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Robert Scheer: MLK Has Been Portrayed as an Innocuous, Benign Figure. He Wasn’t That at All. (Audio)

On KPFK’s “This Is Happening,” Truthdig’s editor in chief discusses King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, an address partly inspired by a Ramparts magazine piece published when Scheer was editor there.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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50 Years Later, a Speech by King Has Lessons for a President

As the Trump administration attempts to swell the Pentagon budget and gut social programs, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech remains chillingly relevant.

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Chris Hedges and Albert Raboteau on ‘American Prophets’ Importance in an Age of Radical Evil (Video)

“Many of these prophets stand up against what [Martin Luther King Jr.] called the ‘giant triplets’ ” of racism, extreme consumerism and militarism the professor and author tells Truthdig columnist Hedges. 

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


The Coretta Scott King Letter the GOP Wouldn’t Let Sen. Warren Read

Before the confirmation vote for attorney general, Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Republicans when she sought to highlight Jeff Sessions’ racism.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Trump Has a Dream, Too (Video)









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Is MLK’s Legacy to the 99 Percent Being Reversed in the Age of Trumpian Reaction?

We need the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever.

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Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte Talk About Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, the KKK and More (Video)

The two activists shared a platform on Dec. 4 in New York, where they joined Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Top Five Times the FBI Intervened to Help the U.S. Right Wing

What is unusual about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intervention in the 2016 election is not the intervention. After all, the FBI tries to shape United States politics every day.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: On American Exceptionalism, Malcolm X and That Infamous Las Vegas Convention

Truthdig presents a handful of comments our editors spotted this week, in the interest of making the posting process a two-way street, keeping lively conversations going, and taking note of readers’ ideas and reactions. 

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE


We Must Stop Voter Suppression (Video)

By Robert Reich

We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Missed the Fourth Democratic Debate? Watch the Entire Thing Here

We know the most recent Democratic debate aired on a Sunday during a long weekend, which may have made it hard to find time to watch. That’s why we’re posting the entire must-see clip for all our readers to catch up on the last debate before the first vote.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump’s Call for Spying on U.S. Muslims Recalls FBI Bugging of MLK and Black Churches

As Trump supporters beat a “Black Lives Matter” protester at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., Trump himself reminded us of the days when J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI monitored the Rev. Martin Luther King and Southern Christian Leadership Conference churches.

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African-Americans Still Struggle for Full Citizenship Rights, Voting Rights (Video)

Over 50 years after the Selma march to Montgomery, African-Americans still face substantial impediments to their full citizenship in the United States.

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John Legend and Common’s Performance of ‘Glory’ Is a Special Moment at the Oscars

With lyrics honoring Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and even the Ferguson protest movement, musicians John Legend and Common had many Academy Awards attendees in tears.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

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We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Dream vs. Reality









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MLK Day









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Why Martin Luther King Jr. Would Support Obama’s Tax on the Super-Rich

In one of his last speeches, at Grosse Point, MI., the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., laid out his next campaign, the one he died pursuing. It was not about civil rights for minorities but economic rights for “the other America.”

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MLK’s Call for Economic Justice

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society’s great shame, it has also proved timeless.

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Oscars Caucasians









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What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality-check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

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Selma









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MLK Mimes









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Backwards on Race









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Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.” So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before he was assassinated.

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Get Out the Vote









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MLK Meets Ferguson Cops









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SATs









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Did Arizona Just Do a Kansas?

Kansas and Arizona seem to be in a competition for which state can pass the most anti-gay legislation; the government wants to create a national database to track license plate locations; and a photo captures how the Civil Rights Act lost Democrats the white working-class vote. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE


I Have an Excuse Speech









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Sibling Rivalry Not Fit For a King

Nothing will ever tarnish the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who transformed a nation. But his squabbling heirs seem to be trying their best.

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MLK for Sale









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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.

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Re-Establishing King

“There is probably no figure in recent American history whose memory is more distorted, whose message more bowdlerized, whose powerful words are more drained of content than King,” University of Pennsylvania history professor Thomas J. Sugrue writes at Jacobin.

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MLK Day









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MLK and Governor Christie









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Gov’t Used Surveillance of MLK in Bid to Destroy Him: Now They Want Us to Just Trust Them

Among the ironies of Barack Obama trying to sell us the gargantuan NSA domestic spying program is that such techniques of telephone surveillance were used against the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in an attempt to destroy him and stop the civil rights movement.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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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


What Happened to the Anti-War Movement?

A mere 72 hours after President Obama delivered an encomium honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, he announced his intention to pound yet another country with bombs.

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MLK Under Construction









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