America the Great … Police State

Aug 2, 2012
Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal's essays over the last six years In a tribute to his legacy, we'll be rerunning his great works In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the US is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws -- only by armed men and force .
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Disgruntled Professor’s Murderous Past

Feb 14, 2010
Adding to the sensationalism, reports are showing that accusations of lethal violence against Harvard-educated biology professor Amy Bishop, arrested Friday in the killing of three at the University of Alabama, are not new. In 1986, accordingly to The New York Times, Bishop shot her brother to death, putting an additional twist on the Alabama carnage.

Prof. Gates Tells His Side of the Story, Chastises Policeman

Jul 22, 2009
Looks like Harvard professor and race scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. won't face criminal charges after last Thursday's unfortunate confrontation with a Cambridge, Mass., police officer, but the incident definitely touched off some reactions well beyond Harvard Square. Meanwhile, Gates has given his account of what happened and has called for an apology from the officer in question.

Truthdigger of the Week: Edwin O. Guthman

Sep 8, 2008
Truthdig tips its hat this week to Edwin O. Guthman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, World War II veteran, professor and former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy. Guthman, who died Aug. 31, was a true class act, a mentor to many and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, a top-notch editor who earned the No. 3 spot on President Richard Nixon's enemies list for what the Times called his "aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories." Updated

Truthdigger of the Day: Steve Almond

May 14, 2006
Almond, an adjunct professor at Boston College, has resigned his post to protest the college's choice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker. "I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both," he writes. Imagine if Colin Powell or George Tenet had shown this kind of moral fortitude. There might not have been a war.

Right-Wing Ivy Leaguers Try to Derail Juan Cole Appointment

Apr 20, 2006
The liberal U. of Michigan historian and outspoken Bush administration critic is reportedly close to receiving a tenured teaching position at Yale University. But a group of conservatives, led by a Yale and a Harvard student, are trying to queer the deal by painting Cole as anti-Semitic. Glenn Greenwald has the goods; Jane Hamsher has more.