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John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves.

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Chris Hedges Honors Humanists Combating the ‘Culture of War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges channeled his solemn, sermonic style at Stony Point, N.Y., on Saturday at a dinner inaugurating the Anne Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement.

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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.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



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The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again

You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and Islamic State. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes—but not in the Middle East.

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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.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Alex Walters

No Shock and No Awe

It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.

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White House/Pete Souza

White House Islamic State Strategy Amounts to Wishful Thinking

The notion that Iraq will “destroy” Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the coalition just formed can do it.

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‘An Awfully Expensive Hammer to Hit a Couple of Cheap Nails’

“Last Saturday’s strikes” against Islamic State “are indicative of a key complexity of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq and Syria,” Foreign Policy’s Justine Drennan writes at Stars and Stripes. “In throwing its hugely expensive 21st-century weaponry at a band of insurgents, the Pentagon is using planes that can cost nearly $200 million apiece against pickup trucks costing virtually pennies in comparison.”

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U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr.

More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

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Seattle Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Christopher Columbus was a genocidal maniac who is celebrated annually for “discovering” a land that was already inhabited by a people he would go on to enslave, torture and kill.

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Bad Chemistry

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White House Security Breach: Coming Home

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



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China and Its Challenges

China may be said to confront four current categories of challenge, with a possible return to horrors past.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

Get the Authorization

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Jacob George

Tragic news of the young veteran received enormous attention over the past week. Friends and fellow veterans remember his warmth, wisdom and commitment to bringing the horrors of war to an end.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Truthdig columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

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Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Bookends of a Presidency

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



Global Warming and Global Warring

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are We Bombing Syria?

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? Bomb Syria.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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The Mideast Horrors Grow

Cutting off the heads of aid workers and journalists is nothing in comparison with the degradation and dehumanization being inflicted on the pathetic people of the Middle East by all sides.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.

Obama May Have to Send Troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep”—even if the president resists it—is baked in from the start.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal

House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels, but Not to Pay for It

With the help primarily of Republicans, President Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels won approval in the House on Wednesday.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



State Department

U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East.

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Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Can Congress Be Responsible?

There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Coalition to Fight Islamic State Looks ‘Awful Christian-y’

“Until this part of the world,” the “Daily Show” host explains, “starts to see past sectarian lines and national borders that, OK, we drew—we’ll give you that—the U.S. can’t fix this ... by waving a magic bomb.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

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U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales

9/11, ISIS and the New Politics of Foreign Policy

Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



Remembering Hiroshima in an Age of Neoliberal Barbarism

Once an emancipatory project predicated on the right to study and engage the past critically, history under the reign of neoliberalism has receded into a depoliticizing culture of consumerism, a wholesale attack on science, the glorification of military ideals, an embrace of the punishing state, and a nostalgic invocation of the greatest generation.

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Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



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President Poroshenko’s Gift to America

It seems evident that Barack Obama today still does not understand how much he owes to President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Bombs, Boots and Bluster Won’t Work

President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down—maddeningly so, some complain—but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Challenge With Islam

Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State—whichever goal President Obama chooses—will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Beyond the Sound Bite

In contemplating President Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music—it’s “better than it sounds”—comes to mind.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Pavel Golovkin

Do Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Even Know What They Want From Russia?

Within the same news conference, President Obama declared economic sanctions against Russia a huge success and said Russia had invaded Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC3 Chris Cavagnaro

Have We Gone to War Again?

I’d like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



The Guns of August

What, if anything, have we learned from the disaster of World War I? Look no farther than Gaza, or Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Gaza Update: Don’t Expect Quick Action by the International Criminal Court

The initiative to push the ICC into action rests with the Palestinians, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is stalling.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE


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White House/Pete Souza

Is Obama Too Thoughtful to Be President?

The presidency is not what it seems or what we (and the president) wish it were.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Has Surplus Military Gear Wound Up in Your City?

An interactive map of American counties lets readers see how many aircraft, armored vehicles, body armor, grenade launchers, vision accessories and assault rifles left over from the military-industrial complex’s bloody adventures in the Middle East have ended up in their hometown.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE


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