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A Worrisome New Plan to Send U.S. Troops to Libya as ‘Advisers’

Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send “military advisers” to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE


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Private Groups, Not Government, Lead the Charge on Prison Issues

As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Gives a Very Important Speech on Poverty (Video)

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet 47 million Americans are living in poverty. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the issue in West Virginia on May 5.

Posted on May 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The GOP’s Veil of Unity

Having presumably sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump has entered the “three-card Monte” phase of his campaign, in which he shuffles his positions so quickly that the gullible patsy loses track.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Protesters in East L.A. Would Rather ‘Deport Her’ Than Support Her (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Demonstrators did not appreciate the Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance in the Mexican-American community on Cinco de Mayo and accused her of pandering to Latinos.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Being a Poor Child in the U.S. Is Worse Than in Slovakia or Turkey

A new study by UNICEF places the United States at 18 out of 41 among the world’s wealthiest countries in terms of the well-being of their impoverished children.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



Greenpeace: Leaked Documents Show U.S. Attempts to Weaken Environmental and Health Protections

According to the environmental organization, leaked documents from negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP—an international trade deal—reveal a legal program that would exchange national sovereignty for rule by corporations.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE


Over 10 Years Later, George Carlin’s Comments on the American System Are as Haunting as Ever (Video)

In this stand-up routine from 2005, the late comedian and social critic explains the way our country works and why most politicians make little impact.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Half of Americans Think the Presidential Nominating System Is ‘Rigged’

And more than two-thirds of U.S. voters want to change the process by which the political parties choose their presidential nominees, a poll by Reuters/Ipsos finds.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



Exhibit One in Any Future American War Crimes Trial

Even if the accusations against Abu Zubaydah had been true, what the CIA did to him—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials such as Dick Cheney, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called global war on terror.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



Americans Are Killing Themselves at the Highest Rate in 30 Years

More than 42,000 Americans killed themselves in 2014, and middle-aged people are leading the trend.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Canada Pact Eases Arctic Fears

Low oil prices have reduced pressure to exploit Arctic fossil fuels and boosted hopes that the region’s fragile environment and indigenous people may be better protected.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



Once-Undocumented Wall Street Executive Now Is Helping Others Live the American Dream

Julissa Arce worked for seven years at Goldman Sachs as an undocumented immigrant. Now she is an American citizen fighting for immigration reform, and her incredible story may soon become a TV series. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



Can Bernie Sanders Win Over Conservatives?

Led by media fearmongering and unimaginative leadership to believe Americans are helplessly divided, many liberals doubt an honest, respectful and sustained appeal to our shared interests can moderate the passions of our conservative neighbors.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Democracy Spring Activists Take Capitol Rotunda to Demand an End to Voter Suppression

Many Americans are fed up with a congressional majority bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday in Washington, D.C., after voicing their disapproval.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



In America, Politicians Pay for Bucking Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister’s hard-line, expansionist policies put Bernie Sanders’ “Jewishness” to the test.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



When Will the ‘28 Pages’ From 9/11 Commission Report Be Declassified?

The redacted chapter could prove a direct link to 9/11 hijackers and Saudi Arabia, long considered a source of funding for al-Qaida.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE


A Conversation With Robert Scheer: Larry Flynt Is With Hillary Clinton (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Love him or hate him, the Hustler publisher has never compromised his beliefs. He shared them—including why he wants the former secretary of state to be president—during a visit to Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s communications class at the University of Southern California.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Aren’t Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Talking About Encryption?

The controversy over encryption has been one of the biggest public debates of the year so far, yet the Democratic presidential candidates have been largely silent on the subject.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



More Names Surface in Panama Papers Leak, but Still No High-Profile Americans

Despite the heavy media coverage of the tax-havens disclosure, few Western elites have been named at this point.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders Is Longtime Foe of Tax Havens in Panama—He Denounced Trade Deal in 2011 (Video)

Long before the Panama Papers made headlines, the Democratic presidential candidate opposed tax-haven abuse in Panama.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1 Percent From Panama Leak

The massive release of documents is a wonderful thing, but do not expect a genuine exposé of capitalism. The dirty secrets of some corporations will remain unpublished.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Attacks on the Humanity of Transgender People

Right-wing extremists—losing the battle over same-sex marriage—have found a new target. They have hit upon a formula designed to lure gullible Americans into believing that transgender people are sexual predators lurking in restrooms, eager to prey on the opposite sex.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Astounding Human Rights Hypocrisy in Cuba

The idea of the United States lecturing Cuba or any other country about human rights comes down somewhere between embarrassing and nauseating.

Posted on Mar 25, 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


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Michael Hudson Discuss How We Got to Junk Economics (Video)

The federal debt has exceeded $19 trillion. One reason for the record-high figure is a gigantic Ponzi scheme that defines the U.S. and global economies.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution Still Can Triumph and Transform America. Here’s How.

The senator’s quest for the Democratic nomination appears lost after Tuesday’s elections. But if left progressives implement his ideals locally, the spirit he has inspired can find a lasting place in the nation’s political life.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Waiting for an End to Supreme Court ‘Death Watch’

Merrick Garland, President Obama’s centrist nominee, seems destined for summary rejection by the GOP-controlled Senate, even as legal observers worry that at any moment yet another death on the bench could intensify the partisan fight over the future of our nation’s highest court.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow

The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Tim Wise Explains How Racism Has Been Used to Divide and Conquer Working People in America

The anti-racism activist and writer breaks down the history of the United States and white racism in under five minutes at a teachers conference in San Francisco.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Salon With Robert Scheer: John Kiriakou Challenges the American Injustice System

Kiriakou opposes torture and went to prison for exposing it. Now he is working to reform the American security state. The former CIA officer explains how to Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Mexican Activists Are Rewriting Destroyed Constitution

NAFTA did not increase opportunities in Mexico. Instead, the agreement imposed neoliberal policies on the Mexican people. In this week’s edition of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Mexican activists discuss what is being done to counter NAFTA’s repressive impact.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Farewell, Ben Carson—We’ll Always Have ‘Hummus’

The good doctor’s foreign policy gaffes made for some great political satire, but his ignorance on the Middle East made him a frightening presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Native American Activists Denounce Uranium Poisoning

Nuclear contamination is harming land and lives in parts of America. Some Native Americans call it “deliberate genocide.” In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and two Native American activists examine the problem and how to fight back.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



With 269 Stores Closing, Is This the Beginning of the End for Wal-Mart?

More than anything, Wal-Mart’s closures are best explained as a side effect of its main strategy for dominating the economy: overbuilding regions to the point of not just destroying competition but cannibalizing its own sales.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



‘We Are Not Denmark’: Hillary Clinton and Liberal American Exceptionalism

America’s 21st-century “exceptions” appear as dubious distinctions: gun violence, carbon emissions, mass incarceration, wealth inequality, racial disparities, capital punishment, child poverty and military spending.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

Given his victory this week in the Iowa caucuses, Cruz’s ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored as mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the bombast of the far-less-scary Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



Dog Whistle Politics

Ian Haney Lopez, the book’s author, writes that many white Americans no longer see themselves as racist. He maintains, however, these people are manipulated by dog whistle politics—coded racial language that “operates on two levels: inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Oxfam Says Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’

While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia are still far behind.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Experts Catalog a Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in the U.S.

Past injustices and crimes against African-Americans in the United States need to be addressed with reparatory justice.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Iowa Caucuses, Explained

This animation takes a look at the Hawkeye State and its role in the presidential election, explaining the small and intimate voting process of a caucus and how it differs from the more common primary.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



American Democracy Down for the Count?

Most Americans are either overworked or hurting for jobs; housing is overpriced; hospitals, crowded and understaffed. Opioid or heroin overdose is a common way of death. Did the American soldiers I covered in Afghanistan know they were fighting for this?

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo Decries U.S.’ ‘White Privilege Racism’

Backing calls for more diversity in Academy Awards nominations, Ruffalo last week joined other Hollywood figures in criticizing the overseers of the Oscars after no black actors were nominated for the second year straight.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections

When money rules, democracy loses. “Commercializing elections leads to an astonishing similarity among reporters traveling with candidates or those asking questions during so-called debates,” writes consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Dark Money: How Billionaires Are Buying U.S. Elections

Billionaires have found a shady way to secretly finance candidates through nonprofits.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

Americans overestimate the risk of attacks by a factor of 1.7 million.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE


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