Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 6:30am
Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs
NEWARK, N.J.—The public reaction to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., exposes the shifting dynamic of rebellion and repression in the United States. Spontaneous uprisings against the lethal force routinely employed by militarized police units will...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 8:45am
Why Israel Lies
All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is...
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:00pm
The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense
If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act...
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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:45pm
The Actor and the Minister
BOSTON—On June 30 I was at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist , which had turned its hall over to Michael Milligan , traveling the country performing his one-man play about a husband and wife trapped in our dysfunctional health care system. I arrived early at the stone church...
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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 7:15am
Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’
Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that...
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Boston Red Sox fans lean over "the Green Monster" to touch an American flag covering the wall during pregame ceremonies on Memorial Day in 2011. (Photo by Winslow Townson) Views
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:30am
Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War
BOSTON—On Saturday I went to one of the massive temples across the country where we celebrate our state religion. The temple I visited was Boston’s Fenway Park. I was inspired to go by reading Andrew Bacevich’s thoughtful book “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country...
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An Afghan child looks toward the site of a suicide bombing that occurred near a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, last February. Views
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 6:15am
Pity the Children
For the United States, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be over soon. We will leave behind, after our defeats, wreckage and death, the contagion of violence and hatred, unending grief, and millions of children who were brutalized and robbed of their childhood. Americans who did not suffer will...
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Anti-war protesters, wearing masks depicting former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, former U.S. President George W. Bush, center, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, pose for photographers. (Photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis) Views
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 10:45am
The Ghoulish Face of Empire
The black-clad fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sweeping a collapsing army and terrified Iraqis before them as they advance toward Baghdad , reflect back to us the ghoulish face of American empire. They are the specters of the hundreds of thousands of people we murdered in our...
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Noam Chomsky speaks to the media at a friend’s house in Amman, Jordan, in 2010. (AP/Nader Daoud) Views
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:30am
American Socrates
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Noam Chomsky , whom I interviewed last Thursday at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has influenced intellectuals in the United States and abroad in incalculable ways. His explications of empire, mass propaganda, the hypocrisy and pliability of the liberal...
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A long view of the 'Tank Man' near Tiananmen Square in 1989. (Credit: Stuart Franklin / cc / wikimedia) Views
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 6:45am
The Rules of Revolt
There are some essential lessons we can learn from the student occupation of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which took place 25 years ago. The 1989 protests began as a demonstration by university students to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party chief who had been forced out by...
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