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India's Heat Wave Fueled by Western & Indian Energy Policies
Climate science expert D. Raghunandan and climate activist Anjali Appadurai discuss how Indian's reliance on coal, underfunded mitigation, and the West's intellectual property rights curb the development of renewable energy sources in India
DATE: 2015-05-28

 
ISIS Gains Strategic Ground in Iraq and Syria
Reese Erlich, author of Inside Syria, says that ISIS showcased its tactical and military savviness in Ramadi. The problem for the US is that it still has no reliable allies that can fight on the ground.
DATE: 2015-05-28

 
Town Hall at Freddie Gray's Gilmor Homes
TRNN producer Eddie Conway hosts a town hall in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death.
DATE: 2015-05-28

 
A Defining Moment for The Real News
Paul Jay stresses the importance of The Real News coverage of the protests against the murder of Freddie Gray and the police and National Guard violation of people's constitutional and human rights.
DATE: 2015-05-27

 
The Reoccurring Financial Woes of Greece
Michael Hudson says a leading economist in the IMF European Division resigned in anger and had written a number of reports that denounced the IMF as captured by private bond holders and speculators when former chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was its head
DATE: 2015-05-28

 
The Clinton Foundation Received Millions From State-Brokered Defense Contracts
Andrew Perez, International Business Times, says Clinton-led State Department authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in sales for defense contractors.
DATE: 2015-05-28

 
Cleveland-DOJ Deal Won't Stop Brutality, Says Local Activist
Cleveland activist David Patterson says communities can't hold police accountable without a civilian review board
DATE: 2015-05-27

 
Interpreting the World at the 2015 Left Forum
Paul Jay talks to Seth Adler Panel about the upcoming Left Forum taking place in New York City
DATE: 2015-05-28

 
Manifestations of Apartheid Israel
Shir Hever, economist at the Alternative Information Center, says segregation begins five seconds after disembarking in Israel and there is blatant racism of various kinds isolating Arabs
DATE: 2015-05-27

 
As Violence Spikes in Baltimore, Former Investigator Says Police Aren't the Answer
Stephen Tabeling: Good investigations and less aggressive tactics could lead to better results
DATE: 2015-05-27

 
"America Does Bad Things for Good Reasons" - Christian Appy on RAI (2/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy, author of "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity", discusses how before direct American military involvement in Vietnam, the US financed almost 80 percent of the cost, so, in effect, France was serving almost as an American mercenary
DATE: 2015-05-27

 
Fast Track for Whom?
Michael Hudson says fast track legislation takes decision-making power out of the hands of the legislators and puts it in the hands of corporate lobbyists
DATE: 2015-05-27

 
30 Years Later: The Bombing Of MOVE Part 2
Jared Ball and Bashi Rose continue their coverage of the May 13th Commemoration of the 1985 Bombing of MOVE
DATE: 2015-05-27

 
"America Does Bad Things for Good Reasons": the Vietnam War and American Exceptionalism - Christian Appy on RAI (1/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy, author of "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity", discusses growing up with a broad faith that America is always an indispensable and invincible force for good in the world - and the seeds of his disillusionment with Americanism
DATE: 2015-05-26

 
TRNN DEBATE: Should Bernie Sanders Run as an Independent?
Researcher Ashley Smith and People's Action Campaign spokesman Jacob Swenson-Lengyel debate whether Senator Bernie Sanders' decision to run as a Democrat is the best way to advance a progressive platform.
DATE: 2015-05-26

 
The Cost of War and Lost Job Opportunities
Heidi Garrett-Peltier, assistant research professor at PERI, explains how we can create jobs and get closer to the targets we need to hit in order to prevent catastrophic climate change
DATE: 2015-05-26

 
Not a Single House Has Been Rebuilt One Year After Israeli War on Gaza
Dan Cohen, Correspondent for Mondoweiss says Gaza looks the same as it did the day of the ceasefire and this is an intentional policy of de-development
DATE: 2015-05-25

 
Advocates Say Black Women Left Out of Freddie Gray Conversation
More attention needed to black women in policing debate
DATE: 2015-05-25

 
Assad Has Lost Over Fifty Percent of Syria to ISIS
Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says that Syria could turn into another Afghanistan with US and Saudi policies creating significant blowback in the region
DATE: 2015-05-25

 
Portland, Oregon Mayor Charlie Hales Does the Right Thing
Daphne Wysham discusses the importance of rejecting a $500 million facility to ship propane gas from Portland to markets in Asia
DATE: 2015-05-24

 
30 Years Later: The Bombing Of MOVE Part 1
Jared Ball and Bashi Rose report from Philadelphia during the May 13th Commemoration of the Bombing of MOVE in 1985
DATE: 2015-05-25

 
Kayaktivists Protest Shell's Arctic Rig in Seattle
Antonia Juhasz: The Obama administration has issued the most important licenses to Shell to operate in the sensitive Chukchi Sea in spite of its disastrous record
DATE: 2015-05-24

 
Default Looms in Greece
Dimitri Lascaris discusses what's at stake with talk of referendums in Greece and Germany.
DATE: 2015-05-24

 
The Global African: The State of Black Workers & Violence in Burundi
TeleSUR's The Global African explores the state of black workers in the U.S. & the turmoil in Burundi
DATE: 2015-05-24

 
TRNN Replay: 44 Years in Prison, Still a Revolutionary - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (1/10)
Mr. Conway, a former member of the Baltimore Black Panther chapter, says as a child he didn't understand politics, but he did understand oppression
DATE: 2014-09-07

 
Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Death of Freddie Gray
Prosecutors remove false imprisonment charge, add reckless endangerment.
DATE: 2015-05-21

 
TRNN Debate: Are GMOs Safe to Eat?
Dr. Thierry Vrain and Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam discuss the science behind genetically engineered crops and the significance of GMO restrictions in more than 60 countries
DATE: 2015-05-21

 
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
DATE: 2015-05-21

 
Post Conflict Fragile States, Will They Overcome?
Leonce Ndikumana, director of the African Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute, says aid and timing coupled with a national economic development strategy by sector is required for success
DATE: 2015-05-22

 
Pressure Mounts on Baltimore Police Union as Protests Continue
Residents says FOP has gone too far with criticism while organization hires PR firm.
DATE: 2015-05-21

 
Five Big Banks Plead Guilty to Rigging Currency Markets and No One Goes to Jail
James S. Henry say the $5.89 billion they are collectively required to pay in penalties won't even get at 3% of their annual earnings.
DATE: 2015-05-21

 
U.S. Might Support UN Resolution That Leaves Palestine with a "Garbage Dump" - Norman Finkelstein on RAI 2 (3/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Finkelstein says Netanyahu's slight of Obama was racist, but the U.S. will likely help sell a UN resolution that tries to corner the Palestinians into accepting a terrible deal
DATE:

 
Baltimore Residents Say Anger Over Freddie Gray Could Affect Mayor's Race
City Hall seen as out of touch with residents' concerns
DATE: 2015-05-20

 
Can the DOJ Reform the Baltimore Police Department?
The Real News examines the results and limitations of previous federal interventions aiming to reform troubled police departments
DATE: 2015-05-21

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-20

 
Illinois House Passes Bill to Stop BDS Campaign Against Israel
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, says the bill violates the first amendment and aims to deter attempts to hold Israel accountable for its illegitimate and illegal actions.
DATE: 2015-05-20

 
Israel's Iron Dome and Palestinian Armed Resistance - Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself 2 (2/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Finkelstein analyzes Hamas rocket attacks and Israel's claims of self-defense.
DATE: 2015-05-20

 
NAACP Accuses Baltimore Police Union of Intimidation
A pointed letter to FOP president says the union's criticism is widening the racial divide.
DATE: 2015-05-20

 
Former President Morsi Sentenced to Death
Seif Da'na, Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, says the former Egyptian President Morsi's death sentence and that of one-hundred others, has two dimensions: domestic and regional.
DATE: 2015-05-20

 
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".
DATE: 2015-05-20

 
EU Plans to Destroy Migrant Boats Leaving Libya
Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, says Europe is shifting from humanitarian assistance to a military blockade.
DATE: 2015-05-19

 
Israel's Descent into Barbarism - Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself 2 (1/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Finkelstein describes the "necessity" of Israel proving its destructive capabilities.
DATE: 2015-05-19

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-19

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-19

 
Scheer and Hedges: They Know Everything About You (6/7)
Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. culture.
DATE: 2015-05-19

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-18

 
Graduating Class of 2015 Most Debt Burdened in History
43 million people are carrying $1.3 trillion in student debt. Josh Hoxie & Mayra Guizar examine the options on the table for dealing with this crisis.
DATE: 2015-05-18

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-18

 
20% of Africans Live in Post-Conflict Fragile States
Leonce Ndikumana, director of the African Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute, says poverty, inequality, weak institutions, and low development in general undermine efforts to accelerate economic development.
DATE: 2015-05-18

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-17

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-17

 
New Hoops in Gilmor Homes
An unfiltered look at the Friend of a Friend Program's efforts to build community in Gilmor Homes of Baltimore.
DATE: 2015-05-17

 
How to Use Economics and Not Be Used By Economists (6/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang explains the consequences of Neoclassical economics in a world where neoliberal economic policies prevail.
DATE: 2015-05-17

 
Cubans Press for Embargo to be Lifted
Glen Ford: The Cuban economy can no longer survive without opening to U.S. markets, but Cubans are struggling to find policies that balance socialist ideals with capitalism.
DATE: 2015-05-17

 
The Global African: Land Grabs in Ethiopia & The Legacy of Belgian Colonization
TeleSUR's The Global African looks at land theft in Ethiopia & the connection between Belgian colonization and HIV in the Congo.
DATE: 2015-05-17

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-15

 
Postal Workers Fight Privatization
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux interviews actor & activist Danny Glover and USPS workers during the nationwide day of actions.
DATE: 2015-05-15

 
Baltimore Prosecutor Mosby: I'm Just Doing My Job
State's attorney Marilyn Mosby says she is not surprised by the onslaught of criticism over her decision to charge six officers in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.
DATE: 2015-05-15

 
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
DATE: 2015-05-15

 
How to Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (5/6)
Ha-Joon Chang, author of Economics: The User's Guide, explains why we need the insights of Keynesian, Schumpeterian & Behavioralist Schools as alternatives to the Neoclassical approach
DATE: 2015-05-15

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-14

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-14

 
Black Officers Rally Around Cop Accused in Death of Freddie Gray
Advocates for Sgt Alicia White say racism within the department contributed to charges against her.
DATE: 2015-05-14

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-14

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-13

 
Cornel West in Baltimore
Professor, scholar and activist Cornel West spoke at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Baltimore Monday about police brutality, poverty and the inspiration needed to fight oppression today.
DATE: 2015-05-13

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-13

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-13

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-13

 
How to Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (4/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang explains how alternative approaches to economics can help us understand the whole economy in ways we would miss if only looking through the Neoclassical lens
DATE: 2015-05-13

 
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
DATE: 2015-05-12

 
Former Baltimore Cop: You Can't Enforce the Law by Breaking It
Stephen Tabeling says police who are hesitant in wake of Freddie Gray indictments don't understand the law.
DATE: 2015-05-12

 
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".
DATE: 2015-05-12

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-12

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-12

 
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.
DATE: 2015-05-11

 
Did Freddie Have a Right to Run?
TRNN's Paul Jay, Attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Byron Warnken discuss whether or not the Baltimore police had a right to use force to stop Freddie Gray; the States Attorney has said the arrest was illegal, but has not commented on the stop.
DATE: 2015-05-11

 
NOAA Warns Record High Levels of CO2 in the Atmosphere
Jamie Henn, co-founder of 350.org, says record-setting CO2 levels of 400 parts-per-million are ominous, as we have not seen these levels for millions of years.
DATE: 2015-05-11

 
How To Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (2/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang says there are political assumptions in any economic theory; what makes Neoclassical economics different is that its proponents will tell you that their analysis is objective, scientific analysis, and therefore you cannot question it.
DATE: 2015-05-11

 
Police Torture Victims Earn Historic Reparations Deal
Chicago police torture victim Darrell Cannon and We Charge Genocide organizer Lauren Taylor discuss the $5.5 million deal and why systemic changes are still needed.
DATE: 2015-05-11

 
The Global African: Freddie Gray Pt. 2
TeleSUR's The Global African continues to examine the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore.
DATE: 2015-05-11

 
Is Assad on the Brink of Defeat?
Vijay Prashad: Al-Qaeda linked rebels have made strong advances due to weak morale of Assad fighters and rebel groups with strong financial backing from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
DATE: 2015-05-10

 
How To Use Economics & Not Be Used by Economists (1/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang explains why the school of Neoclassical economics that rose in the 19th/early 20th century - now today's dominant school of economics - decided they wanted to be scientists.
DATE: 2015-05-10

 
The Roots of Inequality for Ethiopian Israelis
As mass protests erupt against police brutality in Israel, journalist Lia Tarachansky explains how Ethiopian Jews are seen as third class citizens in Israel's ethnocracy
DATE: 2015-05-10

 
The Wailing of Western Sahara
Michael Ratner, who returned from a refugee camp and a film festival in Western Sahara, explains the struggle for life, liberty and self-determination by the Saharawi people.
DATE: 2015-05-10

 
TRNN Replay: Hopkins Trained Doctor Fights Hopkins Expansion Plans in Baltimore - Marisela Gomez on RAI (1/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Marisela Gomez, a doctor and community activist, says one can't arrive in the Hopkins community and not see the huge disparity between this institution, and surrounding it a community that's been completely disinvested and abandoned
DATE:

 
Former Cop: The BPD Needs to Be "Purged"
Retired Maryland State Police Major Neill Franklin says bad cops and illegal policies need to changed from within
DATE: 2015-05-08

 
Baltimore Public Defender: Teens Targeted by School to Prison Pipeline
Statistics show Baltimore youth face more arrests, more likely to be charged than suburban counterparts.
DATE: 2015-05-08

 
The Dismal Failure of "Operation Decisive Storm" in Yemen
Restoring former leadership in Yemen and targeting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are the real objectives of "Protective Edge", says Bilal Ahmed, associate editor of Souciant.com
DATE: 2015-05-08

 
Mayor Declines to Up Job Funding for Baltimore Youth
3000 applicants may be turned down as advocates say more, not less funding needed
DATE: 2015-05-08

 
What a Conservative Victory in the UK Means for Everyday People
Economist John Weeks says Tories appealed to voters with vitriol against welfare recipients and immigrants - more income inequality and tension with Scotland will come with the rise of the Right.
DATE: 2015-05-08

 
The Return of the Taliban
Sonali Kolhatkar, the co-author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence, discusses the latest round of talks between Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar
DATE: 2015-05-08

 
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
DATE: 2015-05-07

 
They Won't Shut Me Up - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (10/10)
On Reality Asserts Itself, former CIA official John Kiriakou says: "if they thought this would shut me up, they don't know me at all, because now I've devoted my life to fighting them."
DATE: 2015-05-08

 
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
DATE: 2015-05-07

 
The Fire This Time: A Town Hall Discussion
TRNN Town Hall discussion on who is listening to Baltimore's youth.
DATE: 2015-05-07

 
Activists Say Feds Alone Won't Fix Police Department
Is community control needed to reform law enforcement in Baltimore?
DATE: 2015-05-07

 
Netanyahu Forms Right Wing Coalition
Lia Tarachansky says that the negotiations over the new coalition government gave positions critical to the settlement project to settlers and the Orthodox
DATE: 2015-05-07

 
New Democratic Party Ends 43 Year Conservative Domination in Alberta
The victory of the new Premier-elect of Alberta Rachel Notley and the loss of the bastion province of the conservative Harper government is analyzed by Notley's former professor Gordon Laxer of the University of Alberta
DATE: 2015-05-06

 
Brits Head to Polls, But Will Either Party Take on Income Inequality?
Economists John Weeks and Susan Himmelweit say the Labour and Conservative parties will do little to reverse damages of austerity.
DATE: 2015-05-07

 
  

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