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Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Jonathan Schell

Readings of over half a dozen commemorations of Schell and a handful of his works in the days after his death suggest that a firm orientation toward basic moral concerns was one of the gifts he gave to readers caught in a society losing faith in its own decency.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders: I’m Prepared to Run in 2016

The recent Truthdigger of the Week and independent senator from Vermont informally told Nation magazine reporter John Nichols that he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.”

Posted on Mar 6, 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


Persecution: African Migrants in the Holy Land

Roughly 60,000 Africans seeking deliverance from poverty, persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide face ultranationalist aggression as Israelis and their politicians seek brutal methods in the effort to retain the Jewish character of their country.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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The Poverty of Child Care Professionals

In New Jersey, mothers are working as independent contractors looking after children whose parents are struggling to make ends meet, and many of these child care professionals can’t afford their own bills.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The Resilient Minority Wage Gap

At the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” almost 50 years ago, black leaders called for “decent housing, adequate and integrated education, a federal jobs program for full employment, and a national minimum wage of more than $13 an hour in today’s dollars.” Greg Kaufmann at The Nation tells us how far we’ve failed to come.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Inside America’s Dirty Wars

The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

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Liberals Back to Giving Obama a Pass

“Now that Obama appears poised to push substantial parts of Social Security and Medicare over the ‘fiscal cliff’—in exchange for a paltry, largely symbolic, increase in the top marginal income-tax rate—we might ask whether liberals will once again rise to Obama’s defense, no matter how indefensible his actions,” writes John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine.

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Notion Building

For those who love pointless games of aggression, rocks will always beat scissors. And the reason why that will never change is because logic has nothing to do with arguing for or against the rules of a game.

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Students Talk Poverty on National Tour

At a stop of liberal pundit Tavis Smiley and activist Dr. Cornel West’s “Poverty Tour 2.0” at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., The Nation’s Greg Kaufmann spoke with students about their crippling experiences with poverty.

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Sept. 17: Occupy Wall Street’s Birthday Celebration

The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Are Liberals Too Eager to Believe Sex Charges Against Julian Assange?

What happens when the predatory interests of a national security state and those of women’s rights advocates seem to coincide, as in the case of WikiLeaks publisher and accused rapist Julian Assange? A murky witch hunt, in which some liberals forget that suspects are innocent until proven guilty, JoAnn Wypijewski writes in The Nation.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Did The Guardian Hire Josh Trevino?

Readers of The Guardian are up in arms over the addition of former George W. Bush speechwriter Joshua Trevino to the historically liberal newspaper’s American staff.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hayes Explains Meritocracy (and What It Means for You)

Here in America, based on your “pluck and drive and ambition and talent, you could rise as far as your abilities will take you.” Right? Of course not, says MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE


Alexander Cockburn at Ease

Fashion, tips for surviving a police encounter, and why we might all be better off when the American empire crumbles are among the subjects the late CounterPunch editor Alexander Cockburn rapped about in a conversation in the Deep South sometime during the summer of 2006.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


John Nichols on the Failed Gov. Walker Recall

Reporter John Nichols of The Nation spoke from Wisconsin about Gov. Scott Walker’s survival of Tuesday’s attempt to recall him and what it says about how special-interest and corporate money has taken over politics since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE


John Nichols: The Power of the General Strike

One week ahead of Occupy Wall Street’s call for “A Day Without the 99%,” The Nation Institute’s John Nichols talks about the historical importance of the general strike—a powerful tool for protest that helped make possible the rights that American workers have long enjoyed.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Frequently Asked Questions About the Wall Street Protests

Who’s in charge? What are the protesters’ demands? How big is the movement? How can I get involved? Answers to these and other basic questions about the ongoing occupation of Wall Street are offered by The Nation magazine’s Nathan Schneider. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE


Chileans Schooled in the Art of Protest

In Chile, where the average monthly minimum wage income falls $100 short of college tuition costs, students are continuing their winter of kiss-ins, marches and hunger strikes against private, for-profit education and demanding affordable state-run schools. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Corporate Front Group Burns Americans

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive association of corporations and state legislators that has been crafting public policy to suit corporate interests since 1973. The organization is not new, but the opportunity to review ... (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Bread and the ‘Tropic of Chaos’

Christian Parenti, who writes regularly for The Nation magazine, has published a book detailing some of the present and future social impacts of climate change. In an essay on Tom Dispatch.com, he connects the rising cost of bread to the revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa. (more)

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Murdoch’s Officers Jump the Deck

Les Hinton, chairman of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper operations, both resigned Friday over connections to the now-defunct News of the World’s recent phone hacking scandal… (more)

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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The Nation Magazine Rethinks Capitalism

Last month, editors at The Nation magazine published 13 mini-essays on the subject of how to make capitalism “less destructive and domineering, [and] more focused on what people really need for fulfilling lives” written by lefty thinkers in business, activism and politics. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE


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Dick Gephardt, Corporate Lobbyist

If it seems contradictory (read: hypocritical) that former Rep. Dick Gephardt, at one time a self-styled anti-lobbying, pro-labor crusader, would become a lobbyist for Visa and Goldman Sachs, well, that’s because it is. Oh, and you can strike “pro-environment” off of Gephardt’s list of political poses, too.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


Ari Melber

4 Ways Obama Can Boost His Numbers

The Nation’s Ari Melber has some ideas about how the president can turn around his slipping poll numbers. First and foremost: Take charge and fight for the public option.

Posted on Aug 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Who Are the Afghan Insurgents?

Who exactly are the Afghan insurgents? Every suicide attack and kidnapping is usually attributed to “the Taliban.” In reality, however, the insurgency is far from monolithic.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Hedges, Klein Join The Nation, ACLU in FISA Lawsuit

Following Thursday’s announcement that Congress had passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, there were some who weren’t willing to take the news sitting down. In fact, Congress’ capitulation sparked a legal response from the ACLU and The Nation magazine and two of its key contributors—Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein—in the form of a lawsuit.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Empire or Republic?

War doesn’t pay, nor does imperial ambition. This proposition should be evident to anyone who has paid attention to the fivefold increase in the price of oil since George W. Bush took office. The principle of nonintervention is neither liberal nor conservative in orientation, and at the inception of the Republic it was accepted as a commonsense.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Giving Hillary Clinton Her Due

Regardless of the end result of her efforts, Hillary Clinton has endured a grueling trial by fire in recent months in her historic bid for the presidency. The Nation’s Katha Pollitt points out the gains she believes Clinton made for women in and beyond the strictly political realm, arguing that ” ... Women and men of every party and candidate preference, and every ethnicity too, owe Hillary Clinton a standing ovation, even if they can’t stand her.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


The Nation: Gitmo Trials Are Reported Rigged

It’s unfortunately not unusual anymore to hear about the politicization of American legal and intelligence institutions under the Bush administration, but, even so, this report by The Nation’s Ross Tuttle about how the trials of six key prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have allegedly been rigged from the get-go is disturbing. Updated

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Chris Hedges and the ‘Other War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talks about his landmark article in The Nation magazine, “The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness,” the result of seven months of interviews with troops about their experiences in Iraq.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


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The Horrors of ‘The Other War’

Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges teamed up with Laila Al-Arian for The Nation’s shocking report “The Other War:  Iraq Vets Bear Witness,” in which American vets describe, in graphic detail that will challenge even the least fainthearted readers, “the disparity between the reality of the war and how it is portrayed by the US government and American media.” 

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Nation Editor Back for Seconds on ‘Colbert’

Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation’s editor and publisher, Tuesday night braved a second appearance on “The Colbert Report,” where she was congratulated by Stephen Colbert for her “courage to come back, since I handed you your ass last time.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


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How to Put Impeachment Back on the Table

Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman writes in The Nation that in the year since she called for Bush’s impeachment, the case against him has only gotten stronger. Just because Nancy Pelosi has taken impeachment off the table, Holtzman argues, doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Politics Make for Very Strange Bedfellows

So, as if the Mark Foley stuff wasn’t weird enough already, it’s about to get even weirder and nastier. According to Max Blumenthal at The Nation, some anti-Republican gay rights activists (inspired apparently by the Foley scandal and a supposed “gay clique” that some claim to be responsible for the coverup) sent a memo with the names of closeted congressional staffers to Christian-right advocacy groups in hopes of inciting a “purge” of gay Republicans from Washington.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


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Olbermann to Bush at Ground Zero: ‘May This Country Forgive You’

In perhaps his most powerful monologue ever, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann savagely harangued Bush for using 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans. “Who has left this hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you.”

  • Highlighting this speech and last week’s “Have you no sense of decency?” monologue, The Nation called Olbermann “the best news anchor on television today.”

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


  • The Nation: Red & Blue Are Worthless Categories

    Despite recent polling showing red states turning blue, true color-blending will require “electoral reform that changes the way votes are counted, districts are proportioned and views are represented,” argues the editor of The Nation.

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


    The Nation: Generals Revolt

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, asks, “Is there a retired general left in the States who hasn’t called on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to fall on his sword?”

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Needed: A New Direction for U.S.-Russian Relations

    We need a new policy toward Russia—one that is neither triumphalist, Cold War-like, or ignorant of the fact that the pro-Western liberal groups in Russia are in fact supported by a tiny fraction of the Russian electorate.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Amos Oz on Hamas: ‘Termination of the Israeli Occupation Is Urgent’

    Fanatics are those people of any faith, color, persuasion or political belief who maintain that the end, whatever end, justifies all the means, including the bloody means. By this criterion I am afraid Hamas is a fanatic organization par excellence.

    Posted on Feb 1, 2006 READ MORE


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