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The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

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Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies

Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE


Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

President Trump’s response to the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II is to slash aid, bar refugees and expand the military.

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The U.S. Rejected Would-Be Refugee Anne Frank—Let’s Not Make a Similar Error Now

What words of wisdom might Anne Frank offer the Trump administration as it crafts its latest iteration of its Muslim and refugee ban?

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Sweden Becomes the New Poster Country for the U.S. Immigration Debate

Riots in a Swedish suburb Tuesday reinforced conservative arguments for stricter immigration policy, and Donald Trump’s falsehoods are getting lost in the shuffle.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Sanctuary Churches, Havens for Undocumented Immigrants

Despite serious risks, religious institutions across the U.S. are opening their doors to immigrants who fear deportation under the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 READ MORE



In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends

How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

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Los Angeles City Council Prepares Defenses Against Trump’s Policies

The council takes steps to protect against faith-based discrimination and provide aid to travelers detained at LAX.

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Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Immigration Ban

U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle, a George W. Bush appointee, suspended Trump’s executive order on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 READ MORE


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Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ May Spark a Constitutional Crisis, Says Free Speech Activist

If security agencies are violating a court order to halt the deportation of green card holders and allow the detained to access lawyers, “the rule of law has completely broken down.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 READ MORE



Protesters Descend on Kennedy International, Demanding Release of Detained Travelers

Crowds gathered Saturday outside the New York airport, where travelers were held as a result of President Trump’s executive order on refugees.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE



Trump to Order Mexico Wall and Ban on Middle East Refugees

The president is expected to sign executive orders addressing both issues, and may be considering even more contentious initiatives.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security

If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

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Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision

The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE



‘Joint Way Forward’ Deal Does Not Lead to Peace or Progress for Afghans

The bilateral deal between the European Union and Afghanistan is another example of double standards and reinforces how little some people’s lives are valued in today’s world.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Were Kansas Terrorism Suspects Self-Radicalized—or Were Their Actions Inspired by Donald Trump?

The three men, who allegedly stockpiled arms and explosives and had considered attacking churches, public officials and Muslim refugees, were arrested after an FBI investigation of their militia group, the Crusaders.

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The VP Debate Served to Remind Americans Just How Extreme the Rest of the Republican Party Is

These days, with Donald Trump having dominated the news for more than a year, it’s easy to overlook the Republicans in Congress. But Mike Pence’s stances were a potent reminder of what a Republican Congress and White House would do.

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Mike Pence Is a Trump in Politician’s Clothing—as Dishonest and Erratic, Just Much Smoother

Trump running mate Mike Pence continued the unreality of this election season in Tuesday’s debate by denying many things that are true and asserting many things that are not true.

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Xenophobia and Hate Exacerbate the Plight of Refugees Around the World

According to Oxfam, the six wealthiest countries—the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom—“host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE


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As Anti-Refugee Sentiment Grows, Norway’s King Makes Powerful Speech About Inclusion (Video)

A short clip of King Harald V speaking about the citizens of his nation as “immigrants [and also] girls who love girls, boys who love boys and boys and girls who love each other” hit all the right notes at a time when Europe’s anti-immigrant right has been gaining ground.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Photo of the Week: Omran Daqneesh, Pulled From the Rubble in Aleppo

Covered in blood and filth, his hair tousled, Omran looks shocked but serene, a picture of resignation that suggests a long familiarity with the horror that has struck him.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



This Young Syrian Refugee Competing in the Rio Olympics Saved 20 Lives Doing What She Does Best

Eighteen-year-old Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini’s personal story is not only one of talent, but also of survival and heroism.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Captures Thousands in Iraq

The terrorist group is said to have executed a number of young men of fighting age who were attempting to flee territory held by Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE



The World After Me: Eternal ‘Wartime’ in America

In this era, everything that further militarizes American foreign policy, puts the national security state in command and assures the continued demobilization of a scared and rattled citizenry creates yet more uprooted souls, more children without childhoods, more refugees.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


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What Would Happen if You Looked These Refugees in the Eye?

After polls showed that a majority of Germans fear a rise in crime if people fleeing violence are allowed into the country, Amnesty International brought some Germans face to face with refugees in an experiment psychologists say helps people bond.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Administration to Resume Mass Deportations

The commander in chief has already deported more people than any president before him. Now his administration is planning its largest deportation operation of 2016.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



What Trumps the Horrors of the South Sudanese Hellscape? The Donald

In a place where catastrophic food insecurity may tip into starvation at any time, where armed men still arrive in the night to steal and rape, a local aid worker wants—seemingly needs—to know if Donald Trump could actually be elected president of the United States.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE


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The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America

Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: WikiLeaks Reveals Classified Data on European Military Plan Against Refugee Flows

The “hactivist” site has released a classified report detailing Operation Sophia, a European Union military intervention involving “refugee boats” in Libya and the Mediterranean. According to WikiLeaks, the report “presses the responsible EU bodies to help speed up the process of forming a ‘reliable’ government in Libya that in return is expected to ‘invite’ E.U. forces to operate within their Territorial Waters.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Oxfam Says Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’

While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia are still far behind.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



10,000 Migrant Children Missing in Europe, EU Police Agency Says

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, says gangs throughout Europe are targeting young migrants for sex work and slavery.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



2,000 Refugees Given Three Days to Leave as Bulldozers Move Into ‘Jungle’ Camp in France

The “Jungle” is used by up to 5,000 asylum seekers as a base from which they attempt to enter the U.K. via the channel tunnel. Residents at the informal refugee camp say they will peacefully resist eviction-and-transfer to a purpose-built facility nearby, which they describe as resembling a prison that contains no communal areas.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



The Best Truthdig Cartoons of 2015

Here are some of the top cartoons that tickled Truthdig readers’ funny bones this year.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



Denmark Wants to Seize Jewelry and Cash From Refugees

The Danish government’s harsh stance on the refugee crisis has hit a new low, with its Folketing—or parliament—considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate valuables such as jewelry from those trying to claim asylum when entering the country. The proposal would also apply to refugees already in the country.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE



Fifth Debate Reveals How Eager the Republican Candidates Are for More War

At the final debate of 2015, the Republican presidential candidates laid out how each would be a wartime president, with the most aggressive pledging to rebuild and unleash the full force of the military to slaughter Islamic State globally, confront Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Syria and eastern Europe and conduct cyber warfare and other actions against China.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Top 10 Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate

Another GOP debate, another steaming pile of half-truths, lies and pseudo-facts.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Cruz Repeats Background Check Fib During GOP Debate

During CNN’s Republican debate Tuesday evening, the Texas senator reiterated his false claim that legislation backed by Sen. Marco Rubio would have dramatically expanded President Obama’s authority to bring Syrian refugees into the U.S. without background checks.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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VIDEO: Refugees Appear Alongside British Rapper M.I.A. in New Music Clip ‘Borders’

In a recently released music video, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., highlights the plight of refugees who risk their lives to cross borders.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE


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Donald Trump’s Call for Spying on U.S. Muslims Recalls FBI Bugging of MLK and Black Churches

As Trump supporters beat a “Black Lives Matter” protester at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., Trump himself reminded us of the days when J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI monitored the Rev. Martin Luther King and Southern Christian Leadership Conference churches.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE


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