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The Idea of Peace in the Quran

Like the Bible, the Muslim scripture has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated.

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Number of Islamic State Fighters Falls to 15,000

Islamic State as a territorial power is slowly coming to an end, but as a source of terrorism it will have a long run.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



American Civil Liberties Union Forces U.S. to Release Secret Drone Playbook

The long-awaited release of the guidelines provide “a timely reminder of the breadth of the powers that will soon be in the hands of another president,” an ACLU spokesman said.

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



Pentagon Tapping In to Social Science to Target Activist Movements

A report published by The Guardian explains how the Minerva Initiative is partnering with universities to militarize social science and better understand the factors behind civil unrest.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE



Pope Francis: Capitalism Is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’

The pontiff argues that the modern economy’s worship of the “god of money” leads to disenfranchisement and extremism.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Top Five Ways to Tell if a Terrorist Is Still al-Qaida Despite Name Change

The leftist Beirut newspaper al-Safir comments scathingly on the name change of the Syrian al-Qaida affiliate, the Nusra Front, to the Syria Conquest Front.

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Are the French News Media Right to Stop Printing Photos and Names of Terrorists? (Video)

In an effort to stop Islamic State from “heroizing” attackers, a number of French newspapers and television channels have ceased printing the pictures, and sometimes even the names, of people who commit terrorist acts.

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Pope and French Muslims Try Muslim-Christian Outreach Instead of ‘War on Terror’ Polarization

Pope Francis said four things about Islam in the wake of the brutal murder of an elderly priest by two teenagers of North African heritage in Normandy last Tuesday, and his remarks will be unwelcome to right-wing politicians in Europe and North America.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE



Islamophobia Kills: German Munich Shooter Admired Anders Breivik and Killed Turks

The shooter at a Munich mall last week who killed nine and left 27 wounded was an admirer of right-wing Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, and he appears to have hated Muslims.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE



Paris Officials Seek to Destroy Potential Evidence in Attack in Nice, France

Nice authorities believe CCTV footage could yield information in the July 14 incident that killed more than 80 people, but the Paris prosecutor’s office wants the images destroyed.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE



A Gandhian Response to Attacks on the West

The standard reaction to Friday’s tragedy in Nice, France, will just make things worse.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Tied With Donald Trump

In The New York Times/CBS News poll, both candidates garnered 40 percent of support of those polled—and both were perceived as untrustworthy by over 60 percent.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror

The police kill citizens with impunity, and that is exactly how the system is designed to work. The numerous little police states that exist in poor urban areas across the U.S. are models for a system that would enslave all of us.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE


Grieving Sister of Slain British Soldier: Tony Blair Is ‘the World’s Worst Terrorist’ (Video)

In the wake of the release of the Chilcot Report, Sarah O’Connor, whose brother was killed in Iraq in 2005, delivered a stunning critique of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


When Robert Scheer and John Kiriakou Talked Government Double Standards (Audio)

By John Kiriakou

Now that Hillary Clinton will not be prosecuted for using a private email server as secretary of state, it raises the question: Does the government hold a double standard on matters of classification? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discussed the issue with former CIA officer John Kiriakou on a past episode of “Scheer Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Will Westerners Grieve Islamic State’s Victims in Baghdad?

Early Sunday morning, the militant group exploded a car bomb in a shopping district in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 200 people and wounding many dozens more.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



Top Five Things That Make Bangladesh a Natural Target for Extremists (Video)

Bangladesh has been plagued by extremist violence for years, but the violence and hostage-taking in Dhaka on Friday and on Saturday morning was a whole new level of disruption.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Administration Drone Death Tally Falls Short, Critics Say

“It’s hard to credit this death count, which is lower than all independent assessments,” says Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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At Least 28 Killed, Scores Wounded as Explosions Hit Turkish Airport

The apparently coordinated suicide attack was carried out at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE


Politicon 2016: Sarah Palin Hails the Rise of ‘Golden Wrecking Ball’ Donald Trump (Video)

Palin knows the publicity game, and she knows how to work the spotlight to her political advantage. Sound familiar?

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A House Divided on Gun Control Cannot Vacation

“Give us a vote. Let us vote. We came here to do our jobs. We came here to work. The American people are demanding action.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert to Senate: Gun Lobby’s ‘Got Your Balls in Their Hands’ (Video)

The host of “The Late Show” hits the target—and certain members of Congress—where it counts in this timely gun control takedown.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump’s Attacks on Freedom of Religion

Trump apparently wants to institute something akin to Jim Crow discrimination against Muslims, including those who are citizens of the United States. Is this what the Republican Party wants as well?

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Senate Fails to Pass Four New Gun Safety Bills, Even After the Mass Killing in Orlando

It was business as usual on gun legislation in Washington on Monday. But some lawmakers remain hopeful that a compromise can be reached to provide common-sense gun laws in America.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



Gun Store Owner Says He Tipped FBI Off About Suspicious Customer Weeks Before Orlando Shooting

The FBI has some explaining to do. A gun store owner in Jensen Beach, Fla., has said that he alerted the intelligence agency’s West Palm Beach outpost about an incident involving a suspicious customer who turned out to be Pulse Orlando shooter Omar Mateen.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE



Is Tel Aviv Mayor Right That Israel Is Unique in Occupation and Denying Civil Rights?

Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv, reacted with enormous sadness to last week’s terrorist attack on the Sarona Market area of his city, committed by a teenager from the occupied Palestinian West Bank, killing four. But he then went on to put the attack in context.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Tells Vice News All About the ‘State of Surveillance’

Vice Media founder Shane Smith traveled to Moscow to learn from the NSA whistleblower exactly what the U.S. government is able to do to bypass security on our digital devices and violate our privacy.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Others Used Social Media to Reframe News of Orlando Shooting

The Orlando massacre apparently looked quite different depending on the positions and ambitions of the various high-profile parties doing the work of interpreting Sunday’s tragedy.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton: Yes, Trump’s Foreign Policy Ideas Are Scary. But So Are Yours

“We need a foreign policy based on building coalitions ... [not] perpetual warfare in the Middle East,” Sanders said in a statement.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Real 9/11 Conspiracy

Despite recent claims that U.S.-Saudi relations are strained, close ties between the two countries count for far more than uncovering what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Should Heed Hiroshima’s Survivors

As we left the memorial, Koji Hosokawa told us to stop. He looked us in the eye and told us not to forget the victims.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, the first sitting U.S. president to do so since the World War II atomic bombings of Japan. To acknowledge the historic trip, Truthdig reposts Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s 2007 piece recalling the bombings.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE



French Authorities Announce Plans to Set Up Deradicalization Centers

The French government on Monday said it would set up a dozen such facilities across the country for the purpose of identifying, housing and reforming would-be terrorists.

Posted on May 9, 2016 READ MORE



Al-Qaida Everywhere: U.S. Support for Oppressive Governments Made Bin Laden’s Killing Moot (Video)

I think we may conclude that the decapitation strategy of dealing with al-Qaida does not work and has never worked.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



Drone Victims in Pakistan and Yemen Recount Brutal Effects of Remote-Controlled Warfare (Video)

Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian interviews six families on how their lives have been changed by U.S. drone strikes.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Will the U.S. Confront Saudi Leaders About Their Country’s Role in 9/11? Sanders, Clinton Weigh In

A 9/11 victim’s widow: “It’s stunning to think that our government would back the Saudis over its own citizens.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE


U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Fight Israel in Self-Defense? You’re a ‘Terrorist.’ Boycott? You’re ‘Anti-Semitic.’

How are Palestinians and their allies supposed to resist oppression when critics deem every recourse available to them illegitimate? Glenn Greenwald poses the question at The Intercept.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Lie of Patriotism

A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE


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We All Are Islamic State

The killings in Brussels or Paris and the killings in U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria or Libya perpetuate the same dark lusts. The savage tit-for-tat game will not end until we rouse ourselves from our hypnotized state. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



An Average of Seven Die in the U.S. From Terrorism Annually, While 130,000 Die From Accidents

The right wing is carping that President Obama is “downplaying” the dangers of Islamic State in the wake of the Paris and Brussels attacks on soft targets. But whipping up hysteria about the threat of terrorism is a racket that mainly benefits security firms and arms manufacturers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The West Responds to the Attacks in Brussels; Obama Visits Cuba

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer calls for “old-fashioned” police work in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Brussels that killed at least 31.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Corporate-Dominated Media Highlight Western Victims, Ignore Western Violence, Glenn Greenwald Says

It’s “unjustifiable” and “propagandistic” that coverage of horrifying terror attacks is accorded to Western victims of violence “but almost never to the non-Western victims of the West’s own violence,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Terrorist Attacks in Brussels: ‘Our Violence Is What Created These Groups’ (Video)

Political demands for stronger surveillance of American Muslims consider only the violent displays of terrorism, not the cause, the Truthdig columnist says. “The cause is the U.S. military occupation of the Middle East.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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