suspected militants to bits.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


Howard Zinn: Have a More Interesting Life

The late historian, who studied injustice and action through the centuries, offers this wonderful insight.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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