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Syrian Revolt: 900 Dead and Counting

The number of people killed in the current Syrian uprising soared above 900 on Saturday when security officers fired on a crowd marching in memory of others lost to state violence during the two-month struggle. (more)

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Snowmelt Could Flood Western Communities

For all the advantages that record snowpacks offer regions susceptible to summertime drought, a sudden warming of temperatures could soon release millions of gallons of water into river channels and narrow canyons, flooding cities and towns throughout the American West. (more)

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Going After the Mini-Mubaraks

Journalist, blogger and activist Hossam el-Hamalawy passionately urges his fellow Egyptians to make their social and political revolution into an economic one.

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Half of Med Students Study With Wikipedia

The somewhat unsettling results of a recent study of 186 medical students suggest that roughly half of all surgeons, general physicians and other doctors-in-training view Wikipedia as a reliable source of medical information and regularly use it to prepare for exams. (more)

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Power-Mad Men Have Their Moment

What do a professed love for women, a so-called commitment to family values, a culture of social change and institutionalized rape have in common? 

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Tennessee Senate: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in School

The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation that would keep teachers from educating their students about homosexuality, with language in the bill asserting that “some subjects are best explained and discussed at home.”

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Pennsylvania House Takes Aim at Unemployment Payouts

Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives will consider a bill that would change the way unemployment benefits are calculated, taking almost $500 million out of jobless residents’ pockets each year.

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The Rise of Secret Campaign Donors

A growing number of political campaign contributors are bypassing the Federal Election Commission entirely, secretly donating large sums of money right under the nose of the toothless organization. (more)

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Time’s Up: Obama Ignores War Powers Act in Drive Against Gadhafi

American troops have now been engaged in military action in Libya for more than 60 days without congressional authorization, a breach of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, but President Obama said the mission was too limited to require approval. (more)

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Barack and Bibi, DSK and Arnold; Cornel West’s Broadside

What an action-packed week it was—how will “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley and guest panelist Chrystia Freeland possibly cover it all in 30 minutes? But they do—and they also manage to slip a little Newt-talk in there, too. Listen and learn.

Posted on May 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Colbert Report’: Lithgow Channels Gingrich

So, Newt Gingrich might’ve totally blown his Campaign 2012 wad this week by turning on his own kind. It was a disquieting and unacceptable development for large numbers of GOP backers of the former House speaker, many of whom subsequently withdrew their support. (more)

Posted on May 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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‘Midnight in Paris’: Tripping the City of Light Fantastic

Gil (Owen Wilson) is lolling on some steps in Paris, contemplating his moderately unhappy fate when an antique automobile pulls up and no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda invite him to join them. In, as it happens, the 1920s, in the City of Light.

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Your Consumer Guide to the Apocalypse

If you believe that Saturday will be the Judgment Day prophesied in the Bible—a conclusion being trumpeted by Family Radio of Oakland, Calif.—you may not have considered the loose ends involved. Here’s one: Who’ll take care of your non-Raptured pets? Luckily, some enterprising types ... (more)

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The Real IMF Assault

As newly resigned International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn hunkers down in his jail cell, IMF news has fallen into two categories. Both miss the devastation the IMF causes, regardless of who heads it.

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The Rise of the Five-Year Degree

The average length of time spent earning a bachelor’s degree has been steadily rising among American university students for the past 30 years, and the change is not entirely explained by a consideration of part-time and returning students, an economist says. (more)

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Brazil Scrambles to Respond to Spike in Deforestation

Following a period that saw “the lowest level of deforestation in the history of Amazonia,” Brazilian plant life and all things dependent upon it met a sudden reversal of fortune when slash-and-burn practices in the rain forest increased 27 percent over the past winter. (more)

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Thomas Frank

The Baffler Is Back

Dissident lefties, rejoice! After a long hiatus resulting from an office fire and a host of other problems, Thomas Frank’s fearless cultural journal, The Baffler, is due to return this summer online and in print in all of its caustic, critical glory. (more)

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Truthdigger of the Week: Eric Schneiderman

This week we celebrate New York’s attorney general for refusing to let Wall Street off the hook. (More, including honorable mentions, after the jump).

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AP / Javier Galeano

Whose War on Terror?

At a time when the White House is spending hundreds of billions and has dispatched killer teams to liquidate Osama bin Laden and lesser targets, imagine what the leaders of other countries—Cuba, for instance—might do if they declared their own war on terror.

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Turning the Camera on the Police

What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people—or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance.

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The Gingrich Style

It is hard to see why anyone was surprised by Newt Gingrich’s self-ignited implosion in the earliest hours of his presidential candidacy.

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Meltdown on the Launch Pad

A grateful nation thanks you, Newt Gingrich. The presidential campaign is just starting, and already you’ve given us a passage that will live in infamy—forever—in the annals of American political speech.

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Love Among the Beasts

Reviewing Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” the author makes his case for “one good thing about the Nazis” and wagers that this romantic thriller of a memoir will hit it big.

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Queen Comes Close to Apology in Ireland

Speaking at a historic dinner in the castle that once headquartered Ireland’s British overseers, Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret over the two islands’ violent history: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.”

Posted on May 19, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Will Symbols Trump Logic?

Republicans holding the increase of the debt ceiling hostage to their efforts to eviscerate programs know perfectly well that Congress will not risk a financial crisis.

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DSK Exits the IMF

File this one in the annals of unsurprising resignations: Early Thursday morning, the International Monetary Fund released a letter from Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the organization’s now former director, announcing that he was stepping down in the face of sexual assault charges. (more)

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Responds to a Changing Mideast in Arab Spring Speech

Addressing the upheavals that have occurred and transformations still in progress in the Middle East (except for one notable omission), President Barack Obama put the big shifts that the Arab Spring brought in a broader context during a major speech on Thursday ... (more)  Updated

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Cannes Bans Von Trier for Nazi Zingers

If he was indeed joking, Lars Von Trier needs to work a bit on his act, not to mention the material. The notoriously difficult Danish director shocked the crowd at France’s Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday by proclaiming, during a panel about his new film, “Melancholia” ... (more)

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Another Suicide Reported at Guantanamo

A detainee accused of being an al-Qaida operative committed suicide in a Guantanamo Bay prison yard, U.S. officials say. His death brings the total number of Guantanamo “suicides” to six since the U.S. began sending foreign captives there in 2002. (more)

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‘Rogue’ Planets Found Roaming Through Space

What happens when planetary bodies go rogue? Well, that’s one universal mystery that scientists didn’t actually know of until a team of Japanese researchers claimed to have found 10 such free-range roamers—and what’s more, they might be shockingly common in space.

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Bill Moyers: ‘We’re Almost Out of Time’

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the great Bill Moyers, Nomi Prins on the scandalous IMF and Cole Miller on grass-roots philanthropy.

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Bill Moyers: ‘We’re Almost Out of Time’

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the great Bill Moyers on the desperate state of our democracy, Nomi Prins on the scandalous IMF and Cole Miller on grass-roots philanthropy. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on May 18, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Strauss-Kahn Scandal an Embarrassment for France

What can only seem the irresistible self-destruction of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has already produced fundamental and irreversible consequences in France and Europe.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Gets No Credit for Courage

Presidential courage and convictions will be a strong underlying issue in Obama’s re-election campaign. Conservatives and progressives alike consider him gutless, despite evidence to the contrary.

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‘Electronic Brownshirts’

Right-wing media personality Andrew Breitbart is the forceful advocate of the slew of deceptively edited videos that target and smear progressive individuals and institutions.

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Barack Obama: He’s Got the T-Shirt to Prove It

After winning laughs joking about the birth certificate controversy at the White House correspondents’ dinner earlier this month, President Obama has found a new way to profit from birtherism: comedic T-shirts. (more)

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Not a Sparkling Day for Newt

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich started his week on the wrong foot with ill-advised TV tirades and a huge Tiffany tab, but the glitter on the cake came Tuesday when a gay rights advocate dumped a bag of the stuff on Gingrich and his wife Callista.

Posted on May 18, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Some Factory Jobs Return, Paying a Whole Lot Less

Unemployed American workers are glad to see factory jobs returning, but they’re finding that the pay is drastically lower now, the result of a global race to the bottom for cheap labor. (more)

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Study Blames Culture Shift for Catholic Clergy’s Sex Crimes

A study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice examines the root causes of sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, debunking celibacy and homosexuality as causes while glossing over the church’s failure to humanely address the crisis. (more)

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Saleh Again Agrees to Step Down in Yemen

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is reportedly set to sign an agreement that would bring his 33-year rule to an end, making him yet another victim of the “Arab Spring” that began in Tunisia last December and raising questions about the future of al-Qaida in the Middle Eastern country. (more)

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Nominate Our Next Truthdigger of the Week

Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice? Let us know here.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Frank Franklin II

One Lawman With the Guts to Go After Wall Street

The fix was in to let Wall Street off the hook once and for all for its role in the Great Recession ... until last week when the attorney general of New York refused to go along.

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Queen Honors Irish Freedom Fighters

The queen has landed in Ireland, where she laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance to honor those who fought against British tyranny. And if you think that’s a nice gesture, you should see the emerald green outfit her majesty wore for her arrival.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?

If you follow the words, one Middle East comes into view; if you follow the weapons, quite another.

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Mahmoud Abbas: Why Palestine Seeks U.N. Membership

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas penned an Op-Ed in Tuesday’s New York Times making the case for Palestine’s right to statehood and giving the reasons why it should be considered a legitimate member of the international community.

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