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There Will Never Be Another Robin Williams

He was arguably the funniest man alive, until, shockingly, he wasn’t.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Maya Angelou, Still She Rises

In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for African-Americans.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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This Brave Woman Gave Her Life to Bring You the News

Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was shot to death by an Afghan policeman Friday.

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Republican Fundraiser, Diplomat, Celebrity Cherub Shirley Temple Black Dies at 85

She had many lives, but before becoming the most famous and photographed American, child actor phenom Shirley Temple was locked in a box and forced to sit on a block of ice.

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Pete Seeger: ‘Democracy Now’ Remembers the Folk Icon With His Own Music and Words

Amy Goodman and the team from Democracy Now have put together a wonderful tribute to the late Pete Seeger, who died Monday.

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Pete Seeger Outlasted the Bastards

Pete Seeger wasn’t one of those legendary performers who made the world a better place with music. He was the original. He was inimitable and unique and indomitable in his mission to bring light to the dark places.

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Designer of the World’s Most Popular Gun Dies After a Lifetime of Sleeping Well

Mikhail Kalashnikov is dead 64 years after creating the AK-47, a gun so simple, cheap and effective, it continues to be the weapon of choice for the world’s killers.

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Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

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Doug Ireland, Radical Journalist: 1946 – 2013

Doug Ireland was not only a left-wing critic of sexual and political conformism among sectors of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements, but he was also one of the notable public intellectuals of the civil libertarian left.

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Rock’s Revolutionary Poet, Lou Reed, Leaves Behind a ‘Great American Novel’

His music was at once simple, loud, beautiful, difficult and always pushing the culture faster than it was ready to move.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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A Leading Critic of American Hypocrisy Goes Quiet

Saul Landau, a prolific filmmaker, writer and Truthdig contributor, died Monday from a fight with cancer.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Without Fear or Favor: The Heresies and Vindications of Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis, the former New York Times reporter and columnist who died Monday at the age of 86, shaped the American conscience on a broad range of issues, from civil liberties and civil rights to war and diplomacy, for almost 50 years.

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10,000 Days With Catherine O’Neill

I had been married to Catherine O’Neill for 33 years when she died on the day after Christmas and I don’t know how I am going to live without her.

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An American Story: Daniel Inouye

The senator had earlier risen to be Captain Inouye, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in Italy, losing an arm as he ran ahead of his platoon and personally destroying three German machine gun nests on a steep ridge in San Terenzo.

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As an Architect, He Soared

Just this once, I wish I could write with pictures instead of words. That would make it easier to explain why the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died Wednesday at 104, was one of my heroes.

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Former Sen. Arlen Specter Dead at 82

The veteran politician was first elected to the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania in 1980. He spent 30 years in the upper house, making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.

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Neil Armstrong Heads Back Into the Unknown

Neil Armstrong entered this universe on his family’s farm and would leave it having stepped foot on the moon. He is dead after spending 82 extraordinary years on this Earth, and a few days off of it.

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Hail and Farewell, Gore Vidal

I don’t feel sad for Gore Vidal today. He lived to 86 and he had the kind of life people ask Santa Claus for. If anything, I feel sad for my country, which lost one of its truest patriots.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



Tao Ruspoli

Goodbye, Old Friend

He could be infuriating in his lust for truth and social justice, but no serious student of our time can deny Alexander Cockburn’s importance as one of the most principled and insightful political journalists of the past half-century.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE


A Brave and Intrepid Pioneer

William James Raspberry, who died Tuesday at 76, was in the first wave of an invasion of outsiders—minorities and women—who transformed American journalism.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Raspberry, ‘Role Model’

William Raspberry was a provocateur who was so gentle and gentlemanly that you didn’t always grasp how much he was shaking up the conventional conversation until you actually thought about what he had just said.

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The Afterlives

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8 Great Lines Written by the Late Nora Ephron

It is commonly known that the film industry is horrible in its treatment of women, and it is sometimes said in such circles that women aren’t very funny. How then to explain the hugely successful career of the writer most famous for “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally ... ,” Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday night?

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

Mubarak Is Dead, Alive or Somewhere in Between

Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, whose health has been questionable since thousands of Egyptians took to Tahrir Square in 2011 to demand his removal from power, was reported close to death Tuesday, following a stroke. One report said he was being kept alive only by life support, though this has been disputed.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE


Ray Bradbury: Thoughts at Life’s End (Video and Transcript)

Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday night at the age of 91, spoke in 2008 with Truthdig’s Steve Wasserman about his books and the passions that drove his writing. The video, text excerpts and full transcript follow.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Portraits of His People: A Tribute to Willie Middlebrook

Willie Middlebrook’s untimely death at the age of 54 on May 4 brought an end to the work of one of the finest and most socially conscious artists of our times.

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Love to Love You Baby

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Mike Wallace Meets His Maker

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My Quarter Century With Mike Wallace

Mike was part reporter, part actor playing reporter. He had a flair for the dramatic, the ability to achieve almost instant rapport with interviewees no matter their wealth, achievement or background.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE


Video Memories of Mike Wallace

We should all be so lucky to live to 93, luckier still to have a career like that of Mike Wallace, who died peacefully Saturday night after roughly six decades on television.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Kim Jong Il Is Dead

North Korea’s current dictator has died. State television gives the cause of death as—and this is not a joke—exhaustion from working too hard. Kim succeeded his father in 1994 and has indicated that his third son is to take over the responsibility of oppressing the North Korean people.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

For Christopher Hitchens

It was like meeting a clown outside of his makeup, away from the hysteria of his profession, who appears lovely and handsome and noble, if only because he isn’t trapped in a spotlight at the center of a ludicrous pie fight. 

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Christopher Hitchens: Reason in Revolt

What zeal this man had to eviscerate the conceits of the powerful, whether their authority derived from wealth, the state or a claim to the ear of the divine.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Rest in Peace, Comrade

Christopher Hitchens died Thursday of esophageal cancer. He was, in the words of The Washington Post, “master of the contrarian essay” and, as his home publication Vanity Fair describes him, “a wit, a charmer and a troublemaker.” (more)

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Dugald Stermer Wanted to Change the World

Dugald Stermer, illustrator and visionary art director of Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker, died last Friday after a long illness. He was 74.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Remembering Danielle Mitterrand

Danielle Mitterrand, who died Tuesday at 87, was a free woman, a volunteer at age 17 with the French Resistance and a lifelong fighter for human rights.

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‘Steve Jobs Has Arrived’

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U.S. Congress

This Friend Was a Fighter

We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist, long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


Why We Loved David Broder

I loved David Broder from the moment I met him, and there are scores of reporters who felt that way.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


Dave Broder: A Reporter at Heart

In an era of instant pontificators on every subject imaginable, Broder was willing to say, “I have no clue.” When Dave did allow as to how he had a clue, you quickly learned that it paid to listen.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


If Only We Had More Sarge Shrivers

If Americans had really understood what was happening with the Peace Corps, we might be a much greater country today and the world might be a better place as well.

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Afghanistan Envoy Holbrooke Dies

Richard Holbrooke, a diplomatic fixture since the Vietnam era whose last assignment was special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died Monday following heart surgery. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



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The Earth Loses a Force of Nature

T.L. Caswell, a Truthdig journalist who worked at the L.A. Times with cartoonist Paul Conrad (above), the three-time Pulitzer winner who died Saturday, remembers a man who always arrived in a blast of smoke and sound.

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In Memory of Paul Conrad

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U.S. Senate

Byrd Dies After 57 Years in Congress

Sen. Robert Byrd, who died at 92 early Monday morning, served longer in the Senate and Congress than anyone else in American history—and he witnessed a good chunk of it. (continued)

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE


Singing Lena Horne’s Praises

More than just a brilliant singer and actress, Horne was a pioneering civil rights activist, breaking racial barriers for generations of African-Americans who have followed her.

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Lena Horne: A Glamorous Revolutionary

Lena Horne, who died Sunday at 92, was an infiltrator and one of the most significant American entertainers of the 20th century.

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Rep. John Murtha Dies at 77

After serving almost exactly 36 years in the United States Congress, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has died. He had been in intensive care following gall bladder surgery. He was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress. (continued)

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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