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Twitter Is Not Your Historical Record

A new study inspired by social media’s role in the Arab Spring has revealed that links contained in 11 percent of posts published on websites such as Twitter and Facebook were defunct within a year, leading readers to dead Web pages. And that number rose to 27 percent within two years.

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AP/Lior Mizrahi

Butt Out, Bibi

For selfish, political reasons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has inserted himself into the American presidential election. American Jews won’t fall for it.

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AP/John Raoux

We Vote, They Rule: The Case for Voter Rebellion

Democratic and Republican politicians keep each other in business.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE


The Kind of Man Mitt Romney Is

Romney’s rushed statement Tuesday night calling the Obama administration’s response to the violence in the Middle East “disgraceful” was a new low in a campaign already scraping bottom.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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On 9/11, New Evidence From Another Massacre

While Americans paused Tuesday to reflect on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives, the National Archives has released new evidence of Washington’s cover-up of an atrocity 72 years ago that killed more than seven times as many people.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Growth Is the Problem

The ceaseless expansion of economic exploitation, the engine of global capitalism, has come to an end. Let’s not revive it.

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A Brief History of Contempt Between Germany and Greece

Greece has been the main target of German denigration, at great cost.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE


Canada Brags About Fighting Off U.S. Invasion

According to Wikipedia, Canada is a sovereign nation and not just America’s hat. It turns out our northern neighbors are rather proud of that fact.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE


War on Women, From Political to Literal

In this edition of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ms. magazine Executive Editor Kathy Spillar on Todd Akin and friends; Pussy Riot; Syria; keeping native languages alive; and the enduring impact of war on women.

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War on Women, From Political to Literal

In this edition of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ms. magazine Executive Editor Kathy Spillar on Todd Akin and friends; Pussy Riot; keeping native languages alive; and the enduring impact of war on women.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



NASA

Neil Armstrong Heads Back Into the Unknown

Neil Armstrong entered this universe on his family’s farm and would leave it having stepped foot on the moon. He is dead after spending 82 extraordinary years on this Earth, and a few days off of it.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE


Happy Birthday, Howard Zinn

The beloved historian, social activist and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” would have turned 90 years old on Friday. “Democracy Now!” remembers Zinn with clips from speeches he gave near the end of his life.

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The Wrong Kind of Experience: Paul Ryan’s Big Foreign Policy Credential

Defending himself against the perception that he has no significant foreign policy experience, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has drawn fresh attention to one of the most controversial acts of the past decade.

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Election 2012: Dreams of a Vote Deferred?

People remember 1929 as the year of the stock-market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, the global economic disaster which remains the only one in history that dwarfs the one in which we now find ourselves. It was also the year Martin Luther King Jr. was born, who wouldn’t live to see 40 years.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE


Photo Essay: Women and War

By Marissa Roth

“One Person Crying: Women and War,” is a 28-year, global photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The War in the Shadows

There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE


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Who Is Paul Ryan?

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan admires Ayn Rand, and if you believe Republican Party mythology, Ryan is a messianic John Galt who will save America from a secret socialist conspiracy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Islam’s Walls of Language

Mitt Romney’s bumbling in Israel nonetheless introduced a subject few other American politicians know anything about, nor do, it seems, the staffs of the NSA, CIA and other American political and military planners.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Science of Genocide

On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads an essay first published in 2007, in which the author and iconoclast suggested that perhaps there was a more sinister explanation for President Bush’s fiascoes than mere incompetence: He was out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Hail and Farewell, Gore Vidal

I don’t feel sad for Gore Vidal today. He lived to 86 and he had the kind of life people ask Santa Claus for. If anything, I feel sad for my country, which lost one of its truest patriots.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Perversion of Scholarship

Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Joel Gonsalves (CC-BY)

Is America Crazy?

Are we just dangerous people living out fantasies and lies?

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE



75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


A Brave and Intrepid Pioneer

William James Raspberry, who died Tuesday at 76, was in the first wave of an invasion of outsiders—minorities and women—who transformed American journalism.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Raspberry, ‘Role Model’

William Raspberry was a provocateur who was so gentle and gentlemanly that you didn’t always grasp how much he was shaking up the conventional conversation until you actually thought about what he had just said.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Still Killing Fascists

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Battle of Blair Mountain

There are still bullets in the ground where working people in the 1920s staged the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

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Europe Still Trying to Squeeze Into America’s Jeans

Nearly every step in the federalist direction has produced unnecessary complication and strain in the EU. Portugal is not Iowa. Italy cannot become California.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by U.S. Navy/MC2 Mark Logico

Defining American Exceptionalism

The Founders did not regard their weak new republic as intrinsically superior or chosen by God to rule the world—but argued instead that the ideals of popular sovereignty and constitutional freedom represented the natural rights and the future of humanity everywhere.

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The Logic of Willful Ignorance

A recent study from Xavier University tells us what many already know: that many Americans have wholly tuned out of politics to the point where they can’t even correctly answer the most basic questions about our government.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

And Now a Word From the Founders

Happy Birthday, America. Here’s a reminder of your more radical youth.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Founders’ True Spirit

It’s entirely appropriate that the week of our July Fourth celebrations should coincide with a moment when the Supreme Court’s health care decision has prompted intense debate over the purpose of our government and what the Constitution allows it to do.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Time to Get Crazy

There are few resistance figures in American history as noble as Crazy Horse.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE


Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



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The Battle of the Little Bighorn and Our War Against the Wild

Native Americans join the armed forces in the highest per capita figures of all ethnic groups in this country, defending to the end the place where they were once wild and free.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE


A Nation of Immigrants, Yes!

The Founding Fathers were great men who created a great country. But it was immigrants, all the rest of us, who made a great nation.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


Rise of the Managerial Class

At a time when corporate America is exploring and exploiting its new Supreme-Court-bestowed role in the management of American election results, the theories of James Burnham, the godfather of neoconservatism, should be recalled.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pete Muller

Dispatches From Cairo: Of Presidents and Pharaohs

Results showed a clear majority for Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, over regime candidate Ahmed Shafiq. But watch out for flames shooting from the military dragon.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Will Be Back

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Across That Bridge, Again

As the election season heats up, an increasing number of states are working to limit the number of people who are allowed to vote.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Ray Bradbury: Thoughts at Life’s End (Video and Transcript)

Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday night at the age of 91, spoke in 2008 with Truthdig’s Steve Wasserman about his books and the passions that drove his writing. The video, text excerpts and full transcript follow.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


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