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Trump Is a Bull in the China Shop of Global Diplomacy


The president’s first trip abroad reaffirms his poor grasp of U.S. international relations.

Posted on May 26, 2017 READ MORE
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Has America No Sense of Decency?


If we are now a failed country, it is not because we have a failed presidency, although we do. It is because we are a failed people.

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Many-Sided, Overlapping Meanings of May Day


The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 READ MORE

American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell


This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

The Price of Resistance


To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

National Insecurity


Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE

Erdogan Hurls ‘Nazi’ Epithets as He Campaigns to Bolster His Power


Turkey’s president rips Germany and the Netherlands for blocking rallies among Turkish expats. Those rallies would support a referendum that could vastly increase Erdogan’s authority.

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Trump Picks Fights With Germany, U.K., NATO and EU


At this rate, we won’t have any allies soon.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel


President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

The Enemies [a cartoon from Germany]









Posted on Feb 21, 2017 ENLARGE

Jeremy Scahill on Donald Trump and the Military-Industrial Complex

In an interview with acTVism, the investigative journalist also discusses the significance of the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Germany’s Election [a cartoon from Slovakia]









Posted on Jan 10, 2017 ENLARGE

What About the NSA’s Hacking of American Allies?


The hyperventilating about alleged Russian hacking neglects to address similar actions by the U.S. against its friends.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Dec 27, 2016 ENLARGE

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

Robert Scheer: U.S. Pledge of $90 Million to Laos Glosses U.S. History of Terrorizing Civilians

If the word “terrorism” has any meaning, it applies to the U.S. bombings in Laos during the Vietnam War, says Truthdig’s editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Siege of Leningrad, Nazis and the Untold History of World War II in Russia and Estonia


A trip to Northern Europe and the former Soviet Union uncovers buried truths about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust—and reminds us of the power of travel to astound.

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TTIP Has ‘De Facto Failed,’ Says German Economic Minister


“Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

Angela Merkel: New Islamic Migrants Did Not Bring Radical Terrorism to Germany (Video)


The chancellor pointed out that despite the influx of about 1 million migrants and refugees in the past year, radicalism predated the rise of Islamic State and the current refugee crisis. 

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This Young Syrian Refugee Competing in the Rio Olympics Saved 20 Lives Doing What She Does Best


Eighteen-year-old Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini’s personal story is not only one of talent, but also of survival and heroism.

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Islamophobia Kills: German Munich Shooter Admired Anders Breivik and Killed Turks


The shooter at a Munich mall last week who killed nine and left 27 wounded was an admirer of right-wing Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, and he appears to have hated Muslims.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE

Writing as Resistance


Doomed writers buried their accounts of the Warsaw ghetto in the hope that they could teach whoever unearthed the documents about good, evil, indifference and the importance of the truth as an act of resistance. They have left us a trove of papers on how to construct a life of meaning.

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Is ‘Frexit’ Next? Other Euroskeptics May Follow Lead of U.K. and Seek Their Own Referendums (Video)

Turns out some of the arguments Brexit supporters used to rally voters to support their cause aren’t only applicable to the U.K.—and neither is the idea of leaving the European Union.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges on the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Video)

At Left Forum 2016, Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges explained how the early 20th-century revolutionary socialist’s philosophies are relevant to today’s struggle against capitalism.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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.

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Wall Street Stock Loans Are Draining $1 Billion a Year From German Taxpayers


Carefully timed deals help big money managers skirt dividend taxes in 20 countries, confidential documents show.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE

Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP


Sitting next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a summit in Germany, the U.S. president continued to ignore opponents as he defended the controversial agreement with European nations.

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Emblems of the Passing World


Poet Adam Kirsch, inspired by the photographs of August Sander, has created an important book about one of the 20th century’s most devastating eras. He especially illuminates a Germany that would soon be filled with the cancer of Nazism.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE

10,000 Migrant Children Missing in Europe, EU Police Agency Says


Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, says gangs throughout Europe are targeting young migrants for sex work and slavery.

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Teenage Girl Admits to Fabricating Migrant Rape Claim That Outraged Germany


A 13-year-old Russian-German girl has admitted to making up a story about being kidnapped and raped by Middle Eastern or North African migrants in a case that outraged Germans and caused far-right protests in Russia.

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Today’s Top Wind Energy Stories: Cost Down 60 Percent Since 2009 (Video)


In the United States, the cost of wind-generated electricity is down 66 percent since 2009, and there are now 50,000 wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power 19 million homes.

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Suspected Islamic State Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 10 in Istanbul


A deadly blast ripped through the city’s Sultanahmet tourist district Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15 more. Turkey’s prime minister placed blame for the attack on Islamic State.

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What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You


Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

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Germany Clarifies Netanyahu Comments: We’re Responsible for the Holocaust


The German government said Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel’s prime minister ignited a firestorm of controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

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Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton


In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

Moscow and Kiev in ‘Positive Mood’ After Talks in Paris on Ending Ukraine Conflict


Russian and Ukrainian officials expressed cautious optimism following discussions in which Russia pushed for Ukraine to take back legal control of eastern territories.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Hamburg Passes Law to Seize Vacant Buildings to House Refugees


As hundreds of refugees and other migrants flow into the German city of Hamburg each day, a new law will allow for the seizure of empty commercial buildings to house the newcomers. Some have had to sleep outdoors, an increasingly precarious situation as temperatures drop.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians


In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise


Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Seeks Talks With Russia Over Syria as Putin Conducts Naval Maneuvers Off Tartous (Video)


Cypriot officials are reporting that Russia has asked them to alter airline routes this week because it is planning naval military maneuvers off the Syrian coast near its leased naval base, Tartous.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Refugees Are Desperate and Perplexed as Germany Suddenly Closes Borders


Hordes fleeing war-torn Syria and other lands are struggling to understand why German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praised as “Mama Merkel” for opening her country’s borders in early September, closed them again barely eight days later.

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May Alan Kurdi’s Death Inspire Us to Create a World Without Borders


Children all over the world are suffering, and families remain trapped by artificial borders and legal requirements. Rather than simply increase quotas for some refugees, we need to envision a world where everyone has the right to flee violence and poverty.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: German Lawmaker on Why Wars Led by the U.S. Are at the Root of the Refugee Crisis

Annette Groth, a member of the German Parliament, recently returned from a trip to Hungary, where she saw thousands of migrants stranded at the Budapest train station. “What is the root for this massive migration?” she asks “Democracy Now!” “It is war, it is terror, and it is the former U.S. government who is accountable for it.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis


Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

As Many Governments Flail, Ordinary Europeans Are Making Extraordinary Gestures to Help Refugees


Immersed in the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union cannot get it together. But ordinary Europeans are doing amazing things.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?


Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals


This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

German Chancellor Says Her Country Can Take In Refugees Without Raising Taxes


As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since World War II, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany can take in a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants without suffering a significant economic toll.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

European Union Calls for Emergency Talks About Refugee Crisis


As several countries in the region—Hungary, Macedonia, Italy and Greece among them—struggle to deal with staggering numbers of refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, European Union leaders have decided it’s time for an emergency summit on the subject.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 READ MORE

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