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Truthdig, a Web magazine that provides expert in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view. Editor, Robert Scheer. Publisher, Zuade Kaufman.

Published: 2017-04-24T18:42:58+00:00


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

2017-04-24T18:42:58+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:42:58 +0000

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould The United States has been in a permanent state of war since 1941—creating a fertile ground for biased, one-sided, xenophobic, fake news (or propaganda).

Director Laura Poitras Learns Why She Was Being Detained at Airports

2017-04-24T15:02:12+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:02:12 +0000

For six years, the “Citizenfour” filmmaker was repeatedly stopped at airports without explanation. Recently, a lawsuit uncovered the startling reason.

John Oliver: It’s Dangerous to Think of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as a Moderating Force (Video)

2017-04-24T12:35:45+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:35:45 +0000

The comedian points out the vagueness of the president’s daughter and son-in-law, and how this allows others to project their feelings onto them in order to believe there’s some sanity in the White House.

U.K. Criminals Have Dramatically Decreased Their Carbon Footprint

2017-04-24T11:06:35+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:06:35 +0000

By Tim Radford / Climate News Network A new study shows that the carbon cost of acquisitive and violent crime dropped by 62 percent between 1995 and 2015.

The First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency

2017-04-24T10:02:08+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:02:08 +0000

By Robert Reich / The president’s failure to accomplish little of his agenda during his first months in office is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this short time.

For the First Time, a U.S. President Backs a Fascist France

2017-04-24T09:06:05+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:06:05 +0000

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment We are now presented with the spectacle of Donald Trump praising Marine Le Pen, the neofascist National Front candidate.

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Eugene O’Neill’s Revision of Electra Shatters the American Myth

2017-04-24T03:52:32+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:52:32 +0000

The Truthdig columnist and RT host explains that a culture saturated with artifice and false promises of success and happiness doesn’t easily accommodate the ideas the playwright dramatized onstage.

Rocket Science

2017-04-24T01:45:36+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:45:36 +0000


Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General

2017-04-24T00:25:43+00:00Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:25:43 +0000

In the few short weeks since his confirmation, Sessions has come forth with a number of loathsome actions or statements on race, ethnicity or minority rights. And he’s probably just getting started.

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen Advance to French Election Runoff

2017-04-23T23:01:12+00:00Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:01:12 +0000

  Ballots for France’s first-round presidential election are counted by volunteers at a polling station in Paris on Sunday. (Emilio Morenatti / AP) Whether France will remain aligned with the European Union or will follow the United Kingdom and head for a “Frexit” largely comes down to which presidential candidate emerges victorious in the next round of the election. On Sunday, French voters favored two very different contenders to proceed to the next round, on May 7: the centrist, pro-Europe newcomer Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, who has promised a Frexit referendum. Graphics from Politico showed the closeness of the contest as the votes were counted. As results were tallied, The New York Times reported that, as in recent elections in the U.S. and U.K., the French vote indicated a rejection of mainstream politics.  Here are details from the Times’ account: Ms. Le Pen spoke later to supporters in the small town of Hénin-Beaumont in northern France, and although the final results were unclear, she could claim a victory of sorts. Not only will she be in the runoff for the first time, but she also got a higher percentage of votes than she did in 2012, and a higher percentage than her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, did in 2002, when he made it to the second round as the candidate for the far-right National Front. She said the outcome was “an act of French pride, that of a people who are raising up their heads, that of a people sure of their values and confident of the future.” Few analysts give her much of a chance of winning in the second round, however. Even before official results were announced, the political establishment was rallying behind Mr. Macron, warning of the dangers of a victory by Ms. Le Pen’s National Front. Bernard Cazeneuve, the sitting Socialist prime minister, called Ms. Le Pen’s project “dangerous and sectarian” and said it would “impoverish, isolate and divide” the country. After the election result became clear, left-wing opponents of Le Pen and Macron clashed with police on the streets of Paris. Britain’s daily newspaper The Telegraph wrote: Police moved in on the demonstrators, some of whom threw bottles and firecrackers, an AFP [Agence France-Presse] journalist saw. Three people were arrested, according to police. Several hundred young people rallied in the Bastille square—the historic site where the 1789 French Revolution began—after projections suggested Le Pen would contest the second round against Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and former banker. Protesters waved red flags and sung “No Marine and No Macron!” ... ... Another [protest that participants called an] “anti-fascist demonstration” also took place late Sunday in the western coastal city of Nantes. Given the similarities between Le Pen and Donald Trump on key platform issues such as immigration and national identity, the parallels between the presidential election in France and the 2016 equivalent in the U.S. also have been a source of interest and anxiety, depending on allegiances. Macron is a 39-year-old newcomer to France’s political scene whose status as a relative unknown may have helped him thus far, but if recent U.S. history is any indication, to clinch a win he’ll probably need to present more of a distinct profile than that of being anti-Le Pen. Meanwhile, Sunday’s tally represents the end of the line for the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon and establishment-right candidate François Fillon. Read Alan Minsky’s report about Mélenchon’s message here. —Posted by Kasia Anderson