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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC
DATE: 2018-04-19 | LENGTH: 19:48

 
Lopez Obrador's Lead Widens in Mexican Presidential Race Thanks to Trump
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's (AMLO) lead in the presidential race has been growing steadily, despite receiving attacks from Mexico's entire establishment, explains UNAM's John Ackerman
DATE: 2018-04-18 | LENGTH: 12:21

 
Justin Trudeau Vows to Bail Out Profitable Oil Company, Kinder Morgan
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sees the Kinder Morgan threat to abandon its pipeline project as a threat to the country's national interest and is now mobilizing local governments to maintain the project, says TRNN's Dimitri Lascaris
DATE: 2018-04-18 | LENGTH: 08:57

 
Global Warming's Impact on Ocean Currents to Amplify Sea Level Rise
A new study shows that the Atlantic's currents have weakened due to global warming and are closer to catastrophic collapse than any time in the last 1,600 years, which could cause rapid sea level rise on the East Coast of North America. One of the study's lead authors explains
DATE: 2018-04-19 | LENGTH: 10:16

 
State's Attorney's Race: Thiru Vignarajah on Freddie Gray and Gun Trace Task Force
Candidate for State's Attorney Thiru Vignarajah talks about two of the big cases that have defined the incumbent's first term and discusses what he may have done differently
DATE: 2018-04-19 | LENGTH: 10:28

 
Defense Stocks Soar as Trump Wages War on Syria
Defense company stocks, such as those of Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing, rose to unprecedented levels since the beginning of the year because of Tomahawk strikes on Syria and massive arms sales to the Middle East and to the Pentagon. Bill Black talks about the the companies and their profits
DATE: 2018-04-17 | LENGTH: 13:03

 
Philippines' Duterte Uses 'War on Terror' Tactics to Crack Down on Leftists
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is violently repressing socialist and communist groups by dubbing them "terrorists," in what ex-lawmaker Walden Bello says is a dangerous threat to democracy.
DATE: 2018-04-17 | LENGTH: 13:50

 
Philippines' Drug War Kills Poor Addicts, Not Rich Dealers
Most of the thousands killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs have been poor addicts. Ex-lawmaker Walden Bello discusses how the middle class is the social base for far-right movements
DATE: 2018-04-18 | LENGTH: 10:37

 
Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers is the 'Surest Way to Tyranny'
As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson
DATE: 2018-04-17 | LENGTH: 13:49

 
   


FEATURED VIDEOS

Is the Oil Industry Canada's 'Deep State'?
Justin Trudeau and Canada's political elite are fighting for the Tar Sands and oil industry's interests, even if it means that Canada misses its climate targets. We speak to Kevin Taft, ex-Liberal Party politician and author of 'Oil's Deep State.'
 
Honduras: The Never-Ending Coup
A special report from the hemisphere's most controversial Inauguration
 
Chuck Schumer: War Hawk or Progressive?
The Senate Democratic leader has tried to pivot to the left after Donald Trump's win in November, but how much of the progressive agenda has he adopted? - Cartoon by Baltimore's Tom Chalkley
 
Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science
Narrated by Danny Glover, A documentary special reveals how climate change science has been under systematic attack; the multi-million dollar campaign allowed a climate change denier to be elected president (a new version with updated content and music)
 
Documentary Special: Return to Kandahar - A film by Paul Jay and Nelofer Pazira
Nelofer Pazira returns to Afghanistan in 2002 seeking her childhood friend Dyana who she thought had died living under Taliban rule. Through her search Nelofer unravels her past and the history of her country; Ottawa Citizen said the film was "as suspenseful as any drama. But it is also a shocking portrait of a nation still reeling from years of war, resistance and oppression."
 
Meet The Man Behind Cambridge Analytica, Who Made Trump President
TRNN Documentary: This is the story of Robert Mercer, the far-right billionaire that is a major investor in Cambridge Analytica that data scrubbed Facebook for Trump, brought Bannon to the White House, and made his daughter the major owner of Breitbart News and board member of Cambridge Analytica
 
   


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Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC
DATE: 2018-04-17 | LENGTH: 12:32

 
The Perils of Being a Prosecutor and a Politician
Marilyn Mosby's campaign office opened to both praise and protest last Saturday as she was assailed on one side by the supporters of Keith Davis Jr., who believe she is trying to wrongly imprison a man shot by police, and on the other by a former employee who believes she has allowed too many violent repeat offenders back on the streets to kill more Black men.
DATE: 2018-04-18

 
France Joins US in a 'Poker Game,' Targeting Iran and Hezbollah
Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says France is joining the US and UK in Syria to assert its imperial power, even as the war winds down
DATE: 2018-04-16 | LENGTH: 14:09

 
Activists Offer Palestinian and Kurdish Solidarity
A rally in Baltimore unpacked the complexities of Palestine and Kurdistan and connected the two to the larger global freedom struggle for self-determination.
DATE: 2018-04-17

 
Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness
"Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives
DATE: 2018-04-16 | LENGTH: 11:19

 
Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited France to sign $18 billion in agreements, while Algerian journalist Akram Belkaid says the catastrophic war on Yemen is barely even mentioned
DATE: 2018-04-17 | LENGTH: 13:12

 
State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics
In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor
DATE: 2018-04-17 | LENGTH: 08:48

 
Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices?
Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?
DATE: 2018-04-17 | LENGTH: 04:51

 
Another Massive Tax Break for Developers? One Key Official Says No
Baltimore's latest proposal to overhaul a low income housing project and an abandoned outdoor mall may include a huge tax incentive for developers, but city council president Jack Young says he has "no appetite" for another tax break.
DATE: 2018-04-16 | LENGTH: 07:44

 
Bolivia's Ex-President Sanchez de Lozada Convicted in US Court for Human Rights Abuses
In a milestone decision, a Florida court ruled that Bolivia's ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (aka Goni) is liable for civilian deaths during his presidency when he ordered protests to be repressed
DATE: 2018-04-16 | LENGTH: 04:26

 
To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda
Despite soft approach at Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies
DATE: 2018-04-15 | LENGTH: 18:27

 
Economic Update: Distorting Economic Truths
Labor strikes at Disney; home sales and prices drop sharply; Nestle's approval to profit from privatizing water; UPS and FedEx profit from Trump's attack on Amazon and lies about the USPS; US poverty far worse than in other nations
DATE: 2018-04-16 | LENGTH: 28:54

 
The Complex History and Relations of the Kurdish YPG, Syria, and US
Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek discusses the history of the PKK, Turkey's brutally violent repression of the Kurds, and the complex relations between the YPG, Syria, and US.
DATE: 2018-04-16 | LENGTH: 20:24

 
Laura Flanders Show: After Hurricane Maria
The conversation in other media seems to be shifting to the social crises that are emerging -- but for many basic supplies, services and medical care are still nowhere in sight
DATE: 2018-04-16 | LENGTH: 26:41

 
Israel Mows Down Unarmed Gaza Protesters for 3rd Week as US Blocks UN Investigation
Israeli soldiers wounded more than 900 peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border for the third Friday in a row, while the Donald Trump administration prevents any action by the United Nations - Ben Norton reports
DATE: 2018-04-14 | LENGTH: 04:42

 
Trump's Attack on Syria Violates International Law
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on the Syrian government after Salafi-jihadist rebels alleged a chemical attack in Douma, but human rights expert Alfred de Zayas says this is illegal under international law
DATE: 2018-04-13 | LENGTH: 15:40

 
Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War
Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen
DATE: 2018-04-15 | LENGTH: 10:57

 
OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality
Economist Michael Roberts says the change of tone within the OECD is interesting, but there are no takers ready to implement estate taxes to reduce inequality
DATE: 2018-04-15 | LENGTH: 12:27

 
  

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State's Attorney's Race: Thiru Vignarajah on Freddie Gray and Gun Trace Task Force
Candidate for State's Attorney Thiru Vignarajah talks about two of the big cases that have defined the incumbent's first term and discusses what he may have done differently
DATE: 2018-04-19

 
The Perils of Being a Prosecutor and a Politician
Marilyn Mosby's campaign office opened to both praise and protest last Saturday as she was assailed on one side by the supporters of Keith Davis Jr., who believe she is trying to wrongly imprison a man shot by police, and on the other by a former employee who believes she has allowed too many violent repeat offenders back on the streets to kill more Black men.
DATE: 2018-04-18

 
Activists Offer Palestinian and Kurdish Solidarity
A rally in Baltimore unpacked the complexities of Palestine and Kurdistan and connected the two to the larger global freedom struggle for self-determination.
DATE: 2018-04-17

 
State's Attorney's Race: Marilyn Mosby on Tyrone West, Keith Davis and Her Critics
In the third and final part of our conversation with Marilyn Mosby, we talk about some of the criticism she has faced in her role as Baltimore City's top prosecutor
DATE: 2018-04-17

 
Can a Government Program End Racist Government Practices?
Several proposals are now before the Baltimore city council that would fund affordable housing and restore racial equity in government agencies that have sown division in the past, but can it work?
DATE: 2018-04-17

 
Another Massive Tax Break for Developers? One Key Official Says No
Baltimore's latest proposal to overhaul a low income housing project and an abandoned outdoor mall may include a huge tax incentive for developers, but city council president Jack Young says he has "no appetite" for another tax break.
DATE: 2018-04-16

 
   


TRNN WEEKLY CARTOONS

John Bolton - Andrews McMeel

 

Looters - Tom Chalkley

 

Presidential Advisory Commision - Tom Chalkley

 

NRA - Tom Chalkley

 

The Elephant - Tom Chalkley

 

The Blue Wave - Tom Chalkley

 

The Book of Michael: Page 2 - Tom Chalkley

 

Pruitt's Secret Phone Booth - Tom Chalkley

 

The Grope Among Us - Tom Chalkley

 
   


COLUMNS

First Nations Leaders Pledge to Block Pipeline Expansion
Richard Fidler, Stewart Phillip and Serge Simon At the 2015 Paris COP 21 climate conference Justin Trudeau pledged his newly-elected government would help “to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius as well as pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.” The strategy adopted was two-pronged and contradictory on its face: implementing gradual carbon price increases through carbon taxes or cap-and-trade mechanisms while building more pipeline capacity to boost exports of fossil-fuel resources, especially the products of Alberta’s tar sands. Burnaby protest March 10 against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project. As ...

Richard Fidler, Stewart Phillip and Serge Simon

Fascistic Politics in India and the Left
By Raju Das / Socialist Project. India is experiencing something like a national emergency. This is in the form of persistent, nation-wide attacks on the basic democratic rights of ordinary citizens, by hyper-nationalist and communal forces which are supporting, and which are supported by, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They are especially targeting religious minorities, secularists, Leftists, as well as dalits. No political project hangs in the air. It must be rooted in material conditions and class relations. Indeed, fundamental to the worldview of the forces playing the politics of religion, is the idolization of free-market economics, and ...

Raju J Das

Missile Attack on Syria Is a Salute to “Russiagate” Enthusiasts -- Whether They Like It or Not
By Norman Solomon Politicians, pundits and activists who’ve routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually baiting Trump as a puppet of Russia’s president. Heavyweights of U.S. media -- whether outlets such as CNN and MSNBC or key newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post -- spent most of the last week clamoring for Trump to order air strikes on Syria. Powerful news organizations have ...

Norman Solomon

Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline
{iframe width="1000" height="600" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen}https://www.youtube.com/embed/22QVfQdIC4o{/iframe} By Socilaist Project. Thousands have been pouring onto Vancouver streets, as well as protesting across Canada, against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been attempting to square the impossible – expanding oil sands production and building pipelines while addressing climate change. The governments of BC and Canada have ignored theses issues, as well as wider questions about First Nations consultations and sovereignty claims, already in the cases of the Pacific Northwest LNG, Woodfibre LNG and the Site C Dam in BC. The recent Liberal announcements of ocea...

Socialist Project

Rolling back militancy: Bangladesh looks to Saudi in a twist of irony
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past decade traced its roots to ultra-conservative strands of the faith promoted by a multi-billion dollar Saudi campaign. The Bangladeshi plan constitutes the first effort by a Muslim country to enlist the kingdom whose crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has vowed to return Saudi Arabia to an undefined form of ‘moderate Islam,’ in reverse engineering. The plan would attempt to roll ...

James M. Dorsey

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
I've been advised that I can expect to be terminated from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression this coming Tuesday evening and have pre-emptively been removed from my social media roles and the organization's website back-end. The cause for this termination, I have been informed, will most likely be the official cessation of the organization's operations and its semi-permanent closure. Congratulations Canada, you've killed free speech. I have learned that in the last week, a half-dozen resignations have been tendered on the organization's executive committee and Gala committee, including the resignation of the acting ...

Dimitri Lascaris

Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well as a military base. If implemented, the channel would signal the kingdom’s belief that relations between the world’s only two Wahhabi states will not any time soon return to the projection of Gulf brotherhood that was the dominant theme prior to the United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led imposition in June of last year of a diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar. It ...

James M. Dorsey

1968: the Big Five O
by Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Photo by Busy Beaver Button Museum | CC BY 2.0 Jerry Rubin, a “founding father” of the Yippies, is widely credited with having come up with the slogan “don’t trust anyone over thirty.”  He no doubt did say that, many times back in the day, but it was Jack Weinberg, another leader of the 1964-5 Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, who said it first. Being old enough to remember a time when that precept rang true, I am finding it difficult to deal with the fact that fifty years have now passed ...

Andrew Levine


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