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Why ‘Collateral Damage’ Elicits So Little Empathy Among Americans

Journalists and rivals called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on his inane and ruthless suggestion that the United States begin carpet-bombing Islamic State forces in Syria. But his poll numbers still crept up.

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Escalating a Cold War, U.S. Flies B-52 Bomber Over South Korea

American forces made the gesture amid increasing tensions after North Korea’s widely disputed claim that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test last week.

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Nations Scramble to Compete in ‘Currency War’ as China’s Yuan Falls to 5-Year Low

China, Europe and Japan are driving down the value of their currencies in order to make their exports more attractive on the global market, leaving millions of workers in associated industries “protected or vulnerable, depending on which side they find themselves,” writes Guardian economics correspondent Phillip Inman.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Dividing Lines of Race, Ethnicity and Religion

What do you think the response would be if a bunch of black people, filled with rage and armed to the teeth, took over a federal government installation and defied officials to kick them out? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be wait-and-see.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



‘Democracy in America’

“What good does it do me, after all,” asks Alexis de Toqueville in his classic book, “if an ever-watchful authority ... races ahead of me to ward off all danger, sparing me the need even to think about such things, if that authority ... is also absolute master of my liberty and my life?”

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The Execution of Nimr al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance

Instead of insisting on al-Nimr’s release during his years in prison and echoing Amnesty International’s condemnation of his “deeply flawed” trial, the U.S. government was silent. Even after the execution, the U.S. refused to issue a strong denunciation.

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America’s Incarcerated Population, Bigger Than Any Other Nation’s, Grew Even More Last Year

The Intercept reports that the federal government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that “about 1 in 36 adults in the United States was under some form of correctional supervision at yearend 2014.”

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The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Which Party Loves the USA?

The debates we have witnessed—too few and far between for the Democrats, frequent enough for the Republicans to constitute a new reality TV show—have provided an incontestable answer to the question.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Those Who Uncovered Navy SEAL Abuse of Prisoners in Afghanistan

A handful of U.S. personnel made reports on the lethal brutality after it occurred in 2012, and their accounts were brought to public attention by three New York Times writers last week. This combined effort has informed the American citizenry, once again, about atrocities committed in its name.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Now This Is Really Criminal

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Potency of Trump’s Pitchfork Populism

The blustery billionaire’s “us” is nowhere near a majority of the U.S. electorate, but it might be enough to win him the Republican nomination for president. And even if he falls short, the forces he has loosed will not easily be tamped down.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Reckless War Against Evil

After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama called Islamic State “the face of evil.” The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America rings with calls to ramp up its war machine.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



20 U.S. Billionaires Now Own as Much Wealth as Half of All Americans

A new report reveals that the real wealth gap in America is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but between the .0001 percent and everybody else.

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Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

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Former Defense Intelligence Head Admits Islamic State Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks out about how U.S. foreign policy has helped create and foster the growth of global terrorism.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Doctors Without Borders Calls U.S. Report on Afghan Hospital Bombing ‘Shocking’

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that “human error” was a factor in the Oct. 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 30 civilians and left 37 wounded. In a statement, Doctors Without Borders, which had previously called the attack a probable war crime, said the report was “shocking” and left “more questions than answers.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Militarization of Higher Education

In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Home, Sweet Kleptocracy: Kabul in America

Many citizens regard their government at all levels with a weary combination of cynicism and contempt. Fundamentalist groups respond by calling for a return to religious values and the imposition of religious law. What country is this?

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Will Chess, Not ‘Battleship,’ Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia?

While China’s leadership is creating a middle-class future powered by a consumer economy, its president is telling whoever is willing to listen that, despite the fears of the Obama administration, there’s no reason for war ever to be on the agenda for the U.S. and China.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Champions Democratic Socialism in Major Speech at Georgetown

The Democratic presidential candidate presented himself as heir to the populist legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the clearest articulation yet of his political philosophy and vision for the United States.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Rift Narrows as Presidents Talk Cooperation on Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear ready to cooperate militarily as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to a common interest in combating Islamic State.

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From the Annals of U.S. History: America’s Role in Creating Islamic Extremism

It’s a refrain that has been played and replayed before, but some Americans might need yet another refresher.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Paying for Patriotism

The Pentagon shells out millions for sports leagues to “support the troops” with cheap stunts.

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On the Verge of the Great Unraveling: The View From 2050

As everyone now knows, the spirit of integration imbued in international trade pacts would go down to defeat as the bloodlands of the 20th century gave way to the splinterlands of the 21st. The sense of disintegration and disunity that settled over our world came at precisely the wrong moment. We needed more unity, not less.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Where’s the Outrage Over the Beheadings in Saudi Arabia?

Although the Obama administration lacks the courage and decency to speak out against the Saudi killing machine, the rest of us have no reason to be constrained.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



A Scorching Earth Threatens U.S. Agriculture

The effects of climate change mean the topsoil that gives the U.S. its agricultural strength is now in jeopardy of being blown away.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Big CO2 Emitters Shift Reduction Burden to Poorer Nations

Researchers say emissions reduction targets set by China, the U.S. and Europe place harsh demands on the rest of the world, and could cast a pall over the Paris climate summit.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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


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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


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