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The Cruelty of US Justice System Exposed in a Single Video

January 17, 2020

A 19-year-old girl was punished with 9 months in a men’s jail for spitting at an officer during a mental health crisis. Video reveals the extreme treatment she received and her exclusive interview reveals how law enforcement officers are badly equipped to treat the mentally ill.

Interest in its Natural Resources Is Tearing Libya Apart

January 17, 2020

Greg Shupak discusses the failed attempt to reach a ceasefire agreement for Libya in Moscow, and the new attempt to reach an agreement in Berlin. As Turkey, the UAE, Egypt and other regional players interfere in the civil war in order to promote their natural gas interests, Libya seems as far as it ever was…

Toronto Uber Drivers First in Canada to Hold Union Vote

January 17, 2020

After Uber refused to hear their concerns about income and conditions, Uber drivers held a union certification vote. If allowed, the move could be a watershed moment for Canadian gig economy workers.

What Really Happened With Venezuela’s Parallel President?

January 17, 2020

Media reports and the Trump administration presented a very one-sided version of the election of Venezuela’s National Assembly leadership, presenting it as a coup. But who is trying to overthrow whom?

Turkey Cuts Deal with Russia, Intensifying the War for Gas in Libya

January 17, 2020

Turkey sent Syrian fighters to Libya to back the government and keep its control of offshore natural gas reserves. Egypt, Russia, ExxonMobil, Israel, and Greece are expanding Libya’s civil war in a fight over control of the natural gas that Europe needs.

Report: Maryland’s Governor Used Tax Dollars to Enrich Himself

January 16, 2020

Eric Cortellessa and Lisa Snowden discuss new allegations that Larry Hogan siphoned money from public transit projects to build highways that benefited his real estate companies.

$600M Property Tax Overcharge Is Eroding Detroit’s Black Homeownership

January 16, 2020

African-American homeowners in Detroit don’t just face lingering damage from the 2008 recession. The city is suffering from a foreclosure crisis after overcharging homeowners $600 million in property taxes.

Women Outnumber Men in the US Workforce–What Does it Mean?

January 16, 2020

Katherine Moos discusses December’s employment data, which shows that for the second time in history women outnumber men in the U.S. workforce. The first time was during the Great Depression. Women still earn less than men, so by hiring more women employers are saving on payroll expenses.

France’s Strike: Another Symptom of Neoliberalism’s Legitimation Crisis

January 16, 2020

France’s public sector strike against pension reform is in its seventh week, the most serious such strike in French history. It fits very well in the context of the global revolt against neoliberalism, says Prof. Gabriel Rockhill.

CNN Attacks Sanders in Iowa Dem Debate

January 15, 2020

The Warren/Sanders feud is splitting progressives. Can Sanders unite the working class with anti-war policies and Medicare for All?

Economic Update: Answering Our Critics

January 15, 2020

Three major criticisms of Economic Update are considered: (1) that we don’t praise capitalism for reducing world poverty, (2) that we don’t admit that “socialism has never worked anywhere,” and (3) that no inventor of a new product or technique who starts a business will ever accept that employees in such a business are equal…

Journalists Take Germany’s Foreign Intelligence Service to Court

January 15, 2020

Germany’s highest court is hearing a case brought by a group of journalists against the country’s foreign intelligence service, the BND. The plaintiffs say a new law allows the BND to spy on journalists abroad almost without restrictions – and share the information with other intelligence agencies. We spoke with one of the journalists bringing…

People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It

January 15, 2020

Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.

CLEAN Future Act Is ‘Shameful’ and ‘Greenwashing,’ say Climate Justice Groups

January 14, 2020

Democrats’ CLEAN Future Act calls for “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 but doesn’t require a fossil fuel industry phaseout. Critics say the bill lacks ambition and ignores the short timeline for radical action dictated by climate science.

Central American Caravan for the Disappeared Seeks to Reunite Families

January 14, 2020

A caravan of Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans, heads north towards Mexico looking for lost and disappeared loved ones.

Puerto Rico Earthquakes Set Hurricane Recovery Back as Trump Denies Aid

January 14, 2020

The U.S. territory was hit with two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks, but local and national politics are still getting in the way of real help for the people of Puerto Rico.

US Commits Acts of War, But No One Is Asking the Hard Questions

January 14, 2020

Gen. Soleimani was an ally in the fight against ISIS, just as Saddam was an ally against Iran. Why did the U.S. turn against them?

Poverty Is the New Draft

January 14, 2020

The draft might be gone, but not everyone volunteers for the same reasons. Inconsistent access to education, healthcare, or housing means marginalized communities are systemically pushed into military service to gain those benefits–especially poor students.

Democratic Debate: Will Progressives Highlight the Cost of War?

January 13, 2020

Senators Sanders and Warren could have their best opportunity yet to argue that if the U.S. has trillions to pay for war abroad, it can invest in healthcare, education, and infrastructure at home.

Laura Flanders Show: Revolutionary Love

January 13, 2020

As 2019 comes to a close, Laura speaks with Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City’s East Village. Rev. Jacqui’s public theology focuses on social and environmental justice, community engagement, and the practice of what she calls “Revolutionary Love.” In their conversation, Laura asks if love really can sustain our…

Turkey’s Bounty on Ex-Palestinian Security Chief Reveals Web of Intrigue

January 13, 2020

Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan was involved in mercenary operations in Palestine and Yemen, and was expelled from Palestine’s Fatah party. Evidence of his involvement in the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey reveals his operations are more extensive than previously thought.

Who Profits when Iran and America Fight?

January 13, 2020

We spoke to Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin after Thursday’s War Powers resolution vote. Whose interests are driving the narrative around conflict with Iran?

Calling Bernie Sanders Anti-Semitic Is Islamophobic

January 13, 2020

Sahar Aziz discusses her article from The New Arab, “Accusing Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism is nothing but thinly veiled Islamophobia.” The accusation of anti-Semitism has been weaponized to attack people who promote solidarity with Muslim Americans and who demand sustainable foreign policy towards the Middle East.

War Powers Resolution on Iran Still Has Teeth

January 10, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to prevent Trump from engaging in further hostilities against Iran. It is a mistake to assume that the resolution, if it passes the Senate, won’t have an effect, says Hassan El-Tayyab.

The Critical Role Auditing Plays in the Battle Against Police Surveillance

January 10, 2020

Auditors across the country are turning the tables on police surveillance. The Police Accountability Report spoke to an auditor who was arrested to understand how filming cops ultimately preserves our civil rights.