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Tom Hayden: Who Are You Calling an Immigrant?

From the archives: The fundamental issue underlying the attitudes of the May Day protesters is that “either the Mexicans (and other Latinos) are immigrants to a country called the United States or the U.S. is a Machiavellian power that denies occupying one-half of Mexico for 156 years.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: If Tarantulas ‘Cross Your Path’ in the Desert, Live and Let Live

The 10th poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” debunks certain myths about the hairy arachnids, while explaining what will certainly occur to those who taunt the tarantula.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Beware of ‘Assassin Bees’

The ninth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” explains that Africanized bees, even when unprovoked, will attack humans.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

What Will Donald Trump Do if Elected President?

Armed with the finding that U.S. presidents fulfill more than 70 percent of their campaign promises, New Yorker contributor Evan Osnos spoke with a wide range of experts to try to determine what Trump will do if he wins.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: How to Wait Out the ‘Temper Tantrum’ of a Sandstorm

The eighth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” provides crucial tips the desert traveler can use as the sand turns to “sandpaper” and the heat suffocates during a journey across the Mexico-U.S. border.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

Women Seeking Refuge: a Crisis Within a Crisis

Sexual violence is part of the price many women and girls fleeing their countries for Europe must pay. This crisis—notably dire for Africans—can be mitigated if refugee aid agencies give priority to specific female-centered measures.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

Gloater in Chief (Video)

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 ENLARGE

A Walkable Utopian City on the U.S.-Mexico Border

While Donald Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Canada, Hillary Clinton wants to build bridges—and Mexican architect Fernando Romero has envisioned one.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Cottonwoods and Animal Tracks Will Lead to Water in the Desert

The seventh poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” explains how clusters of cottonwood trees indicate a nearby spring, a crucial tip to surviving the desert border crossing between Mexico and the United States.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE

Trump’s Family Policy

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 ENLARGE

Is Donald Trump an Aberration?

The policies Trump is advocating are the very policies initiated by Bill Clinton in the 1990s and—from border militarization to mass deportations—enthusiastically promoted by Barack Obama.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

Phony Populism Doesn’t Feed the Family

The 2016 election was supposed to be the one in which the interests of the non-elite got a hearing. We still have two months to make it happen.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE

Balance Beam

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Cast Your Vote: Do You Find Ajamu Baraka’s ‘Uncle Tom’ Comment Inappropriate?

This week, race relations were at the forefront of the political discussion, and the Green Party vice presidential nominee continued to face criticism for his racially charged remark. Truthdig invites you to weigh in on the issue.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Confirms Immigration Vision, Doubles Down on Inflammatory Rhetoric in Arizona Speech

The Republican presidential candidate’s message, says one critic, “couldn’t have been clearer: If you live without papers in America, you should live in fear.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 READ MORE

Trump in Mexico

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 ENLARGE

Donald’s Trump Visit to Mexico Is Not the Real Irony—NAFTA Is

Redoing NAFTA would help stem desperate migration that is the source of much of the Republican nominee’s support.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: In Life-or-Death Matters, Taste Is Relative, Testing Is Crucial

The sixth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells us that while taste—like poetry—may seem irrelevant as one risks one’s life crossing the U.S.- Mexico border, it can be a means of survival.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Conway vs. Coulter

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 ENLARGE

Poll: Do You Support Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution?

Truthdig presents a roundup of the week’s top political news and invites you to tell us how you feel about the Vermont senator’s new progressive organization.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Hot-Air Balloon Is Ripping

No one, at this point, should cling to the illusion that a vote for Trump is a vote for any specific policy on any given issue.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE

A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

Change of Plans

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 ENLARGE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Desert Fruits ‘Dethorned, Dethroned,’ Can Be ‘Delectably Edible’

The fifth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells readers they can survive up to three weeks without eating in the desert, but that certain fruits can safely fill one’s belly during the dangerous journey across the U.S.- Mexico border.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE

No Need to Build Donald Trump’s Wall—Its Logic Is Already Being Practiced

A draconian Border Patrol program may not be Trump’s promised structure, but it embodies the logic of his “wall”: Either you crossed illegally or you didn’t. And it is just one of many tough U.S. programs developed in recent decades.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Eat or Drink From Cactuses Only if You’ll Otherwise Die of Thirst

The fourth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” gives readers pointers on which cactuses to eat and how, warning that many can be harmful.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Makes a 360-Degree ‘Pivot’ to Prove He’s No Flip-Flopper

The Republican presidential nominee is not going to change. No matter how many times he reshuffles his campaign, he is who he is. It’s delusional to pretend otherwise.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Doubts Grow About Donald Trump’s Dedication to Deporting 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants

Would a President Trump really go through with his mass deportation plan? A series of conflicting reports and equivocations suggests his stance may be softening.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE

Angela Merkel: New Islamic Migrants Did Not Bring Radical Terrorism to Germany (Video)

The chancellor pointed out that despite the influx of about 1 million migrants and refugees in the past year, radicalism predated the rise of Islamic State and the current refugee crisis. 

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE

Border Detention Images Show How U.S. Abuses Migrants

Security camera images unsealed in a federal lawsuit show immigrants detained by Customs and Border Protection wrapped in emergency blankets and squashed together with no room to move.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE

Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’

The women and their families at a Pennsylvania “residential center” have wound up on the cruel end of the Obama administration’s immigration policies, but they’re not accepting their treatment without a fight.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Learn Desert Secrets From Bedouins and Indigenous Travelers

The third poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” points readers toward ancient lessons for survival in the desert at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE

Privately Operated Prisons Are Less Safe for Prisoners and More Punitive, Justice Department Says

Inmates at contract prisons were nine times more likely to be put on lockdown and in solitary confinement than other prisoners in the federal system.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: ‘Climb or Walk in the Morning’ and Imitate the Sidewinder

The second poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” offers tips about the best times of day to undertake the most arduous parts of the journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE

Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Poetry Built for Survival on the U.S.- Mexico Border (Multimedia)

A series of 24 bilingual poems, titled “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto,” forms part of the Transborder Immigrant Tool software, designed to augment low-cost cellphones to provide poetry and a simple navigation system for immigrants crossing the Mexico-U.S. border.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE

Trump’s America

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 ENLARGE

A Lens on the GOP Convention: Activists Arrested for Flag Burning on Day 3 (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

Protesters calling attention to Donald Trump’s proposed immigration plan attempted to “Wall Off Trump” by forming a long human barrier. It was one of many acts of civil disobedience in Cleveland.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ralph Nader on Election 2016: ‘Our Country Deserves Better’

In an interview on “America With Jorge Ramos,” legendary activist Nader talks about the issues prominent in this election season and how our political system “pushes away competent people.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Tied With Donald Trump

In The New York Times/CBS News poll, both candidates garnered 40 percent of support of those polled—and both were perceived as untrustworthy by over 60 percent.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE

Brexit Row

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The Great American Story of Asian Immigrants and Politics

The rise of Asian-Americans in politics refutes Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as an alien body invading the United States.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE

Politicon 2016: Donald Trump Surrogates Carry Off Bernie Sanders’ Message About Income Inequality

Like certain other politicians this election season, conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter appears to have come down with a bout of sudden-onset populism.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Supreme Court Deadlocks on Immigration Ruling That Imperils Millions

Republicans once again push migrants into legal limbo.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE

Meet El Peso Hero, a Latino Superhero Fighting Injustice on the U.S.-Mexico Border

“El Peso Hero” is not your typical comic book series. The eponymous main character defends immigrants, stands up for the disenfranchised and speaks only Spanish.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Bashes Brown Immigrants, Yet It’s a British White Guy Who Tries to Kill Him

Trump’s blatantly racist attacks have always carried the implication that something is wrong with those brown-skinned people and they should be stopped from immigrating. Yet in an ironic twist, the first known assassination plot against him came from a white Briton.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE

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