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47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Despite Atrocities, U.S. Approves $1.29 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

But it is “illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights,” says a representative of a Quaker group.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

What Obama Should Tell Netanyahu This Week (but Won’t)

Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu needs some tough love from friends, and President Obama has nothing to lose by applying this tough love now.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Young People as They Ready for Mass Civil Disobedience

Youths from across the country are expected to sweep Washington, D.C., on Monday “to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu, Seeking $5 Billion a Year From U.S., Hires Man Who Called Obama a Muslim Hate Sympathizer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed West Bank squatter Ran Baratz to be his director of communications on the eve of his procession Monday to Washington to demand a vast increase in annual U.S. aid to Israel.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Rejects Keystone XL: This Is Big ... and Just the Beginning

Just a few years ago, insiders and experts wrote us off and assured the world Keystone XL would be built by the end of 2011. Together, ranchers, tribal nations and everyday people beat this project back, reminding the world that Big Oil isn’t invincible—and that organized people can win over organized money.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

UPDATED: After seven years of deliberation, the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP Is a Total Corporate Power-Grab Nightmare

“President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,” says Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth. And he’s not alone in raising alarms about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Always the Same War

Barack Obama originally ran for president as the anti-war candidate. Now, as his second term winds down, the two George W. Bush/Obama wars are winding up, with a third in Syria.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

Instead of Pardoning a Turkey This Year, Obama Should Free This Man

This year, the president should extend some Thanksgiving clemency to human beings—starting with Leonard Peltier.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen Is Bombed by U.S.-Backed Coalition

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières hospital in northern Yemen was bombed Monday night by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

Senior National Security Advisers Urge Obama to Put Spec Ops Troops Close to Islamic State Front

President Obama’s senior national security advisers have recommended positioning U.S. special operations forces closer to the enemy lines of Islamic State (Daesh) in Iraq and even in Syria.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. and Russia Are Wrangling Over the Iraqi Sphere of Influence (Video)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi is alleged to be under “enormous pressure” from Shiite militiamen and hard-liners to seek Russian airstrikes on Islamic State (Daesh) targets.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Administration Is Cutting Aid to the Palestinians by $80 million

As violence in the region escalates, congressional sources are describing the huge reduction in economic aid for the West Bank and Gaza as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

‘The Drone Papers’ Offer Even More Reasons to End Remote-Controlled Wars

Politicians and most mainstream media pretend our drone wars don’t exist. But new revelations by an anonymous source lay bare the details of these failed military operations.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Hot Spikes Through the Forehead

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Truthdigger of the Week: The ‘Drone Papers’ Whistleblower

Thanks to an anonymous source’s exposure of the inner workings of America’s drone war, we now know that nearly 90 percent of people killed in recent strikes in Afghanistan were not the intended targets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

Tuesday’s Debate: Can Bernie Sanders Show the Country He’s Presidential Material?

Plenty is at stake and there are many reasons to tune in. For Sanders, the big challenge will be demonstrating he’s not merely a darling of the progressive left but has the vision, capacity and skills to lead the nation at a tough time.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Will the U.S. Arming of Kurdish-Led Northeast Rebels in Syria Provoke Turkey? (Video)

Not only is the U.S. supply of weapons to rebels in the northwest in danger of fueling a proxy war with the Russian Federation, but Washington’s supply of weaponry to the Democratic Forces of Syria sets up a proxy struggle with its own NATO ally, Turkey.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Five Great American Hypocrisies

American “exceptionalism” exists in the minds of superpatriots who are more than willing to overlook their own faults as they place themselves above other people. The only question may be which of their self-serving hypocrisies is the most outrageous and destructive.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Does Obama Have a Syria Strategy? Putin Does. (Video)

In his “60 Minutes” interview Sunday, President Obama made some remarks on Syria. But do they add up to a policy?

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

At this point, I worry we’re going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning “make it stop, make it stop, make it stop.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

Politicize Tragedy

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Report: Shift in Sentencing Guidelines Will Mean Freedom for 6,000 U.S. Inmates

In a move that will hopefully lead to further concrete steps to target America’s mass incarceration problem, the U.S. Justice Department is getting ready to release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Syria Lies

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Roseburg Shooter Mercer Killed One-Third the Annual Gun Death Toll of England and Wales

The U.S. is downright weird compared with many other countries: We continue to be peculiar in handing out powerful magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants them. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

The Grass Roots Are Getting Greener for Sanders, but Will They Wither?

The presidential candidate’s burgeoning war chest made mainstream media take note. Now the test is whether an ad hoc volunteer movement, started by issues-oriented progressives, can be converted into a political revolution.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Russian Airstrikes in Syria: What’s Really Going On?

President Obama commented Friday that Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria is driving moderate opposition underground and “only strengthening” the terror group Islamic State. So, what are the Russians really doing in Syria and why? Are they bombing Islamic State, or just saying they are?

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Why Obama and Putin Are Both Wrong on Syria

President Obama seemed awfully defensive in his speech at the United Nations on Monday. It’s because while his own plans to defeat Islamic State have failed, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has gotten militarily involved in the fight against the group—with the help of Syria’s Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

5 Nuttiest Right-Wing Moments This Week: ‘Respectable’ Marco Rubio Spins Insane Conspiracy Theory

And the Donald waves his Bible at the hard-right Christian panderfest.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

It’s a Clock

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Relaxes Some Limits on Trade and Commerce With Cuba

On Friday, the White House loosened rules governing travel, commerce and investments in Cuba in a fulfillment of President Obama’s goal of removing barriers between Washington and Havana.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE

Standing With Ahmed and All Children of Color

The treatment the 14-year-old science buff received from police and school authorities is emblematic of the obstacles children of color face—even when they have educational privilege.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: How Do the 2016 Presidential Candidates Get Their Money?

The 2016 campaign is proving to be the most expensive yet. Watch to find out where and how candidates are getting their cash.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

The Smear

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Still Think ‘Reverse Racism’ Exists? Here’s Why You’re Wrong.

New York media company NowThis News teamed up with The Huffington Post to release a handy video that explains why anyone crying out “reverse racism” should stop.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

The Top 5 Reasons Obama Beat the GOP and Israel Lobby’s Effort to Kill the Iran Deal (Video)

Forty Democratic senators and two independent senators stood with President Obama on Thursday, preventing any congressional condemnation of the U.N. Security Council’s Vienna agreement with Iran over its civilian nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Eclipse

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE

The Latest GOP Fight: How to Reject President Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal

Just when you think the Republican Party can’t possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Unlike Israel’s Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia Now Says It Supports the Iran Deal

The Saudi-owned, pan-Arab London daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on the meeting Friday between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Obama and their top foreign policy and security teams.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

The Tackle

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Icelanders Who Opened Their Hearts and Homes to Syrian Refugees

Citizens of the country that is the most peaceful in the world, according to a recent Global Peace Index, have reached out to refugees from one of the least peaceful countries. Their acts of kindness have left their mark in unexpected ways.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE


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