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For 2018, Top Democrats Follow the Big Money
Heading into the 2018 midterms, Democratic leaders are favoring corporate-friendly candidates -- even though Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign showed them a different path, Aaron Mate reports
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 06:06

 
The Nation's Strongest Charter School Regulations Are Under Attack
Loyola University's associate dean of education, Rob Helfenbein, says corporate-backed forces have long targeted troubled school systems for privatization
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 18:05

 
What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 14:17

 
Will Trump's Latest Attack on Obamacare Strike a Death Blow?
The new rule would extend short-term insurance plans, circumventing key Obamacare requirements such as covering pre-existing conditions. "The key part of Obamacare was creating a unified insurance market where anyone can get insurance regardless of their heath, and this is destroying that," says economist Dean Baker
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 07:15

 
Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? (1/2)
The indicted Russian troll farm operation has been compared to Pearl Harbor and widely assumed to be the work of Russian intelligence. But how do we know? CIA veteran John Sipher, who ties the troll farm's activities to the Kremlin, joins Aaron Mate to discuss
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 18:22

 
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (2/2)
In the second part of his interview with Lisa Snowden McCray, Councilman Ryan Dorsey talks about how creating a more bike-friendly and walkable city not only improves public health but also boosts employment and small-business growth
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 13:02

 
Improving Baltimore's Schools Will Take More Than Just Money
Baltimore's schools need to be fundamentally transformed, says Lawrence Grandpre of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and meaningful change requires focusing on the needs of black parents and community members
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 05:06

 
Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'
Baltimore is experiencing a slight dip in homicides, thanks in part to Safe Streets, a mediation-based program to end violence. But law-and-order Republicans are pushing back against community-based solutions
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 05:46

 
How Billy Graham Evangelized for American Empire
Rev. Billy Graham gave his blessing to every military conflict under every president, from Truman to Bush II - Cecil Bothwell writes
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
   


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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.'
 
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
 
TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science
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)
 
   


RECENT STORIES

State's Attorney's Office fires prosecutor amid Gun Trace Task Force controversy, lawyers call shenanigans
Lawyers for Anna Mantagena claim she was wrongfully terminated in a political ploy, promise to produce documents
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
Saudi Arabia's Unholy Alliance with Israel
Scholar As'ad AbuKhalil says Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner of the U.S. and Israel, promoting Zionism though its powerful media while increasing its hostility to Iran
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 20:39

 
Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2)
However much Russiagate may annoy Trump personally, administration officials like H.R. McMaster are seizing on it to advance a militarist agenda at home and abroad. Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 10:12

 
Once a Poster Child for Austerity, Latvia Becomes a Hotbed of Corruption
Austerity didn't produce recovery in Latvia, it produced the semblance of recovery, says white-collar criminologist Bill Black. It also led to rampant criminal activity in the banking sector, such as money laundering, taking bribes, and violating sanctions against North Korea
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 09:53

 
Is Russia a Threat?
Alleged election-meddling aside, there is a great deal of exaggeration of Russia's power and its threat to the U.S., says author and scholar Vijay Prashad
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 18:45

 
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11?
Robert Mueller's charges against 13 Russians and their troll farm for "information warfare" against the U.S. has prompted comparisons to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Max Blumenthal breaks down the indictment and the overblown reaction
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 16:11

 
Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War
As Benjamin Netanyahu threatens war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that in targeting Iran, the U.S. and Israel are threatening wider conflict in Syria and Lebanon
DATE: 2018-02-19 | LENGTH: 12:47

 
President Ramaphosa: From Militant Revolutionary to Corporate Magnate
The ANC's revolutionary leadership became low-level allies of international capital--the same capitalist classes that exploited South Africa's working people, says scholar Horace G. Campbell
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 29:16

 
Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
A court hearing mentions allegations that members of the Gun Trace Task Force were using drugs when they responded to a call, in a case where they will be forced to testify for defense
DATE: 2018-02-20

 
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (1/2)
In a high-crime city like Baltimore, transportation is often overlooked. But Councilman Ryan Dorsey says creating more equitable and accessible transit throughout Baltimore would have a huge impact on the city, particularly in neighborhoods that have been historically disenfranchised or "redlined"
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 11:42

 
Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders
In 2017, murders of social leaders, union organizers and indigenous activists in Colombia hit a new high since the historic peace agreement. Empire Files' Abby Martin goes to Colombia to document the increasingly deadly situation for human rights activists. Watch more on teleSUR
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 18:52

 
A New 'Cancer Alley' for Appalachia
The Trump administration, the Chinese government, and major petrochemical companies are moving forward with a new multibillion-dollar petrochemical hub in Appalachia. The project raises health and environmental concerns, and suffers from serious conflict of interest problems, journalist Steve Horn reports
DATE: 2018-02-19 | LENGTH: 14:17

 
Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse
The peace agreement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed last year is on the verge of collapse, as violence against social leaders and former FARC fighters continues unabated
DATE: 2018-02-19 | LENGTH: 15:44

 
Philippine War on Drugs a Cover for President Duterte's Fascism?
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines is waging an all-out war on drugs and drug addicts, with as many as 12,000 killed since it started in mid 2016. With backing from the Trump administration, Duterte is also using this war to crack down on leftist rebels and other critics
DATE: 2018-02-19 | LENGTH: 17:50

 
Mother of Woman Shot by Baltimore County Police Speaks Out
Korryn Gaines' mother Rhanda Dormeus discusses her daughter's death, her grandson's trauma, and police force
DATE: 2018-02-19

 
South Africa: Criminality and Deep Rot in the ANC Will Continue Under New President Ramaphosa (2/2)
South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa has been part of the ANC leadership for decades, aiding and abetting in the very criminality he now pledges to eradicate, says Vishwas Satgar. Watch part 1
DATE: 2018-02-18 | LENGTH: 17:44

 
Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?
As top intelligence officials warn of Russian meddling in the upcoming mid-terms, John Feffer of Lobelog and Foreign Policy in Focus joins TRNN's Aaron Mate to discuss Feffer's new article arguing that some progressive critics are going too far in dismissing the Russiagate narrative
DATE: 2018-02-18 | LENGTH: 23:43

 
The Return of Berlusconi: Can A Fractured Left Defeat Him?
Uncertainty reigns as Italy gears up for an election on March 4, with most observers saying it will end with a hung parliament. University of Bologna Professor Raffaele Laudani discusses the election's unpredictability, the weakening of the left, and Silvio Berlusconi's political comeback
DATE: 2018-02-18 | LENGTH: 19:03

 
  

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Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (2/2)
In the second part of his interview with Lisa Snowden McCray, Councilman Ryan Dorsey talks about how creating a more bike-friendly and walkable city not only improves public health but also boosts employment and small-business growth
DATE: 2018-02-22

 
Improving Baltimore's Schools Will Take More Than Just Money
Baltimore's schools need to be fundamentally transformed, says Lawrence Grandpre of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and meaningful change requires focusing on the needs of black parents and community members
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'
Baltimore is experiencing a slight dip in homicides, thanks in part to Safe Streets, a mediation-based program to end violence. But law-and-order Republicans are pushing back against community-based solutions
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
State's Attorney's Office fires prosecutor amid Gun Trace Task Force controversy, lawyers call shenanigans
Lawyers for Anna Mantagena claim she was wrongfully terminated in a political ploy, promise to produce documents
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
A court hearing mentions allegations that members of the Gun Trace Task Force were using drugs when they responded to a call, in a case where they will be forced to testify for defense
DATE: 2018-02-20

 
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (1/2)
In a high-crime city like Baltimore, transportation is often overlooked. But Councilman Ryan Dorsey says creating more equitable and accessible transit throughout Baltimore would have a huge impact on the city, particularly in neighborhoods that have been historically disenfranchised or "redlined"
DATE: 2018-02-20

 
   


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COLUMNS

Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days
By Sabrina Shankman / Inside Climate News. Globally, sea ice is at record lows as the polar regions warm faster than the rest of the planet. Along the Alaska coast, it's affecting people's lives. The Bering Sea is a volatile place, with powerful storms and changing sea ice. Here, a ship plows through the ice toward Nome, Alaska, in January 2012. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images In just eight days in mid-February, nearly a third of the sea ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast disappeared. That kind of ice los...

Sabrina Shankman

Valentine’s Day pinpoints limits of Saudi prince’s Islamic reform effort
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability to curtail the global rise of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism the kingdom helped fuel at the very moment that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is curbing some of its sharpest edges in his own country. To be fair, controversy over Valentine’s Day is not exclusively a Muslim ultra-conservative preserve. Russian and Hindu nationalists have condemned the celebration as either contradictory to their country’s cultural heritage or a ‘foreign festival.’
Yet, ...

James M. Dorsey

New Era in War on Workers: The Ramaphosa Presidency in South Africa
Irvin Jim / Socialist Project. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) views the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa to the position of President of the Republic of South Africa, as a new era in the war against workers and the working class majority in the country. It is also important for us to state that we welcome former president Jacob Zuma’s well deserved and humiliating removal from the highest office in the land. Zuma’s inglorious exit from power is fitting punishment for his treacherous betrayal of the African working class. As an affiliate of ...

Irvin Jim

China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East
By James M Dorsey / East Asia Forum. The Middle East has a knack for sucking external powers into its conflicts. China’s ventures into the region have shown how difficult it is to maintain its principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of its vow not to establish foreign military bases, which became apparent ...

James M. Dorsey

Olympic Games Make US Regime Paranoid and Unpredictable
By David William Pear, February 14, 2018 [Photo:  North Korean cheerleaders wave unification flags during Team Korea's ice hockey game against Sweden at the Gwandong Ice Hockey Center in Gangneung, Monday. / Yonhap, Korean Times http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/sports/2018/02/702_244132.html ]   Despite all the efforts of a paranoid and unpredictable US regime, the Koreans are making peace not war during the 2018 Winter Olympics. The US is furious and pulling out all the stops to tarnish the Games, and it is trying to put South Korea back on the US colonial leash. South Korea's democratically elected peace-president Moon Jae-in is showing signs that he is not ...

David William Pear

Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup Or Invasion Of Venezuela Next?
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance Speaking at his alma mater, the University of Texas, on February 1, Secretary of State Tillerson suggested a potential military coup in Venezuela.  Tillerson then visited allied Latin American countries urging regime change and more economic sanctions on Venezuela. Tillerson is considering banning the processing or sale of Venezuelan oil in the United States and is discouraging other countries from buying Venezuelan oil. Further, the US is laying the groundwork for war against Venezuela. In a series of tweets, Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican from Florida, where many Venezuelan ...

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Surrendering a Brussels mosque: A Saudi break with ultra-conservatism?
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Saudi Arabia, in an indication that it is serious about shaving off the sharp edges of its Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, has agreed to surrender control of the Great Mosque in Brussels. The decision follows mounting Belgian criticism of alleged intolerance and supremacism that was being propagated by the mosque’s Saudi administrators as well as social reforms in the kingdom introduced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including a lifting of the ban on women’s driving, the granting of women’s access to male sporting events and introduction of modern forms of entertainment. Relinquishing control of the ...

James M. Dorsey

Leaked draft summary of UN special report on 1.5C climate goal – in full
By Megan Darby / Climate Change News. Read the draft summary for policymakers of the most important climate science report of the year, on the challenge of holding global warming to 1.5C (Flickr/Toshiyuki IMAI) Climate Home News is one of the world’s most trusted independent sources of climate politics news. Sign up for our newsletter. What are the impacts of 1.5C global warming, compared to 2C? What would it take to limit temperature rise to that level? What are the trade-offs with sustainable development goals? These are the questions to be addressed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ...

Megan Darby


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