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In Pictures: The Inaugural Truthdig Trek

Trek Group Photo

This summer’s inaugural Truthdig Trek with Chris Hedges was truly an adventure. Check out this slide show of photos from the Trek—and see what some of our participants have to say.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN
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Freedom in the Grace of the World


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We are fooled by virtual mirages into mistaking the busy, corporate hives of human activity and the salacious images and gossip that clog our minds as real. The natural world, the real world, on which our life depends, is walled off from view as it is systematically slaughtered.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE

Truthdig Wins Big at L.A. Press Club Awards

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We’re pleased to announce that Truthdig won four first-place honors, more than any other website, in the Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday evening in Los Angeles.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE

A ‘Prophecy’ Worth Watching


Ari Mintz

Theater, which at its best makes us more human and humane, has become increasingly mediocre, produced as spectacle or driven by the presence of Hollywood celebrities.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE

The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger


Truthdig collage based on a White House photo by Pete Souza

Tens of millions of Americans are creating a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and shutting out all those they define as the enemy.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists


AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE

The Greeks Get It


AP / Petros Giannakouris

Here’s to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. Call a general strike. Riot. Shut down the city centers. Toss the bastards out.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE

BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’


U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin Stumberg

These deformed individuals carrying out the global genocide against human life and the natural world lack the capacity for empathy. They possess the peculiar ability to organize vast, destructive bureaucracies and yet remain blind to the ramifications.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE

America: The Silence of a Nation

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Truthdig columnist and author Chris Hedges has some very strong words for the Israeli and American governments, condemning their roles in the ongoing conflict with Gaza in this clip from Hedges’ speech at Revolution Books in New York City last year.

 

Posted on May 14, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche


AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE

No One Cares


U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE

Hedges Joins Kucinich, Scahill for Teach-In on Ending U.S. Wars

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Did Congress declare war on Afghanistan according to the rules set forth in the Constitution? According to David Swanson, who joined Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, Ann Wright and Josh Steiber for a teach-in Thursday on Capitol Hill ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

The New Secessionists


The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Poverty and the Permanent Lower Class

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In an April 10 speech for the Poverty Initiative, at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Chris Hedges cuts right to the chase: “I think we have to face the fact that the Poverty Initiative and the civil rights movement failed,” he says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’


AP / Hussein Malla

America’s greatest intellectual says, “The mood of the country is frightening. The level of anger, frustration and hatred of institutions is not organized in a constructive way. It is going off into self-destructive fantasies.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE

How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader
AP / Carolyn Kaster

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE

Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism’?


AP / Jae C. Hong

Fritz Stern wrote “In Germany there was a yearning for fascism before fascism was invented.” It is the yearning that we now see, and it is dangerous.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE

Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot


AP / Muhammed Muheisen

The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE

Calling All Rebels


AP / Ben Margot

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE

‘Hurt Locker’ Wins Big at Oscars


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It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (continued)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE

Hedges Talks Capitalism in Michael Moore Interview

In a newly available interview, Truthdig’s Chris Hedges sits down with filmmaker Michael Moore and poignantly argues that capitalism is driving humanity’s downfall. Moore conducted the interview for his latest movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” but eventually cut it from the documentary.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama


AP / Chris Carlson

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on ‘The Death and Life of American Journalism’

book cover

Traditional media is dying, the virtual future is here and a new book takes a close look at what it all means—and it ain’t pretty.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE

Boycott FedEx


AP / Elise Amendola

Now that unions have been broken, rapacious corporations like FedEx and toadies in Congress and the White House are turning workers into serfs.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE

The Information Super-Sewer


The Internet has become one more tool hijacked by corporate interests to accelerate our cultural, political and economic decline.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on the Corporatocracy

In this interview, Chris Hedges elaborates on his Truthdig column that says democracy in America is a useful fiction.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

The Terror-Industrial Complex


AP / Fareed Khan

The conviction of the Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui in New York last week of trying to kill American military officers and FBI agents illustrates that the greatest danger to our security comes not from al-Qaida but the thousands of shadowy mercenaries, kidnappers, killers and torturers our government employs around the globe.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on ‘Illusion,’ Corporatism and Inverted Totalitarianism

Geithner and Summers

In this interview with Vermont Public Radio’s Neal Charnoff, “Empire of Illusion” author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges emphasizes what makes his book’s argument different from that of the stereotypical elder who disapproves of emerging artistic and cultural forms: “I’m not attacking culture, I’m attacking corporatism,” he tells Charnoff. (continued)

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News


AP / Elaine Thompson

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE

‘Free Fahad’: Protesters Speak Up for Jailed Muslim American

Fahad Hashmi

He’s been held in solitary confinement in a New York jail for, as of this posting, 824 days on charges of supporting al-Qaida, but supporters of 29-year-old Fahad Hashmi, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, believe Hashmi’s case represents a potential threat to Americans’ civil liberties and took to the NYC streets for a demonstration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Turning King’s Dream Into a Nightmare

MLK and Malcolm X
AP / Henry Griffin

Martin Luther King Day has become a yearly ritual to turn a black radical into a red-white-and-blue icon. It has become a day to celebrate ourselves for “overcoming” racism and “fulfilling” King’s dream. It is a day filled with old sound bites about little black children and little white children that, given the state of America, would enrage King.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE

Wall Street Will Be Back for More


AP / Richard Drew

When the bailout trillions run out, Wall Street’s maladjusted gamblers will come back for more until our currency becomes junk. Not that any of these people, who exhibit the same traits as psychopaths, have thought this through.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Obama, Michael Jackson, ‘Empire of Illusion’

Chris Hedges

Never one to shrink from a strong debate, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges comes out swinging in this lecture recorded last month, giving his audience at the New School in New York City more than a few big ideas to grapple with about our current president, the state of our democracy and the cancer of celebrity culture in contemporary American society.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See


AP / Adem Hadei

The state and the press work hard to keep the reality of war hidden. We rarely see images that capture the evil of war, what it does to young minds and bodies.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists


AP / Mary Altaffer

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE

Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph


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Ralph Nader describes his new book as a “practical utopia.” His quixotic answer to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” it is a window into the world the consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate wishes he could create.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War


Collage: Gravel photo from Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Few voices in American politics have been as consistent, as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel, on a chilly December morning, is in front of the White House, not inside it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE

Kucinich, Hedges, Nader Rally at the White House

A who’s who of opponents of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke at a rally at Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, on Saturday. Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Liberals Are Useless


AP / Jens Meyer

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Books About War

Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist, veteran war correspondent and author of “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” tells “On the Media” that when it comes to capturing war, “fiction is a better medium.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Addicted to Nonsense


AP / Kiichiro Sato

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? We stand on the cusp of one of the most seismic events in human history and our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE

Refuse Allegiance to Coal


AP / Oded Balilty

There are some 614 coal-fired power plants in the United States, and it is up to us to shut them down. No one in the White House will do it. No one in Congress will do it. And no one at the coming U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen will do it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE

Hedges and Friends Debate Illusion, Conservatism and 9/11

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Chris Hedges, George Packer and Sam Tanenhaus mix it up on this Miami Book Fair panel about the fascinating times in which we live. Don’t miss Hedges take on the charge that his lingo is limited to the Harvard set.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

The New State Solution


AP / Hatem Moussa

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel’s 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE

Afghanistan’s Sham Army


AP / David Guttenfelder

American military commanders measure progress by the swelling size of the Afghan army, although the force is said to be poorly trained, sympathetic to the Taliban and the scourge of local populations.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE

Opium, Rape and the American Way


AP / Musadeq Sadeq

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE

War Is a Hate Crime


AP / Rafiq Maqbool

The first major federal civil rights law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, passed last week, was attached to a measure funding ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE

A Reality Check From the Brink of Extinction

Greenland melting
AP / John McConnico

The oil and natural gas industry, the coal industry, arms and weapons manufacturers, industrial farms, deforestation industries, the automotive industry and chemical plants will not willingly accept their own extinction. They are indifferent to the looming human catastrophe.

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 READ MORE

The Victims of Pornography


AP / Jae C. Hong

Pornography does not promote sex. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE

Globalization Goes Bankrupt

G-20 protest zone
AP / Gene J. Puskar

The rage of the disposed is fracturing the country, dividing it into camps that are unmoored from the political mainstream. Movements are building on the ends of the political spectrum that have lost faith in the mechanisms of democratic change. You can’t blame them. But unless we on the left move quickly, this rage will be captured by a virulent and racist right wing, one that seeks a disturbing proto-fascism. 

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE

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