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How to Talk to a Six-Year-Old About War

As parents, it can be hard to know how much to tell our children about war, and when, how, and whether to say it.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE


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Turkish People-Power Foils Attempted Coup

Among the reasons for the failure of the overthrow attempt by Turkey’s military was the determined stance of the people, who stood up for their democracy even though about half of them deeply dislike President Erdogan.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Will Finally Release Information on Civilians Killed by Drone Strikes—Will It Be Accurate?

The administration is reportedly prepared to disclose that 100 civilians have been killed in the strikes, but critics argue that the number is much higher.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE


Live at Truthdig: Does America Care About the Costs and Consequences of War?

Peace activist and veteran Ron Kovic was our guest Thursday on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism

In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Antal, Former Army Chaplain Who Resigned Over Military Policy

Antal first made headlines in 2012, when he posted a sermon condemning U.S. foreign policy. Now, he has made waves by publicly resigning from his religious role in the Army because of the Obama administration’s drone and nuclear policies.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee Discovers the Magical Bipartisan Bill We’ve All Been Waiting For (Video)

Turns out Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul and even Ted Cruz can all agree on one thing.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jun 1, 2016 ENLARGE



Benjamin Netanyahu Ratchets Up the Conflict Between Israel’s Politicians and Military

It’s a dangerous inversion: In Israel, according to Ronen Bergman in his analysis for The New York Times, the relationship that Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians are cultivating with their country’s military and intelligence leaders is one in which the wrong side is making the case for caution.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE


U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Elizabeth Warren Calls for Total Overhaul of Student Loan System

“Everyone in government who is serious about standing up for the tens of millions of student loan borrowers in this country should embrace [these reforms],” the Massachusetts senator said of her five-point plan.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



‘World Within World’: A Poem About a Haunting Image That Sums Up American Imperialism (Audio)

David Ray begins his powerful poem with a rumination on a photograph of an American airman hitting golf balls on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The image was published in The New York Times in 2003.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Terrorist Attacks in Brussels: ‘Our Violence Is What Created These Groups’ (Video)

Political demands for stronger surveillance of American Muslims consider only the violent displays of terrorism, not the cause, the Truthdig columnist says. “The cause is the U.S. military occupation of the Middle East.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, ‘Mr. Fish’ Examine the Power of Political Cartoons

Political cartoonist “Mr. Fish” (Dwayne Booth), in conversation with Chris Hedges, describes how he uses his art to reveal the often “unpleasant truth” behind a subject.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How the Pentagon Is Trying to Cover Up the Toxic Effects of Its Deadly Burn Pits

The military isn’t just in the business of inspiring books: Sometimes it bans them, too.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



As a Bomb Kills 60, Is the Iraq Army Preparing for Armageddon With Islamic State? (Video)

Islamic State has claimed credit for a truck bombing in the largely Shiite city of Hilla that killed 60 people on Sunday and is considered one of the worst terrorist attacks in that city.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE



‘We Are Not Denmark’: Hillary Clinton and Liberal American Exceptionalism

America’s 21st-century “exceptions” appear as dubious distinctions: gun violence, carbon emissions, mass incarceration, wealth inequality, racial disparities, capital punishment, child poverty and military spending.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Obama Presents Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

President Obama on Tuesday proposed to “once and for all” close the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 779 people have been detained over the years since the 9/11 attacks.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Must Honor the Immigrant and Undocumented Veterans of America’s Foreign Wars

Donald Trump, the ultimate “chicken hawk,” pretends to be a big booster of veterans, but he’s been deeply offensive toward a significant group of vets.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Ron Kovic About the Continuing Struggle of Veterans

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist Ron Kovic discusses what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: WikiLeaks Reveals Classified Data on European Military Plan Against Refugee Flows

The “hactivist” site has released a classified report detailing Operation Sophia, a European Union military intervention involving “refugee boats” in Libya and the Mediterranean. According to WikiLeaks, the report “presses the responsible EU bodies to help speed up the process of forming a ‘reliable’ government in Libya that in return is expected to ‘invite’ E.U. forces to operate within their Territorial Waters.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Face It: Donald Trump Is Right About Iraq—and That Should Sink Hillary Clinton

The discerning listener knows that the GOP front-runner has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Might of the American Empire Was on Full Display at Super Bowl 50

From the fighter jets soaring overhead to the armed troops patrolling Levi Stadium, Super Bowl 50 was a highly militarized event, its 70,000 spectators and millions of television viewers subject to a showcase of war propaganda and a heavy security crackdown.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Rhetorical Terror: GOP Candidates Pledge War Crimes, Carpet-Bombing and Asian Land Wars (Video)

At the Trumpless GOP debate last week, the candidates once again promised to bankrupt us with military and intelligence spending and to commit vast war crimes—with reckless disregard for the lives of women, children and noncombatant men—of the sort not openly plotted since the demise of the Axis powers in 1943-45.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



A Drone Protester Heads to Jail

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, will serve six months for photographing a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., where the U.S. trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



A Tale of Two Grandmothers (Video)

On a recent snowy January night in upstate New York, a grandmother turned herself in to the Jamesville Correctional Facility, to serve a six-month sentence. Her crime? Taking photos.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



How the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad Divides the GOP Field (Video)

Although many of the Republican presidential candidates probably couldn’t find Syria on a world map, the fate of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad has become a flashpoint issue distinguishing them from one another.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Escalating a Cold War, U.S. Flies B-52 Bomber Over South Korea

American forces made the gesture amid increasing tensions after North Korea’s widely disputed claim that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test last week.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Those Who Uncovered Navy SEAL Abuse of Prisoners in Afghanistan

A handful of U.S. personnel made reports on the lethal brutality after it occurred in 2012, and their accounts were brought to public attention by three New York Times writers last week. This combined effort has informed the American citizenry, once again, about atrocities committed in its name.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015

Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Former Defense Intelligence Head Admits Islamic State Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks out about how U.S. foreign policy has helped create and foster the growth of global terrorism.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Doctors Without Borders Calls U.S. Report on Afghan Hospital Bombing ‘Shocking’

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that “human error” was a factor in the Oct. 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 30 civilians and left 37 wounded. In a statement, Doctors Without Borders, which had previously called the attack a probable war crime, said the report was “shocking” and left “more questions than answers.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Militarization of Higher Education

In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Five Prerequisites for War Against Islamic State

No sane person welcomes war. Yet if we do go to war against Islamic State we must keep a watchful eye on five things.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



Theorist Judith Butler Warns That France Is on Way to Becoming an Extreme-Right Militarized State

Writing from Paris in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, theorist and professor Judith Butler laments some French citizens’ willingness to give up civil liberties in return for a veneer of safety that masks the development of a stronger “security state and the narrowing versions of democracy before us.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Why Military Intervention in the Middle East Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 15, 2015 ENLARGE



On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Instead of thanking present and past military members for their service, we need to confront the horrors of war and focus on ending violence between nations and peoples.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Paying for Patriotism

The Pentagon shells out millions for sports leagues to “support the troops” with cheap stunts.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Pentagon Spent $43 Million on a Project That Should Have Cost $300,000

The Department of Defense claims it is unable to provide an explanation for the high cost of the project—a compressed natural gas station in Afghanistan—according to a special inspector general’s report released Monday.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing From the Iraq Experience

The former secretary of state could shatter the presidential glass ceiling for women, but as U.S. leader she’d leave the old boys’ military-industrial complex intact.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Head of NYPD Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s Films

The president of a union representing New York City police officers slammed the director for remarks he made Saturday at a rally against police brutality. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” said Tarantino. “And if you believe there’s murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: The ‘Drone Papers’ Whistleblower

Thanks to an anonymous source’s exposure of the inner workings of America’s drone war, we now know that nearly 90 percent of people killed in recent strikes in Afghanistan were not the intended targets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 11, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Oct 8, 2015 ENLARGE



Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan, Killing at Least 19 People

A hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was badly damaged Saturday in what appears to have been a U.S. airstrike. At least 19 people were killed, including 12 hospital staff members, and dozens were wounded. Reportedly among the dead was the Afghan head of the hospital, Abdul Sattar.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE



CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


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