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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.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 READ MORE
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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.

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 READ MORE

A Former CIA Analyst Explains Why Denuclearization Is Crucial to Stabilizing U.S.-Russia Relations

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Melvin Goodman (pictured) about agency failures and the future of U.S.-Russia ties. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Folly of the Next ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan


With Donald Trump’s generals considering renewed action, a U.S. Army strategist recalls his time in Afghanistan in 2011.

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 READ MORE

Islamic State Blows Up Historic Nuri Mosque in Mosul


The militant group claims the United States struck the site, but the U.S. Air Force denies it bombed that part of the Iraqi city.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE

Vehicle Hits Pedestrians Near London Mosque; One Arrest Is Made


Eyewitnesses say a van appeared to veer and strike people intentionally. (Update: Authorities are now treating the incident as an act of terrorism against Muslims. One person is dead, and at least 10 are injured.)

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 READ MORE

Republicans Keep Missing the Point About Gun Violence—Even When They’re the Targets


Wednesday’s attack on a GOP sports team in Alexandria, Va., offers yet another lesson about gun control, but party politics have gotten in the way.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 READ MORE

The Age of Anger


Many among the billions of humans cast aside by modernity, denied access to the prosperity, freedom and stability enjoyed by global elites, have risen in fury to extract vengeance against those who betrayed them. 

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 READ MORE

The Tillerson-Trump Rumble Over Qatar Shows White House Divisions


The U.S. has two foreign policies: that of the former ExxonMobil CEO who is an old Middle East hand, and that of a Queens real estate mogul who became president.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

London Mayor Urges Britain to Disinvite Trump


The president’s shameful and out-of-context attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) have reminded us of how boorish Donald Trump can be. Britain agrees.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Theresa May to Resign Over Police Cuts (Video)


Three days before an election that could change the course of British history, the Labour Party leader questions the prime minister’s record.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 READ MORE

Seven People Killed in ‘Terrorist Incidents’ on London Bridge and in Nearby Market


London officials describe the Saturday night attack as the latest in a string of deadly strikes on Britain.

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 READ MORE

Kabul Bomb Blast Kills at Least 90 People. We Need to Know Their Names.


Absent wall-to-wall coverage of Wednesday’s attack in Afghanistan, as there was for the recent bombing in Manchester, England, there is no comparable outpouring of compassion for the victims.

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What Did Theresa May Know About the Manchester Bomber?


Critical questions remain unanswered, deflected by promises of an internal review.

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Let’s Commemorate Victims of Islamic State Attacks in Baghdad and Manchester


To combat the terrorist group, we must see what it is doing—not just in Europe but in the Middle East.

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‘Trews’ Host Russell Brand Asks: How Can We End This Heartbreaking Cycle of Violence? (Video)

In the aftermath of the bombing in Manchester, U.K., political philosopher Brad Evans joins Brand to discuss whether there are solutions to terrorism. 

Posted on May 30, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Jeremy Corbyn Is Praised for Denouncing Failed ‘Global War on Terror’


The British Labour Party leader’s speech comes as general election campaigning resumes in the U.K. after Monday’s deadly bombing in Manchester.

Posted on May 26, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Admonishes NATO Member Countries in Speech (Video)

The president spoke at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels on Thursday morning, scolding member countries for “not paying what they should be paying.”

Posted on May 25, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester in 2017 and in 1996


Although decades apart, both terrorist attacks were reactions against a history of colonialism.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

22 Killed in Manchester, U.K., in What Police Are Treating as a Terrorist Bombing


An explosion ripped through young concertgoers Monday after a performance by the American pop singer Ariana Grande. Evidence points to a suicide attack.

Posted on May 23, 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

Did Islamic State Hijack the French Election?


The hackers who leaked Emmanuel Macron’s emails are late to the party. The biggest de facto backer of his opponent, Marine Le Pen (pictured), is the terrorist organization.

Posted on May 7, 2017 READ MORE

When the Word ‘Terrorism’ Is Invoked, Ask Who Benefits (Video)

Political theorist Brad Evans tells “The Trews” host Russell Brand: “[Terrorism] demands a certain form of intervention, which is heightened securitization, heightened militarization.”

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Yes, Sweden Is a Paradise Lost—but Not Because of Immigration


In a whirlwind of rumors, Sweden has come to occupy a central role, cast as the innocent, naive, white country in the North that has collapsed because of its own goodness.

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Noam Chomsky: The Real Effect of the Recent U.S. Bombings in Syria and Afghanistan (Video)

The social critic and linguist comments, “In our culture and society, it’s considered very courageous to send a huge bomb somewhere”—but the consequences may not be those intended.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Islamic State Strikes Egyptian Christians on Palm Sunday


The terrorist group claims responsibility for two suicide bombings at churches that left more than 40 dead and 100 wounded.

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The Pandora’s Box of War


Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE

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

Chomsky: If Trump Falters With Supporters, a ‘Staged or Alleged’ Terrorist Attack Could Follow


The linguist and social critic discusses the president’s agenda and warns about the scapegoating of vulnerable people.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Islamic State Is Encouraging Loner Attacks to Mask Its Decline


The terrorist organization is playing a long game in trying to herd Europe’s tens of millions of Muslims into radicalism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 READ MORE

Asian-American Slain, 2nd Is Wounded in Kansas by a Man Yelling, “Get Out of My Country!”


It is speculated that the alleged shooter falsely believed the men to be Middle Eastern Muslims.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 READ MORE

Historian Juan Cole Warns Against Strongmen at Home and Abroad

In an interview by Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, the Middle East scholar also says that Islamic terrorism is overreported in the U.S. and criticizes the linking of violence and religion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened


It is clear that the president and his advisers despise Sweden and Germany for sheltering more than their fair share of refugees since the crisis began.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE

Eight Signs That Someone Is a White Terrorist


Robert Doggart (pictured) has been found guilty on four counts of plotting to commit arson and violate civil rights. But he was not charged with terrorism.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 READ MORE

Campaign to Crush Muslim Civil Society Organizations in the U.S. Escalates


Moves to suppress American Muslim groups so far haven’t ignited the outraged protests inspired by President Trump’s travel ban.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 READ MORE

Kellyanne Conway Offers ‘Olive Branch,’ More Spin in CNN Interview With Jake Tapper

Tapper may have taken the president’s counselor to task on Tuesday’s episode of “The Lead,” but consider the (news) source before chalking one up for journalistic integrity.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Is Mistaken About Media Coverage, but Here’s What’s Wrong With Terrorism Reporting


The president alleged Monday that the media is not covering terrorist attacks. He means terrorist attacks by Muslims in non-fundamentalist countries, of course.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

The ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ That Never Happened


The new administration’s spokespersons are happy to deal in fake news when it promotes the Trump worldview.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Nancy Hollander, Chelsea Manning’s Attorney


The greatest victory of the week does not belong to Donald Trump, but to Manning and to Hollander, who never stopped fighting for justice.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for the Berlin Christmas Market Attack That Killed 12


German officials continue to investigate the incident, but they have not found any leads on the driver of a truck that crashed through a crowded marketplace at high speeds Monday night.

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 READ MORE

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Killed by Gunman


“We die in Aleppo, you die here,” the shooter of Ambassador Andrei Karlov reportedly said.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move Is an Invitation to Terrorism


The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank is a severe security problem for the United States. Now the president-elect is planning to ratchet up tensions even further. (Pictured, Trump and his choice for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.)

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE

Russell Brand Sees ‘Snoopers Charter’ as Proof the ‘State Sees Us as Its Enemy’ (Video)

The “Trews” host explains why whistleblower Edward Snowden describes the British Investigatory Powers Act as a legalization of “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad Against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail


The American right wing has substituted hysteria about socialism with hysteria about Islam.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE

Waiting for the Barbarians


The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE

Sting and Gandhian Anti-Terrorism: Your Paris Vacation Can Help Cripple Islamic State (Video)


Sting, 65, recently played at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, where Islamic State terrorists killed 90 people last year in one of the worst attacks in the West in recent years.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

One Veteran’s War on Islamophobia


When I chose to serve in the military 20 years ago, I did so to protect what I viewed as our sacred foundational values of liberty, equality and democracy. Now I’ve joined forces with fellow veterans to fight again for those sacred values, this time, right here at home.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE

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