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NSA Whistleblower: No Real NSA Reforms Being Considered by Senate
Kirk Wiebe says the Senate is not challenging the authority that allows bulk collection of phone records

  May 21, 2015

Warren Pushes Back Against TPP Fast Track
As Senate debates "fast track" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Senator Elizabeth Warren says the trade deals have failed workers.

  May 20, 2015

NAACP Accuses Baltimore Police Union of Intimidation
A pointed letter to FOP president says the union's criticism is widening the racial divide.

  May 20, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (7/7)
Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer conclude their conversation about Scheer's latest book "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy".

  May 20, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (6/7)
Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. culture.

  May 19, 2015

Obama Takes Small Step Towards Demilitarizing Police
Glen Ford of The Black Agenda Report says the reality of policing in the United States is inseparable from the maintenance of the mass black incarceration regime.

  May 19, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (5/7)
Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer discuss the Founding Fathers, FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the persecution of Chelsea Manning in this sweeping conversation.

  May 18, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (4/7)
A debate emerges between Bob Scheer and Chris Hedges on whether the state can reform its own surveillance practices and whether it can be held accountable by appealing to constitutional principles.

  May 17, 2015

Amtrak Budget Cuts Amount to Derailed Priorities in Washington
Larry Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union, says there has been a military junta in the United States since September 11th of 2001, and our national priorities have shifted primarily out of fear.

  May 17, 2015

The Beneficiaries of Republican Budget Bill: Arms Manufacturers
Defense analyst William Hartung says the biggest winner will be Lockheed Martin, the builder of the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon.

  May 19, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (3/7)
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer continue their discussion about surveillance, corporate power, and the national security state

  May 15, 2015

Gulf Monarchs Protest US Diplomacy with Iran
Jamal Abdi with the National Iranian American Council says the Camp David summit shows that the Saudis believe the United States is beholden to them.

  May 15, 2015

TRNN Talks to Sy Hersh
Seymour Hersh says by going public with a "fairytale" narrative of the murder of Bin Laden, President Obama broke an agreement with top Pakistani generals to hide the U.S. mission and Pakistani military complicity.

  May 14, 2015

Amtrak Budget Axed By 20% the Day After Crash
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine says in spite of all of its trouble, Amtrak has been extremely popular among the people on the East and West Coast of the US, but not among the Republican base.

  May 14, 2015

Possible CIA Crime Revealed in Sterling Trial
David Swanson says CIA inadvertently revealed a dark side of its operations in Iran and Iraq in the Sterling trial.

  May 13, 2015

NSA Metadata Collection Reined in by the House
Former NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst, J. Kirk Wiebe says the original USA Freedom Act after the Snowden disclosures was much better than what is being considered today.

  May 14, 2015

Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (2/7)
Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discuss how data-collection began as a commercial enterprise that was eventually co-opted by the state.

  May 13, 2015

Verizon Buys AOL, Now Owns HuffPost
Free Press's Craig Aaron says narrow and short-term incentives created by Wall St. discourage corporations like Verizon from investing in internet infrastructure that would benefit the public.

  May 13, 2015

Scheer & Hedges: They Know Everything About You (1/7)
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges interviews Truthdig's editor in chief Robert Scheer about his latest book "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy".

  May 12, 2015

Senate Democrats Block Obama's Fast-track Authority for Trade Pacts
Longtime union activist Frank Hammer says the 52-45 vote may eliminate the secrecy behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potential effects on workers.

  May 13, 2015

NY Gov. Cuomo Joins Calls to Retire Troubled Indian Point Nuclear Plant
Journalist Paul DeRienzo also discusses the history of New York's decades old Indian Point Nuclear Plant which experienced a fire and oil leak over the weekend

  May 12, 2015

Cornel West, Eddie Conway and Rev. Sekou on Building a Mass Movement
Three leaders of the struggle discuss the lessons of the 60's and what's needed today.

  May 18, 2015

How to Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (3/6)
Ha-Joon Chang: You cannot discuss economics without discussing politics; there are always ethical and political judgments you are making when you are doing this supposedly technical, scientific analysis.

  May 12, 2015

CIA Whistleblower Gets 42 Months In Prison For Talking to Press
Investigative reporter Marcy Wheeler says former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling's sentence highlights the double standard of punishment for whistleblowers and Obama insiders like former CIA Director David Petraeus.

  May 11, 2015

Jeb Bush's Entourage Filled with Neocons
Larry Wilkerson: Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush states he would have authorized the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, showing little regard for the fact that Neocon policy created more chaos in the region.

  May 12, 2015

Was the Baltimore Curfew Legal?
TRNN's Paul Jay, Attorney A. Dwight Pettit, law professor Byron Warnken discuss and debate if the curfew and state of emergency that eliminated the right of free assembly after 10pm was justified

  May 7, 2015

Court Finds NSA Spying Illegal
Emptywheel.net's Marcy Wheeler discusses a US court of appeals court ruling that paves the way for challenging bulk metadata collection

  May 7, 2015

Social Justice Art Looks at Mass Incarceration and Lynching, Past & Present
Deutsch Foundation Artist-in-Residence and Research Fellow Paul Rucker shares his work

  May 2, 2015

The Global African: Freddie Gray and The State of Black Politics
The Global African's Bill Fletcher takes a look at the Freddie Gray protests and the state of black politics

  May 1, 2015

Incarcerated Women Fight for Human Rights in California's Prisons
Diana Zuniga, statewide coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), speaks with TRNN Correspondent Eddie Conway

  April 30, 2015

What the U.S. Should Do About North Korea's Rising Nuclear Stockpile
Larry Wilkerson discusses how Chinese nuclear experts estimate North Korea has 20 nuclear warheads and could have 20 more in 2016 yet Washington is paying little attention.

  April 28, 2015

Civil Disobedience Necessary to Protect Victims of Police Brutality, Says Activist
TRNN speaks to American Friends Service Committee's Dominique Stevenson, who crossed police barricades during protests over the death of Freddie Gray now in their fifth day

  April 23, 2015

How a Protest Against Money in Politics was Spun as a Story on Terrorism
Doug Hughes wanted to deliver a message about campaign finance reform. Instead, the media and politicians used his story to talk about security at the White House and Capitol Building.

  April 23, 2015

Seattle Activists Fight Building of New Youth Jail
TRNN speaks to a coalition of activists in Seattle working to stop the building of a new youth jail in their community

  April 20, 2015

Organizations Fight the For-Profit Video Visitation Industry
Prison Policy associate Bernadette Rabuy discusses the grassroots activism that is taking on corporations profiting off jail video visitations

  April 19, 2015

The Global African: Martese Johnson and the World Social Forum
TeleSUR's The Global African tackles the case of Martese Johnson and analysis of the recently concluded World Social Forum

  April 18, 2015

2016 Presidential Candidates Test the Waters in New Hampshire
Larry Wilkerson, just returning from New Hampshire reports on what is on the minds of voters in a state that gets to define the terms of engagement for the 2016 elections

  April 24, 2015

Searing Testimony in Favor of Black Control of Police
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says the black community must take power and control over police, especially in light of the case of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries while in police custody

  April 21, 2015

Immigrants of African Origin Face Systemic Employment Discrimination
Patrick Mason of the Political Economy Research Institute says immigrants of African origin are facing workplace discrimination similar to African Americans

  April 21, 2015

Chevron Back in Court for Worst Case of Oil Pollution on the Planet
Paul Paz y Mino of Amazon Watch says judge overturned $9.5 billion judgement against them for dumping 16 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in the Amazon but the battle is not over.

  April 22, 2015

Obama to Get "Fast Track" for Trade Pacts
Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, says fast track for trade pacts is complete capitulation to global corporate rule and we have to stop it now

  April 17, 2015

Welfare System Designed to Keep the Poor Poorer
Sanford Schram, professor of political science at Hunter College, says new state laws that place restrictions on welfare recipients mark the poor as deviant and are designed to keep them from receiving welfare

  April 17, 2015

The Rich Get Richer If House Republicans Repeal the Estate Tax
Bill Black, a former bank regulator, discusses the history of why the federal estate tax exists and why the Republicans want it repealed

  April 16, 2015

Lincoln and Black Self-Emancipation
As America marks the 150th anniversary of the the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, author and historian Gerald Horne deconstructs the 16th president's legacy as the "great emancipator"

  April 15, 2015

Is Rand Paul Still a Libertarian?
Tea Party firebrand Rand Paul has been unwavering in his advocacy of small government. But his stances in foreign policy in military spending are quickly changing. TRNN's Thomas Hedges spoke to journalist and editor of the libertarian Reason.com news outlet Nick Gillespie about whether or not Paul can remain true to his libertarian word.

  April 15, 2015

Growing Calls for Reparations for the International Slave Trade
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to voices of the United States and African diaspora at the International Black Reparations Summit in New York City

  April 14, 2015

Obama To Remove Cuba from "Terror" List
Aviva Chomsky, author of The History of the Cuban Revolution, says there are many more hurdles ahead before diplomatic relations can be established between Cuba and the US

  April 14, 2015

Blackwater Guards Sentenced for the Murder at Nisour Square, Baghdad
Reese Erlich says these are the most significant and serious series of activities carried out by contractors and the Bush administration was not interested in prosecuting them

  April 15, 2015

Empowering Baltimore Youth with Media, Art, Activism, and Pan-African Culture.
Ras Tre Subira, founder of The Griot's Eye program, discusses his African-Centered approach to education and the use of media, art, and traveling abroad to Africa to inspire inner city youth to develop knowledge of self and create alternatives to mainstream media.

  April 14, 2015

New Reforms in California Will Reduce its Prison Population
Diana Zuniga, statewide organizer for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), speaks with TRNN Correspondent Eddie Conway about the prisoners' rights movement in California.

  April 26, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio Unveils His Candidacy and Platform for "A New American Century"
Larry Wilkerson says Sen. Marco Rubio is serving up pablum for those Americans who believe that all you have to do is spout off this kind of rhetoric, whether it's accurate or not

  April 14, 2015

Fast Food Workers Gear Up for Nationwide Strike for $15
PERI co-director Robert Pollin says the living-wage movement is building momentum as hundreds of thousands are expected to rally on Wednesday

  April 14, 2015

Bringing the U.S. Torture Team Justice
Michael Ratner says while the wheels of justice are slow, the Bush/Cheney torture team may be facing some kind of justice in various judicial proceedings

  April 12, 2015

Police Reform Setbacks in Maryland Buck National Trends
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis looks at the implications of the failure of a majority of laws aimed at police reform in Annapolis.

  April 8, 2015

Police Reform Setbacks in Maryland Buck National Trends
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis looks at the implications of the failure of a majority of laws aimed at police reform in Annapolis.

  April 8, 2015

Ferguson Elections Triples Black Political Representation in City Council
The racial makeup of political leadership in Ferguson, MO has changed in the first municipal election since the killing of Michael Brown in August, 2014. Will this lead to real policy changes in the town?

  April 8, 2015

What Is Really Behind Seating Cuba at Summit of the Americas?
Weight of 50 years of failed policy, China and Port of Mariel may have had a lot to do with the US rapprochement with Cuba

  April 8, 2015

Emanuel Wins in Chicago, Garcia Fails to Ignite Black Vote
Bruce Dixon says once fiery black teachers union leader Karen Lewis pulled out for medical reasons, Garcia would not critique the Democratic Party and President Obama's neoliberal education policies as Lewis was willing to do

  April 7, 2015

Garcia-Emanuel Runoff in Chicago: Why Vote for Chuy?
David Hatch, executive director of Reclaim Chicago, explains the divided city of Chicago and what reclaiming the Chicago City Council on behalf of regular citizens will really mean

  April 7, 2015

Garcia-Emanuel Runoff in Chicago Divides Unions, Blacks, and Latinos
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says in spite of the 15% undecideds, with the support of some blacks, Latinos and labor, as well as Obama, it will be difficult to unseat Emanuel

  April 7, 2015

Republicans and Some Democrats are Seeking a Veto-Proof Bill on the Nuclear Agreement with Iran
Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says some Republicans are acting on their prerogative, while others are maliciously trying to destroy the president and his legacy

  April 7, 2015

Whistleblowers: Citigroup Falsely Represented Up to 80% of Mortgages Sold to Fannie and Freddie in 2007
Richard Bowen and Sherry Hunt were reporting on the toxic scam and still there was no action from the DOJ, but now there is a small victory, says Bill Black, former financial regulator

  April 6, 2015

The Global African: Attack on the Poor and Resentment Towards Mo'Ne Davis
In this episode of teleSUR's The Global African, host Bill Fletcher, Jr. looks at the U.S. budgetary process and the resentment directed towards a 13-year-old African-American female athlete

  April 4, 2015

Mandatory Water Restrictions in California Fail to Address Abuse of Resources
Maude Barlow of Food & Water Watch discusses the unprecedented measures issued by California Governor Jerry Brown to cut statewide water use by 25%

  April 2, 2015

Senate Tackles Root Causes of Central American Migration, But Ignores Trade Deals
The Senate Homeland Security Committee said that crime is driving the recent uptick in immigration to the U.S., while ignoring the effects sweeping trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA

  April 2, 2015

TRNN EXCLUSIVE: Former CIA Director Says "Rectal Hydration" Not Torture
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden tells The Real News that the rectal hydration of Guantanamo detainees was a "medical procedure", but prominent human rights attorney Michael Ratner says this was a torture tactic used to break hunger strikes and intimidate detainees

  April 1, 2015

Archaic Laws Revived with Homophobic Intent in Indiana and Arkansas
Its a bill where they dare not speak its purpose or state its goal says Bill Black, former financial regulator

  April 2, 2015

Bush, The Iraq War, and Torture: From Assessment to Accountability
At the Hofstra Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman says one million died over the last decade in a country that the Bush administration said they were going to save

  March 31, 2015

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan Created Hundreds of Little Dictators
Author and journalist Anand Gopal discusses the legacy of the war in Afghanistan at the Hosftra Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency

  March 30, 2015

Strategy of Using Gulf Monarchies to Project US Power in Mideast is Unraveling
Glen Ford says US-backed Saudi-led air attacks on the Houthis, who are dedicated fighters against al-Qaeda, are making al-Qaeda the real winners in this war

  April 1, 2015

No End in Sight for America's Longest War
As President Obama slows US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, former State Department official Matthew Hoh says this will only intensify the violence and perpetuate the war

  March 29, 2015

The Republican Budget vs. The People's Budget
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux interviews the progressive Economic Policy Institute and conservative National Taxpayers Union and asks which policies would benefit everyday Americans

  March 29, 2015

The Global African: Ferguson, Iran, & Urban Development Pt. 2
In this episode of teleSUR's The Global African, host Bill Fletcher Jr. explores the DOJ report on Ferguson and discusses Iran-U.S. negotiations

  March 29, 2015

Only Appropriate Public Event for Bush is War Crimes Trial
Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis speaks at the Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency about why the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan violated international law

  March 27, 2015

Bush Administration Official Defends Iraq War at Conference
Participants at the George W. Bush Conference at Hofstra University respond to Elliott Abrams' comment that the Iraq war was not illegal under international law

  March 27, 2015

Regional Banks Say Regulation Costs Too High
Senator Elizabeth Warren challenges attempt to exempt regional banks with less than $250 billion from Dodd-Frank regulation

  March 25, 2015

Why is U.S. Voter Turnout So Low?
Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford responds to President Obama's proposal for mandatory voting

  March 26, 2015

Hofstra University Conference Considers Legacy of Second Bush Presidency
Col. Larry Wilkerson, who served as the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, discusses the possibility of holding the Bush administration accountable for the Iraq war and torture

  March 25, 2015

Ted Cruz Running for President as Defender of Wealth
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson says Cruz has the chance of a snowball in hell of winning the presidency

  March 24, 2015

Love of Revolution: Tom Porter & Jared Ball Remember Amiri Baraka
Mr. Tom Porter returns for part 2 of his discussion of Political Struggle, Family, Friends and radicalism in the civil and human rights struggles of the United States.

  March 23, 2015

The Global African: Selma, Jim Crow, and Urban Development
In this episode of Telesur's The Global African, host Bill Fletcher, Jr. discusses the racism in the U.S. since 1965 and the real motivation behind the designation of Venezuela as a national security threat to the United States

  March 22, 2015

Impact of Decades-Old Gov't Infiltration Program Still Felt Today (2/2)
Author and activist Ward Churchill speaks to TRNN's Eddie Conway about how COINTELPRO helped destroy freedom of speech and social movements the government deemed a threat

  April 12, 2015

Impact of Decades-Old Gov't Infiltration Program Still Felt Today (1/2)
Author and activist Ward Churchill speaks to TRNN's Eddie Conway about what COINTELPRO was and how it was structured

  April 6, 2015

Silicon Valley Democrats Pursuing High-Skill Immigration Reform
Republicans along with many progressive groups oppose the reform, arguing that it's a front for keeping wages low in the Information Technology sector by bringing in cheap labor from abroad

  March 19, 2015

China-U.S. Rivalry Front and Center of IMF Reform Debate
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pushes Congress to implement IMF reforms as European countries join IMF's rival Chinese-backed investment bank AIIB

  March 18, 2015

Remembering Civil Rights Leader Parren Mitchell (2/2)
Lisa Mitchell continues a discussion about the legacy of her uncle Parren Mitchell speaking truth to power

  March 18, 2015

Shooting of Police in Ferguson No Setback to Black Lives Matter Movement
Glen Ford says this movement is not about making the armed occupation of black communities all across the country more pleasant

  March 17, 2015

Swedish Prosecutor in Julian Assange's Case Retreats; US Continues Espionage Investigation
Michael Ratner says the real threat to Assange is the continuing espionage investigation against him and Wikileaks

  March 17, 2015

Blyth Devastates Congress' Approach to Budget
In testimony from earlier this week, Brown University Professor Mark Blyth told the Senate Budget Committee that austerity would gravely hurt the American economy

  March 15, 2015

Radicalism in the Civil Rights Movement and Black Liberation Struggles
Veteran activist, educator, radio host and jazz critic, Mr. Tom Porter, talks about his life, work, friendship with Amiri Baraka and the often overlooked depth of radical ideas within the civil and human rights struggles in the U.S.

  March 14, 2015

3 Ways TPP Could Cost Small Businesses
American Sustainable Business Council's Richard Eidlin discusses why the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is far from a win for small business owners

  March 13, 2015

Immigration Activist Rasmea Odeh Sentenced to 18 Months
After she serves her sentence, she is to be deported, says Charlotte Silver

  March 13, 2015

Graduate Students at NYU Have Reached a Settlement
The pressure is mounting at University of Massachusetts to do the same, we discuss the plight of graduate students in part time teaching contracts with Natasha Raheja at NYU & Anna Waltman at UMass

  March 15, 2015

Senator Rand Paul Says AUMF Will Further Endless War
Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey urge Congress to grant President Obama the authority to send more ground troops to fight ISIS

  March 12, 2015

Ferguson Police Chief Jackson Resigns
Jamala Rogers, co-founder of Organization for Black Struggle, discusses its significance and the next steps for those on the ground in Ferguson

  March 12, 2015

The Struggle in Ferguson Was Never Just About Bad Police
Reverend Osagyefo Sekou responds to the Department of Justice reports about Ferguson

  March 12, 2015

The "War on Drugs" in the Black Community Was a Response to Voting Rights (3/4)
TRNN'S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma

  March 13, 2015

The Killing of Anthony Robinson on the 50th Anniversary of Selma
TRNN'S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma (2/4)

  March 12, 2015

New Black Leadership Emerging 50 Years After Selma (4/4)
TRNN'S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma

  March 14, 2015

50 Years After Selma, African Americans Remain Targeted by Mass Incarceration
TRNN'S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma (1/4)

  March 11, 2015



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