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We Can’t Have War Without Racism. We Can Have a World Without Both.

The U.S. military encourages terms such as “camel jockey” or “raghead” to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE


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My Military, Win, Lose or Draw

Although American politicians like Hillary Clinton regularly insist that the U.S. possesses “the greatest military” on the planet, they avoid addressing what the country’s armed interventions have actually accomplished when it comes to policy goals—the true measure of success in war.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE


Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



War, Peace and Absurdity

Nukes, bombs and a well-oiled machinery of privatized war—here are a few recent examples from the world of American-style war and peace that make me want to shout, “You must be kidding!”

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE



Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War

What I really wanted to say when I dropped her off for her last year at college was just how sorry I was that she would have to live in what 9/11 transformed into the most frightened country on earth.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Here Are 6 Problems America Has That Are Worse Than Terrorism

Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn’t (because rich people who don’t want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Role of the Media in Perpetuating ‘Endless War in the Middle East’

In a new interview, the Truthdig columnist explains how both political parties and the media are accountable for radical terrorism in America—and how it can be stopped.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Talking to a 6-Year-Old About War

With armed conflicts and military action, it’s hard to know how much to say to young people, and when, how and whether to say it. Perhaps it is a universal parental urge to shield children from certain hard knowledge.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



How to Stop Capitalism’s Deadly War With Nature

It’s not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



15 Years After 9/11, Can We Recover Our Republic?

The Founding Fathers thought keeping a standing army was a danger to democracy. The great wars of the 20th century appear to have left the United States with a permanent standing army—a state of affairs only reinforced by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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How Everything Became War

As the distinction between war and peace has blurred, international law has not kept pace with the smudging of this line. Unless we build legal foundations that stand some chance of containing war, we invite further chaos, endangering future generations.

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



America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

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War ‘Has Become a Permanent Condition’ for the United States

At the annual Veterans For Peace convention, speakers including filmmaker Oliver Stone, historian Andrew Bracevich and journalist Ann Jones discussed public relation campaigns in support of war and the struggles American veterans face.

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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



The World After Me: Eternal ‘Wartime’ in America

In this era, everything that further militarizes American foreign policy, puts the national security state in command and assures the continued demobilization of a scared and rattled citizenry creates yet more uprooted souls, more children without childhoods, more refugees.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



It’s Time for an Investigation Into George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

The release of a long-awaited report on the United Kingdom’s role in the Iraq War is prompting renewed calls to try former Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes. And many are asking: What about the war’s principal promoter?

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE


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



Garrison Keillor’s Prophecy and Apostasy

The radio host’s decision to retire from his show “A Prairie Home Companion” on the Fourth of July weekend was likely calculated to extenuate his presumed ties to all things Americana, but it also highlighted his hypocrisies and contradictions.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



We Live in an Age of Disintegration

Nowhere is the process of destabilization more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa, in places where it is possible to doubt that civilization will ever return.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE


Live at Truthdig: Does America Care About the Costs and Consequences of War?

Peace activist and veteran Ron Kovic was our guest Thursday on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Dominating the Skies—and Losing the Wars

U.S. pilots have total mastery of the fabled “high ground” of war. And yet throughout the Greater Middle East, America’s conflicts rage on with no endgame in sight.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Guantanamo Bay Should Be Closed Forever

The prison is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the United States’ so-called war on terror.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



Batman in a Hospital Bed

With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, many Americans have already stopped thinking about our wars and the casualties from them for another year. As for me, it’s been Memorial Day ever since I first met Tomas Young.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton: Yes, Trump’s Foreign Policy Ideas Are Scary. But So Are Yours

“We need a foreign policy based on building coalitions ... [not] perpetual warfare in the Middle East,” Sanders said in a statement.

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Islamic State Counterattack in Fallujah: Can Iraqi Forces Maintain Momentum? (Video)

Iraqi troops are advancing on Fallujah despite facing fierce resistance from Islamic State, but fear is mounting about the fate of the tens of thousands of noncombatants inside the city who are caught in the crossfire.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Samantha Power, Former Human Rights Journalist, to Receive Award From Henry Kissinger

Although she is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in the past Power has called out Kissinger for his role in human rights abuses.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal (Video)

Historians will see Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency, and perhaps as a turning point in anti-proliferation through diplomacy.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



‘Big Stink, Necessary Evil’: A Poem That Will Change Your Perspective on the Atomic Bombings (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem on the planes that followed and photographed the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II is a harrowing depiction of the justifications that follow mass destruction.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Poof! It’s Forgotten: The Snapchat Version of American Victory

I hope you’ll forgive me if I suggest that the Iraq-Syria War against Islamic State is being conveyed to us via Snapchat. Important things happen, they appear in front of us, and then ... POOF! They’re gone.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, the first sitting U.S. president to do so since the World War II atomic bombings of Japan. To acknowledge the historic trip, Truthdig reposts Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s 2007 piece recalling the bombings.

Posted on May 10, 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



What Trumps the Horrors of the South Sudanese Hellscape? The Donald

In a place where catastrophic food insecurity may tip into starvation at any time, where armed men still arrive in the night to steal and rape, a local aid worker wants—seemingly needs—to know if Donald Trump could actually be elected president of the United States.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows

To many Americans, Clinton is best-known for her advocacy of a national health care system, her assertion that it takes a village to raise a child, and her championing of women’s empowerment. The rest of the world knows her better for her passion for bombing.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE


One Major High and Many Lows in Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech

The leading Republican presidential candidate called out the massive ruin caused by the “dangerous idea” that the U.S. “could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western democracy.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Panama Papers: Laundering Havens for War Budgets (Video)

In mid-April, economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network that global oil and mining industries and the U.S. State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Exhibit One in Any Future American War Crimes Trial

Even if the accusations against Abu Zubaydah had been true, what the CIA did to him—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials such as Dick Cheney, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called global war on terror.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



The World Has Lost All Sense of Perspective When We Mourn the Passing of Prince but Not 500 Migrants

“Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting?” asks Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Drone Victims in Pakistan and Yemen Recount Brutal Effects of Remote-Controlled Warfare (Video)

Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian interviews six families on how their lives have been changed by U.S. drone strikes.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA

Through inaction, the legislative branch has surrendered the final remnant of authority it retained on matters relating to whether, when, against whom, and for what purpose the United States should go to war.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic Extremism Is a Product of Western Imperialism

Islamic extremism was virtually unknown 50 years ago, and suicide bombings were inconceivable. So, what happened?

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Oilman Who Loved Dictators, or How Texaco Supported Fascism

Not one of the hundreds of foreign correspondents who chronicled the bombing of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War looked up at the ominous V-shaped formations of Hitler’s bombers and wondered: Whose fuel is powering those aircraft?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



5 Questions That Are Unlikely to Be Asked During the 2016 Presidential Election

In October 2012, I considered five critical foreign policy questions that were not being discussed by then-candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sadly, those questions remain as pertinent and unraised today as they were four years ago. Unlike then, however, answers may be at hand, and believe me, that’s not good news.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Debate ‘Civil’? Not With Rubio Extolling Egypt’s Military Junta and Israel’s Stand on Palestine

The headlines Friday about the GOP debate in Miami stressed how relatively civil it was, with less name-calling and pissing matches among the remaining candidates. Those editors have a weird definition of civility.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



Been There, Done That: The American Way of War as a Do-Over

Yearly do-overs are a hell of a way to run a war, but they’re a great mechanism for ensuring that no one will need to take responsibility for a disaster of 14 years and counting.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE


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