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From Bill Maher to Sigmund Freud: A Very Unfunny Look at the Enduring Politics of Hate

Freud’s insights—from his writings and exchanges with Albert Einstein more than eight decades ago—offer a crucial perspective into America’s current political crisis.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE



Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Blasts 18-Year Marijuana Prison Sentence

In a stinging dissent, Bernette Johnson calls her colleagues’ decision to uphold the verdict “outrageous” and “ridiculous.”

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



MLK and Barack Obama: Diametrically Opposed Legacies

Have black people, historically the most left-leaning constituency in the United States, shed their anti-imperialist views and embraced war?

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE


50 Years Ago, MLK Condemned the U.S. as the ‘Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World’ (Video)

On April 4, 1967, in a historic speech at Riverside Church in New York City, the civil rights leader denounced the Vietnam War and called for a global peace movement.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart

The late attorney demonstrated a lifelong commitment to defending controversial, poor, unpopular victims of injustice.

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Part 3: Who Decides What Justice Is?

The author ponders this question as she serves time for an old drunken-driving arrest and fines she failed to finish paying. This is the third of a three-part story in Truthdig’s “Violence Against Women” series.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE



Ron Pierce’s Journey

We offer the links to Truthdig’s seven-part series in which an honors student describes how he ended up in prison and the profound changes he experienced during his three decades behind bars.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision

The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE


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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost half a century after his death, the civil rights icon has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government in a time of war must not be lost to history.

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If the Pain of Cubs Nation Can Be Banished, Perhaps There’s Hope for the World’s Nations

After 108 years, Chicago’s lovable losers are World Series champions. Maybe, just maybe, anything is possible.

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Richard Pryor 40 Years Ago: ‘Promoting Racism Is Part of Capitalism’

In a television interview with journalist Bill Boggs, the late, great comedian explains why America wants to keep people separated and perpetuate racial prejudice.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil

The next president of the United States will have the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body—and redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution for a generation or more.

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Brave Like Kap

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

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Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

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Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



10,000 Workers Accuse Chipotle of Wage Theft

Current and former employees of the fast-food chain have joined a class-action lawsuit claiming they had to work extra hours without pay.

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The Man Who Captured Abu Zubaydah Says It’s Time to End His Ordeal and Send Him Home

If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court. It’s a terrible precedent and a threat even to U.S. citizens. We should immediately release the alleged terrorist.

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The Right-Wing Legacy of Justice Lewis Powell, and What It Means for the Supreme Court Today

The late Justice Antonin Scalia may loom large in recent SCOTUS history, but another conservative member of the top court was hugely influential in his own right.

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Barack Obama Helped Us Peer Into the Racial Divide

It may take years to fully appreciate how dramatically this presidency has bent the arc of history toward justice.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



Judge Rules Edward Nero Not Guilty in Freddie Gray Case, but Social Media Disagrees

Twitter users from diverse backgrounds condemned the American justice system with the trending hashtag #NeroTrial.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE


The U.S. Remains Unequal 50 Years After Malcolm X’s ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ Speech (Audio)

In the 1964 talk, the human rights activist stressed the importance of voting to achieve equality for African-Americans, but he warned that violence would be necessary if politicians failed to bring about justice.

Posted on May 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



Attorney General Loretta Lynch Takes Herself Out of Running in Search for New Supreme Court Justice

President Obama has vowed to present his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia before leaving office, but one of the rumored candidates on Obama’s short list—Attorney General Loretta Lynch—has taken herself out of the running.

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America’s Killer Prisons

Inmates across America die every day because of substandard medical care.

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Albert Woodfox Is Free: Last of the ‘Angola 3’ Who Spent Decades in Solitary Is Released

Amnesty International described his release as “long overdue and undeniably just.” The three Louisiana prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement in April 1972 after the killing of a guard. The other two were released earlier.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



The [Redacted] Truth About the CIA

America’s most notorious spy agency even deceives its own employees.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Goes Constitutional on GOP Foes, Vows to Name Scalia’s Successor

The president’s background in constitutional law is coming in handy this week.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



Chelsea Clinton Attacks Bernie Sanders: ‘We Are Not Electing a King’

The former first daughter joined her father in hitting out at her mother’s rival Tuesday, leveling harsh criticism at Bernie Sanders’ proposal to end mass incarceration in the U.S.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Pentagon Releases Almost 200 Photos of Bush-Era Military Abuse

After a decade-long legal battle, the Department of Defense releases 198 photos of detainee abuse at two dozen U.S. military sites across Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Survivors call solitary confinement “living death.”

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A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



Judge in Narco-Terror Case Questions Proof

A federal judge says the Drug Enforcement Administration relied on a known “fabricator” to make its case that an Afghan man was a narco-terrorist and throws out the conviction.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



Now This Is Really Criminal

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

Even though conference delegates have now agreed on a global framework for addressing climate change, it is not good enough for the planet, and certainly not for those who have been demonstrating in the streets of Paris.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Chicago Police Department’s Long History of Abuse

Chicago’s police department is under fire, with recent revelations about misconduct and cover-ups. But scandals and brutality are nothing new there—as this video explains, abuse within the Chicago P.D. goes way, way back.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Biggest Abortion Rights Case in Two Decades

Justices agreed Friday to review a Texas law that could close three-fourths of the state’s abortion clinics. The law, known as HB2, passed in 2013 and has led to the closure of more than half the state’s clinics.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Is Oklahoma About to Murder an Innocent Man?

On Wednesday, Richard Glossip will face execution by the state of Oklahoma despite mounting evidence pointing to his innocence.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE



Richard Glossip Execution Halted by Oklahoma Court

An Oklahoma appeals court has granted a reprieve for death row inmate Richard Glossip just hours before his scheduled execution. As Truthdig’s Bill Blum recently explained, “His case is the kind that should keep people of good conscience awake at night.”

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE


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What Would Justice for Sandra Bland Actually Look Like?

A year after Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, the deaths of Sandra Bland and others continue to haunt the public consciousness. But outrage is no substitute for justice.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Julian Assange: The Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice

The persecution of Julian Assange is about to flare again as it enters a dangerous stage. On Aug. 20, three-quarters of the Swedish prosecutor’s case against Assange regarding sexual misconduct in 2010 will disappear as the statute of limitations expires. Meanwhile, Washington’s obsession with Assange and WikiLeaks has intensified. Indeed, it is vindictive American power that offers the greatest threat—as Chelsea Manning and those still held in Guantanamo can attest.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE



An Oklahoma Man Awaits a ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Richard Glossip can be executed in September, despite the strong evidence of his innocence and the intense pain that Oklahoma’s injection cocktail is known to cause.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Reduces Sentences of 46 Prisoners in Largest Clemency Grant Since the 1960s

President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, most of whom were serving sentences of at least 20 years.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE


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