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Dunkirk Represents the Greatest Moment and Biggest Disgrace in British History

Winston Churchill called the World War II battle “a colossal military disaster,” and the evacuation “a miracle of deliverance.”

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The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich’s first book, a harrowing oral history of women in World War II, is now available for the first time in English, almost four decades after it was written.

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How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans

A report by ProPublica reveals how the military is using unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country. (Pictured, nerve gas incinerators in Utah.)

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Living in the Rubble: A Short History of the 21st Century

In the U.S., there is no sense of responsibility for the spread of terrorism, the crumbling of states, the tide of refugees and the destruction of some of the world’s great cities.

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Rep. Barbara Lee Slams Paul Ryan for Killing Endless-War Repeal ‘in the Dead of Night’

The California Democrat’s amendment, part of the 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill, called for ending a measure that underlays U.S. warfare in the Mideast.

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Preparing for Doomsday: A Shelter-in-Place Mentality Is the New American Normal

A former Air Force software engineer writes about his time living underground in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, America’s nuclear command center.

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Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Are Exposed

As President Trump applauds victory against Islamic State in the devastated Iraqi city, Amnesty International details the deaths and suffering among civilians.

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Two Impulsive Leaders Fan the Global Flames

President Trump’s public alignment with Saudi Arabian King Salman in his anti-Iran campaign could engulf the Middle East in a new global crisis.

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The Folly of the Next ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan

With Donald Trump’s generals considering renewed action, a U.S. Army strategist recalls his time in Afghanistan in 2011.

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The Media Aren’t Telling the Real Story of Trump’s Missile Strike in Syria

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh cast doubt on the White House narrative in Syria, but mainstream media continue to maintain radio silence on his revelations.

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Russians Alarmed, Washington Befuddled by White House Threat to Syria

The American statement that Syrian President Bashar Assad (pictured) is preparing to use poison gas could have dire consequences.

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The American Meaning of War: Reality or Reality Television?

There are so many wars and war rumors involving America these days that it’s starting to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers.

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Donald Trump’s Increased Military Spending Won’t Make America Great—or Safer

The president is slashing the U.S. domestic budget and putting money into a war machine that only continues to inflame tensions around the world.

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Former CIA Analyst Melvin Goodman on the Agency’s Manipulation of Intelligence

On a panel moderated by Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer (pictured, right), Goodman explains why he blew the whistle on corruption in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations—So Far—in 2017

A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels has not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.

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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Yemen to Probe Alleged Interrogation Abuses by United Arab Emirates, U.S.

Reports claim American interrogators worked with UAE forces accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. (Pictured, Sen. John McCain, who also seeks a probe.)

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Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.

Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

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U.S. Interrogations Held at Secret Yemeni Prison

A new report reveals America may have been complicit in human rights abuses by interrogating detainees who had been tortured by officials from Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.

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Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy

Continuing the use of drone warfare will exacerbate foreign distrust of American intentions, playing into the hands of our opponents.

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Can the U.S. Establish a ‘Deconfliction’ With Russia in Syria?

Tensions are high after the Air Force shot down a Syrian warplane, leading Russia to announce it may shoot down any U.S. aircraft operating in western Syria.

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Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future

If the defeat of terrorist groups means the destruction of childhood and the death of dreams across much of the world, what kind of victory will that be?

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America’s Real Red Scare

More than a generation after defeating the Soviet Union in the Cold War, the United States seems to be emulating some of the worst aspects of its former rival superpower.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 READ MORE



Avoiding Apocalypse on the Korean Peninsula

North Korea hasn’t been cowed into compliance by Washington’s warnings and military muscle-flexing. Here’s why diplomacy is not naive appeasement in the Korean crisis.

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The Irrationality of America’s Iran Hysteria

While President Obama’s modest overtures toward the country were greeted with scathing partisan scorn, the Trump administration has a unique opportunity to normalize relations with Iran.

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How Not to Balance the Budget on the Backs of the Poor (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Donald Trump wants to slash services for the underprivileged to expand the military and give corporations and rich Americans big tax cuts. 

Posted on May 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Little Big Man

Donald Trump is a messenger from the gods, teaching us just how deeply disturbed our American world is.

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The Untold Story of Memorial Day: How Former Slaves Honored the Civil War Dead

The African-American history of the federal holiday has been nearly wiped from public memory.

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After Pat’s Birthday

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman (pictured with his arm around Pat).

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Washington Post Keeps Running Op-Eds by Lobbyists Pushing Their Clients’ Weapons

They never disclose conflicts of interests.

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Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul

This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

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Media Coverage of Manchester Victims Should Be a Model for All Young Victims of War

As we process the suicide bombing in England, we should brace for another wave of innocent casualties, this time in Yemen, the target of U.S.-supported Saudi Arabian bombardment.

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Why the Streets of Saudi Arabia Were So Quiet During Trump’s Visit

Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It’s also against the law to “distort the reputation of the kingdom” or “break allegiance with the ruler.”

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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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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War

If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

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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.)

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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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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.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE



The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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‘The Coming War on China’ Discloses America’s Secret Military History in the Pacific

A new documentary by John Pilger exposes how U.S. military buildup in the Pacific has encircled China—and how local communities across Asia are resisting American nuclear and naval takeover.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE



The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker

It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media

The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



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.

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The Honeymoon of the Generals

Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

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Director Laura Poitras Learns Why She Was Being Detained at Airports

For six years, the “Citizenfour” filmmaker was repeatedly stopped at airports without explanation. Recently, a lawsuit uncovered the startling reason.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE


North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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