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You Won’t Like It, but Here’s the Answer on Islamic State

Some advice for your presidential candidate of choice—whoever he or she might be. Just don’t expect it to necessarily be an easy sell to all Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE


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War Talk, Jingoism and White Supremacy at GOP Debate

The GOP presidential debate Thursday night veered even further right on international issues, given the absence of Rand Paul, who represents the party’s libertarian wing, which is less interested in foreign wars.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE



Weapons Industry Revenue Forecaster Enthuses Over Global Turmoil

Contrary to expectations that revenues would fall as the U.S. downsized its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the professional services firm Deloitte gushes in a new report that “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in military spending.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Why ‘Collateral Damage’ Elicits So Little Empathy Among Americans

Journalists and rivals called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on his inane and ruthless suggestion that the United States begin carpet-bombing Islamic State forces in Syria. But his poll numbers still crept up.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Syrians Under Siege Since July Say They Are Eating Leaves and Dying of Starvation

Roughly 30,000 residents of a Syrian town a few dozen miles from the capital, Damascus, say they are trapped and dying of starvation as a result of a monthslong siege by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



American War Crimes: Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter

There’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Borders of Love, Borders of War

In a Turkish city near the Syrian conflict zone, an ancient tide of passions—both human and political—moves millions.

Posted on Jan 5, 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



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE



El Nino and War Are Driving Aid Agencies to the Brink

Governments must act immediately to end conflicts and counter the impact of climate disruption to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe affecting millions.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



At 70, Baby Boomers Face a New Acid Test

Can a generation that turned the world on its ear in so many ways conquer the cancer of corporate domination?

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Military Lobbyists Brag About Getting Presidential Candidates to Favor War

An email to supporters shows a recently formed defense industry group congratulating itself for getting Republican presidential candidates to demand the escalation of U.S. military action in Syria.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


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Truthdiggers of the Week: Those Who Uncovered Navy SEAL Abuse of Prisoners in Afghanistan

A handful of U.S. personnel made reports on the lethal brutality after it occurred in 2012, and their accounts were brought to public attention by three New York Times writers last week. This combined effort has informed the American citizenry, once again, about atrocities committed in its name.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 21, 2015 ENLARGE



The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015

Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


War Party









Posted on Dec 18, 2015 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah: It’s Almost Like Republican Candidates Are Trying to Scare Their Way Into Office

“The Daily Show” host weighs in on Republicans’ fear-mongering tactics at Tuesday night’s debate.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Washington to Whomever: Please Fight Islamic State for Us

The United States will send in planes, advisers and special-ops guys if the Arabs, Kurds, Turks, Sunnis and/or Shiites will please step in soon and get America off the hook.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Reckless War Against Evil

After the attacks in Paris, Barack Obama called Islamic State “the face of evil.” The “evildoers” are back. And from every mountaintop, it seems, America rings with calls to ramp up its war machine.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



In the Fantasyland Your Neighbors Live in, More War Is a Smart Idea

People in the United States believe that Islamic State is present within the United States trying to kill them. You can’t poll them on what to do in the actual universe, because they’re living in la-la land.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



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



AUDIO: Defense Contractors Tell Investors That Escalating Conflicts Are Good for Business

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., recently that they stand to profit from escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Former Defense Intelligence Head Admits Islamic State Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks out about how U.S. foreign policy has helped create and foster the growth of global terrorism.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘What War Is Good For’: A Painful Indictment of What Has Now Become the American Way

Jay Sizemore’s poem ponders why the U.S. is involved in war after war, a question that becomes increasingly relevant as the country continues interfering in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Elections Within the Context of American Empire

In an interview with teleSUR’s Abby Martin, the renowned thinker and linguist discusses his take on the candidates running for president in 2016 and whether any of them can be considered anti-war.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



One Night in Kunduz, One Morning in New York

I know that the strike was carried out by U.S.-backed, Saudi-led forces, and that it happened only a few days after the Obama administration approved an $11 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. But I can’t tell you much more.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



We Are in Pitiless Times

After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



Democratic Candidates Reject War Talk and Islamophobia in the Wake of the Paris Attacks (Video)

At the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday night, the Paris attacks dominated as a concern. Unlike the Republican field, which is somewhat divided on a response, the Democrats agree that all-out war is undesirable.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



American War in the 21st Century: A Scam, a Swindle and a Fraud

In the post-9/11 years, “reconstruction” and “war” have really been euphemisms for what, in other countries, would be recognized as a massive system of corruption.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



How to Thank a Veteran on Veterans Day

Please don’t call us “heroes.” Honor our service by telling us you participate in our democracy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Paris Climate Summit Will Be a Peace Conference

A failure to cap carbon emissions will bring on not just climate shocks, but also worldwide instability, insurrection and warfare. In this sense, the COP-21 in Paris in November should be considered perhaps the most significant peace convocation in history.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE


Syria Boots









Posted on Oct 31, 2015 ENLARGE



Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing From the Iraq Experience

The former secretary of state could shatter the presidential glass ceiling for women, but as U.S. leader she’d leave the old boys’ military-industrial complex intact.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: U.N. Report Calls on Governments to Protect Whistleblowers, Not Prosecute Them

In a dramatic new report, the U.N. envoy charged with protecting free speech around the globe has declared that confidential sources and whistleblowers are a fundamental element of a healthy democracy. Here, Edward Snowden describes how “a whistleblower almost has to become comfortable with the idea of becoming a martyr, because the probability of retaliation is so certain.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Secret to Winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Keep the U.S. Military Out

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy ... in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”—the opposite of what the U.S. did.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Warns U.N. of AI Threat ‘a Few Years Away’

Experts in artificial intelligence, lawyers and activists gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday to warn against a growing reliance on “stupid AI” that could prove disastrous.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Palestinians and Israelis March Together for Peace

An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian teenager Saturday morning in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. As the death toll in the conflict rises amid concerns over a third intifada, hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched through the streets of Jerusalem later that evening, chanting “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: The ‘Drone Papers’ Whistleblower

Thanks to an anonymous source’s exposure of the inner workings of America’s drone war, we now know that nearly 90 percent of people killed in recent strikes in Afghanistan were not the intended targets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets

In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The Intercept this week published the most extensive look to date at the U.S. drone assassination program. Here, Scahill, the lead author of the exposé, “The Drone Papers,” talks to Democracy Now!

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Analysts Knew Afghan Site Destroyed in Airstrike Was a Hospital, AP Says

American special operations analysts were gathering intelligence on the Afghan hospital, run by Doctors Without Borders, in Kunduz because they believed it was being used by a Pakistani operative to coordinate Taliban activity.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



Five Great American Hypocrisies

American “exceptionalism” exists in the minds of superpatriots who are more than willing to overlook their own faults as they place themselves above other people. The only question may be which of their self-serving hypocrisies is the most outrageous and destructive.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime

To call the U.S. bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, a war crime and to demand reparations, healing and a public rethinking of the aims of this war is perhaps the most effective way we have to address war itself, to stand up to its powerful perpetrators and to put a halt to their uncontrolled behavior.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Russian Airstrikes in Syria: What’s Really Going On?

President Obama commented Friday that Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria is driving moderate opposition underground and “only strengthening” the terror group Islamic State. So, what are the Russians really doing in Syria and why? Are they bombing Islamic State, or just saying they are?

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



It’s Safe to Be Paranoid in the U.S.

If you look at the country that its top politicians hardly mention without defensively wielding the words “exceptional” or “indispensable,” the exceptional thing is this: As a great power, the United States still stands alone on planet earth, and Americans can exhibit all the paranoia they want in remarkable safety and security.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: A Simple Animation Perfectly Explains Syria and the Refugee Crisis

This animation illustrates the complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war and the resulting refugee crisis. Looking at the different roles and responses within the international community, the video shows how we must address the crisis with humanity and reason.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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