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Director John Scheinfeld on the Spiritual Journey of Jazz Icon John Coltrane (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the documentarian about his latest film and how Coltrane’s journey parallels that of other music legends.

Posted on May 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern on the CIA’s History of Disseminating Faulty Intelligence

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and McGovern discuss the agency’s influence during the Vietnam War and the role it now plays in America’s perception of Russia. Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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

A Radical Message From a Half-Century Ago


The largest mobilization for progressive politics since the Vietnam era offers an opportunity to go beyond treating symptoms and start offering cures for underlying illnesses.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

The Best We Could Do


I thought graphic novels were kid stuff—and there is no better book to prove me wrong than this turbulent memoir of a Vietnamese family.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE

50 Years Later, a Speech by King Has Lessons for a President


As the Trump administration attempts to swell the Pentagon budget and gut social programs, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech remains chillingly relevant.

Posted on Apr 6, 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.

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50 Years Ago, MLK Condemned the U.S. as the ‘Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World’ (Video)

On April 4, 1967, in a historic speech at Riverside Church in New York City, the civil rights leader denounced the Vietnam War and called for a global peace movement.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky: Why Trump Is Pushing the Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight


The linguist and political commentator discusses the U.S. president, Russia, history and the future in a recent interview. (Pictured, two scientists at a Jan. 26 news conference.)

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The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Hell No


A posthumously published book by political activist Tom Hayden offers lessons from the Vietnam era for our own time.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Charlie Liteky, Decorated U.S. Army Chaplain Turned Peace Activist


The former Roman Catholic priest, who died Jan. 20, was the only American to renounce the Medal of Honor.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was ‘One Long Atrocity’ (Video)

Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” discuss how American wars of occupation are “primarily about murder.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Reliving Agent Orange, Rethinking the Cost of War


What if casualties don’t end on the battlefield but extend to future generations? Our reporting this year suggests the government may not want to know the answer.

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 READ MORE

The Top Five Times the FBI Intervened to Help the U.S. Right Wing


What is unusual about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intervention in the 2016 election is not the intervention. After all, the FBI tries to shape United States politics every day.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE

Tom Hayden Fought for the Rights of All Living Things


The progressive activist compiled an impressive record in California and local politics—from 18 years in the state Capitol to a variety of community crusades. Even shelter animals benefited from his work.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE

After Cancer Diagnosis, Vet Refutes Government’s Agent Orange Expert—and Wins


Phil Cacioppo challenged the government’s findings on the chemical used extensively during the Vietnam War after the Veterans Administration rejected his claim for benefits. Six years later, the former Air Force radio repairman emerged the rare victor.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE

Tom Hayden on the Vietnam War and America’s Collective Memory

In a speech last year in Washington, D.C., the late activist explained how Americans need to remember the successes and the failures of the peace movement of the 1960s and ’70s in order to achieve political unity.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

How Did Tom Hayden Affect You?


The politician, peace activist, author and Truthdig contributor died Sunday at the age of 76. Share your thoughts on his legacy in our comments section.                             

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE

A Conversation About War and Peace With Ron Kovic, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges

By KiMi Robinson

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” met with the Truthdig journalists at the University of Southern California on Oct. 18 to talk about Kovic’s latest book, “Hurricane Street,” and how he became a peace activist. Truthdig broadcasted the discussion live on Facebook.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer: Why Does Freedom of the Press Protect Newspapers but Not Whistleblowers? (Video)

Truthdig’s editor in chief talks to “Nowman Show” host Dan Niswander about how Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were hung out to dry even as the publications that profited from their stories were protected.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Citizen Stan’ Tells the Story of Stanley Sheinbaum, ‘a Man You Ought to Know About’

The Los Angeleno was involved with prime ministers, presidents and kings and played a major role in some of the most significant political events of the latter half of the 20th century. A documentary by Patty Sharaf chronicles his life.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Brave Like Kap


NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a 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

Robert Scheer: U.S. Pledge of $90 Million to Laos Glosses U.S. History of Terrorizing Civilians

If the word “terrorism” has any meaning, it applies to the U.S. bombings in Laos during the Vietnam War, says Truthdig’s editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Paying the Price for Peace’ Tells an Epic Story of Courage and Commitment


S. Brian Willson’s tour of duty in Vietnam changed his views forever. “We are not worth more. They are not worth less,” he decided about those in lands where Americans go to war. Since his military service he has dedicated his life to the anti-war movement at great personal cost.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE

Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo


The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home


A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE

Ron Kovic: ‘Why I Wrote “Hurricane Street” ’ (Video)

“The care we were receiving at the hospital at the time was in many cases abusive,” so “150 paralyzed men in wheelchairs, but also veterans from other parts of the hospital, some nurses, some caregivers, aides who had courage and their own reason to protest,” organized in Vietnam veterans’ interests.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Happy Birthday to Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is the birthday of the author and anti-war activist, who is also a friend and contributor to Truthdig. Today, we look back on our week with Kovic and the kind words he had for his friend Bruce Springsteen in 2009.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ron Kovic Questions Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s ‘Need to Go to War’


“What are you going to do, send troops to Syria? What’s going to be the result of that?” asks the Vietnam War veteran and activist.

Posted on Jun 30, 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

Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism


In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE

Hedy Epstein, Human Rights Activist and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 91


Epstein devoted her life to advocating for human rights after escaping the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

Daniel Ellsberg Recalls the Spirit of Resistance in the 1971 May Day Protests (Video)

The man who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers sits down with Judy Gumbo Albert to discuss the large-scale acts of civil disobedience against the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Daniel Berrigan Through the Eyes of a 1960s Ithaca Mom


In our town and beyond, the priest, scholar, poet and activist served as a wake-up caller while the U.S. still had its eyes closed to the horrors of the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: The Late Daniel Berrigan, Lifelong Activist for Peace


From the dark days of Vietnam to the endless wars of today, the Jesuit priest-poet remained faithful to his mission: protecting the vulnerable, championing resistance and always, always working toward peace.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE

May Is the Month for Protest—Daniel Berrigan Would Agree


The Jesuit writer and activist’s death is a reminder of the necessity—and power—of protest in America.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE

Rest in Peace, Dan Berrigan—Just as You Lived


Daniel J. Berrigan lived his life true to his calling, literally practicing what he preached.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE

Remembering the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit Priest and Peace Activist


He was a man of the cloth and a man of letters, but most of all, Berrigan was a man of peace. He was also, as it happened, the man whom Kurt Vonnegut went so far as to call “Jesus as a poet.”

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE

Martin Luther King Jr. Hoped to Be Conscience of All Political Parties Instead of President (Video)

Martin Luther King Jr. believed civil resistance movements could force officials to effect change. Forty-eight years after his death, King’s nonviolent, transformative legacy lives.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ailing Vietnam Vets Hunt Through Ships’ Logs to Prove They Should Get Benefits


Neither the Navy nor the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a comprehensive list of which ships went where during the Vietnam War. As a result, veterans themselves often have to prove their ships served in areas where Agent Orange was sprayed.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Scenes of Protest From ‘Here Come the Videofreex’

This clip from the forthcoming documentary “Here Come the Videofreex”—the second one made available exclusively to Truthdig—features original footage taken by Videofreex, the guerrilla media collective of anti-Vietnam War activists.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Hillary Clinton Boasts Praise by Henry Kissinger—a Man With Blood on His Hands, Critics Say


In her New Hampshire debate with Bernie Sanders, Clinton claimed that she is the true progressive, then proudly mentioned praise from Kissinger—President Nixon’s secretary of state whose policies led to “3, maybe 4 million deaths” globally, writes NYU’s Greg Grandin.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015


Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 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

How to Thank a Veteran on Veterans Day


Please don’t call us “heroes.” Honor our service by telling us you participate in our democracy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

Kissinger, the Bombardier: How Diplomacy by Air Power Became an All-American Tradition


Henry Kissinger’s example has coursed through the decades, shedding a spectral light on the road that has brought us to a state of eternal war.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Passing the Torch: From Julian Bond to Black Lives Matter


Julian Bond was a lifelong activist, speaking out in recent years for marriage equality, getting arrested in front of the White House while protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The civil-rights pioneer died this week at the age of 75.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

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