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Did Russia Interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election?

The answer to that question is “no,” Andrew Cockburn writes after examining “what few facts are known about the hack”—an examination that was closer than that of The Washington Post.

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For the 1st Time, a Lawsuit Could Assign Individual Accountability in CIA Post-9/11 Torture Program

Legal action by two men who were tortured and the representative of a third who died in CIA custody may hold accountable two psychologists the agency contracted to design the program.

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Boxing









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Never Mind









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Trump Wants to Make the 1 Percent Even Richer—and Use Washington’s Deceptive Language to Do It

Political economist Michael Hudson explains how economic terms such as “capital gains” are deployed to mislead the public about who is benefiting from economic policy and where the wealth is going.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Silent Thanksgiving









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An Interrogation in the President-Elect’s Private ‘Public’ Park

High above, in Manhattan’s very own gilt “White House,” Donald J. Trump was huddled with his inner circle, plotting how they would “drain the swamp” and remake Washington, perhaps the world.

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Noam Chomsky: ‘Most Predictable Aspect of Trump Is Unpredictability’—It’s ‘Very Dangerous’ (Video)

The renowned linguist offers a powerful assessment of the next president, explaining that while it is still unclear what Donald Trump will actually do, he is, in Chomsky’s words, an “ignorant, thin-skinned megalomaniac.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Corporations Face Billions of Dollars in Rising Water Costs

Droughts and floods linked to climate change are severely affecting companies’ financial performance globally.

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Conspiracy Theorist in Chief: Trump Lie About 2 Million Illegal Votes Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg

Americans have given the nuclear codes to that crazy uncle you have to sit through Thanksgiving with, who watches the likes of Alex Jones and red-facedly proclaims that FEMA is keeping Americans in concentration camps.

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The Democratic Party Lost Its Soul. It’s Time to Win It Back.

Who will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics.

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Waiting for the Barbarians

The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

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The Authoritarian Politics of Resentment in Trump’s America (Video)

Too often during this election season, a discourse of “bad manners” has paraded as insight while working to conceal the effects of power, politics, racial injustice and other forms of oppression.

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Evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr. Says Trump Wanted to Make Him Education Secretary

The president of Liberty University says he turned down the job of education secretary in the forthcoming Trump administration for personal reasons.

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And So it Begins: Normalizing the Election

The media must not excuse racism, misogyny, nativism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia because we think Trump voters have legitimate gripes.

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Better Living Through Criticism

A new book by A.O. Scott, senior film critic for The New York Times and probably the country’s most influential film critic, is a reflection on the nature of art criticism itself.

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Bolivia Declares State of Emergency With Worst Drought in 25 Years

Climate change has shrunk Bolivian glaciers and left cities without water.

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Trump’s Secretary of State









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Getting Lucky









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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Al Franken, Vocal Supporter of the #NoDAPL Demonstrations

The Minnesota Democrat penned a letter to the Department of Justice on Monday, urging it to protect the First Amendment rights of the “water protectors” facing off against law enforcement in North Dakota.

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Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East

The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

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Chris Hedges Meets the Resistance at Standing Rock

For a special edition of “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist travels to the North Dakota encampment to talk with those (including the man shown) on the front lines fighting to block the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Reflections on the Death of Fidel

All previous socialist revolutionaries had seemed grimly puritanical; by contrast, Castro’s barbudos appeared almost to be bohemians with guns. Democracy and radical reform were poised to replace dictatorship and social misery.

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Fidel Castro Is Dead at 90 (Video)

“Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me,” said the lawyer turned revolutionary leader before wrenching Cuba from the grip of the U.S.-backed authoritarian Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

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How Fidel Outlived His U.S. Government Assassins

“John F. Kennedy’s administration tried to assassinate Fidel Castro by using Mafia hit men,” wrote Robert Scheer, Truthdig editor in chief, in a Los Angeles Times column first published in 1997.

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Inside the Standoff Between Law Enforcement and Standing Rock Pipeline Demonstrators

The self-described water protectors were hit Sunday with water cannons, mace and rubber bullets in one of the most brutal official responses yet to the #NoDAPL demonstrations in North Dakota.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Noam Chomsky: Those Who Failed to Recognize Trump as the Greater Evil Made ‘a Bad Mistake’

The renowned leftist scholar says voters did not need to ignore Hillary Clinton’s serious shortcomings to recognize her rival as the much more serious threat.

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Robert Scheer and Journalist Johann Hari Discuss Addiction and the War on Drugs

British journalist Johann Hari discusses his new book “Chasing the Scream,” about the history of the drug wars in the U.S. and how other nations approach drugs and addiction.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Delving Into America’s History of Organized Genocide Against Native Americans

Josh Scheer sits down with author Benjamin Madley to reflect on America’s violent history of Native American genocide.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Hail Trump









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Russians Want to Know: Is Trump ‘Pro-Russian’?

Russian op-ed writers are intrigued with Donald Trump, who has spoken of improving relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But they want to know what the bottom line will be, given his equally strong “tough guy” bluster.

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How the Republican Party Rules a Nation That Hates It

The strange political dominance of the Grand Old Party can be explained by 12 factors, including the neoliberal agenda of the Democratic Party, gerrymandering, the politics of fear, and mass ignorance in much of the U.S. populace.

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Sheriffs Refuse to Send Reinforcements to Standing Rock as Costs and Public Outrage Mount

North Dakota is stretched thin in its battle to protect the Dakota Access pipeline construction: Costs are nearing $15 million, and police resources are increasingly stressed.

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Our President-to-Be Has Stock in the Dakota Access Pipeline

Donald Trump holds between $15,000 and $50,000 in the company building the pipeline in North Dakota that indigenous residents are protesting on the grounds that it endangers their drinking water.

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No ‘New Normal’

I’ve fought, organized and loved too long to let Trump and the people who run him shove me—or any of us—back into a bottle.

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I’m Done Trying to Empathize With Poor White Trump Voters

Amid all the calls for compassion for this pro-Trump demographic, an important point gets lost: Study after study shows that no matter how wealthy or educated nonwhites might be, whites fare better in life—even the poor ones.

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Veterans Plan ‘Deployment’ to Join Battle Against Dakota Access Pipeline

“Let’s stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home. If not us, who? If not now, when?”

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Recount! Recount!

I doubt if the election was hacked, but I don’t know for sure. That’s why it’s important to support a growing campaign for a recount.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Will Turkey Leave NATO for Sino-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Council?

Most likely it is an idle threat by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, perhaps an attempt at getting Europe to be silent about his human rights abuses.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Take a Close Look at Tulsi Gabbard

Journalists are weighing the positives and negatives of news that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries, for a position in his Cabinet.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Deconstructing Thanksgiving at Standing Rock

The indigenous tribes gathered in North Dakota are showing us a path for the future based on respect, nonviolence, humility and love that should inspire us for the difficult times ahead.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



Arnold Mesches’ Death Closes a Chapter on Socially Conscious Art in American History

Throughout his long and distinguished career, the artist used his talent to provide incisive visual commentary about the major social and political issues of his time.

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Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Weigh In on Global Warming at COP22

At the conference on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco, Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba, discusses humanity’s urgent need to heed the ecological wisdom of indigenous peoples.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Repression and Nonviolent Resistance in Africa’s Last Colony

The Sahrawis, the indigenous population native to the Western Sahara region, are in a protracted struggle for independence, and face terrible human rights violations by Morocco.

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Killer Robots and Rebel Wieners: Did Hollywood’s Working-Class Revolt Fantasies Fuel Trump’s Rise?

Class-war fantasies are a hot new genre on the big and small screen. They might be amping up Donald Trump-mania.

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A Look at Donald Trump’s Disturbing Foreign Policy Appointments

Potential additions to the president-elect’s administration represent a shift in foreign policy position, perhaps contradicting some of his campaign promises.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Jill Stein and Legal and Computing Experts Question Election Results, Call for Action

A number of sources, including a team of computer scientists and Green Party presidential nominee Stein, are claiming that the results of the Nov. 8 election were affected by tampering tactics of various kinds.

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President-Elect Trump: ‘I Disavow and Condemn’ White Nationalist Movements

Trump was forced to discuss the issue after Richard B. Spencer, a neo-Nazi responsible for the popularity of the “alt-right” movement, praised Trump over the weekend at a conference loaded with Nazi salutes and anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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Donald Trump Taps Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador

Trump is angling to include a woman of color—a former critic—among his administration’s highest ranks. The president-elect is also mulling candidates for big Cabinet appointments, including onetime campaign rival Ben Carson.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



CNN Caption Stirs Up Charges of Anti-Semitism

The controversy is symptomatic for the cable news organization in its two-year-long coverage of the presidential campaign. It almost nightly turned the airwaves over to Donald Trump, bloviating at his rallies and saying racist things.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE


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