Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact

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Sunday, January 05, 2020
War With Iran
The assassination by the United States of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, near Baghdad’s airport will ignite widespread retaliatory attacks against U.S. targets from Shiites, who form the majority in Iraq. It will activate Iranian-backed militias and insurgents in...
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Members of Rise and Resist gathered at Madison Square Park during the Veteran's Day Parade to demonstrate public outrage at Trump letting him know he is not welcome in a city he recently abandoned as a resident as well as not welcome as an alleged four-time draft dodger. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 23, 2019
The Moral Hypocrisy of Trump's Limited Impeachment
The impeachment process was a nauseating display of mortal hypocrisy. The sound bites by Republicans and Democrats swiftly became predictable. The Democrats, despite applauding the announcement of the voting results before being quickly silenced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sought to cloak...
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The decay and rupture of the social bonds that once held our societies together have unleashed the dark pathologies of opioid, alcohol and gambling addictions and led to an explosion of hate crimes and mass shootings, along with suicide. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 16, 2019
Hope Lies in the Streets
Global finance capital has seized control of the economies of most nation-states. The citizens watch, helplessly, as money and goods are transferred with little regulation across borders. They watch as jobs in manufacturing and the professions are shipped to regions of the global south where most...
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There is zero chance Trump will be removed from office in a trial in the Senate. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, December 09, 2019
The Great American Shakedown
The Democratic Party and its liberal supporters are perplexed. They presented hours of evidence of an impeachable offense, although they studiously avoided charging Donald Trump with impeachable offenses also carried out by Democratic presidents, including the continuation or expansion of...
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Aggressive policing is the bulwark of a segregated America. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 02, 2019
The New 'Black Codes'
The police forces in impoverished urban communities, equipped with military-grade weapons and empowered to harass and kill largely at will, along with mass incarceration, are the principal tools for the social control of the poor. There is little pretense of justice and even less of protection and...
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"The most serious constitutional violations are the ones that are institutional usurpations." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, November 25, 2019
The End of the Rule of Law: The 12 Impeachable Offenses Committed By Trump
Bruce Fein , a former senior official in the Department of Justice and a constitutional scholar, has identified 12 impeachable offenses committed by Donald Trump. But, as he notes, many of these constitutional violations are not unique to the Trump administration. They have been normalized by...
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A banner is hung across a roadway while people participate in direct action with Extinction Rebellion on April 17, 2019 in New York City. Views
Monday, November 18, 2019
How to Save the Planet and Ourselves
If you read only one book this year, it should be Roger Hallam's " Common Sense for the 21st Century : Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse." Hallam's lucid and concise book, which echoes Thomas Paine's " Common Sense ," says what many of us now know to be...
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The corporate coup orchestrated by the ruling oligarchs over the past few decades gave us Donald Trump. If this coup is not reversed, far worse will follow. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Death by Oligarchy
Oligarchs are blinded by hubris, wealth and power. Their cloying sense of entitlement sees them outraged by even the most tepid reforms or mildest of criticisms. They lack empathy and compassion, along with remorse or guilt, for what is done to those outside of their tiny, elitist circles...
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The entire political and governmental system is corrupt. (Photo: John Sonderman/Flickr cc 2.0) Views
Monday, November 04, 2019
The Enemy Within Is Deep Indeed
Our democracy is not in peril—we do not live in a democracy. The image of our democracy is in peril. The deep state—the generals, bankers, corporatists, lobbyists, intelligence chiefs, government bureaucrats and technocrats—is intent on salvaging the brand. It is hard to trumpet yourself as the...
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President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria is another chapter in a sad and heartless game, repeatedly replayed, in which Kurdish forces are armed and used to achieve the strategic aims of rival nation-states and then discarded.  (Drawing: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, October 21, 2019
Pity the Kurds
I stood on the wind-swept Kalowa Hill in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya as Pershan Hassan, a stocky 53-year-old woman, clambered quickly up the dirt track leading to where a mass grave was being excavated. She clutched a framed black-and-white picture of a boy. She pushed her way through...
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