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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt.

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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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David Lynch, The Nightclub

Master of cinema bizarrité David Lynch is giving the Parisian nightlife a shot of his distinctive brand of surrealism by directing part of the production of a new nightclub, Silencio, based on his 2001 film “Mulholland Drive.”

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Not Much of a Debate









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Here We Go Again: Reform in California

Forget the midnight ride of Paul Revere, Callista Gingrich’s jewelry collection and Anthony Weiner’s ... well, you know. The most important political people right now are 14 Californians you don’t know.

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Hack Attack: Senate, CIA Sites Take a Hit

A band of hackers by the collective name of LulzSec brought the CIA’s website down for the count Wednesday, and while they were at it the technogeeks broke into the Senate’s site.

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Pakistan Busts Alleged Aides in Bin Laden Blitz

This bit of news probably will not help the already dicey relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.: Pakistani officials have arrested five people believed to have assisted the CIA in the operation that felled Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad last month. 

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Seven Republican Dwarfs

Not one of the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination who debated Monday night rose to a point of seriousness in addressing the nation’s grievous problems. Instead, they ever so playfully thumbed their collective noses at any possible meaningful government reaction to the mess that we are in.

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War on Drugs: Fast, Furious and Fueled by the U.S.

The violent deaths of Brian Terry and Juan Francisco Sicilia on either side of the increasingly bloody U.S.-Mexico border have sparked separate but overdue examinations of the so-called War on Drugs, and how the U.S. government is ultimately exacerbating the problem.

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Turkey in Position to Lead Region Out of Tumultuous Century

Looking backward, there is a great deal to be said for leaving well enough alone, which is more difficult than one might think.

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Gay Jurist’s Legitimacy in Prop. 8 Decision Is Upheld

Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. Shortly afterward, opponents of same-sex marriage called the ruling invalid, arguing that Walker’s homosexuality made him unfit to adjudicate the case. On Tuesday, another federal judge threw that argument out.

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Joblessness Hangs at 45% in Blockaded Gaza

In findings that can hardly be expected to generate Palestinian good will for Israel, a five-year Israeli blockade on Gazan exports has contributed heavily to the joblessness of nearly half the population and a sharp decline in real wages, according to a U.N. report.

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Return of the Zapatistas

The Zapatistas in Mexico mobilize against the drug war; the AOL-HuffPo merger is starting to lose its charm; and Google’s Internet monopoly is threatened by Facebook. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Dead Campaign Walking









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Unsold Hot Dogs









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Japan Says No









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Greece’s Economic Crisis









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Front and (Too) Center

Like Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and quite a few others who never got to be president, Mitt Romney has the misfortune of being an early front-runner.

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Eyeing the 2012 Race, Obama’s Top Regulator Cozies Up to Business

In a time of critical problems such as climate change and high unemployment, Barack Obama’s regulatory czar is busy trying to secure the president’s re-election by indulging the anti-regulatory appetites of gluttonous corporations, according to a report by Dan Froomkin.

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Reich: The Recovery’s False Glow Is Fading

After six straight weeks of a falling Dow and a period of stalled economic growth, the stagnation of national recovery is glaringly visible to everyone—except our representatives in Washington, says Robert Reich.

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Hackers Arrested as Turkey Embraces Big Brother

Turkish police made a successful foray into the hacking community Monday with the arrests of 32 suspected local members of Anonymous after the group’s attack on a government telecommunications website Thursday.

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Left-Wing ‘Power’ Digs Into the Right-Wing Juggernaut

In interviewing Joel Rogers—whom Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart consider the power behind the scenes of a vast left-wing conspiracy—radio host Ian Masters asks about the real power in the country: the right-wing juggernaut that is sweeping the land.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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FBI Makes It Easier to Pry

The FBI is making it easier for agents to snoop on their fellow Americans without leaving a paper trail, raising disturbing questions outlined by The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer. A former agent quoted by Serwer says it may return the agency to the COINTELPRO era.

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Romney Ad Strikes at Obama’s Sore Spot

The economy will be President Obama’s biggest bugaboo, no doubt, as he makes his play in 2012 to remain in the White House. Here we have one of his Republican rivals, Mitt Romney, pointing this out via a campaign ad.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Varmint









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The Crater









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Raising the Debt Ceiling









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Fixing U.S. Immigration









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Obama Pitches Woo to Wall Street

Though he once referred to them as “fat cats,” President Obama now has to sing a different tune to Wall Street’s bigwigs in order to persuade them to open their wallets as he revs up for campaign 2012. Awkward!

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‘Gay Girl in Damascus’? Not So Much

In a curious case of scrambled online identities, a 40-year-old American man has been outed as the writer of an attention-grabbing blog by the name of A Gay Girl in Damascus, which was supposedly written by a Syrian-American lesbian.

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The Pentagon Papers Go Public

It’s been 40 years since Daniel Ellsberg took his place in history as the whistle-blower who blew the lid off the American government’s shameful secrets about the Vietnam War by leaking the Pentagon Papers. On Monday, Americans can read ... (more)

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Iraq: The Case of the Missing $6.6 Billion

Benjamin Franklin may be one of the most wanted men in Iraq right now, as the country’s officials threaten to take the Pentagon to court to recoup some $6.6 billion in cash airlifted from the U.S. in 2004 for the purpose of Iraqi reconstruction. (more)

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No Justice in Kafka’s America

The draconian legal mechanisms that condemn Muslim Americans who speak out publicly about the outrages we commit in the Middle East have left many wasting away in supermax prisons.

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Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

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Hillary and Huma









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Wrong Track









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China Hacking









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Obama Second Term









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Motorcycle Fatalities









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Who’s Guilty?









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War on Drugs









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Palestinian Unity Hits a Bump in the Road

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas recently decided to get over their differences and work together, but that’s easier negotiated than done. Hamas quickly rejected Fatah’s nominee for prime minister of an interim government, the pro-Western, U.S.-educated Palestinian politician Salam Fayyad.

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Poverty Wrecks the Mind, Not Just the Wallet

Research conducted over the last two decades lends powerful credence to the claim that chronic poverty cripples an individual’s ability to make sound financial choices, with each decision exacting a “psychic cost” that diminishes the mental fortitude needed to make subsequent tough choices. (more)

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Big Finance Argues Its Irrelevance

Don’t mistake the claims of relative unimportance coming from the big shots on Wall Street before an audience of federal regulators over the past several months for some sort of newfound humility. (more)

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Giving Loving Day Its Due

While celebrating this important civil rights milestone, we should remember that increased visibility of interracial couples and offspring does not promise increased racial harmony.

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A New (Old) Labor Dilemma

Federal labor statistics show that older Americans are much more likely now to be holding on to their careers—because they can’t afford to retire—while vast numbers of young Americans are failing to get on track in the job market. (more)

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Gov. Walker Targets Wisconsin’s Craft Breweries

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget includes yet another (previously overlooked) way in which he’s willing to serve big business at the expense of the little guy: He’s taking aim at craft breweries by making it more difficult for them to distribute their products. (more)

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Afghanistan, ‘Newtiny’ and the Weiner Effect

As Leon Panetta—you might know him from his most recent appearance as head of the CIA—took another step in his transition to the role of defense secretary, he had to deal with some pointed questions about America’s role in Afghanistan.  (more)

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Palin’s Gubernatorial Emails Unleashed in Alaska

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the elite liberal media, the world is now privy to reams, literally, of emails written by then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during her truncated tenure in office. Let’s give them a look, shall we?

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