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How ‘Revolution’ Became an Adjective

For the last several years, the word has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody—visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian—to cue its appearance on camera.

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A New World Order?

Increasingly, the unitary status of states is being called into question. Civil war, violence, and internecine struggles of various sorts are visibly on the rise. In many cases, state power seems to be draining away to no other state’s gain. So here’s one question: Where exactly is power located on our planet right now?

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Trove of Images From the French Revolution Now Available Online

A digital archive containing 14,000 graphics from the period of upheaval is available for your viewing pleasure courtesy of Stanford University Libraries.

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Why There’s No Outcry for a Revolution in America

Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are going to the top, and big money is corrupting our democracy. So why isn’t there more of a ruckus?

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

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Meet the People ‘Being the Change’

In search of communities striving to build viable alternatives to scorched earth capitalism, a documentary team profiled people in Spain, Estonia and Indonesia who are creating underground economies that serve them, rather than waiting for political parties and corporate institutions to engender humane social change.

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The Arc of Justice and the Long Run

Sometimes cause and effect are centuries apart; sometimes Martin Luther King’s arc of the moral universe that bends toward justice is so long few see its curve; sometimes hope lies not in looking forward but backward to study the line of that arc.

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Russell Brand, the Posh Left and the Politics of Class

What interested me more than Brand’s essay in The New Statesman this October was the backlash that he and people on the Left who support his political stance received from elite Academic Leftists and insulated politically correct Secular Leftists.

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Another Hour With Russell Brand

For those who can’t get enough of the revolutionary message of the British comedian-turned-populist figure, The Huffington Post UK hosted an hourlong interview last week in East London with journalist and broadcaster Mehdi Hasan.

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Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Russell Brand

In his recent print and television appearances, British comedian Russell Brand, one of the freest men on Earth, has given the left a priceless opportunity.

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Revolution a la Russell Brand (Video)

The actor-comedian-turned-revolutionary tells Jeremy Paxman of the BBC’s “Newsnight” that a massive change is on the way in a 10-minute interview that will have you up in arms about the current state of democracy.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE


‘Look at These Ridiculous Boots’

Russell Brand’s absurd description of humanity’s best prospects for salvation is an apt example of the corporate media-shaped chaos of understanding moving around inside many people’s heads.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Sparks of Rebellion

The tinder for revolt will not be the same as in past industrialized societies. Guided by the revolutionists who came before us, we will have to create our own forms of resistance out of the wreckage of the corporate state.

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Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

On the second anniversary of that day in lower Manhattan when people sat down in outrage and stayed in dedication and solidarity and hope, remember how unpredictably the world changes, remember those doing heroic work that you might hear little or nothing about but who are all around you, remember to hope and remember to build.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Martin Luther King and the Two 9/11s

So much has changed since that hot day in August 1963 when Martin Luther King delivered his famous words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. So much—and yet so little.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: July 4 and the Meaning of America

On this Independence Day-themed show, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the meaning of America. If our nation was founded by revolutionaries, what would they think of our current surveillance practices, economic opportunities, gay rights and foreign policy? Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden in the tradition of the founders of this country?

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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Cairo Burning: The Great Soccer Riots of 2013 and the Revolution

A new round of violence was sparked by an appeals court ruling on soccer violence from a year ago, but was wrought up with post-revolutionary passions and divisions in Egypt

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Youth in Revolt

Guided by the notion that unregulated, market-driven values and relations should shape every domain of human life, a business model of governance has eviscerated any viable notion of social responsibility and conscience in the United States, writes Henry A. Giroux in his new book, “Youth in Revolt.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE


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End of Revolution

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Egypt’s New Pharaoh

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with power in their grasp, are crushing those who stand in the way of single-party rule, and the government’s weapon of choice is the poor.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



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October Surprise?

After a series of dream-come-true gaffes and blunders from Mitt Romney in recent weeks, Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free, having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself. There’s only one problem: the world.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Scene From a ‘Liberated’ Syria

Fighters in the Free Syrian Army are optimistic they will shake their nation loose from Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But what will their cities, towns and villages look like when their struggle is over? Some are looking to the West for help rebuilding their country.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Soup Having Sex With Soup

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes,” Picasso said, naming the distinct advantage that artists have always had over pundits and polemicists when it came to perceiving the world as it is; pundits and polemicists being much more likely to insist that the world is whatever a person wants it to be.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE    



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Egyptian Women Protesters Assaulted in Tahrir Square

In what looks to be an attempt to keep females out of Cairo’s political life, hundreds of men assaulted about 50 Egyptian women and their male supporters as they marched against sexual harassment in Tahrir Square on Friday.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Mubarak Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

An Egyptian judge sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to a life term in prison Saturday for complicity in the killing of unarmed protesters during the uprising that ousted him from power last year. But corruption charges against Mubarak and his sons were dismissed, touching off anger and disbelief in the Arab street.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Sand and Political Excitement Fill the Air as Election Nears

One month before Egypt’s presidential vote, 100,000 or more Islamists and liberals of all parties packed Tahrir Square to join in support of Egypt’s revolution.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence

Young people the world over demonstrating against economic injustice are met with state-sanctioned violence and insults in the mainstream media, rather than informed dialogue, critical engagement and reformed policies.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Russia Just Can’t Quit Syria’s Dictator

The Kremlin risks international isolation with its uncompromising stance on Syria, but Russia has powerful incentives to protect Bashar al-Assad.

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Dispatches From Cairo: Revolution One Year Later

The celebration brought hundreds of thousands from all walks of life to Tahrir Square. We left with a feeling of disappointment.

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The Revolution Will Be Gentrified

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Freedom of the Press Roughed Up in U.S.

Thanks to the deplorable treatment of journalists during OWS, the U.S. drops in the Press Freedom Index; turns out, it’s more environmentally friendly to reuse an old building than to build a new one in its place; and a peaceful Occupy L.A. protester is charged with lynching. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Opposition Groups Draft Post-Assad Plan

Two of Syria’s major opposition groups, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee, overcame fracturing to sign an agreement Friday to set up an egalitarian democracy that will draft a new constitution and operate without foreign military aid, in the event ongoing protests succeed in ousting President Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011’s Preoccupied Hearts and Minds

Usually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed—and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has hardly registered.

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Dispatches From Cairo: The Worst So Far

Much of the beauty of the spirit of Tahrir Square has now been destroyed, ripped apart by soldiers swarming like enraged red ants to attack protesters impotently throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE


The Fog in Our Future

The most dramatic contemporary event from which one can attempt to extrapolate future world change is the political and social uprising of the Arab peoples of the Mediterranean basin.

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Dispatches From Cairo: Return of the Revolution

In the surreal dawn of Tahrir Square the sun is purple-gray through the mist of tear gas, a building a block away is burning, the black carcass of an overturned truck smolders as a few people hover.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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This Is What Revolution Looks Like

Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Protest Planet: How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism

If you are wondering why outraged young people around the globe are chanting such similar slogans and using such similar tactics, it is because they have seen more clearly than their elders through the neoliberal shell game.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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Dispatches From Cairo: Torture in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Essam Atta died Thursday at Qasr El-Eini hospital in Cairo after prison guards allegedly tortured him by sodomization.

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Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza

The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Amy Goodman Talk OWS on ‘Charlie Rose’

Finally, some smart discussion about Occupy Wall Street on a high-profile talk show. Here we have Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and “Democracy Now!” anchor Amy Goodman going beyond sound bites and bullet points to give Charlie Rose their takes on OWS—what it means, why it’s happening and who’s taking part.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Manipulating the Mob

Egypt’s massive youth movement—clueless, courageous and as easily provoked as a crowd of edgy football fans—has been played.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Police Official Charged With Perjury in Mubarak Trial

The judge overseeing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s trial detained a senior Egyptian police official on a charge of perjury Wednesday after the official denied that security forces had used live ammunition against protesters during the revolution. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE


London Riots: The View From Brixton

A student activist living in the middle of London’s riots shares her view from the ground on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK. Also on the show: William Cohan and Robert Scheer on Wall Street’s plunge; Robin Wright on Syria, and David Inocencio on juvie journalism.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



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New Violence Against Syrian Demonstrators

An estimated 2,000 people have been killed in the five months since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began assaulting the pro-democracy protesters he refers to as terrorists. (more)

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE


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