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Heed the Warnings of the Butter Battle

This Easter Sunday, as Cold War drums beat softly but surely, we look for sanity and wisdom in the humane literature of Dr. Seuss.

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The Divide

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The Divide

Matt Taibbi’s new book is more Lincoln Steffens than Hunter Thompson, dropping most of the histrionics to explore why Wall Street bankers are seemingly exempt from criminal prosecution.

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Time for a Populist Revival!

This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grass roots.

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Paul Robeson: A Watched Man

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Paul Robeson: A Life

A new biography of Paul Robeson delves into his remarkable political activism, while revealing a pernicious social order determined to destroy its most effective and outspoken critics.

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Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

What has emerged in the new America is an intensification of the practice of disposability in which more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration.

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How Many Watch Lists Fit on the Head of a Pin?

No one knows how many names are on the no-fly list. According to one source, 21,000 people, including some 500 Americans, are blacklisted; another puts the figure at 44,000. The actual number is classified.

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Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

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U.S. Cools on States’ Climate Action

While Washington is doing more to address climate change, individual American states are scaling back their efforts—and apparently with public approval.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and Hobby Lobby

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., the NSA program that records all phone calls to one country, and the Supreme Court’s pending decision over whether a hobbies chain has the right not to cover contraception in its insurance for employees.

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Ukrainian Hangovers

The Crimean population’s only protection from U.S.-sponsored regional and ethnic political division comes from Russia. That is the gift Obama has given Putin, making him a defender of Ukraine rather than the aggressor.

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U.S. and EU Sanctions and a Round-Table Talk on Crimea (Video)

The United States and the European Union retaliated over Crimea’s vote to become part of Russia by targeting sanctions against Russians and Ukrainians. Meanwhile, the U.S. accused top Russian officials and Crimean separatist leaders of undermining democracy in Ukraine.

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Crimean Secession: Hastening Ukraine’s Political Divide?

“Democracy Now!” hosts a round-table discussion Friday on the crisis in Ukraine with Anton Shekhovtsov, a Ukrainian citizen and researcher specializing in far-right movements; Jonathan Steele, former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian; and Keith Gessen, an editor at n+1 magazine who covered the 2010 Ukraine elections for The New Yorker.

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Ukraine Between a Rock and Russia

Ukraine’s neighbors are forcing the country to play a zero-sum game in which it must choose sides without getting much in return.

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The Bleached Bones of the Dead

Slave ships were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments.

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Ukraine Crisis Leaves Western Leaders Scrambling

Western governments are pledging money, support and possible EU membership to the country while anxiously watching the response of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “whose protege has effectively been ousted,” The Guardian reports.

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Foreclosure Filings Jump as Investors Eye Exits

It’s too bad Keynes isn’t around today to see how the toxic combo of financial engineering, central bank liquidity and fraud have transformed the world’s biggest economy into a hobbled, crisis-prone invalid that’s unable to grow without giant doses of zero-rate heroin and mega-leverage crack cocaine.

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Koch Brothers in Control

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Is Peace Becoming Possible in Syria?

Middle East reporter for the Independent Patrick Cockburn writes that the butchery could end now that the U.S. and Russia want it too.

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A Minute of Madness in the Middle East

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore packs a fraction of the bloody, state-serving power struggles and shifting alliances of the Middle East and the West into a minute-long explainer that knows it can’t possibly finish the task.

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Record High 42 Percent of Americans Identify as Independents

Just over two-fifths of Americans on average identified as political independents in 2013, the highest rate Gallup has measured since it began conducting polls by telephone 25 years ago. Republican identification fell to 25 percent, the lowest over that span.

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John Pilger: ‘We Have Been Misled’

Australian journalist John Pilger, who speaks with the moral voice of George Orwell, discusses how a majority of Britons polled could say fewer than 10,000 Iraqis have been killed since the British- and American-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the real number is closer to a million.

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Crude Oil Made From Algae May Compete With Cheap Petroleum

Scientists can turn the sea plants into oil in less than 60 minutes; the FDA is forcing antibacterial soap manufacturers to prove the efficacy of their product or take it off the shelves; meanwhile, America’s state borders would look very different if many had their way. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘What I Learned About Freedom From Hitchhiking Around America’

“To be ‘free’ in America is at risk of becoming meaningless,” Amien Essif, who hitchhiked from Denver to Portland, Ore., writes in The Guardian. “Our choices are increasingly limited to just two: to exploit or be exploited.”

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Israel Fumes Over U.S. Spying

One week after documents revealed that British and American intelligence agencies targeted email addresses belonging to the offices of Israel’s former prime minister and defense minister, Israeli officials angrily demanded that U.S. spying on their government stop.

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The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

C. Wright Mills argued 50 years ago that one important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.

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Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism

The relentless activity of thoughtlessness—worship of celebrity culture, a cravenly mainstream media, instrumentalism, militarism or free-roaming individualism—undermines crucial social bonds and expands the alleged virtue of believing that thinking is a burden.

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Henry Giroux Gets Urgent With Bill Moyers

Truthout and Truthdig contributor and revolutionary firebrand Henry Giroux appeared on “Moyers & Company” on Friday to play the role of cultural pathologist and make the crises of global capitalism and democracy blindingly clear.

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The Internal Enemy

Know these lyrics? “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.” That’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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U.S. Skips Dues, Loses UNESCO Voting Rights

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, suspended U.S. voting rights in its organization after Washington failed to pay its dues. U.S. contributions make up about a fifth of UNESCO’s funding.

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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

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The Most Powerful Person in the World Is…

Forbes has ranked a list of political, religious and business leaders in order of their, uh, power, and guess what? Barack Obama, commander in chief of the largest military force in the history of the world, is only in second place.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. to U.N.: Drone Strikes Are ‘Necessary and Just’

The U.N. criticized the Obama administration for its drone wars and discussed the “rapidly expanding militarised use of remotely piloted aircraft and the fraught international legal issues that it raises,” The Guardian reports.

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Why Washington Can’t Stop

In terms of advanced and unchallenged military power, there has been nothing like the U.S. armed forces since the Mongols swept across Eurasia. No wonder American presidents now regularly use phrases like “the finest fighting force the world has ever known” to describe it.

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Troop Withdrawal Means ‘World’s Biggest Garage Sale’

Seven billion dollars worth of supplies leftover from the U.S. war in Afghanistan is being destroyed before it’s offered to the Afghan people in order “to ensure that treadmills, air-conditioning units and other rudimentary appliances aren’t used to make roadside bombs.”

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Fossil Fuel Euphoria

For years, energy analysts had been anticipating an imminent decline in global oil supplies. Suddenly they’re singing a new song, and the expected boost in energy is predicted to provide the United States with a cornucopia of economic and political rewards, including industrial expansion at home and enhanced geopolitical clout abroad.

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The Italian Job

The Pentagon is using your tax dollars to turn Italy into a launching pad for the wars of today and tomorrow.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Forgotten War

Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now? If history is any guide, the answer is yes—and most Americans will have only the haziest idea why.

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Bragging Rights

Let’s be Americans, which means being exceptional, which also means being honest in ways inconceivable to the rest of humanity. So here’s the truth of it: the American exceptionalism sweepstakes really do matter. Here. A lot.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE



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How Much Money to End Poverty in America?

Just 1 percent of GDP—or a fourth of what we spend on defense every year—would lift every American below the poverty line up above it.

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Beyond Savage Politics and Dystopian Nightmares

What kind of society emerges when it is governed by the market-driven assumption that the only value that matters is exchange value, when the common good is denigrated to the status of a mall, and the social order is composed only of individuals free to pursue their own interests?

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Hacking of U.S. Exposes China’s Plan to Manufacture Drones

Hackers in Shanghai spent the last two years pursuing plans for the technology behind the United States’ most advanced military drones, targeting at least 20 foreign defense contractors in all.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE



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When the Eastern Seaboard Nearly Became a Fallout Zone

A once-secret document published in The Guardian on Friday shows that the U.S. Air Force in the early 1960s came within inches of detonating an atomic bomb over North Carolina that would have exploded with 260 times the force of the device that destroyed Hiroshima.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Andrew Cockburn

In reporting on decades of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Harper’s Magazine’s Washington editor fully uncovers a mass destruction and murder scheme on a Napoleonic scale.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Obama’s Intent With Syria

How does Obama’s decision to delay a congressional vote on a military strike fit into the U.S. government’s overall mission there? Are American leaders simply interested in weakening the Syrian government through a prolonged civil war?

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE


Exceptional, You Bet

As I read Vladimir Putin’s sanctimonious op-ed article about U.S. policy in Syria, I imagined the Russian president sitting at the keyboard in a lovely pink negligee.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

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The Pivot to Africa

From the Middle East to South America, the Pentagon is increasingly engaged in shadowy operations whose details emerge piecemeal and are rarely examined in a comprehensive way. Nowhere is this truer than in Africa.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE


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