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Some Reporters Covering Trump Rallies Worry as Anti-Media Atmosphere Thickens

The Republican presidential nominee’s use of aggressive rhetoric is nothing new, but since the combative Stephen Bannon joined the campaign, Trump is homing in on the media—and stirring up vitriol among his supporters.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE


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Trump Appears to Threaten Clinton With ‘Second Amendment People’ (Video)

The Republican presidential nominee said Tuesday there was nothing his supporters could do if Hillary Clinton won and got “to pick her judges.” Then he amended his pessimism by making a remark that some observers have interpreted as a deadly threat against his rival.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE


We Don’t Need Gun Control









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Senate Fails to Pass Four New Gun Safety Bills, Even After the Mass Killing in Orlando

It was business as usual on gun legislation in Washington on Monday. But some lawmakers remain hopeful that a compromise can be reached to provide common-sense gun laws in America.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



Analyzing Religious Extremism Hides the True Culprit in American Mass Shootings

While there are zealots in every religion, it’s important to remember that these views are not representative of whole communities.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



World More Violent in Past Year, but Middle East Drives Deterioration (Video)

The 2016 Global Peace Index has been released, with the bad news that the world is slightly more violent this year than last. But if you subtracted the Middle East, in most of the world there was more peace, not less.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



The American Empire: Murder Inc.

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn knows firsthand how the U.S. uses mass killing as a routine tool of foreign policy. The horrifying tactics of Islamic State, he says, are an imitation of what we have been doing and what we have been teaching our international proxies for generations. Update: Video added.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



Two Gun Manufacturers’ Stock Prices Doubled in 2015 Amid Intensifying Climate of Fear

The Dow Jones industrial average registered its first annual decline since 2008 as trading ended for 2015. But the stocks of the two largest market-listed gun manufacturers—Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co.—doubled during the year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year

The movement’s innovative and committed activism has renewed the struggle for racial justice. In 2015, no other progressive cause in the United States came close to its perseverance and creativity.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Nearly 1,000 People Were Fatally Shot by Police in the U.S. in 2015

A Washington Post study reveals that approximately 40 percent of all unarmed men shot to death by police this year were black. Black males make up just 6 percent of the U.S. population.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Addiction to Violence

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that both lives by violence and uses it as a tool to feed the coffers of the merchants of death.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer on ‘The Hunting Ground’—a Documentary About Sexual Assault on Campus

By Robert Scheer

In the fifth episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief discusses the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (airing again on Sunday, Dec. 27 on CNN) with its director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. The film has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault and how educational institutions handle accusations of rape.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: The Chicago Police Department’s Long History of Abuse

Chicago’s police department is under fire, with recent revelations about misconduct and cover-ups. But scandals and brutality are nothing new there—as this video explains, abuse within the Chicago P.D. goes way, way back.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Long-Term Fight Against Terrorism

“A cancer that has no immediate cure” was not the most soothing metaphor President Obama could have chosen, but it was the most honest. He has no idea how to prevent another terrorist attack like the one in San Bernardino—and neither does anyone else, including his Republican critics.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



The New York Times Calls for Tougher Gun Control in Its First Page 1 Editorial Since 1920

In the wake of the San Bernardino massacre and the attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, the Times’ editorial board describes as a “moral outrage” and “national disgrace” the fact that under constitutional protection, Americans are legally permitted to buy weapons that “kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.”

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



No, Muslims Are Not More Violent Than People of Other Religions. Here Are the Facts to Prove It.

Terrorism is a tactic of extremists within each religion, and within secular religions of Marxism or nationalism. No religion, including Islam, preaches indiscriminate violence against innocents.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Actor Viggo Mortensen Defends Quentin Tarantino’s Criticism of Police Brutality

With police unions calling for a boycott of the films of Quentin Tarantino, the award-winning director is refusing to back down from his criticism of police brutality. Actor Viggo Mortensen, defending Tarantino in a “Democracy Now!” interview, says, “You have to speak up.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Terrorizing Schoolchildren in the American Police State

Under the regime of a predatory neoliberalism, compassion and respect for others are viewed increasingly with contempt while the spectacle of violence titillates the multitudes and moves markets.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Brazil May Soon End Most Gun Ownership Restrictions, Risking a ‘Wild West’ Scenario

Despite having one of the highest murder tolls on the planet, Brazil is considering a law under which anyone over 21, including people accused of crimes or convicted of less serious crimes, would be allowed to purchase up to nine firearms a year and 50 rounds of ammunition a month.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Exploiting Prison Labor

Watch Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ rousing speech on the effects of police violence and mass incarceration on families. Hedges spoke at Saturday’s Rise Up October rally in New York.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: #RiseUpOctober: 3-Day New York Event Focuses on Police Brutality

Thousands marched through the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to protest police brutality. A diverse, grass-roots coalition of activists and concerned citizens staged the three-day action, dubbed #RiseUpOctober.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Let’s Focus on the Gun-Makers

Governments at all levels account for roughly 40 percent of gun industry revenue. The federal government alone accounts for about 25 percent. Taxpayers have a right to demand responsibility from an industry that gets so much of our money.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



Guns R Us: The Stats Behind America’s Firearms Industry

Of all the revolvers, rifles, pistols, shotguns and other types of firearms made in the U.S. since 2013, only 4 percent were sent abroad. The other 10,413,880 stayed home.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Murder, USA: Why Politicians Have Blood on Their Hands

Ten people died and seven were wounded this week in a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Ore. Such shootings are more than another tragic expression of unchecked violence in the United States; they are symptomatic of a society engulfed in fear, militarism, a survival-of-the-fittest ethos and a growing disdain for human life.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE


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Saudi Arabia Is Executing a Person Every Two Days on Average

According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people in the past year, as the rate of beheadings soars under King Salman.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Almost a Quarter of a Million People Have Died in the Syrian Conflict

An activist group says 71,781 civilian deaths have been recorded in Syria’s devastating conflict, which began in March 2011, and 11,964 of those killed were children.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



Muckraking Brazilian Radio Journalist Shot Dead While on Air

Gleydson Carvalho, known for his exposure of political corruption in Brazil, was presenting a program on Radio Liberdade FM when two gunmen entered the station’s offices during a musical interlude and killed him.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE


America and Guns









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Anti-Semitic Attacks in France Have Climbed 84 Percent in 2015, Watchdog Group Finds

The Protection Service of the Jewish Community has released a quarterly report that counted 508 anti-Semitic acts between January and May of this year.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



Jihadist Attacks Take Place on Three Continents

Friday’s bloodshed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait comes amid growing fears of jihadist influence.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism (7/7)

In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Robert Scheer Identifies a ‘Serious Division’ Between His and Chris Hedges’ Views (Part 6/7)

In perhaps the liveliest portion of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges discuss the culture of violence in the United States as their opposing views on American history come to light.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

So-called free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



The ‘Long Peace’ Is Not Upon Us

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker’s 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” has convinced many people that humanity has steadily become less violent in the recent past. English philosopher John Gray argues that Pinker merely sees what he wants in trends and statistics.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE


Incitement to Violence









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Lone Wolf









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Who Poses More of a Threat to the U.S.: Islamic State or Mexican Drug Cartels?

An Al-Jazeera contributor argues Americans’ fear of IS is fueled by Islamaphobia while more imminent dangers nearby are ignored; celibate gays are helping change the Catholic Church; meanwhile, Germany’s apprenticeship model could be good for U.S. workers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Takes On the ‘Global Culture of Violence’

On Sept. 28, Chris Hedges spoke at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Charley Horwitz Platform on the pervasive violence that characterizes our era and offered possible solutions.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


ISIS?









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Violence









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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism

When our inner worlds work under the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than providing a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE


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