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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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Netanyahu Addresses Reporters, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Chris Hedges: Israel and the Rise of Jewish Fascism The mask is being lifted from the face of Israel's apartheid state, exposing a grinning death's head that portends the obliteration of the few restraints against killing Palestinians.
Keep The Bargain - 'What are we to make of a Congress that refuses to support a single day of paid sick leave for 115,000 freight railroad workers'?, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 8, 2022
Know Thine Enemy The Congressional decision to prohibit railroad workers from going on strike and force them to accept a contract that meets few of their demands is part of the class war that has defined American politics for decades.
Joe Biden presidential portrait., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 9, 2022
The Politicians Who Destroyed Our Democracy Want Us to Vote for Them To Save It We should have walked out on the Democratic Party and mounted a serious opposition movement while we still had a chance.
P20210210AS-2267 President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb The longer the proxy war in Ukraine continues, the closer the U.S. comes to a direct confrontation with Russia. Once that happens, the Dr. Strangeloves running the show will reach for the nukes.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 9, 2022
The Puppets and the Puppet Masters This is the talk given by Chris Hedges outside the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. on Saturday October 8 at a rally that called on the U.S. to revoke its extradition request for Julian Assange.
Bush-Cheney Alumni Reunion 2019, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 4, 2022
The Greatest Evil is War Tomas was crippled for a war that should never have been fought. He was crippled for the lies of politicians. He was crippled for war profiteers. He was crippled for the careers of generals.
No Tea With Fascists !, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 26, 2022
We Have Seen This Movie Before - The Fascists Have Arrived Billions of dollars are diverted by Western nations at a time of economic crisis and staggering income inequality to fund a proxy war in Ukraine
Joint union strike rally, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 19, 2022
Strike, Strike, Strike We must organize and strike. The oligarchs have no intention of willingly sharing power or wealth.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 12, 2022
Monarchs Belong in the Dustbin of History No other institution helps obscure the crimes of empire and buttress class rule and white supremacy so effectively.
Biden announces $800m in aid to Ukraine, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 29, 2022
Ukraine, and the Politics of Permanent War Critics, already shut out from the corporate media, are relentlessly attacked and silenced for threatening the public's quiescence, while the U.S. Treasury is pillaged and the nation is disemboweled.
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.

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