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The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 bloodbath is a brilliant exploration of the twisted psychology of that nation’s mass murderers and their ongoing glorification.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



The Institute for Policy Studies

A Leading Critic of American Hypocrisy Goes Quiet

Saul Landau, a prolific filmmaker, writer and Truthdig contributor, died Monday from a fight with cancer.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bebeto Matthews

Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE


Seven Little Words; Let’s Go to War Again

I have been appalled and outraged by the stupidity and ignorance of American leaders going into one war after another in places with strange names, faraway countries where we never had a chance to prevail.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew B. Church

Assad Baits Obama as the World Waits

It would seem a piece of wisdom picked up on the school playground not to start a fight that you don’t know how to finish.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

The odd discourse in Washington around Syria assumes a moral superiority on the part of the United States and its allies on this issue that can only astonish anyone who knows the history.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Last Chance to Stop the NDAA

An “anti-terrorism” provision permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely. If the Supreme Court refuses to take up an appeal that I and fellow plaintiffs are filing, our nation will become a militarized state where all dissent is stifled.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE


The Weight on Obama’s Shoulders

President Obama’s words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial were bound to be criticized as underwhelming, no matter what he said. The context, though, was nothing short of mind-blowing.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


The American Dilemma: Slavery to Race to Class

The power of historians and of the press is that they get to choose which events will be remembered and which fade into obscurity.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Serving the World

Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison with the chance of parole in his court-martial at Fort Meade, Md. As one Twitter user posted, “That’s 35 years more than the people who started the Iraq War.”

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE



NASA/WikiMedia Commons

The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran’s Brief Experiment in Democracy

Sixty years ago this week, the United States, in collaboration with Britain, staged a coup in Iran to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran’s rich oil fields.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mustafa Quraishi

Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

The horrible bloodshed in Egypt on Wednesday marked a turning point in the country’s modern history, locking it in to years of authoritarian paternalism and possibly violent faction fighting.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Bradley Manning Apologizes to the United States

At his court-martial Wednesday, the whistle-blower behind the biggest leak in American history apologized.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



Why the Anger?

Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in 80 years?

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE



NASA/JPL

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Author Annalee Newitz is convinced that humans will survive a mass extinction, “because the world has been almost completely destroyed at least half a dozen times already in Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, and every single time there have been survivors.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


Thank You, Graham Family

Thank you for building and sustaining one of the world’s greatest newspapers—and, when the time came, letting it go.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book (Transcript Added)

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing, and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


Yes We Could. So Why Don’t We?

That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades, we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Gag Me With Lawrence Summers

President Obama thinks his former economic adviser is brilliant, but as Summers’ second trip through the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street reveals, he’s just greedy.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Lincoln Memorial Closed After Paint Attack

One of the nation’s best-known and most accessible treasures has been shut while preservationists work to remove green paint splattered on Abraham Lincoln’s statue and his temple in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Iraq Invades the United States’ and Other Headlines

March 9. On this early morning in 1916, Pancho Villa crossed the border with his horsemen, set fire to the city of Columbus, killed several soldiers, nabbed a few horses and guns, and the following day was back in Mexico to tell the tale.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



Video and Transcript: Obama’s Full Remarks on Trayvon Martin

President Obama made an unexpected appearance in the White House briefing room Friday to share his thoughts on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE


Secret Intelligence Court a Precursor to Tyranny

The justification for this secret court—as is usual in the development of 20th century secret police states—is national security.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes

Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father never boasted about his years in uniform. A patriot to his core, he nevertheless despised what he called the “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



This Independence Day, Thank a Protester

More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP

The Most Secretive Court in America May Also Be the Most Conservative

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is a unique judicial body, not only in terms of its procedures but in terms of the political leanings of its judges, who comprise a panel so uniformly Republican that the five-justice right-wing majority on the current Supreme Court appears positively liberal in comparison.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Happy Fourth of July Wherever You Come From

In the days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began arresting, without charges, Japanese immigrants in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii who were on government lists as possible threats to national security.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Khalil Hamra

How Egypt’s Michele Bachmann Became President and Plunged the Country Into Chaos

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has reinforced the widespread fear of the Muslim Brotherhood at every turn.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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A Most Political and Activist Court

The week’s judicial work leads to the question of which way the Supreme Court is looking and how the nine justices are using their enormous power, some of it unchecked even by public needs and wishes.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Stephen Masker (CC-BY)

The Third Political Branch

We prefer to think of the Supreme Court as an institution apart from politics and above its struggles. In the wake of this week’s decision gutting the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s five-decade-long quest for power.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters of color.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks With Ronnie Kasrils (Full Transcript and Audio)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges interviewed Ronnie Kasrils in New York during a visit there by the author, former South African government official and onetime warrior against apartheid. Among other things, they talked about what it means to be a rebel.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



Shutterstock photo of an American flag.

Is the Sky Falling?

Three heavyweight writers have concluded that America is in slow and inevitable decline.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Dieu Nalio Chery

Quelle Surprise! Haiti on the Mend

In Haiti there is nothing more unexpected than good news.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

How American University Got Involved in Israel’s Public Interest

A 30-year-old program has snowballed and given vigor to the civil rights movement in the Holy Land.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE


Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden

Almost universally, the government officials, pundits and reporters who comprise Permanent Washington have derided Snowden and those who helped him disseminate his disclosures.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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We Still Need This Debate

The important thing right now isn’t whether Edward Snowden should be labeled hero or villain. First, let’s have the debate he sparked over surveillance and privacy.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The End of the Right of Privacy?

Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



Macmillan

The Race for What’s Left

It’s dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible or safe to obtain.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Susan Walsh

Waiting for Abigail Fisher

Monday mornings at the Supreme Court in May and June are opinion days, so where is the opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas?

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



NASA/Kathryn Hansen

A Mission on Climate Change

President Obama should spend his remaining years in office making the United States part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


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