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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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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 13, 2021
On Contact: Hedges with Jenny Chan on "Dying for an iPhone" Chris Hedges talked to Professor Jenny Chan about the people in China who make iPhones, iPads and Kindles, driving the huge profits of two of the world's most powerful companies -- Foxconn, the world's largest provider of electronics manufacturing services, and Apple.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 12, 2021
Chris Hedges: Julian Assange and the Collapse of the Rule of Law A society that prohibits the capacity to speak in truth extinguishes the capacity to live in justice.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 10, 2021
Richard Falk and Chris Hedges on Confronting the Ruling Elite Richard Falk has denounced what he calls "the global legalization of rogue behavior embedded in the UN Charter which vests a right of veto in the five permanent members of the Security Council.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 1, 2021
ON CONTACT -- Steven Donziger and Chris Hedges on Corporate Tyranny Donziger has been fighting polluting American oil companies for nearly three decades on behalf of indigenous communities and peasant farmers in Ecuador, and has been under house arrest in Manhattan for nearly two years.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 31, 2021
Chris Hedges: "Dying for an iPhone" Workers have become, here and abroad, disposable cogs to corporate oligarchs, who wallow in obscene personal wealth that dwarfs the worst excesses of the Robber Barons.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Chris Hedges: Israel, the Big Lie Nearly all the words and phrases used by the Democrats, Republicans and the talking heads on the media to describe the unrest inside Israel and the heaviest Israeli assault against the Palestinians since the 2014 attacks on Gaza, which lasted 51 days and killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children, are a lie.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 3, 2021
Hedges: Don't Be Fooled By Joe Biden Don't be fooled by Joe Biden. He knows his infrastructure and education bills have as much chance at becoming law as the $15-dollar minimum wage or the $2,000 stimulus checks he promised us as a candidate.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 24, 2021
ON CONTACT:Glenn Greenwald: What Americans Must Urgently Learn from Brazil Glenn Greenwald is recieving death threats because of his reporting on the corrupt Brazilian PreSident Jair Bolsonaro and his fascist party.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Hedges: The Unraveling of the American Empire US leadership has stumbled from one military debacle to another, a trajectory mirroring the sad finales of other historical imperial powers.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 29, 2021
ON CONTACT: Deep American Roots Of The Atlanta Shootings On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses with journalist and writer May Jeong the deep American roots of the Atlanta shootings.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 22, 2021
Hedges: The Evil Within Us Millions of largely white Americans, hermetically sealed within the ideology of the Christian Right, yearn to destroy the "Satanic" forces they blame for the debacle of their lives. And one such evangelical just killed eight people in Atlanta.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Chris Hedges and Mr. Fish on the Cultural Requirements for Revolution On the most recent episode of "On Contact," Chris Hedges talks to Dwayne Booth, aka Mr. Fish, artist and cartoonist, about the cultural requirement for revolution
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 12, 2021
Chris Hedges: Bandaging the Corpse There will be no campaign finance reform to end our system of legalized bribery. The giant tech monopolies will remain intact. The fossil fuel companies will continue to ravage the ecosystem.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Chris Hedges: The Age of Social Murder This is the largest crime against humanity ever committed. It is being committed in front of us. And, with few exceptions, we are willfully being herded like sheep to the slaughter.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 15, 2021
Chris Hedges: Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes to Die Elites and their courtiers who trumpet their moral superiority by damning and silencing those who do not linguistically conform to politically correct speech are the new Jacobins.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Hedges: Papering Over the Rot The staggering concentration of wealth at the top has deformed our governing institutions -- new window dressing will not end oligarchy.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 31, 2021
Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges on the State of the American Empire On this week's "On Contact," host Chris Hedges talks to Professor Noam Chomsky, the pioneering linguist, prolific author of numerous seminal political works, about the state of the American Empire.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Hedges: Why They Hate Us Chris Hedges' Book excerpt explores the rupturing of social bonds, despair and rage that come from being cast aside by the ruling elites and that define the deep animus of the radical right.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 17, 2021
America Has the Tinder to Ignite Social Uprising Chris Hedges speaks to the host of "The Jimmy Dore Show" about the storming of the Capitol and what it says about American culture.
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Chris Hedges: The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange As is clear from the memoir of one of Assange's attorneys, Michael Ratner, the ends have always justified the means for those demanding his global persecution.

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