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The Untold Story of Memorial Day: How Former Slaves Honored the Civil War Dead


The African-American history of the federal holiday has been nearly wiped from public memory.

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After Pat’s Birthday

Pat and Kevin Tillman

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This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman (pictured with his arm around Pat).

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Washington Post Keeps Running Op-Eds by Lobbyists Pushing Their Clients’ Weapons


They never disclose conflicts of interests.

Posted on May 27, 2017 READ MORE

Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul


This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

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Deal [a cartoon from the Netherlands]









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Media Coverage of Manchester Victims Should Be a Model for All Young Victims of War


As we process the suicide bombing in England, we should brace for another wave of innocent casualties, this time in Yemen, the target of U.S.-supported Saudi Arabian bombardment.

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Why the Streets of Saudi Arabia Were So Quiet During Trump’s Visit


Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It’s also against the law to “distort the reputation of the kingdom” or “break allegiance with the ruler.”

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Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deals With Saudi Arabia on His First Day Overseas


Included are $110 billion in American arms sales and other agreements that the Trump administration said will create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War


If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

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GOP Proves It’s Not ‘the Security Party’


A Republican president is scaring our allies away from tight cooperation against terrorism. (Pictured, Trump with a Russian diplomat.)

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How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes


Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Mosul on My Mind


Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE

The Hazards of Military Worship


An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE

‘The Coming War on China’ Discloses America’s Secret Military History in the Pacific


A new documentary by John Pilger exposes how U.S. military buildup in the Pacific has encircled China—and how local communities across Asia are resisting American nuclear and naval takeover.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE

The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker


It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE

Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media


The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa


While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world with huge, hard-to-miss complexes in Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

The Honeymoon of the Generals


Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

Director Laura Poitras Learns Why She Was Being Detained at Airports


For six years, the “Citizenfour” filmmaker was repeatedly stopped at airports without explanation. Recently, a lawsuit uncovered the startling reason.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Friendly Fire









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Posted on Apr 15, 2017 ENLARGE

Dennis Kucinich Questions White House’s Gas-Attack Narrative (Audio and Video)

The former U.S. House member tells Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept that, militarily and politically, it makes no sense “to engage in a chemical weapons attack.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Is This the ‘Worst Moment in American-Russian Relations’ Since the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Stephen Cohen (pictured, left), professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics and contributing editor at The Nation, analyzes the relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party


The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 READ MORE

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What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?


Donald Trump’s talk of finally winning again is a recipe for prolonging wars guaranteed to create more chaos and failed states in the Middle East, and possibly beyond.

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Bridges, Not Bombs, Would Make Donald Trump Truly Presidential


As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the chief executive bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media.

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In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars


The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

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U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan


The Massive Ordnance Air Blast—or MOAB—weapon was developed during the Iraq War but previously wasn’t used in combat. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal.

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Pentagon Admits Killing 18 U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident


The incident occurred days after President Trump took unilateral military action and bombed a Syrian government air base.

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Dereliction of Duty, Redux


All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

Jared Kushner in Charge









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Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade by It


For more than 15 years, the U.S. has been fighting essentially failed or failing wars—efforts that seem only to spread the terrorism they’re supposed to eradicate.

Posted on Apr 4, 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

Mainstream Media Soft-Pedaled Mosul Airstrike Headlines, Critics Charge


“[L]eading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable,” a Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting article says about the recent U.S.-led attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World


Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Campaign Against Islamic State Is Halted After U.S. Airstrikes in Mosul


President Trump may have loosened the rules of engagement for the U.S. Air Force, possibly producing more casualties in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Puzzling [a cartoon from the United Arab Emirates]









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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. 

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Meals on Wheels









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Trump’s Budget









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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

The Surge Delusion


Just as the military and the public misunderstood Vietnam, many contemporary officers and politicians rely on a mythical rendering of a successful surge in the Iraq War.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)


The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Poet Linh Dinh on the ‘Irrevocable Decline of the American Empire’ (Video)


The U.S. is a poor country, and Americans “refuse to see that,” Dinh (pictured on right) argues in a conversation with the Truthdig columnist during a new episode of “On Contact.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 READ MORE

What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?


The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE

The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran


Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

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