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Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges' original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009, and granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay "One Day We'll All Be Terrorists."

Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University. He currently teaches inmates at a correctional facility in New Jersey.

Hedges began his career reporting the war in El Salvador. Following six years in Latin America, he took time off to study Arabic and then went to Jerusalem and later Cairo. He spent seven years in the Middle East, most of them as the bureau chief there for The New York Times. He left the Middle East in 1995 for Sarajevo to cover the war in Bosnia and later reported the war in Kosovo. Afterward, he joined the Times' investigative team and was based in Paris to cover al-Qaida. He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq.

He has written nine books, including "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle" (2009), "I Don't Believe in Atheists" (2008) and the best-selling "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America" (2008). His book "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. His latest book is "Death of the Liberal Class" (2010)

Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. Hedges speaks Arabic, French and Spanish and knows ancient Greek and Latin. In addition to writing a weekly original column for Truthdig, he has written for Harper's Magazine, The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs and other publications.

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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Chris Hedges: America's Social Hell America has tens of millions of second-class citizens, most of whom are poor people of color, who have been stripped of basic civil and human rights and are subject to legalized discrimination for life. It is our America. And our shame.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Chris Hedges: Don't be Fooled by the Cancel Culture Wars The politically correct speech and symbols of inclusiveness, without a concerted assault on corporate power, will do nothing to change the system.
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ON CONTACT: Colonial War On Palestine On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the long, disingenuous role the USA has played in the Israel-Palestine conflict with Professor Rashid Khalidi.
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The One-Choice Election There is only one choice in this election. The consolidation of oligarchic power under Donald Trump or the consolidation of oligarchic power under Joe Biden. The oligarchs, with Trump or Biden, will win again.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 2, 2020
Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget Great wealth not only breeds contempt for those who do not have it but it empowers oligarchs to pay armies of lawyers, publicists, politicians, judges, academics and journalists to censor and control public debate and stifle dissent.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 24, 2020
The Zionist Colonization of Palestine World War II saw 6 million Jews murdered. Israel was all that many impoverished and stateless survivors, robbed of their national rights, communities, homes and often most of their relatives, had left. It became the tragic fate of the Palestinians, who had no role in the European pogroms or the Holocaust, to be sacrificed on the altar of hate.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The New Rules of the Game The ruling elites, once divided between Trump and Hillary Clinton, with most of the elites preferring Clinton, will be united against Sanders. They will back Trump as the least worst. The corporate media will turn its venom, now directed at Trump, toward Sanders. The Democratic Party's mask will come off. It will be open warfare between them and us.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 10, 2020
What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us The extradition of Assange would mean the end of journalistic investigations into the inner workings of power. It would cement into place a terrifying global, corporate tyranny under which borders, nationality and law mean nothing.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 4, 2020
America: Land of Make-Believe The longer we fail to name and confront our physical and moral decay, the more demagogues who peddle illusions and fantasies become empowered. Those who acknowledge the truth -- beginning with the stark fact that we are no longer a democracy -- wander like ghosts around the edges of society, reviled as enemies of hope.
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The Disaster of Utopian Engineering This column is drawn from notes that Chris Hedges wrote in preparing for a debate held today by the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Hedges, speaking from Princeton, N.J., argued for the motion: "Be it resolved, politics isn't working as usual. It's time for a revolution." Opposed was David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times who spoke from Washington, D.C.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 20, 2020
A Circus Then, a Circus Now Trump's success as a candidate came, in large part, because of the constant media attention he received. Those like Sanders who attempt to defy the rules of the game are punished. The goal is entertainment.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 13, 2020
How Democracies Die The norms, decorum, courtesy and mutual respect that are essential to a functioning democracy are replaced by vulgarity, insults, incitement to violence, racism, bigotry, contempt and lies. These ills of today's United States mirror the political and moral rot of Italy and Germany on the eve of fascism.
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(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2020
War With Iran We launch preemptive wars, which under international law is defined as a "crime of aggression," based on fabricated evidence. We, as citizens, must hold our government accountable for these crimes.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 30, 2019
Onward, Christian Fascists The Christian fascists, by choice, have severed themselves from rational thought. We will not placate or disarm this movement, bent on our destruction, by attempting to claim that we too have Christian "values."
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 23, 2019
The Impeachment's Moral Hypocrisy The impeachment process was a nauseating display of moral 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 themselves in gravitas and solemnity.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2019
Hope Lies in the Streets Hope lies in the streets. Millions of people in Hong Kong, India, Chile, France, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon understand. It is time to join them.
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(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 9, 2019
The Great American Shakedown There is zero chance Trump will be removed from office in a trial in the Senate. The Democratic Party elites have admitted as much. They carried out, they argue, their civic and constitutional duty.
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The New "Black Codes" The daily brutality and terror keep the poor, especially poor people of color, in bondage. On average, more than 1,100 people, or one every eight hours, almost all unarmed, are killed every year by police in the United States.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2019
The End of the Rule of Law Trump has made presidential lies as routine as the rising and setting of the sun, confounding civil discourse, truth and public trust.
How to Save the Planet and OurselvesRoger Hallam, a leader in the international struggle against climate change., From InText
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."

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