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Prisoners Could Vote Under N.J. Bill, as Long as They’re Veterans

Prisoners serving their sentences as well as parolees and probationers would be allowed to vote in New Jersey under newly introduced legislation, but only if they had served in the military.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Iraq Vet: Losing Home ‘Worse Than Getting Blown Up’

Twenty-six year National Guardsman Jerrod Hays lost nearly half his face to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Now, like too many other Americans, he could lose his home to banks.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



Copyright Eugene Richards, from War Is Personal

Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE


Scott Olsen Speaks, Twice

Things are looking up for two-tour Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was injured Oct. 25 during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where he was taking part in demonstrations against the corporatization of the American political system. (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Another Vet Struck Down by Police in Oakland

This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq War veteran Kayvan Sabehgi in an altercation with riot police Nov. 2. The Guardian posted the clip late last week and reported that Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen as a result of the beat-down captured here, and that Oakland police say they are looking into the incident.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE


Security Guard at Zuccotti: ‘Your Fly’s Open, Faggot’

You may wonder what kind of goons Brookfield Properties—the owners of Zuccotti Park—hired to secure the area after Occupiers were evicted from the premises early Tuesday morning. At least one careless bigot numbered among the crowd.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Deaths Have Cities Calling for OWS Shutdown

Three deaths in or near Occupy Wall Street encampments in different cities late last week have given authorities reason to insist that shutting the protests down is in the public’s best interest. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jay Finneburgh

Truthdigger of the Week: Scott Olsen

This week, Truthdig salutes Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who served his country abroad and at home within the Occupy Oakland movement, as our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Boston Protesters Hauled Off in Greenway Standoff

Some 100 people—around 65 men and 35 women—taking part in an Occupy Boston protest were arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after they refused to leave a newly groomed section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway near Dewey Square. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE


Ron Kovic Rallies at Occupy L.A.: ‘This Is the Beginning of a Revolution’

On Oct. 1, Vietnam veteran, author and activist Ron Kovic gave a throng of Occupy L.A. protesters gathered near Los Angeles’ City Hall an enthused boost with this speech, in which he invokes the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and serves notice to President Obama by co-opting the president’s campaign slogan … (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE


And Now, Your Obligatory Presidential Memorial Day Speech

Here we have the commander in chief delivering solemn words at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. President Obama also took the opportunity to salute his outgoing defense secretary, Robert Gates ... (more) 

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Two Injured in Maryland Mail Blasts

Two explosive devices embedded in pieces of mail detonated within minutes of each other in two government buildings in Maryland on Thursday, injuring two employees and leading local officials to believe that the incidents were related.

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Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

Raise Your Voices, Protest, Stop These Wars

As a former United States Marine Corps infantry sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from the mid-chest down on Jan. 20, 1968, during my second tour of duty in Vietnam, and as someone who has lived with the wounds of that war for over 40 years, I am writing this letter to ask you to join me as we begin a critical new phase in the growing anti-war movement.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


‘Hope Is Action’: Hedges and Ellsberg Arrested at White House Protest

On Thursday, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg were among the 131 anti-war activists arrested during a nonviolent demonstration outside the White House ...

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama: Iraq Drawdown Is ‘on Schedule’

The term withdrawal seems a bit overstated when it comes to describing the changing U.S. military strategy in Iraq, but President Obama emphasized the thematic over the technical in a speech he delivered Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


American soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / National Guard

10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Mother Battles to Be Buried With Fallen Soldier Son

In November of 2008, U.S. Army soldier Corey Shea was killed while serving in Mosul, Iraq, shortly before he was due to return home to his mother, Denise Anderson, in Massachusetts. Now, Anderson is fighting for the right to be buried with her son in a veterans’ cemetery when she dies ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young

Does Military Service Turn Young Men Into Sexual Predators?

It can be shown that the patterns of military sex crimes are old and widespread—for generations, military service has transformed large numbers of American boys into sexual predators. So it seems reasonable to ask whether perhaps there is something about military culture or training or experience that can be identified as causative, and then, perhaps, changed.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Obama Serves, Bush Works the Phones

As he prepared to enter the White House the next day, President-elect Barack Obama observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by lending a hand at a shelter for homeless teenagers and visiting wounded vets at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE


Guthman and Kennedy
annenberg.usc.edu/guthman

Truthdigger of the Week: Edwin O. Guthman

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Edwin O. Guthman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, World War II veteran, professor and former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy. Guthman, who died Aug. 31, was a true class act, a mentor to many and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, a top-notch editor who earned the No. 3 spot on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list for what the Times called his “aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories.” Updated

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE


McCain ad

Obama, McCain Camps Clash Over Attack Ad

Barack Obama’s decision to forgo a visit with wounded U.S. troops in Germany during the European leg of his recent international sojourn gave John McCain’s camp the idea for a new advertisement criticizing the Illinois senator, although Obama’s team and Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel beg to differ with its premise.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


Wes Clark

Wes Clark on McCain’s Heroism

It seems a critique cannot be leveled against John McCain without first paying homage to his time as a prisoner of war. Even Barack Obama is careful not to offend. So it was somewhat surprising on Sunday to hear another veteran, Gen. Wesley Clark, rebuff McCain’s war heroism: “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Kovic protest
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


McCain on Memorial Day

McCain’s Memorial Day Message

Sen. John McCain spoke in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, defending his position against the Jim Webb GI bill, which offers college tuition coverage in exchange for three years of service in the U.S. military, and drawing distinctions between himself and his opponents in terms of plans for withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Chiroux
breitbart.tv

U.S. Sergeant Refuses to Serve in ‘Illegal’ War

On Thursday, a group of U.S. soldiers spoke before members of Congress about the failings of the Iraq war and the immeasurable toll it has taken on Iraqis and American troops. Afterward, Sgt. Matthis Chiroux announced that he is refusing to serve in Iraq.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


Bush on TV

Um ... No Deal?

Here’s a scenario George W. Bush surely didn’t foresee as he assumed the country’s highest office years ago: One day he’d be sharing prime-time screen time with Howie Mandel’s soul patch, a phalanx of prancy models and a decorated war veteran, joking about hosting “a $3 trillion ‘Deal or No Deal.’ ”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Time magazine
businessandmedia.org

Iwo Jima Vet: Time Magazine Cover ‘a Disgrace’

It’s become a visual meme in our culture, but some World War II veterans don’t believe that Joe Rosenthal’s seminal image of Americans hoisting the flag on Mount Suribachi should be appropriated or altered in any way. In fact, some vets, like Donald Mates, believe repurposing the photo, as Time magazine has just done for an issue about global warming, is tantamount to blasphemy.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

What John McCain Should Know

More than any other candidate for president, John McCain should know that peace talks can be stronger and smarter than bombs, that withdrawing American soldiers can be the best way to achieve stability, and that the best way to protect American troops is to bring them home from the war zone.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


American Veterans in Crisis

When young American men and women sign up to serve in our military, the government makes them a basic promise: If they are wounded in the line of duty, they will get the care they need. But for far too many, that’s a promise that only exists on paper—even months after the news emerged about American vets’ shameful treatment at U.S. military facilities.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


immigration prison

Deporting Veterans

KPFA Radio’s “The War Comes Home” series tells the story of Philippe Louis Jean, an Iraq war veteran whom the U.S. government shamefully tried to deport—once he came home. Louis Jean had a green card, but a previous adultery charge was enough for the government to throw him in prison for 10 months.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


wright
AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez

Texas Church Calls Off Gay Vet’s Funeral

The family of Navy veteran Cecil Sinclair says it’s deeply insulted because a Dallas-area megachurch reneged on its offer to hold a memorial for the 46-year-old Gulf War serviceman just 24 hours before the service was to take place.  The reason?  Sinclair was gay—a fact that Sinclair’s sister insists High Point Church leaders already knew, despite their denials.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE


CNN’s Iraq Reporter Warns of White House Spin

Could the Bush administration be invoking the ominous specter of al-Qaida—and suggesting the extremist group is gathering strength and preparing to strike—for political reasons?  CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware says Americans should watch out for rhetorical sleight of hand from the White House concerning the current threat level and the newly unveiled National Intelligence Estimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


Remembering Manny Babbitt

The Army has just launched a campaign to educate soldiers and officers about post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.  Unfortunately, this relatively minor gesture of recognition that these two debilitating conditions need major attention comes too late for veterans like Manny Babbitt, whose nightmares didn’t end—even long after his tour of duty did.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


The Elephant in the Room

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AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev

Rice, Putin Trade Sharp Words

Russian President Vladimir Putin, awaiting a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, compared U.S. foreign policy to that of the Nazis in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Rice criticized Putin’s administration for centralizing too much power at the Kremlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


oliver
foxnews.com

Stone Shoots Ad Supporting U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Director Oliver Stone has announced the winning entry, chosen by voting members of MoveOn.org, from a series of videotaped interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families.  Stone has cut the interview with former infantry Sgt.  John Bruhns into a 30-second TV spot, ending with a voice-over by Vietnam vet Ron Kovic saying: “Support our troops. Bring them home.”

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Sam Ross
nytimes.com

A Warrior’s Tragic Downfall

A munitions explosion in Iraq took away Sam Ross’ eyesight, left leg and half of his ability to hear. That trauma would eventually lead to 17 suicide attempts and charges of arson and attempted homicide.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


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news.aol.com

Wounded Marine Calls for Military Gay Rights

Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first Marine to receive a critical injury in Iraq, has become a crusader for gay rights in the military, and he knows exactly how to handle critics: “OK buddy ... you pick up a gun and you go fight in Iraq or Afghanistan for a while, then you could come back and we can have a talk because I’ve actually sacrificed, I’ve actually done duty and served in this country for your rights and freedom.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


On Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, read the compelling essays of Ron Kovic, Kevin Tillman and Stan Goff—all of whom have served in the United States military. 

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


Army Allegedly Reneges on Deal With GI Who Fled

Kyle Snyder fled to Canada when the Army threatened to send him back to Iraq, where he says he had been made to perform duties for which he was not trained.  Snyder’s lawyer says the Army had agreed to discharge his client if he came home but now intends to return him to his original unit.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Ron Kovic
AP / Reed Saxon

Ron Kovic: Breaking the Silence of the Night

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” recounts his personal journey from a gung-ho U.S. Marine in Vietnam to an outspoken critic of that war, and how that transformation paved the way for his current activism against America’s campaign in Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Colbert interviews Paul Hackett

Colbert Delivers Vintage Comeback to Antiwar Vet

The ex-Senate candidate and Iraq War vet Paul Hackett asked Stephen Colbert, “Do you really think we’re going to spread democracy with the business end of an M-16?” Colbert’s response was classic. Check it out.

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


Miami Vice
Courtesy Universal Pictures

The Real Miami Vice

In connection with the new Colin Farrell / Jamie Foxx movie, the L.A. Times interviewed a real-life veteran of Miami’s vice, intelligence and narcotics squad. Interestingly, it seems the situations on the TV show weren’t that far off the mark.

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


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From crooksandliars.com

Must-See TV

Ray McGovern, a retired 27-year veteran of the CIA, leaves Donald Rumsfeld sputtering as he pulls apart the secretary of defense’s flawed rationale for the Iraq war—on live television.

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  • Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


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    Tyler Hicks / The New York Times

    Struggling Back From the Wounds of War

    Finally, an in-depth report on Iraq’s forgotten wounded. | story and slideshow
    Also, read Truthdig’s Ron Kovic on his personal journey as a wounded veteran. | report

    Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


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