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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,” writes Ben Norton about the recent U.S.-led attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis.

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


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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What Happens When All We Have Left Is the Pentagon?


If your military is the only well-funded, well-stocked arm of the government, it’s obvious whom you’re going to turn to in any crisis.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Charlie Liteky, Decorated U.S. Army Chaplain Turned Peace Activist


The former Roman Catholic priest, who died Jan. 20, was the only American to renounce the Medal of Honor.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Checking In With Trump Supporters

By Clara Romeo

We interviewed fans of the new president to learn what drew them to the inauguration and to discover their hopes for his administration.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Pentagon Reportedly Concealed Internal Study Revealing It Wasted $125 Billion


A new investigative report by The Washington Post shows that leaders within the Pentagon buried evidence that it was wasting billions over concerns that Congress would make budget cuts.

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With Obama’s Help, Commander in Chief Trump Will Wield Abundant Military and Surveillance Power


An unaccountable drone program, an FBI with a record of spying on mosques and activists, and a surveillance empire are among the powers currently held in check with restraints as durable as tissue paper.

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Signing Bonuses









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Tom Hayden’s New Port Huron Statement


From the archives: The veteran social activist wrote a new preface to the manifesto that helped shape a generation’s views on racial equality, participatory democracy and the military-industrial complex.

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Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq


As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

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Soldier’s Pay









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All-Female Crew of Pro-Palestinian Activists Attempts to Break Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza

Col. Ann Wright, a former U.S. diplomat, was one of 13 women on board a yacht seized by Israeli military forces for breaching the blockade.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

States Wring Major Settlement From Retailer That Sued Soldiers


A coalition of attorneys general representing 49 states and the District of Columbia announced a deal with USA Discounters that requires it to pay $40 million in penalties and wipe out more than $95 million in debt for past customers, many of them service members.

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How We Could End the Permanent State of War


Despite the fact that the war state appears to be riding high, circumstances may favor a frontal challenge to that condition for the first time in many years.

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The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)


Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

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Chris Hedges on the Role of the Media in Perpetuating ‘Endless War in the Middle East’

In a new interview, the Truthdig columnist explains how both political parties and the media are accountable for radical terrorism in America—and how it can be stopped.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Less Than One Percent









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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.

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Will Peace Ever Be the Norm Again in the United States?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with peace activist Frank Dorrel to discuss how we can strengthen the peace movement.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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.

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15 Years After 9/11, Can We Recover Our Republic?


The Founding Fathers thought keeping a standing army was a danger to democracy. The great wars of the 20th century appear to have left the United States with a permanent standing army—a state of affairs only reinforced by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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How Everything Became War


As the distinction between war and peace has blurred, international law has not kept pace with the smudging of this line. Unless we build legal foundations that stand some chance of containing war, we invite further chaos, endangering future generations.

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The Mission









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‘Paying the Price for Peace’ Tells an Epic Story of Courage and Commitment


S. Brian Willson’s tour of duty in Vietnam changed his views forever. “We are not worth more. They are not worth less,” he decided about those in lands where Americans go to war. Since his military service he has dedicated his life to the anti-war movement at great personal cost.

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Mr. Erdogan Leads Turkey









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The Man Who Captured Abu Zubaydah Says It’s Time to End His Ordeal and Send Him Home


If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court. It’s a terrible precedent and a threat even to U.S. citizens. We should immediately release the alleged terrorist.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction


Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

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U.S.-Allied Kurds Advance in Northeast Syria (Video)


Clashes continued Sunday as Kurdish fighters drove the Syrian army from districts of the city of Hasaka.

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Dragon Rising? China Seeks Closer Military Cooperation With Syria


A Chinese official on a visit to Damascus announced that Beijing intends to strengthen its military relationship with the Syrian government, but affirmed that China would avoid involvement in the civil war.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE

Do Russia’s First Strikes on Syria From Iranian Air Bases Change Everything? (Video)


Russian bombers for the first time took off from bases in Iran to carry out airstrikes on rebel targets in Syria—a move that is unprecedented in recent decades and raises many questions.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE

Looming Aleppo Battle an Indictment of Both Sides in Civil War for Breaking Cease-Fire


The only thing worse than the new hero status of Abu Mohammad al-Julani and his Army of Syrian Conquest is the news that he plans to subject all of Aleppo.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 READ MORE

Pentagon Tapping In to Social Science to Target Activist Movements


A report published by The Guardian explains how the Minerva Initiative is partnering with universities to militarize social science and better understand the factors behind civil unrest.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE

Commander in Chief









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Trump’s Preferences









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Turkish People-Power Foils Attempted Coup


Among the reasons for the failure of the overthrow attempt by Turkey’s military was the determined stance of the people, who stood up for their democracy even though about half of them deeply dislike President Erdogan.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Will Finally Release Information on Civilians Killed by Drone Strikes—Will It Be Accurate?


The administration is reportedly prepared to disclose that 100 civilians have been killed in the strikes, but critics argue that the number is much higher.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Live at Truthdig: Does America Care About the Costs and Consequences of War?

Peace activist and veteran Ron Kovic was our guest Thursday on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism


In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE

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