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Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

The carnage in many minority neighborhoods across America remains unacceptable. Yet both major-party presidential candidates have chosen to snub and malign the Black Lives Matter movement and the cause it represents.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE


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The Lost Innocence of 9/11

The renewed patriotism and commitment we felt 15 years ago has decayed, sullied by jingoism, xenophobia and paranoid fantasies about race and religion.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

What Was Saudi Arabia’s Involvement in 9/11?

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were a direct outgrowth of the fundamentalist Wahhabist ideology that defines the oil-rich kingdom. For this reason alone, the Saudi regime should be held accountable.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

Pray With Your Feet

Civil disobedience to halt the assault by the oil and gas industry is an act of faith for retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard. His church is wherever protesters gather to stop corporations from destroying our rights or our ecosystem.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

Donors Behind Wealthy New York Super PAC Spending Millions on Elections in Low-Income Cities

The 16 white donors behind New Yorkers for Independent Action have poured money into influencing elections in the Bronx and Brooklyn, even though none of them lives there.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE

‘Defund Police Departments Across the Country Immediately’

And redirect the money “to black futures and the marginalized,” writes Guardian columnist Stephen Thrasher following the announcement that New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton intends to resign next month.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE

Trump Wants Bernie Sanders Supporters to Feel the Donald (Video)

During an anti-Hillary Clinton speech in New York City on Wednesday, the presumptive Republican nominee asked people feeling the Bern to join his movement and fix America’s broken political system.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

In America, Politicians Pay for Bucking Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister’s hard-line, expansionist policies put Bernie Sanders’ “Jewishness” to the test.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE

Bloomberg Won’t Run for President, Fearing He Would Help Elect Trump or Cruz If He Did

Vote for Bloomberg? Not in 2016. He doesn’t want to give Donald Trump an advantage in the general election, so the former New York City mayor won’t enter this year’s presidential race.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE

New York City Lets Luxury Building Owners Stiff Workers and Still Get a Tax Break

City regulators haven’t enforced a 2007 law that requires doormen, janitors and other service workers at taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings to be paid wages comparable to union rates.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE

Whole Foods to Pay New York City $500,000 to Settle Allegations of Overcharging

The Whole Foods grocery chain said Monday it will pay New York City $500,000 to settle allegations that it overcharged customers for prepackaged food by mislabeling weights.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE

For the Children of the World Trade Center Victims

“This poem is trying to reach your mother/ in her business skirt, and get her home/ to Ridgewood where she can change/ to her robe and sip Chamomile tea/ as she looks through the bay window at the old,/ untouched New York City skyline.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

NYC Restaurant Per Se Settles Complaint That It Stiffed Waiters

One of New York City’s most expensive restaurants has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a complaint that it funneled tip money intended for its servers back to the restaurant.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Speech: A Study in Whiplash-Inducing Contrasts

She took a page from Franklin Delano Roosevelt in her first major campaign speech, but Hillary Clinton is still Wall Street’s woman—a point not lost on some who took in her surreal show at Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park on Saturday.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

When Teenagers Pick $14 Million Condos

In the age of Internet access, children’s ability to become productively curious about almost anything has made the adolescent sons and daughters of wealthy New York City families important players in the discovery and selection of multimillion-dollar homes.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

NYC Mayor de Blasio Doesn’t Want to Make Chokeholds Illegal

Mayor Bill de Blasio has hit some bumps in recent months in his relationship with the New York City Police Force.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

A Little Relief in Life Without Police

Young black men in Bedford-Stuyvesant, “a historically black neighborhood of high-rise public housing, low-rent houses, and expanding pockets of gentrification,” have felt the effect of the NYPD’s “slowdown” protest against Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Thousands Fill Streets to Protest Police Racism and Brutality (Video)

Thousands of Americans took to the streets Saturday in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston and elsewhere to protest grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of young black men.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE

Brooklyn Is America’s Least Affordable Housing Market

Move over Manhattan and San Francisco. The buy-up of real estate by investors and wealthy foreigners has made the New York City borough the most expensive place to rent or buy in America.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE


In time for its second anniversary, Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst natural disasters in American history, has a pair of new biographies.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

ISIS in Washington

Two Saturdays ago, a friend of a friend mentioned that “given ISIS, maybe neither” New York City nor Washington, D.C. “is such a great place to be right now.” Moments after she left, I had the urge to bolt down the stairs, catch up to her, and say: “Whatever you do, don’t step off the curb. That’s where danger lies in American life. ISIS, not so much.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, activist Bill McKibben, journalist Naomi Klein, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and public radio talk show host Brian Lehrer participated in a panel discussion the night before the People’s Climate March in New York City this month.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Why We March: Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril

On Sunday, Sept. 21, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE

U.N. Forecasts From the Future Predict Climate Hell

A series of year 2050 weather forecasts imagined by well-known television presenters warns of “floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia” in support of this year’s United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

Staten Island Man’s NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled Homicide

A medical examiner ruled that a police officer’s chokehold on unarmed New York City resident Eric Garner last month caused the 43-year-old man’s death.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE

Before and After: Reflections on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, form a pivot point in our history and collective imagination, separating what we recall, however naively, as the relative quiet of the late 20th century from the endless war on terror that still grips and shapes the 21st.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE

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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE

The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Cecily McMillan—facing the possibility of seven years in prison for elbowing a plainclothes policeman in Zuccotti Park—is the latest victim of a cloaked offensive to destroy activist leaders.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE

Would You Notice Your Mother Dressed as a Homeless Person?

A video campaign by the New York City Rescue Mission shows how invisible the homeless are to pedestrians on American streets.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

NYPD Pressured to Eliminate Controversial Muslim Spying Program (Video)

After the closure of a police unit that indiscriminately investigated American Muslims, civil rights groups want the NYPD to eliminate all traces of the operation.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE

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New York AG Forces McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Pay Up for Violating Wage Laws

Richard Cisneros, owner of seven McDonald’s franchises in Manhattan, is now obliged to pay nearly $500,000 to workers at his fast-food restaurants.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE

Will Bill de Blasio End Muslim Surveillance?

The New York City mayor announced Monday that he would act on plans to include Muslim holidays in the public school calendar. Journalist Uzma Kolsy says it’s not enough.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Saving Mr. Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss The New York Times’ call for clemency for Edward Snowden. National Review editor Rich Lowry, providing the perspective from the right, acknowledges that Snowden’s case is “ambiguous,” while insisting he broke the law.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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New York’s Returning Police Boss Targets Stop-and-Frisk Practice

New York City’s newly installed mayor, Bill de Blasio, has tapped Bill Bratton to run the NYPD under his watch, and the returning chief stepped up Thursday with a plan to target and reduce one of the most controversial tactics practiced by the city’s police force.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE


The De Blasio-Bloomberg Paradox

The standard line on New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office next Wednesday, is that he’s the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s not quite true.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE

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New NYC Police Commissioner Seeks to Continue Stop-and-Frisk

The Los Angeles record of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointee as police commissioner suggests street searches will remain central to policing but possibly improved through better targeting and community relations.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE

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Deadly Derailment in New York City

Four people died and 63 were injured when a passenger train crashed in New York City’s Bronx borough Sunday morning after it took a turn at unusually high speeds.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: A Nuclear Deal With Iran? Electoral Tilting

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s hopes for a deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s enthusiasm for a plan and whether U.S. election results mean the country is leaning left.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

‘We Are Living in the World Occupy Made’

Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, the national, independent, inequality-focused political coalition sponsored by labor unions that helped elect Bill de Blasio to the position of mayor of New York City, tells “Democracy Now!” about the role Occupy Wall Street played in the latest election.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Populist De Blasio Is New York’s First Democratic Mayor in Decades

By trumpeting economic and civil rights issues, New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got himself elected Tuesday night to the highest office in the biggest city in America.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE

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New York City Opera Files for Bankruptcy

New York City Opera, known for 70 years as the “people’s opera” for its affordable tickets, revealed as much as $10 million in assets and debt in a bankruptcy petition it filed Thursday after years of declining income and a failed fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE

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A Public Advocate for Mayor of New York?

New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio told Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin magazine that he disapproved of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the Occupy protests and that if he were elected, he would appoint an independent official to monitor the NYPD and lead the effort to strengthen unions.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Fast Food Workers Super Size Their Walkout

Fast food workers demanding a livable wage of $15 an hour are pushing for a nationwide walkout Aug. 29, leading, fittingly enough, into Labor Day weekend.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE

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NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Tactics Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Monday that controversial “stop-and-frisk” searches—carried out by New York City police officers on predominantly black and Latino residents—are unconstitutional, and ordered that an independent, federal monitor be brought in to oversee reform.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Is Anthony Weiner Still Sexting?

The embattled New York City mayoral candidate was asked Monday whether he has stopped his sexting ways. But instead of issuing a forceful denial, the ex-congressman issued a vague response. 

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Carlos Danger, an Economic Reboot and Insider Trading

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists confront the unavoidable Carlos Danger. How many second chances should a former congressman get? Elsewhere in the country, President Obama tries to declare an economic reboot. Is he part of the problem? Also, the NSA surveillance program lives to see another day.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Ex.-N.Y. Gov. Spitzer Announces Run for Office

He’s ba-ack! Eliot Spitzer told The New York Times during a telephone interview Sunday night that he was running for New York City comptroller, marking his first bid for political office since he resigned in disgrace amid a prostitution scandal five years ago.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE

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