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Picture This

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Remember When

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Pakistan and America: The Bad Marriage

A lot of crazy things are about to happen between Pakistan and the United States because we still need them as we try to figure out how to get out of Afghanistan.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

A Fork in the Road: Where the U.S. Goes From Here

Killing Osama bin Laden leaves the United States facing two doors that open two ways into the future.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / chego101

Be Alert, Department of Homeland Security Says

Now that some of the mob giddiness that followed the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death has dissipated, fear is once again thick in the air as U.S. officials warn state and local law enforcement agencies of possible retaliation attacks by a vengeful al-Qaida.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE

President Obama on the Death of Osama bin Laden

As he announced the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday night, President Barack Obama gave a nod to nationalism, remarking that “today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.” Packaging aside, what apparently happened is that the elusive al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. forces, who “took custody of his body,” according to Obama.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / The National Guard

Holder Says WikiLeaks’ Gitmo Documents Won’t Affect Prosecutions

Attorney General Eric Holder said Guantanamo documents recently released by WikiLeaks will not impact military tribunals for terror suspects. The documents reveal flaws in the U.S. detention program at the facility.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE

Endless Afghans

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Beatrice Murch

Homeland Security to Retire Color-Coded Terror Alert System

The Department of Homeland Security has finally caved in to widespread public disdain for its color-coded terror alert system and will replace it with a new, simpler system next week.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE

Cuba From the Other Side

I thought it would be helpful if people who are always hearing and reading about the “repression of dissidents” in Cuba and jump to their defense could also hear the other side: What happened to the thousands of people whose lives were affected by the actions of terrorists from inside and outside the country.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE

KSM Headed to Kangaroo Kourt

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to masterminding the 9/11 terror attacks sometime during or after his 183 waterboardings, will face a military tribunal now that the Obama administration has given up on the idea of trying to convict him in the U.S. justice system.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE


What Does Moussa Koussa Know?

So, Moammar Gadhafi lost his foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, on Wednesday when Koussa decided to take an unofficial one-way trip to London. Although the British government claims he hasn’t been promised protection from prosecution ...

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Truthdig Radio: Helen Caldicott, Mr. Fish on Ice

On this week’s show Helen Caldicott says “the French are ignorant” and “the English are nuts,” Dr. Alan Lockwood discusses Japan, Loretta Napoleoni calculates the terror economy, Marcia Dawkins measures misogyny and Mr. Fish finds his inner princess. Update: Full transcript.

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Truthdig Radio: Helen Caldicott and the Terror Economy

Truthdig Radio airs every Wednesday at 2:00 PM in Los Angeles on 90.7 KPFK. If you can’t listen live, look for the podcast and transcript of each week’s show Wednesday nights right here on Truthdig.

On this week’s show Helen Caldicott says “the French are ignorant” and “the English are nuts,” Dr. Alan Lockwood discusses Japan, Loretta Napoleoni calculates the terror economy, Marcia Dawkins measures misogyny and Mr. Fish finds his inner princess.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE

Lupe Fiasco Calls Out Obama, Among Others

Lupe Fiasco is returning hip-hop to its best tradition: actually saying something. With his new track, “Words I Never Said” (listen after the jump), the rapper confronts such diverse topics as the war on terror and the foreclosure crisis, with rhymes such as “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit | Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either | I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE

The Libyan Question: Now What?

Neither Europe nor Washington has a United Nations mandate to depose and arrest Gadhafi and seek his indictment by international courts. Nor do they have a mandate to overturn the existing government in Libya, install a new one, build democracy, etc.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE

The ’80s Origins of Today’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Overwrought Reagan/Bush-era pop culture first equated “terrorist” with “Muslim,” using sporadic atrocities committed by individual Islamic extremists to demonize all Muslims.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE

How Not to Fight Terrorism

Stigmatizing Muslims and their faith may win airtime for Rep. Peter King and draw cameras to his committee, but it does nothing to advance the security of the United States.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE

Brennan Linsley / AP / dapd

Still in the Dark About 9/11

It is the right—indeed, need—of the American public to learn the truth about the motives, financing and methods of those who are alleged to have torn at the heart of our social fabric.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE

The American Inquisition of 2011

Rep. Peter King is about to convene hearings whose premise offends our nation’s founding ideals and whose targets are law-abiding members of a religious minority. King has decided to investigate Islam.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE

Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Obama Punts on Guantanamo

Military trials will resume at America’s notorious island gulag. The president failed during the last two years to shut down the detention facility, which he says helps America’s enemies recruit, and move trials to the civilian justice system. (more)

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE

How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE

White House / National Archives

Give Us a Break, Henry

With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger’s advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE

Self-Obsessed Washington’s Confused Response to Egypt

The administration has been addressing the Egyptians as if they were American puppets that perversely have taken on life.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE

With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE

The Devils We Know

Bargains with the devil never end well. For decades, successive U.S. administrations have embraced autocratic, repressive regimes in the Arab world—and now, as we see in the bloody streets of Cairo, it’s time to pay the price.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Christophe Ena

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?

American officials were for Tunisia’s ousted despot before they were against him. Across the Middle East and Central Asia it’s the same: U.S. allies are invariably corrupt dictators, maintained in power by lavish patronage and the military.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Healer in Chief

Listening to Obama’s speech brought back memories of Obama the candidate, a mesmerizing orator with the power to summon visions of a better America.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Fareed Khan

WikiLeaks Exposes the Danger of Pakistan’s Nukes

There are few scenarios more frightening for America than a domestic nuclear terrorist attack. We now know that U.S. policy is actually increasing the danger of a nuclear incident.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE

Photo from Rep. Giffords' Facebook page

Gabrielle Giffords’ Favorite Quote

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head Saturday, on Facebook lists her favorite quote as this line from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, ... let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ... to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Marc Nozell (CC-BY)

When Conservatives Celebrate Terrorists

What to make of conservatives Rudy Giuliani, Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge and Fran Townsend celebrating the officially designated terrorist organization Mujaheddin-e Khalq? Glenn Greenwald has some ideas.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE

USMC / Cpl. Brandon Rodriguez

A Far From Happy New Year

The paradox that is seldom discussed in politics or the press is that the United States, with total military resources equal to those of all the rest of the world combined, wages wars that consistently turn out badly, leaving American enemies in power.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Angelo Carconi

Parcel Bombs Rattle Rome

Package bombs detonated at two embassies in Rome on Thursday, injuring one person at each post, in attacks similar to a spate of attempted bombings in Greece last month. A Swiss Embassy employee suffered injuries to both hands ...

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / nolifebeforecoffee (CC-BY)

Are You in the FBI’s Suspicious Activities Database?

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest has another phone book’s worth of terrifying revelations about our national security/police/prison state. One that really chills given the FBI’s track record is the “vast repository” the Bureau is building that ... (more)

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE

An Afghan War Refresher With President Obama

President Obama took to the podium Thursday to declare that “we are on track to achieve our goals” in Afghanistan, although the war there “continues to be a difficult endeavor.” This assessment wouldn’t have anything to do with two big setbacks ...

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Evan Vucci

Wiki-Damage Control Time for Clinton

Being the U.S. secretary of state must have its perks, what with the power and guaranteed attention of various world leaders and all, but Monday, Hillary Clinton’s was not a job to envy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ted S. Warren

Pat-Downs Hit Middle America Where It Counts

What has emerged from the TSA pat-down kerfuffle is recognition that it is psychologically demeaning to be subjected to physical touching of private areas of the body by someone not invited to do so. Now, the psychological treatment of men of color is being brought home to middle American men.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Bad-Touched by TSA

How’s that touchy-feely thing working for you, TSA? It apparently doesn’t work for some Americans. Other headlines making their way onto this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” include GM’s IPO, tax break shenanigans and Afghanistan withdrawal confusion.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Cowardice of America at War

I had to pull over to the side of La Cienega Boulevard last Tuesday evening as I drove home from work. I was crying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

U.K. General: Al-Qaida Can Never Be Defeated

Britain’s highest military officer is offering some wisdom: Al-Qaida can never be completely defeated—an admission that comes almost 10 years into the “war on terror.” The British general is calling for a military focus on containing enemy fighters and not annihilation.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / webtreats (CC-BY)

Big Brother Is Watching, Friending, Following You Online

Everyone from employers to the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, raising questions about how standards enforcing privacy online can withstand the rush of data about you and everyone else that courses through the Internet.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Paul Morse

British Deny Bush’s Claim That Torture Paid Off

In his new memoir, George W. Bush claims that information obtained by waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammad 183 times helped foil plots to attack targets in the United Kingdom. British intelligence and Cabinet officials—Labor and Conservative alike—beg to differ.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / zimpenfish (CC-BY-SA)

No Punishment Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes

After a three-year investigation, the government has decided not to charge the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videotapes of waterboarding after the White House and the agency had ordered that the recordings be preserved.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Mohammad Iqbal

Bomb Attacks Shake Pakistan

Two bomb attacks on mosques left more than 60 people dead and scores injured in northwestern Pakistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the most lethal attack, in which a 17-year-old suicide bomber struck a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / (Aleph) (CC-BY-SA)

Nabbed Package Bomb Had Merkel’s Name on It

On Tuesday, another parcel bomb aimed at a high-level European leader—this time German Chancellor Angela Merkel—was intercepted as it made its way to Germany from Greece. Greece was the point of origin where other pieces of explosive mail were discovered recently before or after detonation.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Bombers in Greece Target France’s Sarkozy

Two men in their early 20s have been arrested in Greece in connection with four mail bombs addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Mexican, Belgian and Dutch embassies in Athens.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE

Obama: ‘Two Suspicious Packages’ Caught En Route to U.S.

On Friday, President Obama announced that he’d been told Thursday night about two suspicious packages heading to the U.S. from Yemen that turned out to contain explosives and represented a terrorist threat.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE

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