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Fred Branfman Risked His Life for Ordinary People

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tonkin at 50: One of Those Times America Lied to Go to War

The Vietnam War began in earnest 50 years ago this Monday, when two U.S. ships off the coast of Vietnam began shooting at ghosts.

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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.

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All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

In this excerpt from her best-selling new book, Nomi Prins writes about the period during the administration of Lyndon Johnson when bankers began to move away from the president as they saw their global ambitions hemmed in by the Vietnam War.

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Facebook/Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

Never Forget Ruben Salazar, ‘The Man in the Middle’

Ruben Salazar was a crusading journalist for the Los Angeles Times and television station KMEX until he was killed by a deputy sheriff’s tear gas projectile in East Los Angeles during the Chicano Moratorium march against the Vietnam War on Aug. 29, 1970.

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LBJ’s Way

The Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

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Seeger

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Another Flower Has Gone

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Pete Seeger

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Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

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‘Anarchist Cookbook’ Author Wants Book Pulled From Print

Since this very month in 1969, “The Anarchist Cookbook” has served as must-read material for a vast swath of discontented youth, as well as a source of passing curiosity or sudden alarm for their elders. But now, its author, educator William Powell, wants it to be yanked from the shelves.

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The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

This month alone, at least 140 books about our 35th president have been or will be released.

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NSA Spied on Vietnam War Critics

The National Security Agency tapped the phones of prominent Vietnam War opponents in the late 1960s and ’70s, including Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King. Jr., newly declassified files reveal.

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Andrew Bacevich on Americans and Their Soldiers

The Vietnam veteran and Boston University professor of history and international relations is the author of a new book: “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.” He joined “Democracy Now!” on Monday to talk about the growing gulf between soldiers and the society that sends them to war.

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Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

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Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Would Have Indicted Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer interviews the godfather of principled leakers about Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden and President Obama’s “unprecedented campaign against whistle-blowing.”

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University of Massachusetts Press

Teenagers in Space

In the 1970s, those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains.

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Memorial Day Gratitude

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Memorial Day 2013

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U.S. Marine Corps./Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kropiewnicki

The Military’s 40-Year Experiment

On June 30, 1973, a 24-year-old plumber’s apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired.

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AP/Brendon Smialowski

277 Million Boston Bombings

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil.

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Celebrated Scientist Renounces National Academy and War

Last month, University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins resigned from the National Academy of Sciences to protest the election to the group of Napoleon Chagnon, a peer whose specious arguments in favor of a natural human tendency toward violence have helped militarize the discipline and legitimize wars of aggression.

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Whom Did You Rape in the War, Daddy?

On August 31, 1969, a rape was committed in Vietnam. Maybe numerous rapes were committed there that day, but this was a rare one involving American GIs that actually made its way into the military justice system.

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Kill Anything That Moves

Nick Turse’s book about the Vietnam War exposes the sickness of the hyper-masculine military culture, the intoxicating rush and addiction of violence, and the massive government spin machine that lies daily to a gullible public and uses tactics of intimidation, threats and smear campaigns to silence dissenters.

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Nick Turse and the Real Vietnam War

Nick Turse’s new book, “Kill Anything That Moves,” is a ghastly revelation of previously unreported war crimes committed in Vietnam in the wake of the My Lai Massacre. He tells Bill Moyers how 15 years ago a staffer at the National Archives outside Washington, D.C., pointed him toward the “horror trove” of accounts that led to the book.

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Autonomous Robots Coming Soon to a Hospital Near You

The FDA has approved the use of autonomous telemedicine robots in U.S. hospitals; although President Obama’s second term inaugural speech was inclusive and liberal, it failed to mention the growing crisis of inequality our nation faces; meanwhile, a new book details the scandalous antics of hard-partying authors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Hagel Hearings

As Chuck Hagel begins his Senate confirmation hearings Thursday, you can be sure that no senator will ask him about his presence during the machine-gunning of an orphanage in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta or the lessons he might have drawn from that incident.

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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Nick Turse

The historian and author’s new book about the Vietnam War reveals for the first time, in painstaking detail, the full atrocities committed by American forces in that country.

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AP/Jason Redmond

Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

There is nothing in the lives of human beings more brutal and terrifying than war, and nothing more important than for those of us who have experienced it to share its awful truth.

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Metropolitan Books

An Operation, Not an Aberration

Even as the My Lai massacre has become the subject of numerous books and articles, all the other atrocities perpetrated by U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War have essentially vanished from popular memory, TomDispatch associate editor Nick Turse writes in “Kill Anything That Moves.”

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How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?

In Kill Anything that Moves, Nick Turse has for the first time put together a comprehensive picture, written with mastery and dignity, of what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam.

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George McGovern

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Mr. Fish

McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul

The history books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. But those who write history do not take into account the moral or the good, what is right or what is wrong, what endures and what does not.

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Truthdigger of the Week: George McGovern

Certain people throughout history are destined, at least in the short term, to become synonymous with lost causes. This strengthens rather than diminishes the principles by which they lived. Update: George McGovern died in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday morning.

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AP/Jason Redmond

Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

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Robert Caro, LBJ and the Pursuit of Power

Robert Caro has so far spent 36 years writing the saga of Lyndon Johnson—more time than the ambitious Texan spent climbing from Congress to the White House. Caro just released his fourth installment, “The Passage of Power,” which chronicles Johnson’s exit from a strong position in the Senate into the relative powerlessness of the vice presidency.

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The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran

Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Vietnam not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.

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AP/Douglas Moore

Questions Remain 42 Years After Kent State Shootings

Forty-two years ago on May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University, firing between 61 and 67 shots over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and injuring nine others.

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Infiltration of Political Movements Is the Norm in America

Earlier this month, several members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were charged with hacking, reportedly on the basis of reports from an FBI informer described in the media as a leader of LulzSec, notorious for its exploits against Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the FBI, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Normal Heart and Nijinsky’s Faun

We just lived through a year of uprisings round the world, including the Occupy Wall Street movement. In culture, in science and in politics we have every reason to expect that the opening years of this century will be as dangerous and as transformative as the first decade of the 20th.

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History Tells Us Not to Dismiss a Democratic Challenge to Obama

A week ago, the publisher of Harper’s Magazine wrote that President Barack Obama, through expedient political compromises, has lost the moral authority that an American president must command, and therefore has lost his right to a second presidential term.

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The Man Nobody Knew

The Sad, Secret Life of a Spy

A fascinating new documentary seeks to unravel the mysteries of William Colby, or, as the title would have it, “The Man Nobody Knew.”

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