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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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Cahokia Mounds, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 15, 2022
The Final Collapse The more insurmountable the crisis becomes, the more we, like our prehistoric ancestors, will retreat into self-defeating responses, violence, magical thinking, and denial.
Predator KAZ, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 4, 2022
When The Just Go To Prison The imprisonment of Daniel Hale, federal prisoner 26069-075, in Marion, Illinois, is a microcosm of the vast gulag being constructed for all of us.
Weaponized, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 11, 2022
NATO - Most Dangerous Military Alliance on Planet Its business is war. That meant expanding its war machine far beyond the border of Europe and engaging in ceaseless antagonism toward China and Russia.
The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The Triumph of Death The global ruling class is cementing into place a world where they govern without accountability, we are reduced to serfdom, the climate crisis accelerates, and mass death is normalized.
March For Our Lives student protest for gun control, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 7, 2022
It Doesn't Matter to the Oligarchy How Many Mass Shootings There Are There will be no gun control not only because of the gun lobby and a corrupt political class, but because for many white Americans the idea of the gun is the only power they have left.
Jeff Bezos painted portrait, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 29, 2022
How to Defeat the Billionaire Class There are ways to defeat the billionaire class and many of these tactics have been pioneered by Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and the Socialist Alternative (SA) party in Seattle.
Yelling commands, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 26, 2022
No Way Out But War Permanent war has cannibalized the country. It has created a social, political, and economic morass. Each new military debacle is another nail in the coffin of Pax Americana.
Crucifix, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 9, 2022
Jesus, Endless War, and the Rise of American Fascism The Democratic Party is hoping to thwart an election rout by running against the expected Supreme Court decision on abortion. This is all that is left of its political capital.
Residents look at destroyed Russian z tanks on the outskirts of Buzova village west of Kyiv, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 3, 2022
The Age of Self Delusion You can't drain and impoverish the nation to feed an insatiable military machine unless you make its people afraid even of phantoms.
Alice Walker, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Alice Walker and the Price of Conscience Alice Walker was disinvited to the Bay Area Book Festival after Zionist groups threatened to carry out protests. The public and presenters are complicit in her blacklisting if they attend.
Social Media: the big 5, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 19, 2022
American Commissars Social media platforms are aggressively censoring all who challenge the dominant narrative on Ukraine, the ruling Democratic Party, the wars in the Middle East, and the corporate state.
Post 9/11 Ground Zero photos, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2022
The Pimps of War The unaccountable coterie of neocons and liberal interventionists who orchestrated two decades of military fiascos in the Middle East are now stoking a suicidal war with Russia.
2011.09.03-IMG_4170, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 22, 2022
The Lie of American Innocence U.S. hypocrisy on war crimes makes a rules-based world, one that abides by international law, impossible.
Armageddon Rock, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Waltzing Toward Armageddon With The Merchants of Death The danger of provoking Russia was universally understood with the collapse of the Soviet Union including by political elites as diverse as Henry Kissinger and George F Kennan who called the expansion of NATO into Central Europe "the most fateful error of American policy in the entire post-Cold War era."
Brzezinski with former President of Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. January 28, 1987., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 25, 2022
Chronicle of War Foretold NATO with the breakup of the Soviet empire became obsolete. President Mikhail Gorbachev reached out to Washington and Europe to build a new security pact that would include Russia.
Democratic Donkey & Republican Elephant - Caricatures, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Democrats - The More Effective Evil Warmongering by the Democrats always comes wrapped in the mantle of democracy, freedom, and human rights, making Democrats the more effective salespeople for war.
Safeway Meeting, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 19, 2022
America's New Class War As history has repeatedly proven, organized labor allied with a political party dedicated to its interests is the best tool to push back against the rich.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 26, 2021
ON CONTACT:Chris Hedges and John Pilger on the "Show Trial" of Julian Assange In the lead-up to Wednesday's extradition hearing in a British court, Chris Hedges gets a read on the status of Assange's case with input from investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker John Pilger.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 7, 2021
The Anonymous Executioners of the Corporate State Judge Loretta Preska, an advisor to the conservative Federalist Society, to which Chevron is a major donor, sentenced human rights attorney and Chevron nemesis Steven Donziger to six months in prison Friday for misdemeanor contempt of court after he had already spent 787 days under house arrest.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 27, 2021
America's Fate: Oligarchy or Autocracy The competing systems of power in the United States are divided between oligarchy and autocracy. There are no other alternatives. Neither are pleasant. Each have peculiar and distasteful characteristics. Each pays lip service to the fictions of democracy and constitutional rights.

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