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Trump’s Paris Withdrawal Is A Crime Against Humanity

Donald Trump guaranteed his place in history as an enemy of science and humanity when he announced a US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.  This is murder, even if Trump’s willful ignorance of climate science prevents him from seeing it, I argue in The Nation (see previous entry) and Le Monde:… Read more

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Trump’s Paris Withdrawal Is A Crime Against Humanity

Donald Trump guaranteed his place in history as an enemy of science and humanity when he announced a US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.   This is murder, even if Trump’s willful ignorance of climate science prevents him from seeing it, I argue in The Nation https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trumps-withdrawal-paris-accords-crime-humanity/ and in Le Monde (see next… Read more

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Progressives: It’s Past Time To Build Our Own Media

Donald Trump would not be president today if not for Fox, Breitbart and the rest of the media infrastructure the right-wing has built over the past twenty years.  It’s past time for progressives to build a countervailing media presence if they want to compete on the national stage, I argue in a special issue of The Nation, “Media in the Trump Era”:… Read more

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Trump Is In For A Fight

The presidency of Donald Trump has just begun and already the Resistance has made history:  the women’s marches on January 21 were almost certainly the largest single day of protest in US history.  Other eruptions of grassroots opposition showed that many people are eager to resist Trump’s policies.  “We Outnumber Them,” read one placard.  “Resist!”… Read more

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Lessons From Obama Years For Fighting Trump

Donald Trump, the pending Climate-Denier-In Chief, threatens to accelerate the race towards climate catastrophe.  Photo-opportunities by Al Gore or Leonardo DiCaprio won’t stop him.  Instead, heed the words of ExxonMobil’s chief media officer in my review of Obama’s climate record the past eight years–governments have to respond when there are massive numbers of people in the streets:… Read more

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Give Snowden A Trial … But An Honest One

Edward Snowden admits he broke the law by leaking secret documents to journalists but says the system left him no other choice.  As John Crane, a former senior Pentagon official,  reveals in my new book, Bravehearts, his colleagues too often persecute the very whistle blowers they are supposed to protect.   I argue in The New York Times that Snowden should be allowed to make this argument in court, which current US law forbids:… Read more

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By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did: leak top secret documents revealing that the US government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. But if you want to know why Snowden did it, the way he did it, you need to know the stories of two other men.


The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same surveillance ten years before Snowden did and got crushed. The other is The Third Man, a former senior Pentagon official who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drake—and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches.


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About Mark

Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.

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