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Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Is Making an ‘Immersive Theatre Project’


The project, based on the band’s own experiences while sentenced and imprisoned for their art, “is a part of Pussy Riot’s bigger campaign for a prison reform,” member Nadya Tolokonnikova (pictured) tells Truthdig.

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A Veteran ICE Agent Speaks Out: ‘We Seem to Be Targeting the Most Vulnerable People’


The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official, who chose to remain anonymous, adds that he sees more “contempt” in the agency’s culture under the Trump administration.

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The Accomplice









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The Trillion-Dollar ‘National Security’ Budget


Between Pentagon waste and the U.S. record of misguided wars, it’s clear that much of this spending isn’t making anyone any safer.

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Mexico’s Drug War Is Bloodier and Bloodier


Homicide records are being broken in the United States’ southern neighbor, and American hands are far from clean.

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Tensions Over Mosque in Israel Could Impact Jordan


Incidents at the Aqsa Mosque (pictured)—perhaps the world’s most sensitive religious site—are followed by violence at the Israeli Embassy in the Jordanian capital.

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Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?


Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them.

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64 Years After the Korean War, the North Is Still Digging Up Bombs


Decades after it ended, the conflict is still yielding thousands of leftover explosives—virtually all of them American.

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Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for Its Bucks


The state is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, and others are not far behind, largely because of unfunded pension liabilities. But solutions exist.

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How Betsy DeVos, the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump Are Selling Our Schools to the Highest Bidder


Does anyone really think corporate profiteers are going to educate our children well?

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The Real Political Obstacle Facing Single-Payer


Universal health care is hitting a snag, but there may be a way around it; Democrats should give up on centrism if they want to win elections; as photo forgeries improve, are people getting better at spotting them?

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Climate Change May Bring More Rain to California


Contrary to most predictions, a new study suggests that the Golden State could be 12 percent wetter by the end of the century.

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Republicans Are Right: Going to College Hurts


New polling shows most Republicans think colleges have a negative impact on the country. They might be right—but not for the reasons you might expect them to give.

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Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia


If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

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Senators Engage in a New Bipartisan Effort to Pass Dream Act


Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin (pictured right) hope to succeed in passing legislation giving undocumented young immigrants a path to citizenship.

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U.S. Bill Would Make It a Felony to Support the International Boycott Against Israel (Video)

Amy Goodman discusses bills targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel with Rabbi Joseph Berman and The Intercept’s Ryan Grim. (Pictured, a rally for BDS in New York.)

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Stand With Sanders Against ‘Pro-Fracking’ Bill, Environmentalists Urge Senate Democrats


Amid Democratic silence, Sen. Bernie Sanders is winning praise for condemning what environmental groups call a “giveaway to oil and gas interests.”

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Dunkirk Represents a Big Disgrace and a Great Moment in British History


Winston Churchill called the World War II battle “a colossal military disaster” and the evacuation “a miracle of deliverance.”

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Meet the GOP Insider Who Created White Nationalist Richard Spencer


Retired Chicago business executive William H. Regnery II (pictured, right) provided Spencer (pictured, left) with the platform he needed to launch the “alt-right” movement.

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Trump Is Reported to Be Discussing Possibility of Pardoning Himself, Relatives or Aides


Legal options are explored by the president as special counsel Robert Mueller turns to the Trump family’s personal finances, The Washington Post says.

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‘Nobody Speak’: How Billionaires Are Silencing the First Amendment (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Brian Knappenberger (pictured) about his new documentary on billionaire Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker Media. Transcript added.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary


After Spicer abruptly quits, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is named to replace him.

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How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans


A report by ProPublica reveals how the military is using unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country. (Pictured, nerve gas incinerators in Utah.)

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Living in the Rubble: A Short History of the 21st Century


In the U.S., there is no sense of responsibility for the spread of terrorism, the crumbling of states, the tide of refugees and the destruction of some of the world’s great cities.

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We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics


We’ll be sentenced Monday for an act of civil disobedience that was neither violent nor angry. Rather it was a plea to government to be responsive to the people.

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Repeal & Whatever (Video)









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For James Cromwell, the Fight Against Fossil Fuels Is No Act


The much-honored veteran of movies and television cares about the environment, and to protect it he’s willing to go to jail—which is precisely where he was last weekend.

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Doctors Say Sen. John McCain Has a Brain Tumor


The 80-year-old Arizonan has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

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Hillary Clinton Is Losing Popularity Among Those Who Voted for Her, New Poll Shows


The sentiment of Clinton voters is said to reflect Democratic politicians’ angst about how to position themselves for 2018.

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Rep. Barbara Lee Slams Paul Ryan for Killing Endless-War Repeal ‘in the Dead of Night’


The California Democrat’s amendment, part of the 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill, called for ending a measure that underlays U.S. warfare in the Mideast.

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Bannon’s Plan









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Nuclear War Would Set Off Climate Catastrophe


The explosion of even a single warhead could chill the atmosphere and cause a “nuclear drought,” new study finds.

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Trump’s Support Falling Among Swing-State Voters Who Elected Him, Recent Polls Find


A third of voters, however, remain unapologetic fans.

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Coulter Flies









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The Women’s March Is Poised to Become a Movement (Photo Essay)

Much as Standing Rock came to symbolize so much more than a pipeline fight, the Women’s March also has the potential to become the nexus of various social justice struggles.

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Turkey’s Erdogan Marks Anniversary of Failed Coup With More Crackdowns


The Turkish president vows to sign any law sent to him reinstating the death penalty, and he fires 7,000 more government workers on political grounds.

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Two More GOP Senators Oppose Health Care Bill, Killing It for Now


The latest effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare” is fatally wounded as Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas come out against it. (Pictured, Mitch McConnell.)

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To Bea or Not to Bea









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The New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party


For more than a year, the U.S. ruling class, with Democratic Party and corporate media operatives in the vanguard, has frozen the national political discourse in a McCarthyite time warp.

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Whistleblower John Kiriakou Tells Robert Scheer How the CIA Returned to Its Violent Roots After 9/11

The CIA-analyst-turned-whistleblower sits down with Truthdig’s editor in chief for a discussion about intelligence and counterterrorism in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.


Is America one big con game?

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Brownie Points









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Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN


Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

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25 Percent of Australian Homes Have Switched to Solar, and Other Green Triumphs This Week


Renewables continue to take the world by storm, which is good news for the climate.

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America









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The Life of Caliph Washington


In a country that expresses reverence for due process, a 17-year-old is arrested, put on trial, sentenced to death, then shuttled among death row cellblocks for 13 years, all for a crime he didn’t commit.

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