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Laura Flanders Show: Puerto Rico – Freedom From Fantasy

January 21, 2020

What most Americans know about Puerto Rico is based on a colonial fantasy, says journalist and Columbia University professor, Ed Morales. This fantasy, and the reality it obscures, is the subject of his new book, Fantasy Island. In this episode, Laura interviews Morales and scholar/activist Rosa Clemente about the personal and political implications of the…

Economic Update: Independent Media

January 21, 2020

This week: Updates on the sale of a co-op craft brewery to a large corporation; U.S. medical costs are by far the highest in world, capitalism’s defense of inequality and instability with the “overcoming poverty” concept; Prof. Wolff interviews Laura Flanders, a long-time independent journalist, about the idea of an independent media.

The Barber and the Rev

January 20, 2020

This is the first in a series of short documentaries exploring Martin Luther King through a different lens. Nelson Malden was King’s barber from the moment King came to Montgomery to just before his assassination. This is the beginning of their story.

Trump’s Impeachment Trial Begins Next Week

January 17, 2020

By Jaisal Noor Democrats are just one Republican vote short of allowing new witnesses into Donald Trump’s impeachment trial–and new evidence might sway them.   The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins next week. House Democrats introduced charges on Thursday, Jan.16 that Trump abused his powers and obstructed a congressional inquiry into his effort…

3 Arrested for Plans to Incite Violence at ‘Gun Rights’ Rally in Richmond

January 17, 2020

Three suspected neo-Nazis were arrested, accused of planning to incite violence at the upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, VA. The state’s capitol is in a state of emergency after finding a pattern of communications sounding like the leadup to the 2017 Charlottesville rally that killed Heather Heyer.

Phase One of US-China Trade Deal Is Mostly Symbolic

January 17, 2020

President Trump says his just-signed trade deal with China is unprecedented, but it’s mostly symbolic and has little to nothing to offer ordinary Americans, says Jocobin’s Nicole Aschoff.

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.

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.

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.