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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



The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran

Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Vietnam not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Bob Dylan Given Presidential Medal of Freedom

Along with 11 other Americans and an Israeli, Robert Zimmerman on Tuesday received the highest civilian honor his nation can bestow. Bob Dylan’s contributions to music go without saying, but did you know he also published three books of art? You might say Dylan has gone eclectic (ouch). (Full list of honorees after the jump.)

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Student Debt as a Human Rights Issue

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A student loan crisis just in time for graduation and “More Powerful Than Dynamite” author Thai Jones.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE


Student Debt as a Human Rights Issue

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A student loan crisis just in time for graduation and “More Powerful Than Dynamite” author Thai Jones.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Every Year Russia Beats the Nazis One More Time

There is one day when it never rains in Moscow, a day when Russia’s air force literally shoots down rain-bearing clouds with a chemical agent to reinforce the spectacle.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



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A Choice of Capitalisms

In this election, we’re not having an argument that pits capitalism against socialism. We are trying to decide what kind of capitalism we want.

Posted on May 20, 2012 READ MORE


Yes, We Can Walk and Chew Gum

Republicans now insist that America cannot simultaneously walk the walk on equal rights and also chew economic gum.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Aliou Sissoko

Blue Man Coup: How Gadhafi’s Mercenaries Broke Mali

Everything that rises must converge, and in 2012, an uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U.S. counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


Greece’s Balkan Inheritance Is Heavy

To understand what is happening in the eurozone, it is necessary to understand something of the past.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Colonized by Corporations

We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Elections Could Shift EU Away From Austerity, but Should They?

The weekend elections in France and Greece seem widely to have been taken, at least on the European and American left, as a solution to the great European economic crisis.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Douglas Moore

Questions Remain 42 Years After Kent State Shootings

Forty-two years ago on May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University, firing between 61 and 67 shots over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and injuring nine others.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Shannon Stapleton

Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

Welcome to the Asylum

The World Health Organization calculates that one in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Back to the Dawn of the Modern World

Harvard professor and author Stephen Greenblatt won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his account of how an ancient Roman philosophical epic jump-started the modern world.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE


Contradiction Where Religion and American Politics Meet

Here’s a newspaper headline that might induce a disbelieving double take: “Christians ‘More Likely to Be Leftwing’ And Have Liberal Views on Immigration and Equality.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Dima Gavrysh

For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel

The men most responsible for the collapse of the American dream are heaped with honors at the highest levels of society.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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China Scandals: Crisis in the Communist Party

Events suggest that the long-overdue crisis of China’s Communist Party has arrived.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE


Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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American Decline: Debated, Contested, Obvious

Is the United States in decline? It’s clear to anyone who has been to Europe or the major Asian states recently, where everything works beautifully, even if Europe’s debts are not paid off.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE


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AP/Charles Dharapak

Obama by Default

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


To Be Black in America ...

For every black man in America, from the millionaire in the corner office to the mechanic in the local garage, the Trayvon Martin tragedy is personal. It could have been me or one of my sons. It could have been any of us.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman David Carbajal

U.S. and NATO Make Afghanistan Plans Beyond 2014

Terminating the Afghanistan War and ending the global projection of American military power of which it is a part are indispensable steps to saving the nation.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

We kill children nearly every day in Afghanistan. We do not usually kill them outside the structure of a military unit.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Stuart Price

A Letter From Uganda on #Kony2012

There is an evil man somewhere in Africa waging a brutal war for absolutely no reason. The biggest problem is that no one knows about him. But if “we” spread the word and pressure the U.S. for military assistance, then by the end of this year “we” can capture Kony and end this horror. Where do I even begin?

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War

We may never know what drove a U.S. Army staff sergeant to head out into the Afghan night and allegedly murder at least 16 civilians in their homes, among them nine children and three women.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Meets ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

Republicans cannot shut down their presidential nominating contest because the party is in the midst of an upheaval wrought by the terror the GOP rank and file has stirred among the more moderately conservative politicians who once ran things.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Benoit Photo

A Day at the Races

This is about horses and how they saved my family’s life, and how, one day, I would come to repay the favor.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue the Truth, Not Its Messenger

The White House is holding a gala dinner this week, honoring Iraq War veterans. Bradley Manning is an Iraq War vet who won’t be there.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



DoD

Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan: Recognition of Futility or Retreat From the Coming Storm?

No one yet in Washington seems fully to appreciate or acknowledge the failure, but failure it is.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP

The World Turns Its Back—Again

The harrowing stories that have come down to us from the Warsaw Ghetto are eerily similar to the horrific accounts emanating from Homs and other Syrian towns over the past few months.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Santorum: The Warmongers!

If this was the last Republican debate, or the last important one, it was as entertaining and revealing as most of the previous 19. And scary.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Fearful GOP May Hope for a Brokered Convention

Republicans haven’t quite thrown away what they see as a winnable presidential election, at least not yet. But they’re trying their best.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE



NASA

Early Astronauts Were Lucky to Survive the Unknown

Fifty years ago, John Glenn sat in a little metal capsule rocketing around the Earth, while down on the ground NASA scientists thought his eyes might change shape. (more)

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE


Pay Close Attention to China

China, for better or worse, is a serious country. The United States had better start acting like one.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Apple’s China Comes Home to Haunt Us

China’s labor practices are now to be admired rather than scorned, lest the American economy decline further in the new world order.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless

There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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A ‘Queer History’ of Rick Santorum and Proposition 8

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the mortgage settlement, MLK in his own words, and “A Queer History of the United States” author Michael Bronski on Rick Santorum, Proposition 8, Ellen DeGeneres and gay marriage in Washington state. (This is a pledge show.)

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


A ‘Queer History’ of Rick Santorum and Proposition 8

Last week on Truthdig Radio: Robert Scheer on the mortgage settlement, MLK in his own words, and “A Queer History of the United States” author Michael Bronski on Rick Santorum, Proposition 8, Ellen DeGeneres and gay marriage in Washington state. (This is a pledge show.)

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Gomaa

Dispatches From Cairo: Game of Death

Oh, Egypt. Oh, Arab Spring. Another tailspin into the worst of expectations and reactions leaves us in a gray confusion of deception and distrust. Now, there is gore on stadium seats.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers Makes Newt Gingrich Look Like an Idiot

The PBS headliner rises to the defense of Saul Alinsky, “a patriot, in a long line of patriots, who scorned the malignant narcissism of duplicitous politicians and taught everyday Americans to think for themselves and to fight together for a better life.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE


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