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Some Reporters Covering Trump Rallies Worry as Anti-Media Atmosphere Thickens

The Republican presidential nominee’s use of aggressive rhetoric is nothing new, but since the combative Stephen Bannon joined the campaign, Trump is homing in on the media—and stirring up vitriol among his supporters.

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Live at Truthdig: How Does Mr. Fish Approach the Political Climate of the 2016 Election?

On Thursday at 1 p.m. PDT, the Truthdig team will talk with a special guest: acclaimed political cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish).

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Police Officers in One U.K. County Are Now Treating Misogyny and Street Harassment as Hate Crimes

The police force in England’s Nottinghamshire County came to the decision after meeting with women’s rights activists.

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Bernie Sanders’ Next Revolution: a New National Group to Promote Progressives

The Vermont senator returns to the political stage to take up a difficult challenge: keeping alive the national grass-roots momentum that led millions to support him in the presidential nominating contests.

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Drug and Device Makers Are Paying Thousands of Doctors Who Have Been Disciplined for Misconduct

Physicians whose state boards have sanctioned them for harming patients, unnecessarily prescribing addictive drugs, bilking federal insurance programs and even sexual misconduct continue to cash in for consulting, promoting products and more.

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Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

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Venturing Into ‘the Capitalist Labyrinth’  (Video)

In this week’s edition of “On Contact,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and author Rob Urie explore how our economic system is responsible for nuclear weaponry, climate change and imperialism.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

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Green Party’s Jill Stein Praises WikiLeaks, Calls Julian Assange a Hero

In an aggressive op-ed published by The Hill on Tuesday, the party’s presidential nominee argues that the organization known for publishing secret information from anonymous sources provides a valuable service by exposing “corruption and wrongdoing.”

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Questions About Clinton Campaign’s Transparency Ramp Up After a Weekend of Closed Fundraisers

The Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t held a news conference in more than 260 days, despite growing concerns about her use of a personal email server and the role of the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state. (Pictured, Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island where Clinton raised funds last weekend.)

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Donald Trump’s Odd Pitch for the Black Vote: Wooing With Insults

The Republican nominee has almost zero support among African-Americans, and his offensive approach to them will not improve his standing. We are witnessing a campaign built with bricks of self-delusion.

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Is Turkey’s Pivot to Russia Aimed at President Erdogan’s Survival? (Video)

Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim Binali has announced a significant about-face in the country’s Syria policy.

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Why a Single-Payer Health Care System Is Inevitable

Our real health care choice is either a hugely expensive, for-profit oligopoly or a government-run, single-payer system—like those in place in almost every other advanced economy.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Trickle-Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races

Most of our attention is on the incendiary presidential race, which has overshadowed the importance of so-called “down-ballot” races for seats in Congress and state legislatures. But it’s likely that massive amounts of outside money, some of it untraceable to its source, will be brought to bear on the outcomes. (Pictured, Zephyr Teachout, who is facing a well-funded rival in a House race.)

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U.S.-Allied Kurds Advance in Northeast Syria (Video)

Clashes continued Sunday as Kurdish fighters drove the Syrian army from districts of the city of Hasaka.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People

Isn’t it great how we solved the welfare problem? That’s the one thing that former President Clinton, Congress and even the media agree on.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty

To hear Clinton tell it, his presidency won the war on poverty three decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched it, having changed only the name. Seems he doesn’t know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Idea of Peace in the Quran

Like the Bible, the Muslim scripture has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver on How Charter Schools Around the Country Have Been Allowed to Run Wild (Video)

“The problem with letting the free market decide when it comes to kids,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said in his commentary on publicly funded, privately run schools, “is that kids change faster than the market. And by the time it’s obvious a school is failing, futures may have been ruined.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Mexico’s Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threats to Global Food Security

The indigenous group has built an autonomous, locally based food system that escapes corporate programs and practices that are fostering unprecedented poverty, hunger and suffering.

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Americans Are Gorging on Meat in Amounts Not Seen in Decades

Healthy-eating crusades and animal welfare campaigns haven’t been able to sway the carnivorous masses.

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Angela Merkel: New Islamic Migrants Did Not Bring Radical Terrorism to Germany (Video)

The chancellor pointed out that despite the influx of about 1 million migrants and refugees in the past year, radicalism predated the rise of Islamic State and the current refugee crisis. 

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Who Is Your Choice for President?

Truthdig presents a roundup of the week’s top political news and invites you to tell us whom you are rooting for in November.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Women at Khabar Lahariya, a Feminist Newspaper in Rural India

Now in its 14th year, the publication just expanded into digital platforms in the hope of increasing readership and inspiring other young women.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 READ MORE


Social Media Exposes Devastating Effects of Louisiana Flood (Multimedia)

Those affected by this week’s flooding share pictures and comments amid allegations that the mainstream media hasn’t done enough to cover the catastrophe.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Green Party Ticket Lays Out Its Programs, Denounces ‘Murdering From the Sky’ (Audio)

In a new radio interview, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka discuss the mainstream media, student debt and foreign policy.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Why Donald Trump Is Just A Symptom

After plants closed, the economic, social and psychological effects continued for decades and across generations.

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Live at Truthdig: What Can America Learn From California?

Truthdig sat down with special guest Narda Zacchino and discussed what the once “failed state” of California can teach the rest of the United States.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Hillary Clinton’s Choice of Ken Salazar Comes Under Fire (Video)

David Sirota argues that the former interior secretary, appointed to Clinton’s transition team, holds anti-environment, pro-business ideologies that could nudge government policies in harmful directions during the next presidency.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Dragon Rising? China Seeks Closer Military Cooperation With Syria

A Chinese official on a visit to Damascus announced that Beijing intends to strengthen its military relationship with the Syrian government, but affirmed that China would avoid involvement in the civil war.

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