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Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange, Publisher of the Clinton Campaign Emails

For illuminating what the Democratic presidential nominee’s camp does in the dark, the long-confined hacker-turned-journalist is under fresh attack from familiar adversaries and taking hard, if necessary, criticism from erstwhile allies.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE


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To Understand Today’s World—Syria, Brexit, Even Trump—Watch This Adam Curtis Film (Video)

In “Hypernormalisation,” the British documentary filmmaker delves into the intricacies of a “strange time” in which “extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world” while “those in control seem unable to deal ... and no one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Catholic Controversy Sparked by WikiLeaks Will Continue Long After 2016 Election

To hear the many howls of protest from conservatives, you’d think that a handful of emails demonstrates that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is a nest of anti-Catholics.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Tries to Divert Attention From Emails and Direct It Toward Russia

Without denying the authenticity of the WikiLeaks documents, the Clinton camp has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using hackers to try to rig the 2016 election in Donald Trump’s favor.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is More Dangerous to the GOP Now Than He Was Before the Second Debate

Everything Trump did to turn off swing voters complicated the efforts of Republicans who want to drive him out of the race or cut him loose from the rest of the party’s ticket.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE

Election Fraud Concerns Extend Beyond Conspiracy Theorists

Potential vulnerabilities in the voting system raise alarms about what could happen when American citizens cast their ballots Nov. 8.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE

A Path That Could Lead to the Unthinkable: Nuclear War With Russia

The U.S. propaganda campaign against the Russian Federation is rolling downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a catastrophic showdown.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

What’s Behind Time Magazine’s Putin Demonizing?

“Russia Wants to Undermine Faith in the U.S. Election,” declares a cover of Time magazine. We should undermine our own faith in the U.S. election system.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Tax Returns Could Offer Key Answers to Russia Questions

Why won’t the Republican presidential nominee let voters see his taxes? His excuse—that he is under audit—is bogus and raises suspicions about his relationship with the world’s largest nation.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE

Photo of the Week: A Tense Look Between President Obama and Vladimir Putin

Even with the U.S. and Russia agreeing on a temporary cease-fire in Syria, trust between the nations’ leaders appears to be in short supply.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Lacks Sense or Sensibility

The Republican nominee may be the most dangerously ignorant major-party presidential candidate in history.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 READ MORE

International Relations

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 ENLARGE

Future Co-Pilots

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 ENLARGE

Photo of the Week: Omran Daqneesh, Pulled From the Rubble in Aleppo

Covered in blood and filth, his hair tousled, Omran looks shocked but serene, a picture of resignation that suggests a long familiarity with the horror that has struck him.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

War Games

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 ENLARGE

Glenn Greenwald: How Democrats Use ‘Russia Sympathizer’ to Smear Rivals

The Intercept journalist points out that Clinton loyalists have given Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and even Julian Assange a “turn in the Kremlin seat” and puts this form of “Red-baiting” into historical context.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Has Some Explaining to Do

Are we going to find deep ties to Russia in those long-awaited tax returns?

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE

Add Russia’s Olympic Doping Scandal to the Rich History of Cheating in Sports

Seeking an unfair advantage in sports did not originate in the former Soviet Union, but state-sanctioned cheating is much more common in communist or former communist countries.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Will Leave a Lasting Stain on the GOP, Even if He Loses

If Republican leaders tell us such a man should be president, should the nation ever believe anything else they say?

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE

Putin’s Fear

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Clinton’s Jumbotron

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 ENLARGE

Donald Trump Unleashes More Outrages and Lies at Bizarre News Conference

Truth is irrelevant to the Republican presidential nominee. All he wanted to do is steal a few hours of media attention in the middle of the Democratic convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE

The DNC Email Leaks: The Gift That Keeps On Feeding Distrust

The worst of the many offenses revealed in the latest WikiLeaks case is that Bernie Sanders was undemocratically deprived of fair play in the Democratic primary.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE

Trump Blasts Clinton in a Foreign-Policy Fight Where Both Have Strayed From Their Parties

This week Donald Trump has had a lot to say about foreign policy—raising concerns within the Republican Party and bolstering arguments that Hillary Clinton is a better choice for conservatives.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE

Putin Has the Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals (Video)

The Russian intervention in Syria substantially changed the conversation surrounding Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the Crimea annexation.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE

Edward Snowden: New Russian ‘Big Brother’ Law Would Savage Privacy and Personal Freedoms

The NSA whistleblower called the law moving through Russia’s Legislature an “unworkable, unjustifiable violation of rights” that would “take money and liberty from every Russian without improving safety.”

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: The Panama Papers Whistleblower

Before the historic leak, the issue of extreme global income inequality was mostly just a concept. Now it has names and faces.

Posted on Apr 9, 2016 READ MORE

Panama Papers Name Client of Podesta Group, a Lobbying Firm With Ties to the Clintons

John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, co-founded the Washington advocacy company linked to a Russian bank named in the leaks.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE

Putin Says Russia Can Ramp Back Up in Syria ‘Within Hours’ (Video)

The Russian president made several important points about Syria in a speech Thursday.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE

Tensions Flare as Vladimir Putin Calls Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet ‘Stab in the Back’

A volatile situation hangs in the balance as Moscow and Ankara express mutual disgust and worries reverberate over the regional and global implications of the latest incident along the Syrian border.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE

From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Rift Narrows as Presidents Talk Cooperation on Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear ready to cooperate militarily as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to a common interest in combating Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Armchair War-Gaming Isn’t Helping Syrians

Leading lights of the left say we should be prodding great powers to force compromise on Syria. This is not our job. Our duty is solidarity with the oppressed and the tortured.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Moscow and Kiev in ‘Positive Mood’ After Talks in Paris on Ending Ukraine Conflict

Russian and Ukrainian officials expressed cautious optimism following discussions in which Russia pushed for Ukraine to take back legal control of eastern territories.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

A Spectacle of Life - Affirming News on the Cusp of the U.N.’s 70th Birthday

The convergence of a papal tour, a Chinese president’s visit, an auto executive’s resignation and a House speaker singing “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah” has stirred the winds of civility.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Is Russia Trying to Defeat Islamic State—or Save Bashar Assad?

Russia on Wednesday morning carried out airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time, and footage of Russian planes flying over anti-Assad rebels has emerged.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Sep 28, 2015 ENLARGE

10 Best Satirical Campaigns for President of the United States

They’re not much more ridiculous than the real thing, but in general they’re a lot more entertaining.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Controlling the Internet and Popular Opinion in Russia

A new book shows how technological advancement and a willingness by professionals to cooperate with the state combined to create a “wide-ranging, all-penetrating Internet surveillance and censorship system in Russia.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

The Cold War Heats Up as the U.S. and Poland Discuss Weapons Deployment in Eastern Europe

Saber-rattling in response to alleged Russian expansionism is the latest in a series of dramatic breaks from the post-Cold War detente between Russia and the U.S.-led West.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Ukraine Is in Crisis. Here’s Why the West Can’t Save It.

A video roundtable hosted by Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly explains why the IMF, Europe and Western corporations don’t have the country’s best interests at heart.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE

Vladimir Putin Declares All Military Deaths State Secrets

The Russian president has declared that all military deaths—in peacetime as well as wartime—will be classified as state secrets, with violations punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

Putin at Victory Day: U.S. Is Trying to Create a ‘Unipolar World’ (Video)

Speaking at Moscow’s annual Victory Day parade in Red Square, which was boycotted by Western leaders this year over the continuing crisis in Ukraine, the Russian president criticized the U.S. for “attempts to create a unipolar world.”

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE

Putin During Public Conference: U.S. ‘Doesn’t Need Allies, Only Vassals’

In his annual “direct line” press conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent four hours taking questions from the public on subjects ranging from the Ukraine conflict and relations with the West to rural transport and the sale of milk to primary schools.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

Nordic Countries Pledge to Strengthen Military Alliance Against Russia

Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland have declared their intent to cooperate militarily against Russia, which they described as “the biggest challenge to European security.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

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