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CFPB Moves to Aid Depredation of Society's Weakest
In one of his first moves as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Board, Mick Mulvaney scrapped a rule regulating payday lenders. "This has everything to do with facilitating fraud and predation," says white collar criminologist Bill Black
DATE: 2018-01-21 | LENGTH: 08:07

 
Baltimore Spends Billions on Corporate Subsidies but Can't Heat Its Schools
Author and political scientist Lester Spence says the discussion around Baltimore's flagging school system ignores the fundamental priorities of a city that favors corporations over its children
DATE: 2018-01-21 | LENGTH: 21:56

 
Women March in Defiance of Trump
In Baltimore and around the world the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington prompted calls for unity in resisting the policies of the Trump Administration by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis
DATE: 2018-01-21 | LENGTH: 06:21

 
Can a New Baltimore Police Commissioner Fix a Corrupt Department?
The firing of Chief Kevin Davis and the appointment of Darryl DeSousa to replace him raises questions about the ability of an agency under a federal consent decree to right itself
DATE: 2018-01-21 | LENGTH: 04:44

 
Trump Keeps US in Syria and Sets Off New War
Just days after the announcement of a U.S.-backed Kurdish "border force" and an indefinite U.S. military presence in Syria, Turkey is shelling Kurdish areas and threatening a ground assault. We speak to Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton about what the Trump administration's renewed commitment to both regime change and confronting Iran means for Syria.
DATE: 2018-01-19 | LENGTH: 28:49

 
Korean Olympic Unity Gives US War Plans a 'Bloody Nose'
North and South Korea will march together at the upcoming Winter Olympics, raising hopes of de-escalation. This, amid talk of a new U.S. strategy dubbed "Bloody Nose" and a U.S.-led summit promoting other aggressive steps. Christine Ahn, who organized a counter-summit of women peace activists, explains
DATE: 2018-01-20 | LENGTH: 12:18

 
Massive Oil Spill in East China Sea Is the Size of Paris
In one of the worst oil shipping disasters in decades, a tanker carrying $60 million of Iranian oil collided with a Chinese cargo ship. We speak with marine biologist David Santillo about the possible effects on marine ecosystems
DATE: 2018-01-19 | LENGTH: 11:58

 
Set Up By FBI Informant, NODAPL Activist Pleads Guilty
After federal government has stonewalled defense attorneys in releasing evidence, Red Fawn Fallis came to a plea agreement with prosecutors
DATE: 2018-01-20

 
Prosecutors Push on Against 59 Protesters Despite Defeat
The U.S. Attorney's Office dropped charges against 129 defendants Thursday but continues to prosecute journalists and others who have spoken to the press
DATE: 2018-01-19

 
   


RECENT STORIES

Mayor Announces New Baltimore City Community Grants Program
Catherine Pugh teams up with Weinberg Foundation to give small grants to community organizations.
DATE: 2018-01-19

 
The US is Arming and Assisting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine, While Congress Debates Prohibition
Known as a bastion of neo-Nazism, the Azov Battalion has received teams of American military advisors and high powered US-made weapons
DATE: 2018-01-18

 
Cape Town Water Wars: A Literal Shitstorm
In Cape Town, one of the most unequal cities in the world, poor people are taking the buckets they use for chemical toilets and turning them into weapons, as the water shortage intensifies class conflicts
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 18:02

 
After Hawaii Scare, Trump Worsens Nuclear Danger
Trump's bellicose statements about North Korea and the recent false missile alert in Hawaii have raised global alarm over nuclear war. Now, in an unprecedented step, a draft of the new U.S. Nuclear Posture calls for authorizing nuclear weapons use even in response to a non-military attack
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 11:25

 
Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Kevin Davis
Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that Davis had been replaced Friday morning, following months of scandal and speculation
DATE: 2018-01-19

 
2017 Hottest Year On Record Without El Nino Push
NASA and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report the global warming trend is continuing. We discuss the findings with the Weather Underground's Bob Henson.
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 13:42

 
Yemen's Crisis is Far Worse Than We're Told
UNICEF says the war in Yemen is killing or wounding five children every single day. But Shireen Al-Adeimi says the figure drastically under-counts the real toll of the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed bombing and blockade
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 11:27

 
IRS Private Debt-Collection Program is 'Indefensible'
Using private debt-collection firms to collect debt from low-income Americans is not only morally reprehensible, but it's also terrible business, says white-collar criminologist Bill Black
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 06:31

 
New Orleans Human Rights Resolution Under Attack Because It Could Affect Israel
The resolution did not even mention Israel, but pro-Israel pushback has council members backtracking on past support for Palestinian human rights
DATE: 2018-01-18

 
The Grenfell Community's Silent Steps for Justice
On the seven-month anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire in London, the local community hold their monthly Silent Walk and share their thoughts on how they are coping and the wider reasons for the tragedy
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 04:51

 
Abbas Gives Up on US, but Palestinians Give Up on Him
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is publicly distancing himself from the US, but that won't be enough to save face with a Palestinian population fed up with his failed leadership, says former PLO legal adviser Diana Buttu
DATE: 2018-01-17 | LENGTH: 14:10

 
Whistleblowers: Congress Has Entrenched the Surveillance State
Two former whistleblowers -- Thomas Drake of the NSA and Colleen Rowley of the FBI -- say the new bi-partisan FISA spying law opens the way to widespread privacy violations and government abuses
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 17:24

 
Catalonia Independence Crisis Intensifies Spain's Political Divide
Political parties in Spain are struggling to navigate an increasingly polarized political landscape, says Professor Sebastiaan Faber of Oberlin College
DATE: 2018-01-17 | LENGTH: 15:02

 
Repression Against Honduran Opposition Intensifies
Over 200 demonstrators were injured in last week's demonstrations against the incumbent president, whose reelection lacks legitimacy according to the opposition and international observers. The opposition is now gearing up for a national strike in the lead-up to the inauguration, explains Heather Gies, reporting from Honduras
DATE: 2018-01-18 | LENGTH: 10:18

 
The Jobs Trump Promised to Save Are Disappearing
The Carrier Factory in Indiana are laying off hundreds of workers this week, one year after Trump promised to save them
DATE: 2018-01-18

 
#TheAssistance: Democrats Hand Trump Warrantless Spying
Fifty-five House Democrats, including #Resistance stalwarts, have joined Republicans to give Trump's NSA broad warrantless surveillance powers. The Senate is likely to follow. We speak to Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
DATE: 2018-01-17 | LENGTH: 15:31

 
  

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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."
 
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TRNN Documentary: Steve Bannon was fired from the White House on Friday, August 18th, 2017, but most of the media is missing the story of Robert Mercer, the billionaire that brought Bannon to the White House, who has now reappointed him as chairman of Breitbart News
 
   

Baltimore Spends Billions on Corporate Subsidies but Can't Heat Its Schools
Author and political scientist Lester Spence says the discussion around Baltimore's flagging school system ignores the fundamental priorities of a city that favors corporations over its children
DATE: 2018-01-21

 
Women March in Defiance of Trump
In Baltimore and around the world the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington prompted calls for unity in resisting the policies of the Trump Administration by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis
DATE: 2018-01-21

 
Can a New Baltimore Police Commissioner Fix a Corrupt Department?
The firing of Chief Kevin Davis and the appointment of Darryl DeSousa to replace him raises questions about the ability of an agency under a federal consent decree to right itself
DATE: 2018-01-21

 
Mayor Announces New Baltimore City Community Grants Program
Catherine Pugh teams up with Weinberg Foundation to give small grants to community organizations.
DATE: 2018-01-19

 
Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Kevin Davis
Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that Davis had been replaced Friday morning, following months of scandal and speculation
DATE: 2018-01-19

 
Freddie Gray Protesters Take Police Officers to Court
Officers involved in the suit are associated with the corruption probe of the Gun Trace Task Force, which has been charged with planting evidence and stealing from suspects; one officer faces criminal trial next week
DATE: 2018-01-17

 
   


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COLUMNS

P3 Corporate Collapse Highlights Risks of Privatization
By Canadian Union of Public Employees / Socialist Project. The collapse of Carillion, a global privatization corporation, illustrates the risky nature of public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Carillion is involved in 10 P3s across Canada, primarily in hospitals in Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Two hospitals are still in development. It is unclear how Carillion’s equity stakes and facilities management contracts in many Canadian P3s, as well as the contracted-out services they provide, will be dealt with as part of the company’s asset liquidation. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) believes ...

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Gulf crisis turns Qatar into the ‘region’s Israel’
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Qatar airbrushed from map in UAE / Credit: Simon Henderson Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.” Known for his hard-line pro-Israel views, Mr. Dershowitz drew his conclusion following an all-expenses paid trip to the Gulf state. Mr. Dershowitz argued that Qatar like Israel was “surrounded by enemies, subject to boycotts and unrealistic demands, and struggling for its survival.” He noted that while he was in Qatar an Israeli tennis player had been granted entry to compete in an international tournament in ...

James M. Dorsey

Remember, Democrats are Awful Too
By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.
Photo by Don Relyea | CC BY 2.0 Like it or not, in the 2018 midterms, the only way to defeat Republicans – and defy Donald Trump (or Mike Pence) — will be to vote for Democrats. I don’t like it, and I don’t think anybody else should either.  The Democratic Party is part of the problem.  It would have to change beyond recognition to become even a small part of the solution. But, at least in the short run, voting for a Democrat is the only way to ward off a pernicious, ...

Andrew Levine

U.S. Humiliates South Korea, Threatens North Korea
By David William Pear. January 17, 2018 [Photo:  President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, Image by from Wikipedia] [First published by The Greanville Post, revised January 17, 2018] Fearing that peace might break out with the two Koreas talking to each other, Washington instructed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to keep the message about anything but peace. It is not just Trump. A former top official for the Obama administration warned Moon that South Korea was not going to get anywhere with the North Koreans unless they have the "US behind them". Humiliating, that is like saying that Moon's "button" is not as ...

David William Pear

No Foreign Bases: Challenging the Footprint of US Empire
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance The United States cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world. The US undermines governments (including democracies), kills millions of people, causes mass migrations of people fleeing their homes, communities and countries and produces vast environmental damage. A new coalition, The Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases, held its inaugural event January 12-14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore in Maryland. The meeting was framed by a Unity Statement that brought ...

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Justice for Hassan Diab and the Unbearable Banality of Evil
By Judith Deutsch / Socialist Project. Great joy and relief came with the news this January 12th that French investigative judges issued an “order of final release” for Dr. Hassan Diab from a French maximum security prison. Dr. Diab, a sociology professor and Canadian citizen, was charged with bombing the Rue Copernic Synagogue in 1980. His release follows eight previous orders for his conditional release by four French judges which were all reversed on appeal. But so far this ruling appears to be final and is hopefully a very belated vindication of Dr. Diab and ...

Judith Deutsch

Sovereign wealth funds: Investment vehicles or political operators?
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. The $6.85 billion acquisition in 2006 of Peninsular & Oriental (P&O) Steam Navigation Company, a storied British shipping and logistics company, by Dubai’s state-owned DP World, one the world’s largest port management and terminal operators, sparked fears that governments could employ cash-rich sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and state-run companies as political muscle. Twelve years later, with the Middle East fighting multiple battles and external powers jockeying for influence, those fears have proven justified despite the adoption in the wake of the sale of non-binding guidelines for sovereign funds that manage hundreds of billions of ...

James M. Dorsey

World Bank Unfairly Influenced Its Own Competitiveness Rankings
By Josh Zumbrun and Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal. The World Bank’s chief economist said he would recalculate national rankings of business competitiveness going back at least four years The World Bank repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports over several years in ways it now says were unfair and misleading. The World Bank’s chief economist, Paul Romer, told The Wall Street Journal on Friday he would correct and recalculate national rankings of business competitiveness in the report called “Doing Business” going back at least four years. The revisions could be particularly relevant to Chile, whose standings in the ...

Josh Zumbrun and Ian Talley


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