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In this recent appearance on GRITtv, "The World As It Is" author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talks with host Laura Flanders about the murder of Osama bin Laden and cuts through the noise to pose some tough questions about America's fighting style. (more)

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Laura Flanders points out that Interpol’s pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations is yet another example of women’s bodies serving ulterior political motives. Where is Interpol, Flanders asks, for the sexually assaulted women of the U.S. military or those in Haitian refugee camps?

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Those of us who read author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges' work on a regular basis know how sharp and steady his aim is when it comes to pointing out widespread societal ills and the treachery of power However, that's not to say (continued).

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The "Shock Doctrine" author tells Laura Flanders, "We have to build that independent left. It has to be so strong and so radical and so militant and so powerful that it becomes irresistible."

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Is the unflagging popularity of reality television a sign of the entertainment industry's relentless reliance on producing fodder for the lowest common denominator -- or a symptom, as Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in this clip from "GRITtv With Laura Flanders," of a society in serious moral decline?

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