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The Last Days of Democracy

The Last Days of Democracy

By Elliot D. Cohen
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Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE



Frank Kovalchek (CC-BY)

Ancient American Petroglyphs Desecrated by Thieves

At least six 3,500-year-old rock carvings from California’s Volcanic Tableland have been stolen, vandalized or destroyed. Thieves may expect a few thousand dollars for their haul—a pittance compared with the historic and spiritual value of the ancient petroglyphs.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



Alexis Gravel (CC-BY-ND)

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Sean Bean Reads WWI Poetry

One of the bloodiest conflicts in human history ended 94 years ago this Sunday. Sometimes the saying is wrong, and a few carefully chosen words can be worth 1,000 images.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE


A New America Speaks

So much for voter suppression. So much for the enthusiasm gap. So much for the idea that smug, self-appointed arbiters of what is genuinely “American” were going to “take back” the country, as if it had somehow been stolen.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Time to Get Crazy

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David Drexler (CC-BY)

America’s Increasingly Diverse Electorate Is Heard

Abroad, the widely noted aspect of Barack Obama’s re-election victory was its social and class character. The president was re-elected by a majority of American minorities.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

How Could the Republicans Have Been So Stupid?

Record numbers of Latino voters almost certainly gave Obama Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania and, thus, the presidency.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker/Bryant Avondoglio

Elections Are Shrinking

The voters in Ohio’s 8th District had better be happy with Republican Rep. John Boehner. They have no choice.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Why I’m Voting Green

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


Two Old Names, One Lesson About Money

The two names that best explain money’s unprecedented political influence in America are not Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but Montgomery Brewster and Ross Perot.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



Republicans, Racism and Romney

Romney’s campaign is benefiting from racism among voters; Catalonia’s cry for independence is inspiring violent threats from Spanish institutions; meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” immense popularity reflects the modern sexual condition. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Peter Pearson (CC-BY-SA)

Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



Warner Bros./Publicity Still

Let ‘Argo’ Take You Hostage

I don’t know how much of the picture—beyond its basic premise—is “true.” And, frankly, I don’t give a damn.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by David Drexler (CC-BY)

Obama’s Task Tuesday Night

First, he has to show up. Then, in his second debate with Mitt Romney, President Obama needs to offer not just history lessons and dire warnings, but also a hopeful vision for the next four years.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Steve Hodgson (CC-BY-SA)

Scotland Mulls Independence in 2014

Letting Scotland get away would go down as a pretty big blunder for David Cameron, who would lose about a third of the U.K.’s total landmass in the bargain.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE


Kids Say the Darnest Things

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Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



Collage of photos by Gage Skidmore(CC-BY-SA)

Which Mitt Will Show Up to Debate?

It promises to be an epic clash: Mitt Romney vs. Mitt Romney. Oh, and President Obama will be there, too.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Desmond Kavanaugh (CC-BY-ND)

The ‘Unloved America’

Americans shouldn’t be looking for love abroad. The goal should be respect—and we already have that.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

How Do You Take Your Poison?

We can take it from nurse Romney or we can take it from nurse Obama, but one way or another the corporate hemlock will be shoved down our throats.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



La Bibliomata (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 READ MORE


Mrs. Jesus

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Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



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



Wikipedia

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.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by UggBoy (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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


Oh Henry

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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



Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

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



AP

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


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