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Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy

The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 READ MORE


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What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Vladimir Putin Says He Won’t Retaliate Against U.S. Actions

Despite his foreign minister’s advice, the Russian president says he will not hit back at the United States for expelling his country’s diplomats and imposing new sanctions.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability

Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger is a terrifying prospect. The anti-nuclear movement needs to go on high alert to make sure that trigger never gets pulled.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



Even as Global Trade Dropped, U.S. Arms Sales Boomed in 2015

As other nations tighten budgets for weapons amid domestic financial concerns, the U.S. managed to sell $40 billion worth of arms in one year.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 READ MORE



Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats

The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE



How to Boost Soccer in the United States

If the world’s most popular sport is going to take hold in this country, the NCAA, Major League Soccer and the national sports media need to hype the college game—and get it on TV.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE


Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: New York Times Stokes a New McCarthyism Against Critics of U.S. Policy

“We have a new accepted practice of labeling anyone who dissents from American policy toward Russia as a Kremlin apologist,” Cohen says. “And I know very serious people who have become afraid to speak out now.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Disempowered Majority

For the next two—and probably four—years, Americans will be governed by Republican politicians largely elected by a minority of voters. These circumstances call for compromise, but that is unlikely to happen.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Fake News That Will Take Us to War With China (Video)

A major, underreported U.S. military buildup for the purpose of confronting China—a campaign that involves nuclear weapons—is underway in Asia and the Pacific.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



A Glimpse Into the Shattered Lives of Some Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors

“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” starkly shows that, while convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev languishes in prison, victims who lost limbs in the 2013 attack still struggle to cope with their brutally altered existence.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?

He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Election Night Felt to One Woman Living Under ‘Mixed Status’ Immigration Program

Cecilia Chavez (pictured with her mother) never imagined that the Republican candidate would be elected president.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE



18 Journalism Groups Send Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump for Press Access

Journalists are concerned that the incoming chief executive will be a threat to freedom of the press and government transparency during his presidency.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE



The World Is Worried About Donald Trump, the Climate Denier

The implications of a Trump administration were discussed at the United Nations climate change summit. Fortunately, the fate of the planet is not in the hands of one man. It’s up to movements everywhere to save it.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE



A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue

President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists

The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Environmental Plans Spell Disaster

The president-elect has called global warming a hoax and denies climate science. What do his climate plans mean for international agreements?

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren: Democracy Demands That We Work Together on America’s Agenda

The Massachusetts senator is ready to help President-elect Trump rebuild the U.S. economy. But if Republicans attempt to remove Wall Street regulations or gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she will fight them.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Praises Protesters After First Blaming Media for Inciting Them

The president-elect expressed an appreciation for dissent and called for unity in an early morning Twitter message on Friday. But don’t expect the protests to stop or protesters to be silenced.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE



America the Ingenious

Truthdig’s Allen Barra speaks with Kevin Baker, author of “America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World,” which explores the incredible diversity of inventions and innovations that arose from our country.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



How the American Political System Changed and No One Noticed

Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected president, one thing is obvious: The vast edifice that is the national security state, with its 17 intelligence agencies and enormous imperial military, will continue to elaborate itself and expand its power in our American world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin on the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

On this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist and the author of “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection,” explore why Saudi Arabia remains one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East in spite of the monarchy’s record of human rights abuses.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Final Debate Leaves Us Wanting More Options for President

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage in Las Vegas for their last showdown before Nov. 8. The overall performance will not be remembered as a shining moment in American history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire

The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE



Unipolar No More: American Power at the Crossroads

Moscow’s frustration of Washington’s agenda to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, and China’s plan to link numerous Asian and European countries in a vast transportation and pipeline network, represent a growing international challenge to and curtailment of U.S. power.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



Indian Treaties, Oil Pipelines and Presidential Elections: A Tale of Lies, Deception and Hypocrisy

The U.S. government has a long history of breaking promises and dishonoring contracts with Native Americans and other marginalized groups. Hopefully, the next president will change this shameful truth.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Age of Decline, Apple Pie and America’s Chosen Suicide Bomber

Thanks to perhaps trillions of words expended on him by nonstop commentators, pundits, talking heads, retired generals and admirals, former intelligence chiefs and ex-Bush administration officials, Donald Trump and his remarkable ego have become the wallpaper of our lives.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 READ MORE



Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan

Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE



Striking Prisoners Are Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Closer to Justice

Right now, under some of the most repressive circumstances that exist in the United States, a national movement is growing for prisoners’ rights.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



We Can’t Have War Without Racism. We Can Have a World Without Both.

The U.S. military encourages terms such as “camel jockey” or “raghead” to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE


Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming

The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE



A Vote for Trump Is a Vote to Undo Vital Progress on Climate Change

The scientific evidence for global warming has never been clearer, yet the Republican presidential nominee boasts that he can’t wait to tear down President Obama’s positive environmental actions.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. to Give Israel $38 Billion Over 10 Years

The U.S. will provide Israel with a “windfall of hardware and technology,” the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to the Jewish state.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE



Talking to a 6-Year-Old About War

With armed conflicts and military action, it’s hard to know how much to say to young people, and when, how and whether to say it. Perhaps it is a universal parental urge to shield children from certain hard knowledge.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Brave Like Kap

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up

If the United States ends up with President Trump, the Democratic nominee and her party will have no one to blame but themselves for refusing to compromise their allegiances to Wall Street and morally bankrupt, center-right, establishment positions.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Al-Qaida’s U.S. attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were barbaric atrocities of the first order. Almost 15 years later, similar acts continue to be unleashed across the Greater Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



Working-Class Struggles in Southern California Symbolize Blue-Collar Blues Across America

Far from the noise of the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton brawl are painful examples of what this presidential campaign should be about: people struggling to raise their families out of poverty, send their kids to school and survive day to day.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



What Does Wal-Mart Have to Do With the 2016 Election?

With over $480 billion in total annual revenue, the U.S.’ largest private employer wields immense power just in how it treats its workers at home and abroad. Their struggle for dignity and rights will continue after the last ballots are counted in November.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Must Learn From Her Mistakes

Is criticism of the Democratic presidential nominee over her emails and her family’s foundation too harsh? Perhaps. But the Clintons invite such scrutiny and suspicion.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Why Hillary Clinton Republicans Matter

The Democratic nominee is making an appeal to GOP members opposed to Donald Trump. Her unspoken message: The stakes for the party’s dissenters are too high for halfway measures and bet hedging.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE



A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE



Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame

If indigenous activists manage to block the building of an oil line they consider a threat to ancestral lands, their success will be one small measure of justice in a line of injustices going back to the founding of this nation.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE


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