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Israeli Forces Kill 4 Palestinians, Injure 40 on Israel's Independence Day
Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip continue to demonstrate even though they know they put their lives at risk because life in the "cage" that is Gaza is intolerable, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada
DATE: 2018-04-20 | LENGTH: 12:03

 
Infamous Mercenary Erik Prince Being Considered to Build Trump's Foreign Army for Syria
Trump is asking Middle Eastern governments to build a military force to replace US troops in northeast Syria, and notorious war profiteer Erik Prince has been asked for help. Medea Benjamin says the plan is scandalous.
DATE: 2018-04-20 | LENGTH: 12:21

 
Leaders of China and Japan to Meet -- Could Be a Game Changer
Dr. Gerald Horne says that Trump's trade policies and disregard for Japanese interests might push Japan into closer relations with China, which would change the global balance of power; with host Paul Jay
DATE: 2018-04-20 | LENGTH: 09:36

 
Cuba has a New President: Is he 'Fidelista' or 'Raulista'?
Miguel Diaz-Canel's rise to Cuba's presidency signifies a historic changing of the guard, as someone born after the 1959 revolution takes over. How he will deal with the twin challenges of continued US pressure and of rising inequality in Cuba is the big question
DATE: 2018-04-20 | LENGTH: 06:43

 
Marc Steiner Show: Chelsea Manning
Marc talks with whistle-blower, transgender activist, and candidate for U.S. Senate, Chelsea Manning about being homeless, transitioning in prison, and the decision to reveal U.S. military secrets
DATE: 2018-04-20 | LENGTH: 20:18

 
House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously
An April 16 S.W.A.T. raid on a house full of grieving citizens points to how far the city is from true change or transparency
DATE: 2018-04-20

 
Korean Peninsula in Historic Peace Talks - Thanks to Activists, Not Trump
South and North Korea are considering a peace treaty after six decades of war. Simone Chun says this is the result of years of grassroots organizing and protests
DATE: 2018-04-20 | LENGTH: 12:59

 
Teacher Strikes Continue to Spread - A Symptom of Public Education Underfunding
Teacher strikes continue to spread: from West Virginia, to Kentucky, to Arizona, to Oklahoma, and now to Colorado. However, they are not just about pay - they are a result of systematic tax cuts designed to decimate public education, says Negin Owliaei of the Institute for Policy Studies
DATE: 2018-04-19 | LENGTH: 07:58

 
IMF Says 2018 Economic Outlook is Rosy, But Austerity is Still Needed
The IMF just released a positive World Economic Outlook report for 2018. Still, in order to make sure that the outlook remains good, the IMF makes recommendation that would lead to recession, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot
DATE: 2018-04-19 | LENGTH: 14:27

 
   


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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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Debunking the Myth of American Exceptionalism, with David Swanson
Anti-war writer and activist David Swanson discusses his new book Curing Exceptionalism, and picks apart the chauvinistic idea that the United States of America is the greatest country on the planet.
DATE: 2018-04-19 | LENGTH: 12:34

 
New Student Movement Seeks to Change Hopkins from Within
A student lead group called Youth Against War and Racism is partnering with the community to lead a fight against Hopkins' connection to government agencies like the CIA and end its role in military research
DATE: 2018-04-20 | LENGTH: 03:01

 
Corbyn: Does Strike on Syria Justify Bombing Saudi Arabia over Yemen?
Leftist leader of Britain's Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said the US-UK-France missile strike on Syria was "legally questionable," and its rationale could be used to justify bombing Saudi Arabia over its devastating war on Yemen
DATE: 2018-04-19 | LENGTH: 04:17

 
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 are 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

 
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

 
  

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House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously
An April 16 S.W.A.T. raid on a house full of grieving citizens points to how far the city is from true change or transparency
DATE: 2018-04-20

 
New Student Movement Seeks to Change Hopkins from Within
A student lead group called Youth Against War and Racism is partnering with the community to lead a fight against Hopkins' connection to government agencies like the CIA and end its role in military research
DATE: 2018-04-20

 
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

 
   


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COLUMNS

“How Come?” Questions
by Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.
Photo by Elvert Barnes | CC BY 2.0 There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the political realm. With increasing economic inequality and Supreme Court rulings that have turned “campaign contributions,” political corruption by another name, into Constitutionally protected free speech, the spillover problem has ...

Andrew Levine

The Victims in Gaza and Douma
By David William Pear. April 17, 2018 [First Published by The Greanville Post] In their book Manufacturing Consent Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky distinguished between two kinds of victims:  the worthy victims and the unworthy victims.  The “worthy victims” are the victims (real and alleged) of leaders on the U.S. enemies list, such as Bashar al-Assad.  The “unworthy victims” are those of the U.S. and its client states, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. led cabal calling itself the “international community” is outraged when there are worthy victims.  For example the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley holds up pictures ...

David William Pear

Bombing Syria would be both dangerous and illegal
By Mohamed Elmaazi / Open Democracy. Britain and its ‘Allies’ have helped arm warring Syrian factions, fuelled conflict, spurned refugees. Now they want to punish Assad’s alleged war crimes by committing war crimes of their own. Image: Kobani during bombing by US-led coalition in 2014. PA Images/Depo photos/ABACA, all rights reserved. Despite all the moral hand-wringing, international law forbids nations from attacking each other, outside of Security Council approval or in self-defence, and alleged use of chemical weapons is no exception. Western media and politicians are once again calling for our governments to commit what Nuremberg Judges labelled the “supreme in...

Mohamed Elmaazi

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


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