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Standing Rock: Last Stand at Oceti Sakowin Camp


The water protectors in North Dakota realize they may lose the #NoDAPL fight. But their resistance to an oil pipeline has sparked a movement that could lead to something invaluable.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE
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Two States [a cartoon from Jordan]









Posted on Feb 16, 2017 ENLARGE

Trump Will Continue to Scam the White Working Class. Here’s How to Stop Him.


Progressives need to sharpen their understanding of why blue-collar Americans voted a billionaire into the White House and find a way to connect with them.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America


The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Before Projecting Power Around the World, America Should Look in the Mirror


The collateral damage of the Iraq War continues—for Iraqis and Americans alike.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Mikhail Gorbachev: It Appears ‘the World Is Preparing for War’


“Wars must be outlawed, because none of the global problems we are facing can be resolved by war,” the former Soviet leader writes.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Normalizing Donald Trump’s Authoritarianism Is Not an Option


For lawmakers, pundits and journalists, “normalization” is code for a retreat from moral and political responsibility—and it should be viewed as complicity.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

Fighting for the Good Life in Trumplandia


Before we take up a three-point stance on the national line of scrimmage, why don’t we ask ourselves not only what we’re opposing, but also what we want?

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE

Time and Money Run Out for a Nuclear Revival


The nuclear industry faces an uncertain future as the building boom is hit by unexpected costs and delays.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE

The Age of Great Expectations and the Great Void


In the present day, there is no vision to which Americans collectively adhere. For proof, we need look no further than the election of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE

Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump


The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy


The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

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Vladimir Putin Says He Won’t Retaliate Against U.S. Actions


Despite his foreign minister’s advice, the Russian president says he will not hit back at the United States for expelling his country’s diplomats and imposing new sanctions.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability


Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger is a terrifying prospect. The anti-nuclear movement needs to go on high alert to make sure that trigger never gets pulled.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE

Even as Global Trade Dropped, U.S. Arms Sales Boomed in 2015


As other nations tighten budgets for weapons amid domestic financial concerns, the U.S. managed to sell $40 billion worth of arms in one year.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 READ MORE

Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

How to Boost Soccer in the United States


If the world’s most popular sport is going to take hold in this country, the NCAA, Major League Soccer and the national sports media need to hype the college game—and get it on TV.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE

Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: New York Times Stokes a New McCarthyism Against Critics of U.S. Policy

“We have a new accepted practice of labeling anyone who dissents from American policy toward Russia as a Kremlin apologist,” Cohen says. “And I know very serious people who have become afraid to speak out now.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Disempowered Majority


For the next two—and probably four—years, Americans will be governed by Republican politicians largely elected by a minority of voters. These circumstances call for compromise, but that is unlikely to happen.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

The Fake News That Will Take Us to War With China (Video)


A major, underreported U.S. military buildup for the purpose of confronting China—a campaign that involves nuclear weapons—is underway in Asia and the Pacific.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot


The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

A Glimpse Into the Shattered Lives of Some Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors


“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” starkly shows that, while convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev languishes in prison, victims who lost limbs in the 2013 attack still struggle to cope with their brutally altered existence.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?


He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

How Election Night Felt to One Woman Living Under ‘Mixed Status’ Immigration Program


Cecilia Chavez (pictured with her mother) never imagined that the Republican candidate would be elected president.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE

18 Journalism Groups Send Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump for Press Access


Journalists are concerned that the incoming chief executive will be a threat to freedom of the press and government transparency during his presidency.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

The World Is Worried About Donald Trump, the Climate Denier


The implications of a Trump administration were discussed at the United Nations climate change summit. Fortunately, the fate of the planet is not in the hands of one man. It’s up to movements everywhere to save it.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue


President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists


The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

Trump’s Environmental Plans Spell Disaster


The president-elect has called global warming a hoax and denies climate science. What do his climate plans mean for international agreements?

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE

Elizabeth Warren: Democracy Demands That We Work Together on America’s Agenda

The Massachusetts senator is ready to help President-elect Trump rebuild the U.S. economy. But if Republicans attempt to remove Wall Street regulations or gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she will fight them.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Praises Protesters After First Blaming Media for Inciting Them


The president-elect expressed an appreciation for dissent and called for unity in an early morning Twitter message on Friday. But don’t expect the protests to stop or protesters to be silenced.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE

America the Ingenious


Truthdig’s Allen Barra speaks with Kevin Baker, author of “America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World,” which explores the incredible diversity of inventions and innovations that arose from our country.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE

How the American Political System Changed and No One Noticed


Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is elected president, one thing is obvious: The vast edifice that is the national security state, with its 17 intelligence agencies and enormous imperial military, will continue to elaborate itself and expand its power in our American world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE

‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin on the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

On this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist and the author of “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection,” explore why Saudi Arabia remains one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East in spite of the monarchy’s record of human rights abuses.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Final Debate Leaves Us Wanting More Options for President


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage in Las Vegas for their last showdown before Nov. 8. The overall performance will not be remembered as a shining moment in American history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire


The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE

Unipolar No More: American Power at the Crossroads


Moscow’s frustration of Washington’s agenda to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, and China’s plan to link numerous Asian and European countries in a vast transportation and pipeline network, represent a growing international challenge to and curtailment of U.S. power.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Indian Treaties, Oil Pipelines and Presidential Elections: A Tale of Lies, Deception and Hypocrisy


The U.S. government has a long history of breaking promises and dishonoring contracts with Native Americans and other marginalized groups. Hopefully, the next president will change this shameful truth.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

The Age of Decline, Apple Pie and America’s Chosen Suicide Bomber


Thanks to perhaps trillions of words expended on him by nonstop commentators, pundits, talking heads, retired generals and admirals, former intelligence chiefs and ex-Bush administration officials, Donald Trump and his remarkable ego have become the wallpaper of our lives.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 READ MORE

Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan


Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE

Striking Prisoners Are Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe Closer to Justice


Right now, under some of the most repressive circumstances that exist in the United States, a national movement is growing for prisoners’ rights.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

We Can’t Have War Without Racism. We Can Have a World Without Both.


The U.S. military encourages terms such as “camel jockey” or “raghead” to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming


The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

A Vote for Trump Is a Vote to Undo Vital Progress on Climate Change


The scientific evidence for global warming has never been clearer, yet the Republican presidential nominee boasts that he can’t wait to tear down President Obama’s positive environmental actions.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. to Give Israel $38 Billion Over 10 Years


The U.S. will provide Israel with a “windfall of hardware and technology,” the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to the Jewish state.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE

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

Follow Colin Kaepernick, Change the World


The NFL quarterback took a big personal risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

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