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‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Ferguson, Al-Maliki Steps Down, Hillary Speaks Out

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the police response to furious crowds after the shooting of Michael Brown; the stepping down of Iraq’s prime minister; Hillary Clinton criticizing President Obama in an Atlantic interview; and remembrances of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Airstrikes in Iraq and Obama’s Poor Poll Numbers

The Obama administration has resorted to airstrikes to try to stop the wave of ISIS fighters sweeping Iraq. “Left, Right & Center” panelist Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, says of questions about U.S. involvement: “The military solution causes more problems than it solves. … This nation building stuff is madness. The Iraqis should make their own history and defeat [ISIS].”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Tonkin at 50: One of Those Times America Lied to Go to War

The Vietnam War began in earnest 50 years ago this Monday, when two U.S. ships off the coast of Vietnam began shooting at ghosts.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Rage in Gaza, Ukraine, Obamacare and Paul Ryan

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss growing violence in the West Bank as casualties in Gaza continue to rise. What is Israel’s right to self-defense while it “keeps people without basic human rights?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby Fallout and Facebook

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the reliability of the new jobs numbers, the anti-choice Hobby Lobby ruling, the killing of three teenagers in Israel and whether Facebook was manipulating news feeds to assess users in its social experiments.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE


Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE


Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Jose Luis Magana

One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming the right to privacy is a reminder that support as well as opposition to civil liberty these days can come from unexpected quarters.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Maya Alleruzzo

Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: What Now in Iraq and Syria, House GOP, Scott Walker

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether it’s “Onward to the 7th Century” in Iraq, the Republican attempt to elect a new leader after Eric Cantor’s shocking loss and the accusation that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was involved in a criminal scheme to stave off recall efforts in 2012.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Eric Cantor Goes Down to Defeat and Debating Iraq

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s unexpected loss to a tea party challenger. The National Review’s Rich Lowry calls it “one of the most stunning upsets any of us have ever witnessed.” Scheer says the defeat is “a response to pain” in the region. And what should the U.S. do as Sunni insurgents advance in Iraq?

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE



‘The United States of Amnesia’: Gore Vidal in Winter

We can’t say Gore Vidal didn’t warn us.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Deadly Shooting, Foreign Policy and Ed Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss what led to Elliot Rodger’s deadly attacks in Santa Barbara, President Obama’s announcement that he will reduce the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan from 30,000 troops to 10,000, and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s big interview.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: VA Scandal, China’s Cyber War and NSA Spying

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal, the Justice Department’s announcement that it will charge Chinese military officials with stealing business secrets from U.S. corporations, and reports in The New York Times that the NSA acknowledges corporate spying.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



Listen: Our Webby Acceptance Speech

Truthdig reader Lorrie Anne supplied the customary five words that were spoken by Publisher Zuade Kaufman at the 18th annual Webby Awards on Monday night.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jill Abramson Fired, Karl Rove on Hillary, VA Scandal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the big and sudden changes that shook up the newsroom at The New York Times this week. Does the ousting of executive editor Jill Abramson represent a setback for women at the Gray Lady and in newsrooms everywhere?

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



Robert Scheer’s Mini Review of Glenn Greenwald’s New Book

It is 4 a.m. and I have just finished reading, in one sitting, the Kindle download of a book that I intended only to skim because I thought that I knew the full story.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



Jose Antonio Vargas’ ‘Documented’ on Plight of Undocumented to Air on CNN After Theatrical Release

I was privileged to see a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ breathlessly awaited documentary, “Documented,” when I was in Los Angeles last week.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Good and Bad Economy, Ukraine, the Death Penalty

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 288,000 jobs added to the economy in April. The good news stands in contrast to a report earlier this week that showed the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.1% during the first quarter.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Foreign Affairs Troubles and a Nevada Rancher

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists” discuss the 700-page economics text about inequality currently leading the best-seller list on Amazon, rising tension in Ukraine, reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria, the disastrous turn in conservatives’ love affair with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and more.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE


Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers’ Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years. Fortunately for our democracy, people like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack have been paying attention.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



(AP/Damian Dovarganes)

We Locked ’Em Up, Threw Away the Key

You had to be there! Jesse Jackson, in the company of the real life Rubin “Hurricane” Carter at a jailhouse screening of “The Hurricane” before a mostly black and brown audience whose future prospects seemed as drab as their faded inmate uniforms.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: The Pulitzer Prize Committee

When institutions lend their support to the powerless, as the Pulitzer committee did this week to whistle-blowers and their newspapers, the battle is no longer merely between the weak and its oppressors.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War won’t get one.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Pulitzer Committee Vindicates NSA Reporters With Highest Honor

“What splendid courage!” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said upon hearing the announcement. “By recognizing the astounding threat posed by the NSA to the basic freedoms our government is sworn to observe, the award effectively honors Edward Snowden and, through his example, other brave whistle-blowers.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The U.S., Russia and Ukraine; Sebelius Leaving

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether masses of protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk want to be Russian, whether Putin is a dictator and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ step down after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: 7 Million Signed Up, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists count 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Also, the Supreme Court rules in favor of a conservative businessman and eliminates limits on aggregate campaign contributions.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Dr. Kathryn Edin (Video)

Over decades of studying the lives of America’s poor, the Johns Hopkins sociologist has combined analytic rigor and compassion for others to defy popular prejudice and discover the hidden causes of mass behavior.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE


Listen: Robert Scheer on the Honor of America’s Libertarian Politicians

On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA’s “Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet’s capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine a behind-the-scenes fight over interoffice spying between the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Also, the libertarian-conservative split on the U.S.’s proper role in the Ukraine crisis and Senate Democrats’ fruitless all-nighter on climate change.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, Shrinking the Military, and Gay Marriage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists talk about the threat to Ukraine’s economy and territorial integrity, the Pentagon’s intention to shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a law that would have allowed private businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, Facebook and WhatsApp, Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the political protests in Ukraine, the privacy implications of Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the texting service WhatsApp and billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer’s promise to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election to pressure candidates to tackle climate change.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Debt Limit, Obamacare’s Numbers and Gay Marriage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to allow a vote on a debt ceiling increase despite resistance from fellow Republicans, The New York Times’ call for an end of the debt limit and the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Anheuser-Busch

The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

A Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, that annual celebration of violence as sport, featured a most joyous homecoming for a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Imperial President or Small Ball?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether President Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he would try to find ways to work around a dysfunctional Congress makes him an imperialist president.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE


College Athletes Hope to Find Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE


College Athletes Look for Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



Johan Larsson (CC-BY)

Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have ‘Angry Birds’?

Somewhere in the lowest reaches of hell, Adolf Hitler and his coterie of lesser dictators must be tormented by the knowledge they did not live long enough to get their hands on “Angry Birds.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Personality and Inequality

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether Syria can be solved and respond to a new study that finds it’s no harder to climb the economic ladder today than it was 20 years ago.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE


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