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It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy


A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE
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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home


If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

In Afghanistan, America’s Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception


That a few thousand troops could reverse the present situation and ensure progress toward victory is a fantasy.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 READ MORE

Female Business Owners Undermine Afghanistan’s Patriarchal Society


Under the Taliban, women were rarely seen in business, but that is starting to change.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Young Afghan Girls Share Their World Through Photography


A female photojournalist whose photo of a farmer became famous in 2004 provides workshops for teenage girls in the hopes that they, too, will find success.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE

For Afghan Women Seeking Divorce, a Wild Goose Chase


Afghan civil law does not give women the right to divorce. “Here, a woman’s voice is not heard,” says a law student who spent four years in court ending her abusive marriage.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 READ MORE

The Injustices of Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment


President Obama finally ends Manning’s prison ordeal but has never acted on the war crimes the whistleblower exposed.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

Rubab Player Breaks Down Barriers for Female Musicians in Afghanistan


“Music is for boys and not girls,” 22-year-old Fazila Zamir was told. Now she is proving her instructors wrong by performing on television and leading an all-male band.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

What It’s Like to Be Married at 7 Years Old


Despite high maternal and child mortality rates, Afghanistan maintains its custom of child marriage, subjecting victims to lives of poverty and misery.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE

Ending the Cycle of Shaming Afghan Women’s Bodies


The stigmatization of female sexuality in Afghan culture has lifelong consequences for girls and women who lack understanding of menstrual health hygiene.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

Given Away as a Child Bride, Afghan Woman Describes 24 Years of Abuse


After decades of captivity made possible by an inhumane custom, this 36-year-old whispers to a female reporter, “How am I still alive?”

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

Afghan Girl Dressed as a Boy for Six Years so She Could Go to School


At 5 years old, I knew I couldn’t end up like my mother and grandmother. So I attended school as “Mohammed” to escape the cycle of illiteracy in our village.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voices in Battle for Equality


In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, social media gives women a way to air and share their views.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

Manning and the Gangster State


Patrick Semansky / AP

In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

The Year of the Commando


In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, U.S. special operations forces waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare during 2016.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was ‘One Long Atrocity’ (Video)

Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” discuss how American wars of occupation are “primarily about murder.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

It’s 2016: Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?


In how many countries is U.S. ordnance taking its toll in the nearly 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war Donald Trump will inherit?

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Picks Retired Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis for Defense Secretary


“It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right upfront with you, I like brawling,” Mattis said in 2005, speaking about the American invasion of Afghanistan.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East


The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE

International Criminal Court Says U.S. and CIA ‘Appear’ to Have Committed War Crimes


ICC prosecutors say they will decide “imminently” on whether to pursue a full investigation into the alleged abuses.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

‘Informed Rant’: Toxic ‘Burn Pits’ Poisoned American Veterans

As we honor our veterans this Friday, listen to this episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast, in which he speaks with author and former Marine Joseph Hickman.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’


In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

In Historic First, International Criminal Court to Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan


The ICC has famously failed to investigate powerful Western nations but has prosecuted African dictators, a disparity so glaring that several African countries recently quit the court, condemning it as the “International Caucasian Court.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’


The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE

‘Joint Way Forward’ Deal Does Not Lead to Peace or Progress for Afghans


The bilateral deal between the European Union and Afghanistan is another example of double standards and reinforces how little some people’s lives are valued in today’s world.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan


Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 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

Xenophobia and Hate Exacerbate the Plight of Refugees Around the World


According to Oxfam, the six wealthiest countries—the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom—“host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE

After Pat’s Birthday

Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman family

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat (left) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. About two years later Kevin wrote a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

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

What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?


The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme. As usual, the little people are the ones who lost big.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE

Charge Abu Zubaydah With a Crime or Free Him


Al-Qaida’s reported No. 3 operative is a bad guy, but he did not help plot the Sept. 11 attacks and has provided no actionable intelligence since his capture—and subsequent torture—in March 2002.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Delays U.S. Withdrawal From ‘Precarious’ Afghanistan (Video)


The president surprised observers Wednesday when he announced a plan for 8,400 U.S. troops to remain in the country when he leaves office in January.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up


The administration’s tally is at odds with those of leading nongovernmental organizations, and its lack of transparency makes it impossible for the public to assess its claims.

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

Obama Should Demand FBI Director James Comey’s Resignation Today


The FBI’s ongoing, long-term incompetence has led to the deaths of far too many Americans. San Bernardino and Orlando are only the beginning.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Antal, Former Army Chaplain Who Resigned Over Military Policy


Antal first made headlines in 2012, when he posted a sermon condemning U.S. foreign policy. Now, he has made waves by publicly resigning from his religious role in the Army because of the Obama administration’s drone and nuclear policies.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Jun 1, 2016 ENLARGE

On Memorial Day, U.S. Troops Are at War With Islamic State Near Mosul


On Memorial Day, it is well to remember that U.S. troops are still at war.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE

One Child’s Harrowing Journey From Afghanistan to Sweden


She was only 14 when her mother decided that Nasima’s best hope for a future meant leaving her home, her family and everything she knew to make a grueling trek to Europe.

Posted on May 19, 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

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

U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Lie of Patriotism


A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE

We All Are Islamic State


The killings in Brussels or Paris and the killings in U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria or Libya perpetuate the same dark lusts. The savage tit-for-tat game will not end until we rouse ourselves from our hypnotized state. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts


Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use


“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE

‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Movie Review: A Peek Inside the Bubble of Wartime Kabul


As a reporter facing the horrors and absurdities of the Afghanistan War, Tina Fey is reliably funny and at times profound.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE

How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower


In the American failure in Afghanistan lies the greatest policy paradox of the century: Washington’s massive military juggernaut has been stopped dead in its steel tracks by a pink flower, the opium poppy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Woman in the Presidency Is Simply Not Enough


Hillary Clinton is touting her gender as one of the central appeals of her campaign, but as recent history in Afghanistan shows, simply giving women a “seat at the table” doesn’t necessarily improve women’s lives.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE

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