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California Emission Standards Have Trump Admin Blowing Smoke

October 7, 2019

The Trump administration plans to remove the state’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those mandated by the federal government. TRNN’s Steve Horn says this could be an opportunity to discuss how to move past inadequate liberal environmental policy.

Guam’s Independence Movement Grows

October 7, 2019

The small U.S. territory island of Guam, which houses significant U.S. military bases, is also home to an independence movement that is growing gradually because of the lack of self-rule. We speak to one of the movement’s leaders, Michael Lujan Bevacqua.

With Rikers Island Jail to Close, Activists Fight Against Four New Jails

October 7, 2019

Eddie Conway speaks to Brittany Williams and Ngozi Alston from No New Jails NYC about the four new jails planned for construction in New York in 2020, which have $11 billion earmarked for their construction and will be the tallest jails in the world. They say these will continue the legacy of mass incarceration.

Blatant Case of Torture Exposes Israeli Occupation Methods

October 7, 2019

Twenty years after the Israeli High Court ruled against the use of torture, the law allows the secret police to continue to use it. Human rights groups warn that these circumstances are frequently evoked in cases like that of Samer Al-Arbid, who was almost tortured to death.

18 Years Ago the Endless War in Afghanistan Began

October 7, 2019

Author and combat veteran Maj. Danny Sjursen and Afghan women’s rights activist Fahima Gaheez speak on the tragedy of the longest war, what the past has wrought, and what the future portends.

US Supreme Court to Decide Fate Of Baltimore v. Big Oil Suit

October 4, 2019

The city sued 26 oil and gas companies over their role in the climate crisis, but the companies have appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the case from proceeding at the state level.

Toronto Food Couriers Are Unionizing to Battle Gig Economy Conditions

October 4, 2019

Foodora couriers in Toronto are facing the same unstable, irregular conditions as other gig economy workers. They’re organizing a union to fight back.

Marilyn Mosby

What Is the Financial Cost to Society of Wrongful Convictions?

October 4, 2019

Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s office houses a Conviction Integrity Unit that addresses wrongful convictions. Eddie Conway talked to Marilyn Mosby about their goals for the unit and to Walter Lomax and Michael Austin, both wrongfully convicted and exonerated, about their losses and how the justice system needs to change.

Federal Appeals Court Issues Mixed Decision on Net Neutrality

October 4, 2019

The DC Circuit Court issued a decision on net neutrality that partly favored the FCC’s effort to abolish net neutrality, but also supported state legislation. Matt Wood of Free Press analyzes what the decision means.

Donald Trump

Trump’s Anti-Immigration Policies Are a Deepening of Previous Admin Policies

October 4, 2019

Although Trump’s rhetoric on immigration is shocking, suggesting border patrol should shoot border crossing immigrants in the legs, his policies are an intensification of policies that began under Obama, not a dramatic departure, says Aviva Chomsky.

Why Do Black People Always Have to Forgive?

October 3, 2019

As Botham Jean’s brother makes headlines for “forgiving” Amber Guyger, Real News hosts Jacqueline Luqman and Lisa Snowden-McCray discuss what Christian forgiveness in the face of oppression means.

Police Chased Cyclist for Not Having a Reflector. He Ended up Dead

October 3, 2019

On this episode of the Police Accountability Report we review body cam footage showing Las Vegas police chasing Byron Lee Williams on his bike for not having a proper reflector. Police ignored pleas that he could not breathe and Williams died. Now police are facing questions.

Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health

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October 3, 2019

This week: Updates on the ICE raid in Mississippi; global comparisons of gun violence; conservatives’ reactions to Democrats’ proposed wealth tax ideas; Prof. Wolff interviews Dr. Harriet Fraad on how capitalism is affecting mental health in the U.S.

Study: Indian Politics Legitimize Hate Crimes

October 3, 2019

A new PERI study says that there is a causal relationship between the rise of the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP party in India and the rise of hate crimes targeted against minorities, especially against Muslims. Prof. Deepankar Basu discusses the research.

The Many Ways Anti-Black Racism Contributes To Environmental Racism

October 3, 2019

Jacqueline Luqman talks with Prof. Willie Jamaal Wright and Eddie Conway about how the many facets of anti-Black racism contribute to environmental racism, and whether enough is being done to elevate this discussion in and for communities of color.

The Census Fails to Count 100 Million People as Living in Poverty

October 3, 2019

IPS Fellow Karen Dolan, who works with the Poor People’s Campaign, brings the reality of the depth of poverty in our country to light with her new study.

Haiti: Four Killed as Authorities Crack Down on Anti-Government Protests

October 2, 2019

The Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles says ordinary Haitians continue to suffer as the country is gripped by protests demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.

California’s New Climate Change Plan Uses World’s Forests as Collateral

October 2, 2019

California has endorsed the Tropical Forest Standard, a global plan linking forest preservation to carbon offset credits. It is opposed by environmental justice groups and Indigenous people.

Boris Johnson

Johnson’s Brexit Plan is ‘Political, Not Economic’

October 2, 2019

Britain’s left and right both face internal struggles over Brexit. The Labour Party ought to allow more internal debate for “Lexit,” says Prof. Costas Lapavitsas.

‘The Civil War Is Here’

October 2, 2019

Jeet Heer of The Nation explores the deepening political divide, the growing support for impeachment, and the political battles that it will define.

Footage from protests in Hong Kong

Teenage Protester Shot as Hong Kong Protests Escalate

October 1, 2019

Protesters clashed with police across Hong Kong on the 70th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution.

Israel’s Benny Gantz Faces Dutch War Crimes Case

October 1, 2019

Ismail Ziada, a Dutch Palestinian who lost six family members when Israel bombarded his home in Gaza, is taking Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s Blue and White Party, to court for killing his family. Prof. Hilla Dayan, who observed the proceedings, discusses the case and its impact on Israeli politics.

Protesters in Egypt

Egypt Protests Continue Despite Government Repression

October 1, 2019

Angela Joya discusses the return of demonstrations in Egypt against President Al-Sisi. After thousands were arrested and police brutality was unleashed at the protesters, the demonstrations only grow larger.

‘The Government Can and Will Just Waive Any Rights That We Have Today’

October 1, 2019

In addition to the border wall, the federal government has set up an entire system of ultra-vigilance which can record and forensically review everything that happens in the border area, presenting serious concerns for members of the Tohono O’odham nation.

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Laura Flanders Show: Reporting on Economic Hardship

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September 30, 2019

Roughly 40 million people live in poverty in the USA. Can you imagine living under $24,000 a year for a family of four? If you can’t, why not? Surely the media should help. This week, why mainstream media are so poor at covering poverty – and what one organization, The Economic Hardship Reporting Project,  is…