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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.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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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.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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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.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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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?

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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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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Alone and Delusional on Planet Earth

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Some Labor Day Observations: Where Will the Fight Go From Here?

As the nation faces a continued and massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, we listen to some different voices and observations about where organized labor is, and where it might be headed.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria and the Hour of Decision

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama should start a war after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is clear evidence Syria used poison gas against rebels and civilians. Should Obama wait for more evidence from U.N. inspectors? What is the proper role of the U.S., and should the issue be taken to Congress?

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire

The failure to begin to deal with our bloated military establishment and the profligate use of it in missions for which it is hopelessly inappropriate will, sooner rather than later, condemn the United States to a devastating trio of consequences: imperial overstretch, perpetual war, and insolvency, leading to a likely collapse similar to that of the former Soviet Union.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Attempts to Protect Privacy Have a Long History

There are a growing number of privacy tools available today, but efforts to keep personal information safe are nothing new.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



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America’s Descent Into Madness

A predatory culture celebrates narcissistic hyper-individualism that radiates a near sociopathic lack of compassion for others, while anti-public intellectuals dominate the screen and aural cultures urging us to shop more, indulge more, and make a virtue out of the pursuit of personal gain.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The Three Biggest Lies About Why Corporate Taxes Should Be Lowered

Instead of spending August on the beach, corporate lobbyists are readying arguments for when Congress returns in September about why corporate taxes should be lowered. But they’re lies. You need to know why so you can spread the truth.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Welcome to Post-Constitution America

On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Putin as America’s Frenemy: The Snowden Paradox (Video)

Russia’s decision on Thursday to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum for one year and allow him freely to live and work in the Russian Federation hit Washington like a hydrogen bomb.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘The Horror, the Horror’

In the final installment of Chris Hedges’ appearance on “Reality Asserts Itself” with Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay, viewers ask the Truthdig columnist questions, including about the American public’s complicity in the crimes of empire, if there’s any hope for Bradley Manning and whether the U.S. or Israel will attack Iran.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Iraq Invades the United States’ and Other Headlines

March 9. On this early morning in 1916, Pancho Villa crossed the border with his horsemen, set fire to the city of Columbus, killed several soldiers, nabbed a few horses and guns, and the following day was back in Mexico to tell the tale.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Temporary Relief in Sight From Soaring Temperatures

A heat wave that has seen weather services predict temperatures in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit in some Northeastern and Midwest states was predicted to abate, at least briefly, via severe thunderstorms in some regions over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenwald: Snowden Holds Information That Could Cause More Damage to U.S. Than Anyone Ever Has

The U.S. should be careful in its pursuit of whistle-blower Edward Snowden because he controls information that could become the United States’ “worst nightmare,” according to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE



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A Gift From the United States to Mideast Zealots

The coup in Egypt is on our hands, and lots of luck ever convincing Islamists anywhere of the value of free elections as opposed to violence as an enabler of change.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: July 4 and the Meaning of America

On this Independence Day-themed show, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the meaning of America. If our nation was founded by revolutionaries, what would they think of our current surveillance practices, economic opportunities, gay rights and foreign policy? Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden in the tradition of the founders of this country?

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 READ MORE



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European Officials Angered Over Reports NSA Spied on Them

Americans aren’t the only ones being spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency; European Union officials are being snooped on as well, according to a new report.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Retired General Target of Inquiry Over Iran Leak

Retired Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former second-ranking officer in the U.S. military and influential adviser to President Obama on security matters, is the focus of an investigation into a leak of classified information about American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Suspended

Peace talks scheduled to begin Thursday between the United States and the Taliban faltered after the Afghan government complained that the Islamist political group’s newly opened Qatar office would be treated as a government-in-exile.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Sen. Ted Cruz’s Father Bribed His Way Into U.S.

The Texas Republican has emerged as a leading opponent of a bipartisan Senate bill that would grant a pathway to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants. So it’s interesting to learn that although the elder Cruz, an emigrant from Cuba, says he “came to this country legally,” he also admitted in a recent NPR interview that he basically bribed his way in.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Atheist Told by Immigration Office to Join Church or Be Denied Citizenship

Because Margaret Doughty, 65, objected to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the U.S. on her application—she explained that she’s morally opposed to war and killing—she must be granted an exception as a conscientious objector. And in order to do that, the immigration office in Houston says the atheist must show proof by Friday that she belongs to a church that holds such views.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. ‘Assessment’: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Britain and the United States agree that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons against rebels in the two-year-long civil war, a judgment that will lead to military support for anti-government forces, but Russia isn’t so sure.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Cold War Redux?

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime via an arms deal? Are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans all heightening regional tensions in Asia via arms deals?

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE


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How America Became a Third World Country: 2013-2023

The streets are much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. It’s 2023—and this is America 10 years after the first across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE


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