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Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deals With Saudi Arabia on His First Day Overseas

Included are $110 billion in American arms sales and other agreements that the Trump administration said will create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit

The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

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Bigger Isn’t Better for Energy Savings

The desire for more spacious cars and houses is canceling out energy savings made by environmentally friendly improvements to heating and transport.

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Czeslaw Milosz: A Life

A new biography of one of the most significant poets of the past century shows what it was like to be politically engaged and spiritually conflicted in the 20th century.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE



GOP Proves It’s Not ‘the Security Party’

A Republican president is scaring our allies away from tight cooperation against terrorism. (Pictured, Trump with a Russian diplomat.)

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE


Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While U.S. Slams It Shut

Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture and killing in the country’s southern region of Chechnya.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes

Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

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Former NSA Director: Malware Attack ‘Poses a Very Serious Threat to the Future of the Agency’

The global cyberattack that hit over 70 countries last week stemmed from National Security Agency software.

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Mosul on My Mind

Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

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The Shrinking Oil Industry

Many of the oil services companies employed when new fields are developed have been laying off workers, and oil companies have been taking write-downs of their assets.

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China’s Xi Jinping and France’s Emmanuel Macron Talk Climate

The Chinese president called the new French leader this week, urging him to adhere to the Paris agreement, from which President Trump is considering withdrawing.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



National Security Agency Tools, Built Despite Warnings, Used in Global Cyber Attack

Disruptions have been reported in at least 74 countries, including Russia, Spain, Turkey and Japan, with some reports of U.S. infiltration as well.

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Russian Press Releases Photos of Trump Meeting, Reportedly Angering White House Officials

Only Russian journalists were invited to cover the president’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured, left) and Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE



Climate Change Legislation Surges Worldwide

More than 1,200 climate laws have been introduced since 1997, with a sharp rise in the number of countries taking legislative action since the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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What Foreign Policy Will New French President Pursue in the Middle East?

Although Emmanuel Macron seems to shy from furthering foreign military engagement, his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy seem similar to those in Washington, D.C.

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Progressive Moon Jae-in Is the Likely Winner in South Korean Presidential Election

Moon favors resuming talks with North Korea and says he would review the previous administration’s decision to host a U.S. missile defense system.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars

The American way of recalling war has led to the populist nationalisms of today.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE


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On Climate March Day, Remember Global Advances in Solar Energy

The largest solar plant in the world is not in the U.S., which once was at the vanguard of new science and technology. It is in Morocco, a coming green-energy giant.

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Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa

While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world with huge, hard-to-miss complexes in Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE



Climate Change as Genocide

Only concerted action on multiple fronts can prevent the human disasters now unfolding in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen from becoming the global norm.

Posted on Apr 22, 2017 READ MORE


False Teeth [a cartoon from the Netherlands]









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Islamic State-Linked Coup Against Indonesian President Is Backed by Trump Allies, Report Says

According to The Intercept, supporters of the coup movement include Donald Trump political supporter Fadli Zon and business partner Hary Tanoesoedibjo (commonly known as Hary Tanoe).

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich Questions White House’s Gas-Attack Narrative (Audio and Video)

The former U.S. House member tells Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept that, militarily and politically, it makes no sense “to engage in a chemical weapons attack.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast—or MOAB—weapon was developed during the Iraq War but previously wasn’t used in combat. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal.

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Pentagon Admits Killing 18 U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident

The incident occurred days after President Trump took unilateral military action and bombed a Syrian government air base.

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Dereliction of Duty, Redux

All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

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Golf Diplomacy [a cartoon from the Netherlands]









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Chris Hedges Criticizes Mainstream Media’s ‘Cheerleading’ for Syria Strike (Video)

The Truthdig columnist explains how “the corporate media has presented precisely the narrative and the images that the deep state wants,” and the deep state in turn manipulates President Trump’s foreign policy decisions.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Russia Calls U.S. Attack on Syria Illegal

President Vladimir Putin accuses the Trump administration of “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE



The Best We Could Do

I thought graphic novels were kid stuff—and there is no better book to prove me wrong than this turbulent memoir of a Vietnamese family.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky Assesses Trump’s First 75 Days: ‘One Crazy Thing After Another’ (Video)

The acclaimed author and political commentator talks about Russia, nuclear disarmament, Trump’s Cabinet and ways the administration is turning America “into a laughingstock.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Manufacturing Enemies









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Some Assembly Required [a cartoon from Greece]









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Truthdigger of the Week: Slain Mexican Journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea

Known for her reporting on corruption, organized crime, femicides and human rights abuses, Breach was called the “uncomfortable” journalist for writing truths that made many in power uneasy.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE



Mainstream Media Soft-Pedaled Mosul Airstrike Headlines, Critics Charge

“[L]eading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable,” a Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting article says about the recent U.S.-led attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE



U.N. Envoy Nikki Haley’s Tough Stance on International Relations: ‘There’s a New Sheriff in Town’

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations speaks openly about her disapproval of the U.N. General Assembly’s nuclear disarmament talks and her disdain for the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Iraq Among Deadliest in Region Since 2003

Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now! and reporter Chris Woods examine recent attacks across the Middle East and the lack of mainstream media coverage.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Puzzling [a cartoon from the United Arab Emirates]









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Islamic State Is Encouraging Loner Attacks to Mask Its Decline

The terrorist organization is playing a long game in trying to herd Europe’s tens of millions of Muslims into radicalism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 READ MORE



Prime Minister Says London Attacker Was ‘British Born’; Eight People Arrested in Raids (Updated)

Theresa May makes a statement before Parliament about the attack that left five dead and 40 injured in London. (Updated)

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE



Could There Be a ‘Global Anthem’ After Trump?

In recent speeches, President Trump accurately described the sovereign state system of today. But might we one day see a “United Earth”?

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



New Disclosures in Navy Bribery Scandal as Nine More Current or Former Officers Are Charged

A Malaysian defense contractor allegedly exchanged trips and prostitutes’ services for classified information from U.S. Navy officers.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?

The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE



Russian Press Reacts to Allegations Against Trump Administration

Media outlets encourage President Trump to stand behind his attorney general and others accused of having Russia connections.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE


Sen. Schumer: ‘It’s a Well-Known Fact’ That Israel Has Nuclear Weapons (Video)

By Sam Husseini

At the National Press Club, the Senate minority leader (pictured with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi) gives a candid response to a question about Israel’s arsenal.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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