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Dozens Arrested in Arizona Drug Bust

After a 17-month investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, federal, state and local authorities cracked down on a vast drug-smuggling network in Arizona that officials tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, making 76 arrests in three separate raids.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE


Colbert to Alabama: I Told You So

What happens when migrant workers in Alabama decide that the state’s labor laws make it too risky to keep doing the grueling work nobody else is willing to do? Answer: They leave.  (more)

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE


‘Frontline’ Investigates Obama’s Record Deportations

This year the United States will deport 400,000 immigrants, a million since Obama took office, reports PBS’ “Frontline” in a groundbreaking investigation of the president’s immigration policies. In short: Obama makes George W. Bush look soft.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Jimmy Carter Still Has Hope

One day before this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner is to be announced, President and Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter said that he still hopes President Obama will make good on the promises he made that ultimately won him the prize two years ago.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges on the 99 Percent

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges explain why the 99 percenters are “the best among us.” Plus: Occupy L.A., Obama’s “secure communities” and modern midwifery. Update: Full transcript.

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Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges on the 99 Percent

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges explain why the 99 percenters are “the best among us.” Plus: Occupy L.A., Obama’s “secure communities” and modern midwifery.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women make less than men (still), and a jury convicts the Irvine 11.

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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



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ICE Arrests Almost 3,000 Convicted Criminal Immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday that the agency had arrested almost 3,000 immigrants previously convicted of crimes. The arrests came in a seven-day “Cross Check” operation that spanned all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

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Mike Farrell on Troy Davis and Political Cowardice

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Mike Farrell on Troy Davis, the battle for Latino voters, 9/11 by the numbers and Robert Scheer on America’s record poverty.

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Mike Farrell on Troy Davis and Political Cowardice

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Mike Farrell on Troy Davis, the battle for Latino voters, 9/11 by the numbers and Robert Scheer on America’s record poverty.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



Albert Sabaté

The Other Israelis

Israel began importing workers after the government choked off the flow of cheap Palestinian labor. Abuse and corruption are rampant as employers take advantage of a revolving-door policy meant to protect the state’s Jewish identity.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE


Norway Attacks and Europe’s Failed Immigration Policies

The events in Norway were in a twisted way the product of Western ideas about the rivalry and clashes of civilizations, which persist.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Criminal Justice: ‘Normalizing’ Exploitation

After Georgia’s new immigration law chased away many of its farm laborers, the state launched a dubious plan to fill the void with probationers, who lack the experience needed to do harvesting work, especially in the current heat wave. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Deep in the Heart of Texas’ Drug Trade

Texas Gov. Rick Perry points to his hyper pro-business policies to explain the fact that 37 percent of the nation’s new jobs created over the last two years were in his state. New York magazine has another suggestion though: the region’s multibillion-dollar drug trade. (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



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The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to our clean energy future; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza.

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The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to clean energy; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


Immigrants’ Dream

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The Ruinous Rant of John McCain

The decline of the Grand Old Party into an angry mob is gaining momentum, with crackpot rage displacing common sense on every major issue from public finance to marriage rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE



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McCain Blames Wildfires on Immigrant Smoke Signals (Video)

While five wildfires burn up Arizona, Sen. John McCain has decided now is the perfect time for demagoguery. (more)

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


Fixing U.S. Immigration

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Language Barrier

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Alabama Goes Arizona One Better

The state-sponsored assault on illegal immigrants continues, this time in Alabama, where Republican legislators have pushed through a sweeping bill that makes last year’s discriminatory Arizona law look unambitious and feeble. (more)

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


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High Court Takes On Immigration Legislation

What are we to make of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, which will make life more difficult for Arizona employers who deliberately hire undocumented workers? The Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen offered his perspective later that day.

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE


Immigrants for Sale

Brave New Films sent us this must-watch primer on the big business (to the tune of $5 billion annually) of immigrant imprisonment. Watch and connect the dots between shady right-wing lobbyists, state legislators and private dungeons.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



Scott Tucker

May Day: A Festival of Solidarity

This year, the May Day march in Los Angeles was notably smaller than in recent years, but still lively and militant. The year-by-year count of May Day marchers can never be an exact science, but the history of labor is full of surprises.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE


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The Utah Compact

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Truthdig Radio: Meltdown in Our Casino Economy

In this week’s episode, Marcia Dawkins talks multiracial politics; Avi Chomsky covers the immigration debate; Timothy Canova discusses the economic meltdown in our casino economy; Howie Stier investigates the Green Jello House in Hollywood; and Matthew Specktor introduces the newly launched Los Angeles Review of Books. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Georgia Immigration Bill Looks to Arizona

All aboard the hate train. Georgia’s Legislature has passed a bill that copies some of the most maligned parts of Arizona’s infamously anti-immigrant SB 1070. The Georgia bill is now on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexico’s Drug War Prompts Exodus

Mexico’s drug war has been blamed for the deaths of more than 34,000 people, and now comes a report showing that the violence has uprooted nearly a quarter of a million people south of the border, with many of them thought to have fled to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE


Patriotic Teen Fails Spanish

This video details the makings of a conservative hero: a high school sophomore who purposefully fails Spanish to save his country, pledging to “speak American” instead. The Onion News Network’s “Beyond the Facts” has more on this heartwarming (faux) story.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Arizona Legislators Vote Down Anti-Immigration Bills

Arizona lawmakers did a 180 on Thursday, voting to reject new anti-immigrant measures in a move ostensibly in response to the harsh economic realities of the state’s budget and unrelenting pressure by human rights groups.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Reagan’s Defense of Collective Bargaining

In 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan defended collective bargaining as a fundamental human freedom. Soon after his election victory, both he and others in his party promptly forgot that stand.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

China Ambassador’s American Tale

President Obama nominated Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American commerce secretary, to be the next U.S. ambassador to arguably the most important country in the world. Locke’s grandfather, who left China to work in Washington state as a servant paid in English lessons, would be proud, but then ... (more)

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Amis

Tough Going for Anti-Immigration Bills

Momentum has shifted against anti-immigrant bills like Arizona’s SB 1070 in the more than 20 states that have tried to institute copycat laws. Most efforts have failed to gain legislative traction, with bills dying in committee or simply being voted down.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE



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U.K. Poll Shows a Far-Right Swing

In a worrisome poll conducted in the United Kingdom, a whopping 48 percent of respondents said they would consider supporting a new anti-immigration nationalist party that was void of the violence and fascist imagery usually associated with the far right.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 READ MORE


How I Passed My U.S. Citizenship Test: By Keeping the Right Answers to Myself

I passed, and, my fellow Americans, you could too—if you don’t mind providing answers that you know are wrong.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



The Lopsided Law of Wall Street

The lopsided law of immigration vs. Wall Street, humans actually do make it rain, and Glenn Beck goes after Google. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE


David Cameron

Cameron Criticizes Multiculturalism

In a strike against multiculturalism, David Cameron, in his first address on terrorism as prime minister, has derided the “passive tolerance” toward certain Muslim groups and demanded a return to a more “muscular liberalism” and a stronger national identity.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Christine Yvette Lewis and Domestic Workers United

You may have caught sight of Christine Yvette Lewis setting Stephen Colbert straight with lines such as “Woman’s work is real work and it should be compensated.” Lewis is a working nanny and member of Domestic Workers United, a group that organizes the “invisible work force” of in-home cleaners and caregivers.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Arizona Congresswoman Shot (Update 3)

A congresswoman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, six people are dead and 12 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire at an official event Saturday. ... (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

New Year’s Call for a Border Reboot

In light of a recent murder, and considering that we are about to ring in a new year, I think the time has come to reframe the border discussion.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

GOP Gets Ready to Rumble in 2011

Yes, Democrats scored some big legislative victories in Congress over the last two years and, as President Obama noted earlier in the week, the Dems were able to overcome “gridlock” (in no small part because they commanded the majority of the House and Senate) ...

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Redmond

Undocumented Students Give Congress an F

Some of the nearly 2 million young people who would have benefited from the Dream Act blame Washington insiders for the legislation’s demise.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Redmond

Dream Act Is Dead for This Year

The U.S. Senate has failed us again. On a 55-41 vote, the proposed Dream Act, an immigration reform measure aimed at paving the way to citizenship for undocumented students who attend college, has effectively been killed for this year.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 READ MORE


Lame Duck

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California’s Top Court Upholds Undocumented Immigrant Tuition Policy

Even the California Supreme Court’s conservative contingent agreed Monday to uphold a ruling that gives undocumented immigrants a chance to partake in in-state tuition rates at participating institutions of higher learning.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


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No Capitol Hill Job for Right-Wing Radio Host

Joyce Kaufman isn’t going to Capitol Hill after all. On Thursday, the controversial conservative radio host from South Florida announced that she had decided not to follow tea party fave and Congressman-elect Allen West to Washington as his chief of staff.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


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