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Protesters in India Are Massacred as Environmentally Destructive Corporations Have Impunity

June 8, 2018

Police in India killed a dozen protesters in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, after 100 days of demonstrations against the mining corporation Sterlite. Journalist Kavitha Muralidharan tells TRNN’s Ben Norton how UK-based Indian parent company Vedanta Resources enjoys impunity, despite its role in environmental destruction, pollution, and violence like the Thoothukudi massacre

India's Far-Right Ruling Party BJP Dominates Karnataka Election - with Fewer Votes

Prabir Purkayastha on India's Elections

May 19, 2018
Journalist Prabir Purkayastha explains how, in the election in the major state of Karnataka, India’s far-right Hindu-nationalist ruling party BJP won the most seats, even while it got fewer votes than Congress. He also discusses the attacks on leftist and secular forces

Atmospheric CO2 Concentration at Highest Level in 800,000 Years

May 13, 2018

Carbon dioxide – the main atmospheric greenhouse gas – reached 410 parts per million in April, for the first time in recorded history. The connection to global warming is undeniable, but emissions have plateaued, which means that we can still reverse this trend, says climate scientist Michael Mann

IMF’s Structural Adjustment Programs Weaken States They Aim to

February 26, 2018

A new paper from the Political Economy Research Institute discusses how the IMF’s programs undermine the ability of governments in developing countries to properly govern

Trump’s SOTU Calls for More Spending on Nuclear Weapons and Galvanizes Extremism

January 31, 2018

Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, and Norman Solomon discuss President Trump’s State of the Union. Rather than deliver a serious address, they say Trump offered a simplistic narrative designed to galvanize extremism

Korean Olympic Unity Gives US War Plans a ‘Bloody Nose’

January 20, 2018

North and South Korea will march together at the upcoming Winter Olympics, raising hopes of de-escalation. This, amid talk of a new U.S. strategy dubbed “Bloody Nose” and a U.S.-led summit promoting other aggressive steps. Christine Ahn, who organized a counter-summit of women peace activists, explains

Public or Private Ownership of Banks: Which is More Efficient?

January 16, 2018

Devika Dutt of PERI explains the gap between common economic thinking, which favors private ownership of banks, and the data

Why is US Cutting Aid to Pakistan?

January 8, 2018

President Trump began the year with a tweet denouncing Pakistan, and followed up by announcing a new reduction of U.S. aid. Junaid Ahmad, director of the Center for Global Dialogue, explains the significance of Trump’s decision

North and South Korea Talk, but Is Trump in the Way?

January 5, 2018

Following more belligerence from President Trump’s Twitter account, North and South Korea have announced their first direct talks in years. It’s a big step towards rapprochement, says journalist Tim Shorrock, but the U.S. could be a major obstacle