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The World After Trump

So what will happen to the Trump voters after he loses big? They will be madder than hell, poisoned with Trump’s venom. They will be a ready-made constituency for the next demagogue.

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TTIP Has ‘De Facto Failed,’ Says German Economic Minister

“Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands.”

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Truthdigger of the Week: Feyisa Lilesa, Ethiopian Silver Medalist and Protester

The runner risked death or exile when he finished the men’s marathon with arms crossed in defiance of Ethiopia’s abuse of his tribe, the Oromo.

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Maine Governor Leaves Vulgarity-Laced Voicemail for Lawmaker Who Accused Him of Insensitivity

Paul LePage spouts obscenities, denies he’s a racist and says he wishes he could challenge Rep. Drew Gattine to a duel.

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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.

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Poll: Do You Support Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution?

Truthdig presents a roundup of the week’s top political news and invites you to tell us how you feel about the Vermont senator’s new progressive organization.

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Donald Trump’s Hot-Air Balloon Is Ripping

No one, at this point, should cling to the illusion that a vote for Trump is a vote for any specific policy on any given issue.

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The Euro

The timing couldn’t be better for this new book, which recounts the tragic irony of how the euro, which was supposed to bring Europe together, is in fact driving it apart.

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Photo of the Week: A Burkini in Marseille

French descendants of those who once displayed the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” in the streets are driving modestly garbed Muslim women from their innocent leisure.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

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A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

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In Defending His Support of Trump, Sean Hannity Says He ‘Never Claimed to Be a Journalist’

Although the Republican presidential candidate continuously accuses the media of being biased, one of his top political advisers is none other than the Fox News Channel talk show host, who often uses his airtime to support Trump.

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Mainstream Media Are Ignoring U.S. Accountability in Saudi Arabia’s Destruction of Yemen

Journalist Andrew Cockburn has written extensively on the slaughter of Yemeni people at the hands of the Saudis. In a recent interview on “Democracy Now!”, he argues that this is a “very cruel war that we are helping to wage.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



War ‘Has Become a Permanent Condition’ for the United States

At the annual Veterans For Peace convention, speakers including filmmaker Oliver Stone, historian Andrew Bracevich and journalist Ann Jones discussed public relation campaigns in support of war and the struggles American veterans face.

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Can Bernie Sanders’ ‘Our Revolution’ Movement Go Forward?

Larry Cohen (pictured), the organization’s incoming board chairman, and Claire Sandberg, who recently resigned as its digital organizing director, discuss the controversy over the involvement of Jeff Weaver, who managed the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

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Minority-Led ‘Fed Up’ Coalition Challenges Federal Reserve Officials

Black and Latino working-class activists attempted to hold leading U.S. economic policymakers accountable to communities of color by posing tough questions to 10 Federal Reserve presidents and governors at the institution’s annual Jackson Hole Policy Symposium.

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The Man Who Captured Abu Zubaydah Says It’s Time to End His Ordeal and Send Him Home

If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court. It’s a terrible precedent and a threat even to U.S. citizens. We should immediately release the alleged terrorist.

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Rep. Alan Grayson Explains How to Keep Bernie Sanders’ Movement Going

The Florida congressman, who is running for a Senate seat, talks trade deals, corporate manipulation and the failures of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks: Have Some Faith in Bernie Sanders’ ‘Our Revolution’

Uygur urged Sanders supporters who are disappointed with the announcement of the senator’s new organization to trust the group’s leaders unless they betray their core principles.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Democracy Wins as ‘Biggest Gerrymandering Case in a Generation’ Moves Forward

A panel of federal judges advanced a case that has the potential to set a precedent restricting partisan gerrymandering nationwide.

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Human Population Growth Continues to Threaten Biodiversity

Scientists find that impacts of population growth on the planet’s biodiversity aren’t generally as bad as has been feared—but are intensifying rapidly in species-rich areas.

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How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Desert Fruits ‘Dethorned, Dethroned,’ Can Be ‘Delectably Edible’

The fifth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells readers they can survive up to three weeks without eating in the desert, but that certain fruits can safely fill one’s belly during the dangerous journey across the U.S.- Mexico border.

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Climate Change and the 1,000-Year Flood in Baton Rouge: When Will We Learn?

While any one extreme weather event can’t be directly attributed to climate change, storms, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes all are expected to become more frequent and more severe as the planet warms.

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Is Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria About Islamic State, or About the Kurds?

A spokesman for the Kurdish army said that attacks by the Turkish military constitute a naked act of aggression and intervention into the internal affairs of Syria.

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A Spike in Maternal Mortality Rates in Texas Spurs Soul-Searching

Two new reports show that pregnancy-related deaths and severe obstetrical complications rose as the state slashed funding for family planning, but researchers and state officials say more information is needed to understand the trend.

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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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Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame

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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Are Political Cartoonists an Endangered Species?

The Truthdig team sat down with a special guest: acclaimed political cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish), who discussed the challenges of disseminating controversial views.

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.

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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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