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Befriending the Saudis Highlights U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Washington long has had an unholy alliance with one of the world’s worst abusers. We must cut those ties in order to start reconciling our actions with our supposed support for rights and dignity.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Sonali Kolhatkar in L.A. Times on Turmoil at KPFK Pacifica Radio: ‘A Micro-Version of Greece’

If management at KPFK Pacifica Radio were to pick a comparison inspired by recent world events to illustrate the current status of their operation, they probably wouldn’t settle on Greece. But that’s just the route that an op-ed article by Sonali Kolhatkar took.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

Standing With Ahmed and All Children of Color

The treatment the 14-year-old science buff received from police and school authorities is emblematic of the obstacles children of color face—even when they have educational privilege.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

LISTEN: Mexico’s Missing 43

Journalist Steve Fisher talks with KPFK’s Joshua Scheer about his and Anabel Hernández’s investigative work on the missing 43 students in Mexico. Also, Truthdig’s Kasia Anderson discusses Stephen Colbert’s debut, and Liza Gold talks gun deaths and mental health.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE

Yes, People Hate Cops—but Aren’t Stooping to Their Level

Even though there is growing public anger at police for the savage encounters they provoke, there is no evidence that people are targeting police violently as a result. Law enforcement needs to stop waging war on Americans before there are concerted reprisals.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Key human rights groups have warned about war crimes and mass starvation in the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. But almost as stunning as the atrocities there is the silence of politicians and the public.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: GOP Destructiveness, Bush and Clinton Dynasties and 2016

On Sunday’s edition of KPFA’s “Sunday Show” with Philip Maldari, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer commented on the belligerence, ignorance, misogyny and neofascism on display in last week’s Republican debate.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Can You Tell Good From Evil in ‘Cartel Land’?

The filmmaker behind the spellbinding, Sundance award-winning documentary out in theaters this month tells KPFK host Joshua Scheer about the moral confusion that prevails in border towns where vigilantes struggle against the violence of drug cartels and the rule of law has vanished.

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade

Now that the Supreme Court has preserved the Affordable Care Act and private insurers have won, the real battle for single-payer health care must begin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruling in the notorious case does nothing to satisfy the demands for justice being voiced by angry protesters at a commission hearing and in front of the mayor’s home.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

For decades we have heard that free trade would result in prosperity for all. But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime

Driven by war and poverty, millions of people are on the move, putting their lives at risk. But rather than explore the reasons, authorities lock them up or threaten them with force.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Mumia’s Life Matters

Supporters of the ailing journalist charge that Pennsylvania, having failed to formally execute him, is now intent on letting him die through medical neglect in prison.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Most coverage of the protests this week failed to provide context or give voice to those protesting, instead offering a simplistic narrative of “school-age youths” assaulting police at Mondawmin Mall.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Where Black Lives Don’t Matter: Serial Murder and Silence in South L.A.

Police don’t always to have to shoot to kill black people. “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” which debuts Monday on HBO, shows how the devaluing of black women’s lives allowed a serial killer to roam free for 25 years.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE

A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies

Private corporations have crafted a business model based on the imprisonment of families seeking asylum. Is that the real reason the U.S. has reverted to an inhumane policy?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

How America’s Theme Parks Kill Our Souls

Why so few smiles at a family-oriented theme park? Maybe because deep down, many attendees realize they’re being taken for another kind of ride.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried

It’s baffling why the outrage over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t carrying over to the case of Purvi Patel.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

The farmworkers who pick the produce that American consumers take for granted endure brutal conditions and impoverishment. They don’t want to take it anymore.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Abolish Fraternities

The recent video showing members of a Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist song has turned a new spotlight on collegiate Greek culture and its origins. The truth is ugly.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

It’s hard to fathom why Western media seem to buy into the U.S. government’s demonization of Venezuela’s democratically elected socialist government and yet essentially give a pass to countries (Mexico, anyone?) with clearly corrupt and discredited leadership.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE

Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History

The political and cultural marginalization of immigrants, particularly those from Latin America, has a long and lurid background in the United States.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE

Our Attitude Toward the Elderly Is Getting Old

Instead of dehumanizing our senior citizens, we should be prioritizing eldercare so that not just the rich can go out in comfort and dignity.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law ... Again

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again taken it upon itself to reconsider a landmark civil rights law.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

‘American Sniper’: American Hero or American Psycho?

“American Sniper” exemplifies a sense of macho, white male braggadocio that is symbolic of all that is wrong with the right-wing, pro-war, pro-gun, bully culture of the United States.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE

Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia

The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre at Charlie Hebdo is that the very foundation of freedom itself was attacked last week in Paris, and that the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism is to uphold the ethos of the French weekly’s irreverence and satire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

Black Women’s Lives Matter: Film Reveals Little-Known Story of the Grim Sleeper

As an invigorated movement emerges against police killings of black men, a timely new documentary examines American law enforcement’s negligence in the grisly killings of black women for over two and a half decades.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE

Seeing Ferguson Clearly: 12 Double Standards That Expose White Supremacy

The doublethink of domination and victimhood is central to the pathology of white supremacy in the U.S. It is used to dupe and confuse us into believing that there is nuance in brutality and justice in murder.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Talk About Genocide Rather Than Pilgrims and ‘Friendly Indians’

American Indians are not simply a footnote in our collective origin story. They are here because they have survived genocide.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE

Mexicans Have Had Enough of U.S.-Backed Violence and Exploitation

The U.S. funding of a “war on drugs” in Mexico, which was supposed to take aim at the traffickers, has instead largely fueled collusion between law enforcement, politicians and criminal syndicates. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE

How Democrats Failed Black and Brown Communities … Again

Republicans are celebrating. In less than two months they will hold a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

This Democratic Party Is Going Nowhere. Can Progressives Take it Over and Change the World?

Tuesday’s crushing defeat of the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party provides an opening for the American left. The next few years are not going to be pretty, but they could be the beginning of something beautiful. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE

Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows the U.S. Model at Its Peril

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

Laura Poitras’ lens wordlessly captured the shock of the journalists, the youthful sincerity of the whistle-blower, and the unfolding tension that mounted as the stories started to get published and Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source to the entire world.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia

The recent television kerfuffle involving “Real Time” host Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris over whether Muslims are bad people because their religion is, in the words of Harris, “the mother lode of bad ideas,” is symbolic of the new American Islamophobia.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE

Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson

Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

Justice for Eric Garner: Street Protests and Prosecutions Will Not End Police Brutality

“I can’t breathe” was one of the last things 44-year-old Eric Garner said after being arrested by New York Police Department officers and placed in what appears, in a bystander’s video, to be a chokehold.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for his reporting on the U.S. surveillance state, told me that in the year since he first met whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he went back and re-read Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Beyond Colbert: Why We Need Progressive People of Color on TV

The fact is that although there may be marginally increasing diversity among the casts of fictional television series, there are not nearly enough black and brown voices presenting or analyzing the news on television or in newsrooms, in broadcast or print, in traditional media or new media.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


How Pacifica Can Become the Media That We Need

America’s first public radio network is reportedly in trouble. This is a vision to stabilize and save Pacifica.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE


The Oldest Public Radio Network in America Is in Trouble

Pacifica, the original alternative media, just fired its national director. The New York Times doesn’t seem to know why.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks With Sonali Kolhatkar

In advance of his talk in Santa Monica this Sunday, the Truthdig columnist spoke with the host of KPFK’s “Uprising” about how the ongoing government shutdown “is illustrative of an entire system that is unraveling.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE

Listen: Father Guido Sarducci on the Election of Pope Francis

The “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update correspondent made an appearance on KPFK radio’s “Pocho Hour of Power” to comment on popes past and present.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE

L.A. City Council Votes Against Corporate Personhood

This week, Los Angeles became the first major city in the United States to call for “a constitutional amendment to clearly establish that human beings—only human beings—are entitled to constitutional rights,” Move To Amend LA founder Mary Beth Fielder announced. 

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE

Robert Scheer Dishes on the Deficit Deal (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and FireDogLake contributor David Dayen appeared Monday morning on Uprising Radio to discuss the costs and consequences of the debt ceiling and deficit reduction deal struck Sunday by President Obama and Congress.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE

Building a Powerful Left in the United States

Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges, David Sirota, Larry Gross and Scott Tucker go looking for America’s missing movement in this special collaboration between Truthdig and Pacifica’s KPFK.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE

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