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Sarah Palin Asks Barack Obama to Stop Playing ‘the Race Card’ in Honor of Martin Luther King

The former governor of Alaska took the holiday to remind everyone that she is more racially sensitive than the first black president.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Beyond the Dreamer

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with what are best understood as existential challenges as he began to move toward an ever-more-profound and radical understanding of what would be required to deal with the nation’s domestic and international problems.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Movements Without Leaders

Most of the movements of the moment—even highly successful ones—don’t have easily discernible leaders. There are highly capable people who have worked overtime for decades to make these movements succeed, but there aren’t particular people that the public at large identifies as the face of the fight. The world has changed in this way, and for the better.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century

All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE



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An Improbable ‘Fraternity’

How did a pioneering group of students that included future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas get into College of the Holy Cross, and how did they become leaders in American sports, culture, law and business? Author Diane Brady discusses what attracted her to their story. 

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE


To Have and Have Not

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Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE


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Santa Clausifying Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year, right around the time between Martin Luther King Day and the beginning of Black History Month, the effort to distort Dr. King’s life and legacy seems to intensify

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



Clinton Accused of Fakery, Biden Eyes 2016, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a victory for women in the military and why John Boehner thinks President Obama is out to “annihilate” the GOP.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE


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Obama’s Historic Inaugural Speech, Powell Slams GOP Idiocy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s promise on climate change and Paul Ryan gets a less than favorable response on Inauguration Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Nick Turse

The historian and author’s new book about the Vietnam War reveals for the first time, in painstaking detail, the full atrocities committed by American forces in that country.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


Tape of MLK Interview Turns Up in an Attic

“ ... If one is truly nonviolent, that person has a loving spirit; he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he, he loves the opponent,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. says in a newly discovered tape of an interview made nearly three years before his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Black Power and Sports Today

When John Carlos raised his fist in a salute at the 1968 Olympic Games, he encouraged untold numbers of people to continue fighting for racial and economic justice. Today, he says, the control corporations exert over professional athletes makes such an act impossible to imagine.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Mad, Passionate Love and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring

Occupy had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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More From Chris Hedges on Black Bloc

With his column “The Cancer in Occupy,” published earlier this week at Truthdig, Chris Hedges angered many on the radical left with his harsh criticism of the Black Bloc anarchists. Truthout’s J.A. Myerson, an activist and journalist involved in OWS since the occupation’s earliest days, got hold of Hedges by phone to press the issue.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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The Dream That Came True

In these sour, pessimistic times, it is important to remember the great lesson of King’s remarkable life: Impossible dreams can come true.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE



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The Real Dr. King: An Extremist for Justice

We tend to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



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MLK’s Vision of Justice

King was a passionate advocate for economic justice, speaking not just for African-Americans but for all Americans seeking to pull themselves out of poverty and dysfunction. On this score, we haven’t just failed to make sufficient progress. We’ve stopped trying.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE


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The Speech Glenn Beck Meant to Give

I have a dream that the Yalie son of a Houston oil magnate can walk hand in hand with the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund operator on the white sands of Southampton while evading inheritance taxes.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


Beck’s 15 Minutes of Fame

No puffed-up huckster like Glenn Beck could ever diminish the importance of the 1963 March on Washington or the impact of King’s unforgettable words. 

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



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The Obscenity of War

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Acquittal in Wedding Day Shooting Sparks NYC Protests

Vowing that “this city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell,” the Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of New Yorkers in a march through Harlem to protest this week’s acquittal of three police officers involved in the 2006 shooting that claimed the 23-year-old Bell’s life and injured two friends on his wedding day.

Posted on Apr 26, 2008 READ MORE


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War of the Word

Would God ever damn America? Is there anything we have done or could do as a nation that might court such severe judgment from an almighty, or is there a peculiar American exemption from God’s wrath? The prediction of God’s damnation for bad behavior is made in both black and white churches.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Sen. Kennedy Rallies Behind Obama

You’ve heard the news, now watch the speech: Sen. Ted Kennedy was careful to pay tribute to “friends” Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, but Monday’s pep rally at American University in Washington, D.C., was all about Barack Obama, whom Kennedy calls “the candidate who inspires me” and the one most able to “renew our belief that our country’s best days are still to come.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Podcast: the Democratic Spine, MLK Day, Oakland and More

Is Pelosi too soft on Bush? Is there more to Martin Luther King Day than shopping? How do you save Oakland? Plus: crossing party lines to oppose the war and more, all on this week’s podcast with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and James Harris.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘A Society Gone Mad on War’

During the Vietnam War, Dr. King referred to our nation’s government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Now that we find ourselves mired in another senseless conflict, our soldiers in harm’s way and more and more among us suffering from the tyranny of poverty, we turn once again to the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Martin Luther King Jr. on the Villainy of War

As we prepare to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, on the holiday Dick Cheney opposed, Code Pink reminds us that stirring words still resonate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


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