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VIDEO: So You Aren’t Racist. Good, but It’s Not Enough.

Nonracism is a “moral stance, an entire code for living your life and dealing with all the injustice in the world by not doing a damn thing,” says author Marlon James.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Rumble From the People Can Work

With press report after press report documenting how big business stiffs millions of its consumers and workers, why is it that more of these victims do not externalize some of their inner agonies by channeling them into civic outrage?

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Nearly 400 Anti-Abortion Bills Were Introduced in the U.S. in 2015

A new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights also reveals that 47 bills aimed at shutting down abortion clinics or making it extremely difficult for women to obtain abortion services were passed in 2015.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE



‘We Should All Be Feminists’ Manifesto to Be Distributed to Every 16-Year-Old in Sweden

The book is being distributed as part of a campaign to “open up conversation about gender” through Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist call to arms.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Human Rights Champion Carmelyn P. Malalis

The leader of the New York City Commission on Human Rights is driven by both a zeal for the public good and personal passion. She is on a mission to give a voice to the voiceless.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Gaza and Ferguson Are Closer Than You Think

A powerful new video featuring dozens of artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill and Alice Walker, draws comparisons between blacks’ and Palestinians’ struggles for justice.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Saudi Arabia Protests Inclusion of LGBT Rights in U.N. Development Agenda

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals program sets a series of “ambitious targets” for the U.N.’s 193 member states, related to poverty, equality and ending climate change. Saudi Arabia is insisting the organization remove LGBT rights from the agenda, saying they are “counter to Islamic law.” 

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Kentucky: First Same-Sex Couple in Rowan County Obtain Marriage License After Jailing of Clerk

James Yates and William Smith Jr. were Rowan County’s first same-sex couple to be granted a license to wed since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized such marriages. It was the sixth time they had tried to obtain a marriage license, finally succeeding the day after County Clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail for refusing to issue the licenses.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE



Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



How Europe Risks Losing Its Humanity in the Migrant Crisis

“In treating needy refugees like invaders,” writes journalist Robert Fisk, Europe may be losing its compassion, which he describes as “the one victory [it] learned from the Second World War.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Gulf’: Shedding Light on Dark Doings in the United Arab Emirates

A coalition of artists and writers has been instrumental in raising awareness of the mind-boggling exploitation of laborers who support some of the richest people on the planet.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Ultra-Orthodox Man Stabs Six at Jerusalem Gay Pride March

The assailant had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing three people at a gay pride parade in 2005, according to police.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Boy Scouts of America Ends Ban on Openly Gay Leaders

The new policy still allows church-organized local units to consider sexual orientation when deciding who can volunteer and lead Scout groups.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



Samsung and Google Are Banning LGBT Content in International App Stores

The tech giants have censored popular gay social networking apps in South Korea and elsewhere amid increasing attempts by government and conservative activists to silence LGBT activists.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



How Much Do We Value Work?

Will any Republican candidate find it in his or her interest to break with the party’s orthodoxy on government regulations and labor rights?

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



‘No Human Considered Illegal’ Under Ecuador’s New Migration Law

President Rafael Correa has announced radical plans to support refugees and asylum seekers.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



While Celebrating Caitlyn, Let’s Not Overlook the Wider Realities of Trans People’s Lives

To tell Caitlyn’s story with care is to demand justice for trans people.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Sharp, Smart Response to ‘Ignorant’ Non-Feminists

The “Avengers” actor hits back at what he calls the “‘I am not a feminist’ Internet phenomenon.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE


Indiana’s Last Supper









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Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE


The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same









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No Women Invited to Iceland’s Conference on Gender Equality

In case you missed it, Iceland and the South American country Suriname announced last week a “barbershop” gender conference that intentionally excludes women.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE


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Putin Tells Homosexuals That They Must ‘Leave Children Alone’ at the Winter Olympics

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Senators Band Together to End NDAA’s Indefinite Detention Provision

“The federal government experimented with indefinite detention of United States citizens during World War II, a mistake we now recognize as a betrayal of our core values,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday as she introduced an amendment to end the provision. “Let’s not repeat it.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Saudi Arabia’s Radical King Gives Women the Right to Vote

Only 118 years after New Zealand kicked off this dangerous trend, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has decided to allow women to vote and run in municipal elections as soon as 2015. (more)

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Collateral Damage in the War on Anonymity

From warrantless wiretapping to ever-present surveillance cameras, our world is right now in the midst of a long war on anonymity.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Somali Terror Suspect to Be Tried on U.S. Soil

A suspected Somali terrorist who was captured and secretly interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy ship for two months while a terror case was built against him was flown from the Gulf of Aden to New York earlier this week to be tried in civilian court. (more)

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



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100,000 March in Madison

Upwards of 100,000 people turned out at a protest in the Wisconsin capital after Republican lawmakers and the Republican governor pushed through a new anti-union law eliminating most collective-bargaining rights for public employees.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Protests Continue in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers fled their state to avoid voting on a controversial anti-union bill that would boost public workers’ pension and medical contributions and deny them the right to collectively bargain. In Madison, meantime, thousands of protesters milled around the state Capitol building Friday in a fourth day of demonstrations.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Pro-Democracy Fever Comes to Algeria

Are we seeing the next “Battle of Algiers”? Coming only a day after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, thousands of people defied a government ban to hold a pro-democracy rally in Algeria.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Christine Yvette Lewis and Domestic Workers United

You may have caught sight of Christine Yvette Lewis setting Stephen Colbert straight with lines such as “Woman’s work is real work and it should be compensated.” Lewis is a working nanny and member of Domestic Workers United, a group that organizes the “invisible work force” of in-home cleaners and caregivers.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



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How America Exiles Unwanted Teenagers

Gulet Mohamed is an 18-year old American citizen who was effectively exiled while traveling abroad for the apparent crime of exploring his Muslim heritage. While in Kuwait, Mohamed was added to the no-fly list, arrested, beaten and threatened with torture. Glenn Greenwald has posted a 50-minute conversation with Mohamed.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



Lies Our Teachers Are Telling Us

What rights do you have on an airplane, the political honesty of one’s own eyes, and Virginia’s school textbooks are chock full of lies. These gems and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Court Allows ‘DADT’ Policy for Now

Denying a request by the Log Cabin Republicans, U.S. Supreme Court justices Friday allowed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to remain in place while the issue cycles through the federal appeals court circuit.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Fashion Police: France Votes to Ban the Burqa

The French Senate voted 246-1 Tuesday to make it illegal for women to wear garments that cover their entire faces. The measure, if greenlighted by a constitutional body, will affect only a few thousand people, but its implications for religious freedom and women’s rights have attracted international interest.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


Keeping the United States From Assassinating Its Citizens

The ACLU has this crazy idea that the government should not be able to kill American citizens it doesn’t like without charge, trial or due process. Hippies.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Jefferson Would be Ashamed of Republican Mosque Panderers

We have a Bill of Rights that protects our freedoms against the whims of public opinion. Thomas Jefferson understood this. A bunch of opportunistic politicians—who love to quote him—obviously do not.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Schwarzenegger Urges Resumption of Gay Marriages

As the gay marriage train prepares to leave the station, it’s odd but telling to see Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urging the resumption of same-sex marriages in California while Democratic President Barack Obama remains opposed.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE


China to Stop Spying on Its People, Will Use Facebook Instead

According to the head of the domestic spying operation, China decided to scrap its elaborate array of spy satellites, eavesdropping devices and closed-circuit surveillance cameras after recognizing that Facebook put them all to shame.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


The Dictatorship That Cried Wolf

Egypt has officially been in a state of emergency since 1981, allowing the government extraordinary powers such as the ability to arrest and detain someone forever for no reason. The Egyptian government has just extended the emergency powers for two years, using Guantanamo and the Patriot Act as political cover.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



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How Rude: France Condemns the Veil

It isn’t an outright ban—yet—but the French parliament agreed unanimously (except for 30 protesters who walked out) to condemn the face veil worn by some Muslim women as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality.”

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


Border-First Hallucinations

The notion that the first thing to do is “secure the border” between the United States and Mexico—and only then worry about comprehensive immigration reform—falls somewhere between hopeful fantasy and cynical cop-out.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


Boycotting Arizona’s Racism

Arizona was the only territory west of Texas to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy during the Civil War. A century later, it fought recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. This week, an anti-immigrant bill was signed into law.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



Mexico Warns Travelers About Arizona

The Mexican Foreign Ministry has issued an alert to all citizens living in or traveling to Arizona after the state passed an immigration law that essentially requires brown people to carry papers. “It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned,” the alert warns.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


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