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Mexicans Have Had Enough of U.S.-Backed Violence and Exploitation

The U.S. funding of a “war on drugs” in Mexico, which was supposed to take aim at the traffickers, has instead largely fueled collusion between law enforcement, politicians and criminal syndicates. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



How Democrats Failed Black and Brown Communities … Again

Republicans are celebrating. In less than two months they will hold a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



Entirely Predictable: The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan Worse Off Than Before

Washington—now quietly withdrawing most American troops—has long backed only corrupt and criminal elements in the war-ravaged country.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows the U.S. Model at Its Peril

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

Laura Poitras’ lens wordlessly captured the shock of the journalists, the youthful sincerity of the whistle-blower, and the unfolding tension that mounted as the stories started to get published and Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source to the entire world.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia

The recent television kerfuffle involving “Real Time” host Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris over whether Muslims are bad people because their religion is, in the words of Harris, “the mother lode of bad ideas,” is symbolic of the new American Islamophobia.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



In Defense of Daniele Watts

When people of color, especially black Americans, are constantly treated with suspicion by both society and law enforcement, they are expected to just take it silently and “file that complaint later.”

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma?

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



My Dinner With the 1 Percent: The Fight for Higher Wages Means Confronting the Greed of the Rich

“Why don’t you simply do what other rich folks do? Hide your money offshore so you don’t have to pay any taxes.” Laughter erupted at the table at my sarcastic comment and my question remained unanswered.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE



Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson

Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Like South Africa’s Apartheid, Israeli Occupation Will End—It Is Only a Matter of Time

Many have drawn comparisons between Israeli occupation and South African apartheid. Such comparisons are instructive, not only as a moral gauge but in terms of offering solutions to the current crisis.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Justice for Eric Garner: Street Protests and Prosecutions Will Not End Police Brutality

“I can’t breathe” was one of the last things 44-year-old Eric Garner said after being arrested by New York Police Department officers and placed in what appears, in a bystander’s video, to be a chokehold.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation

The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE


The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE


The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Politics of Parenting: How Our Society Criminalizes Poor Mothers of Color

When 46-year-old Debra Harrell was arrested July 1 for leaving her daughter unattended at a public park, she joined the ever-increasing ranks of poor mothers of color who are criminalized.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Khalil Hamra

The Algebra of Israeli Injustice Against Palestinian Children

The arrest, abuse and killing of Palestinian children rarely generates much outrage outside of the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for his reporting on the U.S. surveillance state, told me that in the year since he first met whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he went back and re-read Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond Boko Haram: Long-Term Justice for Nigeria Lies in Economic Empowerment and Social Change

Although an international campaign drawing attention to the hundreds of kidnapped girls this past April under the social media banner of #BringBackOurGirls has gathered serious momentum, little attention has been paid to the conditions that have nurtured a group like Boko Haram.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.

In the wake of sexual assaults in the Global South, American conservatives and liberals alike naively ask the question of what is it about the “cultures” of countries such as Pakistan, India and Afghanistan that generates such misogyny.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World

In country after country, the hallmarks of democracy are being dangerously subverted and co-opted by powerful elites.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?

What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world’s most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Despite the Sad State of American Politics, Rep. Raul Grijalva Is Optimistic—Here’s Why

These days it’s easy to be jaded by our political system. So why does Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva have a positive outlook?

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



In Matters of Abortion, the Personal Is Political, Especially for Women of Color

Several years ago I accompanied a close friend who was visiting the U.S. to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



What Evolution Teaches Us About Humanity’s Grim Future: A Conversation With Jared Diamond

“How did I convince my beautiful wife to marry me?” asked America’s best-known geographer, Jared Diamond.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond Colbert: Why We Need Progressive People of Color on TV

The fact is that although there may be marginally increasing diversity among the casts of fictional television series, there are not nearly enough black and brown voices presenting or analyzing the news on television or in newsrooms, in broadcast or print, in traditional media or new media.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


Amy Goodman Endorses ‘Uprising’s’ Move to Television

The “Democracy Now!” host who pioneered the transition from radio to television has lent her support to a fundraising campaign that would put Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar on TV.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’ Showcases the Power of Union Organizing and Immigrant Labor

When Ronald Reagan famously ate grapes on television as governor of California in 1969, he was thumbing his nose at a growing movement for the rights of farmworkers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



Yearning for Home: Undocumented Immigrants Challenge the Border

When I asked Edgar Torres how he felt about the fact that he would soon be spending the night at a detention center he said, “I honestly don’t mind, I borderline don’t care. All I want is to simply be able to go back home.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



Does It Matter That the Oscars Are Overwhelmingly White?

The short answer is yes and no.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



Protecting ‘Our’ Children in the Wake of the Michael Dunn Verdict

When Florida shooter Michael Dunn heard his verdict Saturday, he may have been shocked to find that he faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three young black men.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



Immigrant Views of Dubai, the ‘World’s Fastest Growing City’

The city has a dark underbelly that includes harsh treatment of its immigrant labor force and an intolerance for criticism.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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The Year of the Low-Wage Worker

In 2014, legislation and labor actions could narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Beck Diefenbach

Fracking and the New War on Air Pollution in Los Angeles

Over the past 50 years, the city of Los Angeles has made great strides to curb its smog problems by cutting vehicle emissions. But now, the emerging “fracking” industry threatens to undo much of that progress by wantonly spewing toxic chemicals into the air.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC3 Paul Kelly

Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/David Guttenfelder

Haiyan: A Disaster Made Worse by Greed

The Philippines, which is one of the poorest and least developed nations on the planet, has had little hand in creating the conditions that nurtured Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda, as it’s known locally), possibly the worst storm in recorded human history.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Gregory Bull

The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



Amazon

Something to Be Scared of: Retailers Market ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes to Little Girls

Costumes for little girls are now firmly part of the trend toward an overly sexualized Halloween celebration.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



Jerome Philips (CC BY 2.0)

Bill Ayers, Public Enemy

I asked Ayers, the man many Americans know as the “unrepentant domestic terrorist,” to share his advice for young Americans today. He had three basic tenets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



KPFK

Chris Hedges Talks With Sonali Kolhatkar

In advance of his talk in Santa Monica this Sunday, the Truthdig columnist spoke with the host of KPFK’s “Uprising” about how the ongoing government shutdown “is illustrative of an entire system that is unraveling.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rodrigo Abd

The Cost of Courage: Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism

Contrary to her small stature, Afghan activist Malalai Joya is a towering figure among ordinary Afghans.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Samantha Sais

Dreaming With Dignity

Undocumented students use a bold new strategy in their pursuit of documents, diplomas and immigration reform.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


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