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Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE

Warner Bros.

Waiting for ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s story has been oddly neglected by Hollywood—until now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Bernat Armangue

Prominent Israeli Journalist Accused of Incitement

Amira Hass, the groundbreaking reporter who has lived in the Palestinian territories for most of the last two decades, defended the rights of Palestinians to throw stones at occupying Israeli forces.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE

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WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

WikiLeaks has released a new trove of documents, more than 1.7 million U.S. State Department cables dating from 1973-1976 that it has dubbed “The Kissinger Cables.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Chris Park

Cowardly Court: Where’s Our Gay Marriage ‘Masterwork’?

Gutless action has no place in the high court’s deliberations on marriage.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE


It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE

Emily Mills (CC-BY-ND)

The Stakes Before the Court

Don’t take anything for granted. The conservative activists on the Supreme Court may not be able to halt the inexorable shift toward acceptance of gay marriage, but we probably should expect them to try.

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Through a Looking Glass Darkly

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AP/Rogelio V. Solis

Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold Gay Marriage

There is good reason to be optimistic that the Roberts court will bow to the growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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AP/Biswaranjan Rout

Bin Laden’s Influence Lives On After Him

A day will undoubtedly come when Osama bin Laden will occupy the same place in 21st century history books as Gavrilo Princip holds in the histories of the 20th century. Both committed acts that provoked great wars, brought down empires and profoundly altered their times.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Richard Drew

Americans Fear Iran but There Is Much to Learn From Cuba

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran’s civilian nuclear program will threaten “the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years.” Eighty-three percent say this will be “a critical threat.” Why?

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE

AP/dapd/Berthold Stadler

Rethinking Black History Month

The modern civil rights movement occurred long before millions of Americans were born, but many participants and observers are still available to recount their stories.

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Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

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United States Department of Energy

Errors May Have Delayed Warning About Washington’s Leaky Nuclear Tanks

Five more tanks are leaking at a shuttered nuclear facility in Washington state.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE

Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE

Are Republicans Going the Way of the Whigs?

If I were a Republican activist, I think I would give up reading political journalism for a while. I might even turn to reading history, say the history of whatever happened to the Whig Party.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE

Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE

AP/U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Targeted Killings: A Legal History

Assassinations have long been regarded as a basic element of foreign relations that largely remained in the dark, unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security.

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AP/Chris Carlson

Christopher Dorner and the Lines That Divide Us

Issues of race and the LAPD have been raised once again in the case of Christopher Dorner, a dismissed African-American cop accused of killing four people before apparently losing his life in a gunfight with police and subsequent fire.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. and Israel Push the Boundaries of International Law

In 2009, the former head of the international law department of Israel’s military establishment, Daniel Reisner, said that “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

Nothing Self-Made About Me

I disagreed with former President George W. Bush on many things. But on one issue, I admired him greatly: He was wise enough to marry a teacher and a librarian.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 READ MORE

John McCain

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AP/Charles Dharapak

It’s Good to Be a Goldman

Here’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, and while we’re at it, take this obscenely huge bonus for having wrecked the economy.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE

Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE


There’s Nothing Racist About Gun Control ... Anymore

Just when you thought the debate over gun control couldn’t get any more twisted, the old claim has been revived that slavery might not have lasted so long in America if black people had been granted the right to bear arms at the outset of their arrival in the new world.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE

Obama’s Second Term

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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

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White Power to the Rescue

As Southern whites sink into economic and cultural despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past. They ignore Confederate atrocities in a desperate effort to restore what they view as a lost paradise.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

The Urgency of Growth

If you care about deficits, you should want our economy to grow faster. If you care about lifting up the poor and reducing unemployment, you should want our economy to grow faster. And if you are a committed capitalist and hope to make more money, you should want our economy to grow faster.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

Reagan Library

Reagan Is Obama’s Touchstone

To understand how Barack Obama sees himself and his presidency, don’t look to Franklin Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Place in History Already Assured

The overall failure of American foreign policy during the first Obama presidency was foreseeable.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Chuck Kennedy

The Amazing Grace of It All

Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. For the second time. Meaning that voters not only elected him once—which could be a fluke, a blip, an aberration, a cosmic accident—but turned around and did it again.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE

King statue
Kelly Branan

Remembering the Real Martin Luther King

More than 40 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr., one of the great prophets of American democracy, has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.

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Still from "Zero Dark Thirty," released by Columbia Pictures.

Another Word for Propaganda

Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning?

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Navy/MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

God Loves Us and We Will Bomb You

The utopian and missionary qualities of American political belief began in the Puritans’ Calvinist theology of “the Elect,” the chosen people.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Andy Wong

On Fire I Will Burn

Beijing is wiping out indigenous culture on the Tibetan Plateau. In protest, 98 people have set themselves on fire since 2009.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE

‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE

‘Most Antagonistic’ Toward Israel? That Would Be Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary

Whatever Chuck Hagel’s perspective on Mideast policy may be, it would be absurd to compare him with the secretary of defense whose hardline hostility toward Israel became notorious during the Reagan administration.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE

The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE

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Bill O’Reilly, Tom Hanks Team Up for ‘Killing Lincoln’

The Fox News host and Hollywood star seem like an unlikely pair to work together on anything, but both men are associated with the National Geographic Channel’s new film. Click on the story to watch the trailer.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

Tax Evasion Lesson No. 1: Become a Russian Citizen

French actor Gerard Depardieu has resorted to becoming Russian in order to avoid paying taxes in France, with a little help from Vladimir Putin of course; Jane Harman is being considered for CIA director, despite her past involvement in an Israeli intelligence influence operation; meanwhile, the Obama administration has been compiling a database that helps it determine how to treat a suspected terrorist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

The Truth Behind the Fiscal Cliff’s Reality TV Show

During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

Happy New Year, America!

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE

Obama and Boehner Cliff Driving

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE

Happy New Cliff

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Dunce Cap

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE

U.S. Army/Specialist Ken Scar

Need for Straight Talk From U.S. Defense Department

Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE

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