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The First Brick in the Wall


The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE
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Naomi Klein and Tulsi Gabbard Travel to Standing Rock to Join Thousands of Veterans


Over 3,000 veterans are backed by prominent progressives as peaceful action on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe gets underway.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE

Veterans Plan ‘Deployment’ to Join Battle Against Dakota Access Pipeline


“Let’s stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home. If not us, who? If not now, when?”

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE

Bruce Springsteen Reads His New Foreword to ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (Audio)

Listen to Bruce Springsteen read his new foreword for the 40th anniversary edition of Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July,” and hear the first chapter of the classic memoir.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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

The Lie of Patriotism


A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE

40 Years On, the Vietnam War Continues for Victims of Agent Orange


A Vietnamese delegation is in the U.S. to support a bill that would help remedy this humanitarian crisis, which inflicts suffering on both the old and the newly born. The U.S. has a moral obligation to make this bill law.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE

Thou Shalt Not Kill


Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead by Police Near Atlanta


Witnesses told investigators that a police officer did not need to use lethal force against an unarmed black man who was killed outside Atlanta for behavior that may have been influenced by a diagnosed bipolar disorder.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

The Last Days of Tomas Young


The maimed veteran died last week after a desperate battle with the VA, which callously had reduced his pain medication. His crucible is familiar to the many other Americans who have become the fodder of our wars.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE

UberMILITARY: Helping America’s Vets Get Moving, or Driving Them to Low-Wage Work?


Uber is on a mission to hire 50,000 veterans from the U.S. military over the next 18 months through its new UberMILITARY program.

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Prisoners Could Vote Under N.J. Bill, as Long as They’re Veterans


Prisoners serving their sentences as well as parolees and probationers would be allowed to vote in New Jersey under newly introduced legislation, but only if they had served in the military.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Iraq Vet: Losing Home ‘Worse Than Getting Blown Up’


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Twenty-six year National Guardsman Jerrod Hays lost nearly half his face to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Now, like too many other Americans, he could lose his home to banks.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young


Copyright Eugene Richards, from War Is Personal

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE

Scott Olsen Speaks, Twice

Things are looking up for two-tour Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was injured Oct. 25 during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where he was taking part in demonstrations against the corporatization of the American political system. (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Another Vet Struck Down by Police in Oakland

This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq War veteran Kayvan Sabehgi in an altercation with riot police Nov. 2. The Guardian posted the clip late last week and reported that Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen as a result of the beat-down captured here, and that Oakland police say they are looking into the incident.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Security Guard at Zuccotti: ‘Your Fly’s Open, Faggot’

You may wonder what kind of goons Brookfield Properties—the owners of Zuccotti Park—hired to secure the area after Occupiers were evicted from the premises early Tuesday morning. At least one careless bigot numbered among the crowd.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Deaths Have Cities Calling for OWS Shutdown


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Three deaths in or near Occupy Wall Street encampments in different cities late last week have given authorities reason to insist that shutting the protests down is in the public’s best interest. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Scott Olsen


AP / Jay Finneburgh

This week, Truthdig salutes Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who served his country abroad and at home within the Occupy Oakland movement, as our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE

Occupy Boston Protesters Hauled Off in Greenway Standoff


Flickr / pweiskel08 (CC-BY)

Some 100 people—around 65 men and 35 women—taking part in an Occupy Boston protest were arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after they refused to leave a newly groomed section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway near Dewey Square. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE

Ron Kovic Rallies at Occupy L.A.: ‘This Is the Beginning of a Revolution’

On Oct. 1, Vietnam veteran, author and activist Ron Kovic gave a throng of Occupy L.A. protesters gathered near Los Angeles’ City Hall an enthused boost with this speech, in which he invokes the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and serves notice to President Obama by co-opting the president’s campaign slogan … (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

And Now, Your Obligatory Presidential Memorial Day Speech

Here we have the commander in chief delivering solemn words at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. President Obama also took the opportunity to salute his outgoing defense secretary, Robert Gates ... (more) 

Posted on May 30, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Two Injured in Maryland Mail Blasts


AP / Susan Walsh

Two explosive devices embedded in pieces of mail detonated within minutes of each other in two government buildings in Maryland on Thursday, injuring two employees and leading local officials to believe that the incidents were related.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE

Raise Your Voices, Protest, Stop These Wars


Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

As a former United States Marine Corps infantry sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from the mid-chest down on Jan. 20, 1968, during my second tour of duty in Vietnam, and as someone who has lived with the wounds of that war for over 40 years, I am writing this letter to ask you to join me as we begin a critical new phase in the growing anti-war movement.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE

‘Hope Is Action’: Hedges and Ellsberg Arrested at White House Protest

On Thursday, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg were among the 131 anti-war activists arrested during a nonviolent demonstration outside the White House ...

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama: Iraq Drawdown Is ‘on Schedule’

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AP / Charles Dharapak

The term withdrawal seems a bit overstated when it comes to describing the changing U.S. military strategy in Iraq, but President Obama emphasized the thematic over the technical in a speech he delivered Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE

10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

American soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / National Guard

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE

Mother Battles to Be Buried With Fallen Soldier Son

fallen soldier Shea

In November of 2008, U.S. Army soldier Corey Shea was killed while serving in Mosul, Iraq, shortly before he was due to return home to his mother, Denise Anderson, in Massachusetts. Now, Anderson is fighting for the right to be buried with her son in a veterans’ cemetery when she dies ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Does Military Service Turn Young Men Into Sexual Predators?


U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young

It can be shown that the patterns of military sex crimes are old and widespread—for generations, military service has transformed large numbers of American boys into sexual predators. So it seems reasonable to ask whether perhaps there is something about military culture or training or experience that can be identified as causative, and then, perhaps, changed.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE

Obama Serves, Bush Works the Phones

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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

As he prepared to enter the White House the next day, President-elect Barack Obama observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by lending a hand at a shelter for homeless teenagers and visiting wounded vets at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Edwin O. Guthman

Guthman and Kennedy
annenberg.usc.edu/guthman

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Edwin O. Guthman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, World War II veteran, professor and former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy. Guthman, who died Aug. 31, was a true class act, a mentor to many and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, a top-notch editor who earned the No. 3 spot on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list for what the Times called his “aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories.” Updated

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE

Obama, McCain Camps Clash Over Attack Ad

McCain ad

Barack Obama’s decision to forgo a visit with wounded U.S. troops in Germany during the European leg of his recent international sojourn gave John McCain’s camp the idea for a new advertisement criticizing the Illinois senator, although Obama’s team and Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel beg to differ with its premise.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Wes Clark on McCain’s Heroism

Wes Clark

It seems a critique cannot be leveled against John McCain without first paying homage to his time as a prisoner of war. Even Barack Obama is careful not to offend. So it was somewhat surprising on Sunday to hear another veteran, Gen. Wesley Clark, rebuff McCain’s war heroism: “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

Kovic protest
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE

McCain’s Memorial Day Message

McCain on Memorial Day

Sen. John McCain spoke in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, defending his position against the Jim Webb GI bill, which offers college tuition coverage in exchange for three years of service in the U.S. military, and drawing distinctions between himself and his opponents in terms of plans for withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted on May 26, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Sergeant Refuses to Serve in ‘Illegal’ War

Chiroux
breitbart.tv

On Thursday, a group of U.S. soldiers spoke before members of Congress about the failings of the Iraq war and the immeasurable toll it has taken on Iraqis and American troops. Afterward, Sgt. Matthis Chiroux announced that he is refusing to serve in Iraq.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE

Um ... No Deal?

Bush on TV

Here’s a scenario George W. Bush surely didn’t foresee as he assumed the country’s highest office years ago: One day he’d be sharing prime-time screen time with Howie Mandel’s soul patch, a phalanx of prancy models and a decorated war veteran, joking about hosting “a $3 trillion ‘Deal or No Deal.’ ”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Iwo Jima Vet: Time Magazine Cover ‘a Disgrace’

Time magazine
businessandmedia.org

It’s become a visual meme in our culture, but some World War II veterans don’t believe that Joe Rosenthal’s seminal image of Americans hoisting the flag on Mount Suribachi should be appropriated or altered in any way. In fact, some vets, like Donald Mates, believe repurposing the photo, as Time magazine has just done for an issue about global warming, is tantamount to blasphemy.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE

What John McCain Should Know

McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

More than any other candidate for president, John McCain should know that peace talks can be stronger and smarter than bombs, that withdrawing American soldiers can be the best way to achieve stability, and that the best way to protect American troops is to bring them home from the war zone.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE

American Veterans in Crisis

When young American men and women sign up to serve in our military, the government makes them a basic promise: If they are wounded in the line of duty, they will get the care they need. But for far too many, that’s a promise that only exists on paper—even months after the news emerged about American vets’ shameful treatment at U.S. military facilities.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE

Deporting Veterans

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KPFA Radio’s “The War Comes Home” series tells the story of Philippe Louis Jean, an Iraq war veteran whom the U.S. government shamefully tried to deport—once he came home. Louis Jean had a green card, but a previous adultery charge was enough for the government to throw him in prison for 10 months.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Texas Church Calls Off Gay Vet’s Funeral

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AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez

The family of Navy veteran Cecil Sinclair says it’s deeply insulted because a Dallas-area megachurch reneged on its offer to hold a memorial for the 46-year-old Gulf War serviceman just 24 hours before the service was to take place.  The reason?  Sinclair was gay—a fact that Sinclair’s sister insists High Point Church leaders already knew, despite their denials.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE

CNN’s Iraq Reporter Warns of White House Spin

Could the Bush administration be invoking the ominous specter of al-Qaida—and suggesting the extremist group is gathering strength and preparing to strike—for political reasons?  CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware says Americans should watch out for rhetorical sleight of hand from the White House concerning the current threat level and the newly unveiled National Intelligence Estimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE

Remembering Manny Babbitt

The Army has just launched a campaign to educate soldiers and officers about post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.  Unfortunately, this relatively minor gesture of recognition that these two debilitating conditions need major attention comes too late for veterans like Manny Babbitt, whose nightmares didn’t end—even long after his tour of duty did.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE

Rice, Putin Trade Sharp Words

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AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev

Russian President Vladimir Putin, awaiting a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, compared U.S. foreign policy to that of the Nazis in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Rice criticized Putin’s administration for centralizing too much power at the Kremlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE

Stone Shoots Ad Supporting U.S. Troop Withdrawal

oliver
foxnews.com

Director Oliver Stone has announced the winning entry, chosen by voting members of MoveOn.org, from a series of videotaped interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families.  Stone has cut the interview with former infantry Sgt.  John Bruhns into a 30-second TV spot, ending with a voice-over by Vietnam vet Ron Kovic saying: “Support our troops. Bring them home.”

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE

A Warrior’s Tragic Downfall

Sam Ross
nytimes.com

A munitions explosion in Iraq took away Sam Ross’ eyesight, left leg and half of his ability to hear. That trauma would eventually lead to 17 suicide attempts and charges of arson and attempted homicide.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE

Wounded Marine Calls for Military Gay Rights

veteran
news.aol.com

Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first Marine to receive a critical injury in Iraq, has become a crusader for gay rights in the military, and he knows exactly how to handle critics: “OK buddy ... you pick up a gun and you go fight in Iraq or Afghanistan for a while, then you could come back and we can have a talk because I’ve actually sacrificed, I’ve actually done duty and served in this country for your rights and freedom.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE

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