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I get my  information from progressive, independent news media found on the internet. These news services feature some of the best journalists around. They use fact based, investigative journalism to write about many issues you will never hear about in the mass media. These services are user supported and are not influenced by corporate ownership or government censorship.

News & Opinion

truthdig – “The purpose of our news website is to provide you with insightful and accurate reporting on current subjects and on issues that need to be brought to your attention. We want to challenge conventional wisdom. We seek to offer a solid and reliable resource for those of you who want to explore particular topics by drilling deeply. In addition, it is our mission to create a home for thoughtful, provocative ideas from talented contributors and editors…”

Truthout works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we will spur the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.

CommonDreams – “At CommonDreams we publish breaking news from a progressive perspective. And the latest ideas, opinions and in-depth analysis by some of the world’s best progressive writers, thinkers, activists, and everyday citizens. We are hundreds of thousands strong.”

CounterPunch – The Fearless Voice of the American Left Since 1993. The CounterPunch website is offered at no charge to the general public over the world wide web. New articles are generally posted every weekday. A batch of several articles, including the Poet’s Basement, are usually posted in the Weekend Edition. “Moral oxygen in a corrupt empire.

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and streaming video on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

FreePress – At FreePress we’re working to create a world where people have the information and opportunities they need to tell their own stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in our democracy. We fight to save the free and open internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media. We believe that change happens when people have a real voice in the political process…

Global Research – The Global Research website was established on the 9th of September 2001, two days before the tragic events of September 11. Barely a few days later, Global Research had become a major news source on the New World Order and Washington’s “war on terrorism”. Since September 2001, we have established an extensive archive of news articles, in-depth reports and analysis on issues which are barely covered by the mainstream media. In an era of media disinformation, our focus has essentially been to center on the “unspoken truth”.

The Unz Review – At The Unz Review is a Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives. Alternative media outlets of the Left and Right have become a crucial supplement to our knowledge of the world, providing those perspectives usually ignored by our mainstream media.

Solutions Journal – At the Solutions Journal our mission is to provide a forum for developing and discussing seriously creative ideas to solve society’s most pressing problems in an integrated way. The journal brings the cutting edge ideas of academics and professionals in the field to an audience of policy makers, business leaders, and engaged members of the public. is a News and media channel amplifying the voices of the global 99%. We use news, analyses, music, video, photography and graphics to heighten awareness and inspire engagement for social, economic and environmental justice. We are an open invitation to creators of every type: journalists, musicians, photographers, painters, filmmakers, poets, designers, developers, cartoonists, podcasters – every genre, form and style is welcome. Watch ACT OUT! The weekly video program. is a tough progressive website, supporting values that are really dead center American, like fairness, democracy, justice, protection of our national resources and commons, and preferring to support humans and America before corporations and religions.

Black Agenda Report – Every week at Black Agenda Report we ask the questions and tell the stories that few others do. Founded by Margaret Kimberley, Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon in 2006, Black Agenda Report publishes 5 to 7 original articles each week.

New Eastern Outlook – Our journal is called the New Eastern Outlook, so we are primarily interested in processes taking place at the broad expanse that stretches from Japan and the remote coasts of Africa. However, we do not limit ourselves geographically. We also look at political events happening in other areas of the world as they relate to the Orient. We cover political and religious issues, economic and ideological trends, regional security topics and social problems.

RT covers major issues of our time for viewers wanting to Question More and delivers stories overlooked by the mainstream media to create news with an edge. RT provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints international audience with a Russian viewpoint. Online, RT is the top non-Anglo-Saxon TV news network in terms of PC audience, according to comScore. is a leading news site with a view towards revealing the global trends that the mainstream media won’t touch. Today, SOTT is comprised of an international body of 156 volunteer editors, including many leading-edge professionals in the so-called hard sciences, medicine, history, sociology, psychology, engineering, and information technology. Whatever the topic, has an expert (or two!) who handles content in that particular field.

In These Times is a nonprofit and independent newsmagazine committed to political and economic democracy and opposed to the dominance of transnational corporations and the tyranny of marketplace values over human values.

Reader Supported News is a new service by the creator of Truthout, Marc Ash…. Reader Supported News (RSN) will carry forward the core concept that the reader is best served by financial control of the news service they depend on.

John Pilger’s articles appear worldwide in newspapers such as the Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation: New York, The Age: Melbourne, The Sydney Morning Herald, plus French, Italian, Scandinavian, Canadian, Japanese and other newspapers and periodicals. Pilger has been a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. His journalism and film documentaries have earned numerous awards around the world.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is one of the most respected columnists in the alternative media. His syndicated articles can be seen on many leading alternative news websites including Lew Rockwell, Infowars, Counterpunch, Information ClearingHouse and countless others.

Clusterfuck Nation – This is James Howard Kunstler’s blog, Clusterfuck Nation. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA , the APA., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

AlterNet is a program of the Independent Media Institute (IMI), a nonprofit organization that empowers people with independent journalism, information, and media tools. IMI is dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent journalism, and to improving the public’s access to independent information sources. We believe democracy is enhanced and public debate broadened when more voices are heard and more points of view are made available.

Video Programs

On Contact – Author and social critic Chris Hedges hosts a weekly interview show called ‘On Contact,’ which will air “dissident voices” currently missing from the mainstream media. Hedges interviews the black sheep of the establishment, leading discussions that can’t be heard anywhere else. Chris has also done many great 30 minute interviews with a program he was recently working on entitled Days of Revolt. View them with the link.

Abby Martin is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, a weekly investigative news program on teleSUR English. She was formerly the host of Breaking the Set on RT America network, working from the Washington, D.C. bureau. Before hosting her own show, she had worked for two years as a correspondent for RT America. Martin is also an artist and activist, and helped found the citizen journalism website Media Roots. She serves on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation which manages Project Censored. Use the links to view all of her current and past programs. is an alternative media channel that covers the ongoing fight for democracy and justice, from local grassroots to national and international movements. “Act Out!, hosted by Eleanor Goldfield, is a weekly show that hi-lights creative and grassroots activism across the country. It’s the antidote for depressing news, the answer to “what can I do?”

The Young Turks is the largest Online News Show in the World. Hosted by Cenk Uygur & Ana Kasparian. LIVE weekdays 6-8pm ET. We are a rare show that combines all of the news that people care about in one place. We are not afraid to talk about politics and entertainment and sports and pop culture. But that is not the revolution either. Young Turk [definition] (n), 1. Young progressive or insurgent member of an institution, movement, or political party. 2. Young person who rebels against authority or societal expectations. (American Heritage Dictionary)

Redacted Tonight – With reality now seeming like a Shakespearean comedy, perhaps only comedy can truly bring truth to the people. DC-born comedian Lee Camp and a talented cast do just that with RT America’s first comedy show – Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp. This is not your grandparents’ satire program. Every week Redacted Tonight will provide comedy news with a punch. This weekly satire show tackles all the real news stories the mainstream media failed to mention and provides new angles on the ones they do.

Science and Environmental News

RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. All posts are signed by the author(s), except ‘group’ posts which are collective efforts from the whole team. This is a moderated forum.

Ecointernet provides people, families, and businesses the tools, services, and information for green living necessary to survive and prosper during the coming great transition while coming together for global ecological sustainability.

Arctic-News Blog – The Arctic-News Blog describes the situation in the Arctic, focusing especially on the threat of large abrupt methane eruptions from the Arctic Ocean seafloor. Contributors to the blog all share a deep concern about the way climate change is unfolding in the Arctic and the threat that this poses for the world at large. Posts cover topics such as sea ice, permafrost and methane clathrates, and will typically address recent developments on such topics.

NASA Climate Science – The mission of “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” is to provide the public with accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA, the world’s leading climate research agency.

InsideClimate News is an independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped. We are staffed by professional journalists, many of whom bring decades of experience from leading media organizations in the nation. We have earned national recognition for our work and many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues. We feature original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news. Yale Environment 360 is published by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale University.

Weather Underground has challenged the conventions around how weather information is shared with the public since 1993. We’re immensely proud of the unique products that our community and meteorologists have created to improve people’s access to meaningful weather data from around the globe. As the Internet’s 1st weather service, we consider ourselves pioneers within our field and we’re constantly seeking new data sets and the next technologies that will help us share more data with more people.

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. The system was developed with two primary missions: 1. Provide the public a single source of incident related information 2. Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community 3. A number of supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources. 5. This ensures that the information regarding active incidents is consistent, and the delivery is timely.™ is a leading web-based science, research and technology news service which covers a full range of topics. These include physics, earth science, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and other sciences and technologies. Launched in 2004,’s readership has grown steadily to include 1.75 million scientists, researchers, and engineers every month. publishes approximately 100 quality articles every day, offering some of the most comprehensive coverage of sci-tech developments world-wide.

Live Science offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, delivering comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything from dinosaur discoveries, archaeological finds and amazing animals to health, innovation and wearable technology. We empower and inspire our readers with the tools needed to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe.

NASA leads the nation on a great journey of discovery, seeking new knowledge and understanding of our planet Earth, our Sun and solar system, and the universe out to its farthest reaches and back to its earliest moments of existence. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the nation’s science community use space observatories to conduct scientific studies of the Earth from space to visit and return samples from other bodies in the solar system, and to peer out into our Galaxy and beyond. NASA’s science program seeks answers to profound questions that touch us all.