Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. 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, September 29, 2014 - 7:30am
Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force
Those who use violence to shape the world, as we have done in the Middle East, unleash a whirlwind. Our initial alliances—achieved at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dead, some $3 trillion in expenditures and the ravaging of infrastructure across the region—have been turned upside down by the...
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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:00am
The Coming Climate Revolt
Chris Hedges made these remarks Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The other panelists were Bill McKibben , Naomi Klein , Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders . The event, moderated by Brian Lehrer , occurred on the eve of the People’s...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:45am
Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who seems to be preparing to run in the Democratic presidential primaries. The Fighting Bob Fest,...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:45am
Driving American Politics Underground
Politics, if we take politics to mean the shaping and discussion of issues, concerns and laws that foster the common good, is no longer the business of our traditional political institutions. These institutions, including the two major political parties, the courts and the press, are not democratic...
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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 8:30am
How the Brutalized Become Brutal
The horrific pictures of the beheading of American reporter James Foley, the images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the end of a story, not the beginning. They are the result of years, at...
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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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