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Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Over the past three decades, U.S. covert operations and wars have entered repeatedly and powerfully into the chain of causality leading to Islamic State’s present power.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jorge Ramos on Why More Immigrants = Less Crime

When politicians blame immigrants for some of the most significant problems in the U.S., many people might believe that the vast majority of immigrants here without permission are criminals. Journalist and broadcaster Jorge Ramos explains why the opposite is true.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: U.S. Reaches Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal With 11 Other Countries

Almost a decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal—the largest regional trade accord in history—was agreed to Monday by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Conservative Evasion on Guns

Conservatives all over the world are aghast at our nation’s permissive attitude toward guns. Is a dangerous and harebrained absolutism about weaponry really the issue on which American conservatives want to practice exceptionalism?

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Grass Roots Are Getting Greener for Sanders, but Will They Wither?

The presidential candidate’s burgeoning war chest made mainstream media take note. Now the test is whether an ad hoc volunteer movement, started by issues-oriented progressives, can be converted into a political revolution.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.

If you look at the country that its top politicians hardly mention without defensively wielding the words “exceptional” or “indispensable,” the exceptional thing is this: As a great power, the United States still stands alone on planet earth, and Americans can exhibit all the paranoia they want in remarkable safety and security.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: A Simple Animation Perfectly Explains Syria and the Refugee Crisis

This animation illustrates the complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war and the resulting refugee crisis. Looking at the different roles and responses within the international community, the video shows how we must address the crisis with humanity and reason.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

STUDY: Share of Immigrants in U.S. Nears Early 20th-Century Highs

The immigration of 59 million people to the U.S. since 1965, when Congress ended quotas that overwhelmingly favored Northern Europeans, has more than quadrupled the number of immigrants in the country.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: U.S. Is Greatest Threat to World Peace

In a speech titled “On Power and Ideology” delivered at The New School for Social Research in Manhattan on Saturday, world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky discussed the persistent notion of U.S. exceptionalism, Republican efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, and the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis’ Appeal Bridges Great Divides

At the start of his weeklong visit to the United States, The New York Times notes that the pontiff is inspiring support ranging from respectful to enthusiastic from people across religious traditions.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis, a Voice of Humanity in the Refugee Crisis

The pontiff’s call to let fleeing people into our homes and hearts stands in opposition to pitiless demands that the door be slammed in their faces in Europe and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE

Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ low-income black residents have been displaced, with gentrification entailing a dramatic transformation of the city’s class structure and cultural identity.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Women’s Equality Day: Whatever Happened to the Equal Rights Amendment?

Wednesday marks the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S. But let’s not forget that the U.S. Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women. This video examines why the ERA, despite having been written in 1923, still hasn’t passed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Black Lives Matter: One Year After Ferguson

Marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hand of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, professor John A. Powell discusses how we can create a society in which black lives really do matter.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

John Kerry: Vietnam War Was a ‘Profound Failure’ of Diplomacy

Visiting Vietnam to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the conflict that ended 40 years ago a failure of diplomacy that advocates of war ought to bear in mind.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body

In an excerpt from her new book, “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” Susan Southard takes us directly beneath the mushroom cloud over Nagaskai with five teenage survivors, through the very first moments of what has become an unending nuclear age.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

U.S.-Iranian Relations Emerge From a 30-Year Cold War

Don’t sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Slams Republican Candidates’ ‘Lack of Decorum’

Breaking with diplomatic protocol, the president lashed out at Republican presidential candidates including Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz during an official visit to Ethiopia.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Americans’ Political Attitudes Polarized but Ambivalent

So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021

Fast-food workers throughout the state won a hard-fought and important victory Wednesday: a $15 minimum wage.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

Wall Street Dominoes

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Modern Gold Rush

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Foreign Entanglements Derailed the American Experiment (Part 8 of 10)

In the eighth installment of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that American leaders “lost sight of the essential wisdom of the American experiment,” which was that if you enable prosperity “for your own people, and if it’s good, others will follow it.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything

The greatest power in history can’t build a single mile of high-speed rail? And its Congress is mired in an argument about whether funds can even be raised to keep its highways more or less pothole-free?

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. to Open Embassy in Havana

Wednesday’s announcement by President Obama has been hailed as the most significant step so far in ending half a century of discord between the two countries.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE

Trump Hair

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The U.S. Is Now the World’s Second-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country

The United States now has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11 million people who are bilingual.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

After Obama’s Charleston Eulogy, What Will Change?

After a few choruses of “Kumbaya,” things tend to go back to the way they were. Is there any reason to believe that this time things will be different?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: ‘Imperialism Is a Loser’ (Part 5 of 10)

Update: Transcript added. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself” to discuss why the energy of the mass political movements of 1960s America dissipated and how the United States could prosper without resorting to the tactics of empire.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE

Apparently Justice Thomas Believes the Court Is No Place for Human Dignity

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stated in his closing opinion on the marriage equality case that “slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

UPDATED: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their health care.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Number of U.S. Homeowners Hits 20-Year Low

In 2014, the rate of Americans who own their homes slid for the 10th consecutive year, to 64.5 percent—the lowest level in 20 years, according to a report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq

It’s the American Way to believe with all our hearts that every problem is ours to solve and every problem must have a solution, which simply must be found. As a result, the indispensable nation faces a new round of calls for ideas on what “we” should do next in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Number of People Killed by Police in U.S. Set to Exceed 1,000 in 2015

The number of people killed by law enforcement in the U.S. during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday after two young black men were shot and killed in New York City and Cincinnati.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

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Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Cold War Heats Up as the U.S. and Poland Discuss Weapons Deployment in Eastern Europe

Saber-rattling in response to alleged Russian expansionism is the latest in a series of dramatic breaks from the post-Cold War detente between Russia and the U.S.-led West.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Ukraine Is in Crisis. Here’s Why the West Can’t Save It.

A video roundtable hosted by Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly explains why the IMF, Europe and Western corporations don’t have the country’s best interests at heart.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE

Hastert Scandal

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Ditch the G7

The annual economics summit, which began Sunday, is “a moribund institution” that “should be scrapped” because it has become useless as “an instrument of the internationalism it was set up to pursue,” writes economics analyst Larry Elliott at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

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