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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The Catonsville protest sparked a wave of break-ins at draft boards in which files were burned, mutilated, stolen or destroyed. (Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, December 31, 2018
Resistance Is the Supreme Act of Faith
Becket: It is not for me to win you round. I have only to say no to you. King: But you must be logical, Becket! Becket: No. That isn’t necessary, my liege. We must only do—absurdly—what we have been given to do—fight to the end. —From the play “Becket,” by Jean Anouilh The struggle against the...
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Monday, December 24, 2018
Banishing Truth
The investigative reporter Seymour Hersh , in his memoir “Reporter,” describes a moment when as a young reporter he overheard a Chicago cop admit to murdering an African-American man. The murdered man had been falsely described by police as a robbery suspect who had been shot while trying to avoid...
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The for-profit Trump University was denounced as a fraud and went out of business after being hit with lawsuits. (Photo: Google Images) Views
Monday, December 17, 2018
Trump, the Quintessential American
Donald Trump is part of the peculiar breed Herman Melville described in his novel “The Confidence-Man,” in which the main character uses protean personas, flattery and lies to gain the confidence of his fellow passengers to fleece them on a Mississippi River steamboat. “Confidence men,” as Melville...
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"Every Sunday morning, we went to church to exorcize hate—of ourselves and of white racists.” (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Heresy of White Christianity
There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the...
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“There’s an intensive effort by Israel and pro-Israel groups to get governments, universities, legislative bodies to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel and its state ideology, Zionism.”(Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See
“ The Lobby ,” the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. The series is an inside look...
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Neoliberalism generates little wealth. Rather, it redistributes it upward into the hands of the ruling elites. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, November 26, 2018
Neoliberalism's Dark Path to Fascism
Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. It had as much validity as past ruling ideologies such as the divine right of kings and fascism’s belief in the Übermensch . None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Are We About to Face Our Gravest Constitutional Crisis?
Before this lame-duck Congress adjourns in December we could face the most serious constitutional crisis in the history of the republic if Donald Trump attempts to shut down the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. A supine and pliant Republican Party, still in control of the...
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Assange is on his own. Each day is more difficult for him. This is by design. It is up to us to protest. We are his last hope, and the last hope, I fear, for a free press. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Crucifying Julian Assange
Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of...
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Gross understood that unchecked corporate power would inevitably lead to corporate fascism. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, November 05, 2018
Scum vs. Scum in This 2018 Midterm
There is perhaps no better illustration of the deep decay of the American political system than the Senate race in New Jersey. Sen. Bob Menendez, running for re-election, was censured by the Senate Ethics Committee for accepting bribes from the Florida businessman Salomon Melgen, who was convicted...
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Cults are a product of social decay and despair, and our decay and despair are expanding, soon to explode in another financial crisis.(Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, October 29, 2018
The Cult of Trump
Cult leaders arise from decayed communities and societies in which people have been shorn of political, social and economic power. The disempowered, infantilized by a world they cannot control, gravitate to cult leaders who appear omnipotent and promise a return to a mythical golden age. The cult...
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