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Where Is Our Martin Luther King Jr.?

We need more humble prophets—to remind the skeptical that religion, which can indeed be divisive, is also a moral prod and an intellectual spark. But such figures are hard to find in this election year.

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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline Dispute Rings a Bell

If indigenous activists manage to block the building of an oil line they consider a threat to ancestral lands, their success will be one small measure of justice in a line of injustices going back to the founding of this nation.

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Some Reporters Covering Trump Rallies Worry as Anti-Media Atmosphere Thickens

The Republican presidential nominee’s use of aggressive rhetoric is nothing new, but since the combative Stephen Bannon joined the campaign, Trump is homing in on the media—and stirring up vitriol among his supporters.

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Secret Cameras Are Recording Baltimore’s Every Move—From the Sky

Since the start of 2016, the Baltimore Police Department has been using a privately funded and operated surveillance company to investigate crimes via a camera-equipped airplane—without informing the public.

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Live at Truthdig: How Does Mr. Fish Approach the Political Climate of the 2016 Election?

On Thursday at 1 p.m. PDT, the Truthdig team will talk with a special guest: acclaimed political cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish).

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Foundation Donors Made Up More Than Half of Clinton’s Non-Government Guests at State Department

An investigation by The Associated Press confirms that, if elected president, Hillary Clinton would be wide open to ethics challenges relating to donations her family’s charitable foundation accepted while she was secretary of state.

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No Need to Build Donald Trump’s Wall—Its Logic Is Already Being Practiced

A draconian Border Patrol program may not be Trump’s promised structure, but it embodies the logic of his “wall”: Either you crossed illegally or you didn’t. And it is just one of many tough U.S. programs developed in recent decades.

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In a Major Ruling, Grad Students Win the Right to Unionize at Private Universities

The National Labor Relations Board announced that a previous ruling—that graduate workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they are students—was flawed.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Eat or Drink From Cactuses Only if You’ll Otherwise Die of Thirst

The fourth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” gives readers pointers on which cactuses to eat and how, warning that many can be harmful.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Rio Fails to Deliver on ‘Green Olympics’ Pledges

The promise to improve favela conditions, for example, was simply abandoned. Instead, many communities were forcibly removed to make way for Olympic projects.

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Police Officers in One U.K. County Are Now Treating Misogyny and Street Harassment as Hate Crimes

The police force in England’s Nottinghamshire County came to the decision after meeting with women’s rights activists.

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Bernie Sanders’ Next Revolution: a New National Group to Promote Progressives

The Vermont senator returns to the political stage to take up a difficult challenge: keeping alive the national grass-roots momentum that led millions to support him in the presidential nominating contests.

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Drug and Device Makers Are Paying Thousands of Doctors Who Have Been Disciplined for Misconduct

Physicians whose state boards have sanctioned them for harming patients, unnecessarily prescribing addictive drugs, bilking federal insurance programs and even sexual misconduct continue to cash in for consulting, promoting products and more.

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Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

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Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: ‘We’re Standing Up and We’re Saying, “No More” ’

More than 1,000 Native American activists have traveled to Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in North Dakota to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Now the fight continues in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Makes a 360-Degree ‘Pivot’ to Prove He’s No Flip-Flopper

The Republican presidential nominee is not going to change. No matter how many times he reshuffles his campaign, he is who he is. It’s delusional to pretend otherwise.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE


Venturing Into ‘the Capitalist Labyrinth’  (Video)

In this week’s edition of “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and author Rob Urie explore how our economic system is responsible for nuclear weaponry, climate change and imperialism.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Praises WikiLeaks, Calls Julian Assange a Hero

In an aggressive op-ed published by The Hill on Tuesday, the party’s presidential nominee argues that the organization known for publishing secret information from anonymous sources provides a valuable service by exposing “corruption and wrongdoing.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Is Helping Hillary Clinton Transform the Geography of American Politics

An alliance between suburban voters and African-Americans is turning Virginia presidentially blue. That is alarming to Republicans, because the pattern is repeating itself in North Carolina and Georgia.

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Questions About Clinton Campaign’s Transparency Ramp Up After a Weekend of Closed Fundraisers

The Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t held a news conference in more than 260 days, despite growing concerns about her use of a personal email server and the role of the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state. (Pictured, Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island where Clinton raised funds last weekend.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Donald Trump’s Odd Pitch for the Black Vote: Wooing With Insults

The Republican nominee has almost zero support among African-Americans, and his offensive approach to them will not improve his standing. We are witnessing a campaign built with bricks of self-delusion.

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Is Turkey’s Pivot to Russia Aimed at President Erdogan’s Survival? (Video)

Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim Binali has announced a significant about-face in the country’s Syria policy.

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Why a Single-Payer Health Care System Is Inevitable

Our real health care choice is either a hugely expensive, for-profit oligopoly or a government-run, single-payer system—like those in place in almost every other advanced economy.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Trickle-Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races

Most of our attention is on the incendiary presidential race, which has overshadowed the importance of so-called “down-ballot” races for seats in Congress and state legislatures. But it’s likely that massive amounts of outside money, some of it untraceable to its source, will be brought to bear on the outcomes. (Pictured, Zephyr Teachout, who is facing a well-funded rival in a House race.)

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U.S.-Allied Kurds Advance in Northeast Syria (Video)

Clashes continued Sunday as Kurdish fighters drove the Syrian army from districts of the city of Hasaka.

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Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas

While most of the United States has been blinded by the presidential election spectacle, a grass-roots coalition has been fighting “the next Keystone XL” being pushed through—largely under the radar—by Big Carbon.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE


Jill Stein Speaks With Victims of Louisiana’s Catastrophic Flood—and Those Trying to Help Them

“It’s a crisis like this that really brings out the strength of a community. And we’re here to help enlarge that community,” the Green Party presidential nominee said.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Doubts Grow About Donald Trump’s Dedication to Deporting 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants

Would a President Trump really go through with his mass deportation plan? A series of conflicting reports and equivocations suggests his stance may be softening.

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Obama Is Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership So Clinton Won’t Have To (Video)

The president is rushing to pass the sovereignty-crushing trade deal in the lame-duck session of Congress in order to save Hillary Clinton from revealing that she supports it, which she’ll have to do if she wins the White House, says Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, ‘Never Trump’?

The 50 Republican national security experts who signed a letter saying Donald Trump “lacks the character, values, and experience to be president” hardly have the moral high ground. The group includes your basic list of potential American war criminals.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



Reforestation Can Turn Back the Carbon Clock

Halting tree-felling and land clearance is not enough to save tropical rainforests without restoration programs in degraded areas, scientists say.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People

Isn’t it great how we solved the welfare problem? That’s the one thing that former President Clinton, Congress and even the media agree on.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty

To hear Clinton tell it, his presidency won the war on poverty three decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched it, having changed only the name. Seems he doesn’t know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Idea of Peace in the Quran

Like the Bible, the Muslim scripture has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated.

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John Oliver on How Charter Schools Around the Country Have Been Allowed to Run Wild (Video)

“The problem with letting the free market decide when it comes to kids,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said in his commentary on publicly funded, privately run schools, “is that kids change faster than the market. And by the time it’s obvious a school is failing, futures may have been ruined.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Jets Almost Tangle With Syrian MiGs, Which Bombed an Area With Embedded U.S. Troops

A new round of fighting between Kurdish YPG fighters and the Syrian army could drag the United States into war.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



Clinton and Trump Are Rich and Pals of the Rich—and That Could Be a Huge Problem for the Nation

Whatever the differences between the two nominees, either will function as an emissary of the powerful who control America. That’s the conflict of interest we all should be talking about.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka Urge Trump and Clinton to Back Open Debates With Greens, Libertarians

“The US electorate is changing rapidly and is no longer limited to Republicans and Democrats,” the members of the Green Party ticket say in a letter to the major-party nominees.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova Debate Fracking, Israel, Marijuana and More (Video)

The former head of the Democratic National Committee and her challenger in Florida’s 23rd District primary clash in an illuminating debate broadcast by a Miami TV station.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Mexico’s Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threats to Global Food Security

The indigenous group has built an autonomous, locally based food system that escapes corporate programs and practices that are fostering unprecedented poverty, hunger and suffering.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Saudis Bomb Yemen’s Capital City During ‘Million-Person March’

During a massive demonstration by members of the Houthi Ansarullah movement Saturday, Saudi Arabian fighter jets targeted downtown Sanaa—arguably a war crime.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE


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