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Structures of Power and the Ethical Limits of Speech


Can free speech be isolated as an absolute value when any practice of freedom is affected by the social and political context of today’s unequal power relations?

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE
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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.”

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

Two Views on Trump and the Israel Reality


Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE

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Will Russiagate Hysteria Lead to an American ‘Soft Coup’?


Many Trump-haters see the investigation as the likeliest means to impeachment—an end they think desirable even if it plays into the hands of neocons and other warmongers.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE

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‘The Designated Mourner’: A Play on Authoritarianism, Restaged for the Trump Era


Twenty years after its debut, playwright Wallace Shawn’s drama has taken on new meaning for American theatergoers. (Shawn is pictured at left.)

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

Obama and Trump Could Both Be Considered Guilty of War Crimes


A group of Obama White House lawyers—who defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars and the “proxy” war against Syria—is suing Trump for failing to legally justify his attack on a Syrian air base.

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East Timor Gives the World a Tutorial in Politics After 20th Century Genocide


The courage of the country’s people is a universal lesson of perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

Women Beware: Saudi Arabia to Help Shape Global Standards for Female Equality


Voting a country notorious for its poor treatment of women onto a United Nations commission to promote female empowerment is the height of hypocrisy.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE

The Many-Sided, Overlapping Meanings of May Day


The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 READ MORE

Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?


The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate


As Official Washington fumes over Russiagate, Israel’s more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for ‘Unconventional Warfare’


In 1950, the CIA helped establish the Congress for Cultural Freedom—an anti-communist advocacy group—to neutralize political opposition to Anglo-American culture.

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Russian Explanation of the Mass Poisoning in Syria Could Be True


Evidence shows the deadly poison could have come from the bombing of an ammunition depot, not from a nerve gas attack.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books


To understand America’s drift into despotism over the last 40 years, we must de-encrypt the evolution of its secret “double government.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell


This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

With Error Fixed, Evidence Against ‘Sarin Attack’ Remains Convincing


New results show even more strongly that a U.S. report on the incident in Syria was wrong. They also suggest that Donald Trump lacked information that justified a missile strike.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Warns That Press Freedom Is at Risk as the U.S. Seeks to Arrest Julian Assange

With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Cost of Russiagate (Audio)

Blaming Russia for interference in the U.S. election has prevented the Democratic Party from examining what it did wrong. Consortium News Editor Robert Parry explains how this happened.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Rising Political Star Tulsi Gabbard Wins Some Local Love at Hawaii Town Hall (Video)

More than 600 people showed up at Waiakea High School in Hilo to hear the Democratic congresswoman speak about homelessness, decriminalizing marijuana, health care, Syria, North Korea and other topics.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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

Blaming Russia Helps Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Maintain Power


Rather than pursuing an independent investigation into the 2016 election, the Democratic establishment has used hyperbole to block Bernie Sanders and progressives from pulling away from Wall Street.

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The Nerve Gas Attack Described in White House Report Did Not Occur, Expert Says of Syria Incident


Some kind of poisoning event may have produced mass casualties on April 4, but the White House Intelligence Report did not accurately describe that event, a weapons specialist from MIT writes.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 READ MORE

10 Myths About Immigration in the United States


Here’s a list of common misconceptions—plus information to separate fact from fear.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 READ MORE

Wilder Fires and Rising Waters: Climate Impacts Are Approaching America’s Door


A pair of new studies shows how American climate refugees will “reshape” the population landscape of the nation.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

What Happened to Russiagate?


For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

The Price of Resistance


To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

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

White House Insider Javier Palomarez Is Not the Hispanic Community’s Martin Luther King Jr.


Once an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO now may be a misguided opportunist in the president’s national diversity coalition.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control


To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation


Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

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Jeremy Scahill Rips Media’s ‘Atrocious’ Syria Coverage, Calls for Transparency From Military Experts

The founding editor of The Intercept appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and criticized journalist Fareed Zakaria, as well as retired generals and colonels who may profit from war.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of McCarthyism, Maintains Russia Was Not WikiLeaks’ Source (Video)

The founder of WikiLeaks discusses his organization’s role in the 2016 election, America’s current political climate and more in a Democracy Now! interview.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Made Syrians’ Airstrike Another ‘Tonkin Gulf,’ Expert on Foreign Policy Says (Video)

Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, believes the Syrian government may not be responsible for last week’s chemical attack and that the U.S. response violated international law.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Decision to Attack Syria Increases the Risk of World War III


Russia-baiting has given the president huge incentives to prove he is not Vladimir Putin’s flunky and boosted the odds of a showdown between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

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Russia Calls U.S. Attack on Syria Illegal


President Vladimir Putin accuses the Trump administration of “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE

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

MLK and Barack Obama: Diametrically Opposed Legacies


Have black people, historically the most left-leaning constituency in the United States, shed their anti-imperialist views and embraced war?

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

The United States of Immigrants


The resistance of sanctuary cities, counties and states reminds us that the Constitution protects all people in our country.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

The Russians Aren’t Coming—the Deep State Is (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

On KPFA’s “Sunday Show” this week, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer explains why he isn’t buying the foreign interference talk surrounding Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Book Suggests That as a Result of Our Environmental Actions, We Are Contemplating Our Own Extinction


Human mistreatment of the planet is ushering in a new geological era—one that will not be pleasant, according to public ethics professor Clive Hamilton’s “Defiant Earth.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 READ MORE

Archbishop José Gomez: We All Share Blame for America’s Broken Immigration System


The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese believes the solution must balance love and law with justice and mercy—regardless of legal status.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

OC Weekly Journalists Say Trump Supporters Attacked Them at Huntington Beach Rally (Video)

By Eric Ortiz

Much of the media claimed that anti-Trump supporters were the aggressors, but the alternative newspaper has a different story.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Electronic Frontier Foundation Pleads for Action to Save Online Privacy Rules


Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to pass a measure that would repeal federal privacy requirements. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies


Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Stephen Kinzer Explore the Birth of American Empire (Video)

One of the most important and least known facts of American history may be the decision of the United States to expand its power beyond North America.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Woody Guthrie Art Projection on Oklahoma Capitol Sparks #WoodysGuitar Protest Movement


Two Oklahoma City artists turn the folk singer’s iconic, message-bearing instrument into a giant canvas for civic engagement.

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 READ MORE

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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