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How Did Tom Hayden Affect You?

The politician, peace activist, author and Truthdig contributor died Sunday at the age of 76. Share your thoughts on his legacy in our comments section.                             

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE


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A Conversation About War and Peace With Ron Kovic, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges

By KiMi Robinson

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” met with the Truthdig journalists at the University of Southern California on Oct. 18 to talk about Kovic’s latest book, “Hurricane Street,” and how he became a peace activist. Truthdig broadcasted the discussion live on Facebook.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer: Why Does Freedom of the Press Protect Newspapers but Not Whistleblowers? (Video)

Truthdig’s editor in chief talks to “Nowman Show” host Dan Niswander about how Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were hung out to dry even as the publications that profited from their stories were protected.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Citizen Stan’ Tells the Story of Stanley Sheinbaum, ‘a Man You Ought to Know About’

The Los Angeleno was involved with prime ministers, presidents and kings and played a major role in some of the most significant political events of the latter half of the 20th century. A documentary by Patty Sharaf chronicles his life.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Follow Colin Kaepernick, Change the World

The NFL quarterback took a big personal 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

Robert Scheer: U.S. Pledge of $90 Million to Laos Glosses U.S. History of Terrorizing Civilians

If the word “terrorism” has any meaning, it applies to the U.S. bombings in Laos during the Vietnam War, says Truthdig’s editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Paying the Price for Peace’ Tells an Epic Story of Courage and Commitment

S. Brian Willson’s tour of duty in Vietnam changed his views forever. “We are not worth more. They are not worth less,” he decided about those in lands where Americans go to war. Since his military service he has dedicated his life to the anti-war movement at great personal cost.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE

Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

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

Ron Kovic: ‘Why I Wrote “Hurricane Street” ’ (Video)

“The care we were receiving at the hospital at the time was in many cases abusive,” so “150 paralyzed men in wheelchairs, but also veterans from other parts of the hospital, some nurses, some caregivers, aides who had courage and their own reason to protest,” organized in Vietnam veterans’ interests.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Happy Birthday to Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is the birthday of the author and anti-war activist, who is also a friend and contributor to Truthdig. Today, we look back on our week with Kovic and the kind words he had for his friend Bruce Springsteen in 2009.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ron Kovic Questions Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s ‘Need to Go to War’

“What are you going to do, send troops to Syria? What’s going to be the result of that?” asks the Vietnam War veteran and activist.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Bruce Springsteen Reads His New Foreword to ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (Audio)

Listen to Bruce Springsteen read his new foreword for the 40th anniversary edition of Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July,” and hear the first chapter of the classic memoir.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism

In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE

Hedy Epstein, Human Rights Activist and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 91

Epstein devoted her life to advocating for human rights after escaping the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

Daniel Ellsberg Recalls the Spirit of Resistance in the 1971 May Day Protests (Video)

The man who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers sits down with Judy Gumbo Albert to discuss the large-scale acts of civil disobedience against the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Daniel Berrigan Through the Eyes of a 1960s Ithaca Mom

In our town and beyond, the priest, scholar, poet and activist served as a wake-up caller while the U.S. still had its eyes closed to the horrors of the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: The Late Daniel Berrigan, Lifelong Activist for Peace

From the dark days of Vietnam to the endless wars of today, the Jesuit priest-poet remained faithful to his mission: protecting the vulnerable, championing resistance and always, always working toward peace.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE

May Is the Month for Protest—Daniel Berrigan Would Agree

The Jesuit writer and activist’s death is a reminder of the necessity—and power—of protest in America.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE

Rest in Peace, Dan Berrigan—Just as You Lived

Daniel J. Berrigan lived his life true to his calling, literally practicing what he preached.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE

Remembering the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit Priest and Peace Activist

He was a man of the cloth and a man of letters, but most of all, Berrigan was a man of peace. He was also, as it happened, the man whom Kurt Vonnegut went so far as to call “Jesus as a poet.”

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE

Martin Luther King Jr. Hoped to Be Conscience of All Political Parties Instead of President (Video)

Martin Luther King Jr. believed civil resistance movements could force officials to effect change. Forty-eight years after his death, King’s nonviolent, transformative legacy lives.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ailing Vietnam Vets Hunt Through Ships’ Logs to Prove They Should Get Benefits

Neither the Navy nor the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a comprehensive list of which ships went where during the Vietnam War. As a result, veterans themselves often have to prove their ships served in areas where Agent Orange was sprayed.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Scenes of Protest From ‘Here Come the Videofreex’

This clip from the forthcoming documentary “Here Come the Videofreex”—the second one made available exclusively to Truthdig—features original footage taken by Videofreex, the guerrilla media collective of anti-Vietnam War activists.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Hillary Clinton Boasts Praise by Henry Kissinger—a Man With Blood on His Hands, Critics Say

In her New Hampshire debate with Bernie Sanders, Clinton claimed that she is the true progressive, then proudly mentioned praise from Kissinger—President Nixon’s secretary of state whose policies led to “3, maybe 4 million deaths” globally, writes NYU’s Greg Grandin.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015

Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE

40 Years On, the Vietnam War Continues for Victims of Agent Orange

A Vietnamese delegation is in the U.S. to support a bill that would help remedy this humanitarian crisis, which inflicts suffering on both the old and the newly born. The U.S. has a moral obligation to make this bill law.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE

How to Thank a Veteran on Veterans Day

Please don’t call us “heroes.” Honor our service by telling us you participate in our democracy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

Kissinger, the Bombardier: How Diplomacy by Air Power Became an All-American Tradition

Henry Kissinger’s example has coursed through the decades, shedding a spectral light on the road that has brought us to a state of eternal war.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter

Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The civil-rights pioneer died this week at the age of 75.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

Where Did the Anti-War Movement Go?

Without an anti-war movement, the spectacle of mayhem and slaughter that has been at the heart of the Iraq War has passed largely unnoticed in the U.S. In an era in which successes have been in short supply for two administrations, consider this a major one.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Donald Trump Was a ‘POW’ ... Yes, Wharton Is Hell

Like Sen. John McCain, presidential hopeful Donald Trump suffered torture during the Vietnam War, says Funny or Die.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 4 of 10)

In the fourth installment of The Real News Network’s show “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discusses the civil rights era, what it was like to cover the Vietnam War and his work on the historic Ramparts magazine.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer: Cyberwarfare Is ‘Where the Real Money Is’ (Part 1 of 10)

Just how and when did the military-industrial complex become the military-intelligence complex? And what’s the link between Amazon and the Pentagon?

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Former Rep. Ron Dellums on ‘Democracy Now!’: Peace Challenges All Forms of Injustice

This Memorial Day, “Democracy Now!” broadcasts a pro-peace speech by former Rep. Ron Dellums. “Peace is the superior idea,” he says, “because to come together under the banner of peace forces us to challenge all forms of injustice.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

An Act of Protest, Not Sabotage, at the Birthplace of the Bomb

There is a vast military complex deep in the hills of eastern Tennessee called “Y-12.” This is where all of the highly enriched uranium is produced and stored for the production of the U.S. nuclear-warhead arsenal.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

KPFT Houston, 45 Years After Domestic Terrorist Bombings, Plays On

“Pacifica Station Bombed Off Air,” read the Houston Chronicle’s banner headline on May 13, 1970. KPFT, Houston’s fledgling community radio station, had been on the air for just two months when its transmitter was blown to smithereens.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

‘Agent Orange’: a Poem About the Terrible Legacy the U.S. Left in Vietnam

As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon approaches, Paul Lobo Portugés’ moving poem serves as a reminder of the pernicious and long-lasting effects American interventionism has had in Vietnam.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE

Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War

How do you commemorate the Vietnam War, the signature catastrophe of the 1960s? You probably know the answer: leave out every troubling memory and simply say: “Let’s honor all our military veterans for their service and sacrifice.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why There Is No Massive Anti-War Movement in America

I.F. Stone’s sign-off, that medic’s song, and my letter all are documents from a time when Americans could be in opposition to, while also feeling in service to, their country. They are documents from a lost world and so would, I suspect, have little meaning to the young of the present moment.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE

CodePink Attempts Citizen’s Arrest of Henry Kissinger

Activists from the anti-war group CodePink attempted to arrest former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (pictured) during his testimony on global security matters at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting Thursday.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Fred Branfman Risked His Life for Ordinary People

Fred was one of the bravest and most decent journalists I ever encountered.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE

Vietnam War Era Journalist and Activist Fred Branfman Dies at 72

Truthdig contributor Fred Branfman, who was among the first to inform the world that the aerial war in Vietnam had spilled into neighboring Laos, and who campaigned to end the war, died of ALS on Sept. 24 at his home in Budapest.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE

Vets Win Expansion of Freedom of Speech and Right to Assemble

For the past three years, members of Veterans For Peace and their allies have gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lower Manhattan on the date of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to mark another year of a war and call for peace. This year, they were finally able to do so without facing a small army of police threatening arrest.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE


Learning From History

It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

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