• How's He Doin'? Bill de Blasio After Six Months

    By Danny Katch, Truthout | News Analysis

    2014 726 bill fwNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the crowd at an address on the city's future, at the Cooper Union in New York, April 10, 2014. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / The New York Times)

    Six months after the widely hailed mayoral election of the liberal Bill de Blasio, Danny Katch looks at what has changed - and not changed - from Michael Bloomberg's New York.

  • Five Misconceptions about the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    Five Misconceptions about the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    By Hessam Akhlaghpour, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The stories and images coming from Gaza are truly heart-breaking. Over the past three weeks over 800 Palestinians have been brutally killed by Israeli forces, most of them civilians, among them at least 200 children. Hospitals have been bombed, neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble. All this is even more unbearable when one witnesses the efforts to try to justify Israel's actions in the media. When most Americans say they consider Israel's Gaza offensive to be justified that simply reflects the amount of misinformation and propaganda that exists in the media.

  • The Trials of Alleged Tween Terrorist Omar Khadr of Canada

    The Trials of Alleged Tween Terrorist Omar Khadr of Canada

    By Aisha Maniar, Truthout | Op-Ed

    It is unclear how long the United States and Canada intend to keep selling the myth of Omar Khadr, a Canadian arrested at age 15 in Afghanistan, as an unrepentant war criminal, without any substantive evidence, but they must realize that the end game has begun and is picking up pace. Khadr has been tortured and threatened with rape and other forms of physical and psychological abuse, including waterboarding. Throughout his US incarceration, he was never once treated as a minor or a child soldier, but as an "enemy combatant."