Dec 17 2014

Newsflash: Pakistan Mourns 132 Children Killed on a School, Cuba Frees Alan Gross, President Obama Signs Spending Measure into Law

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, Assistant Professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s new headlines:

Burials are underway for the 132 Pakistani children killed in a horrifying attack on a school in Peshawar. Members of a Taliban group have taken credit for the armed attack which is being considered the deadliest such attack in Pakistan’s history. Today kicks of a 3-day period of national mourning in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Army Chief …

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Dec 17 2014

Max Blumenthal Reports on Israel’s Occupation, the Devastated-Wreaked Gaza and US’s Responsibility

A Jordanian backed UN Security Council resolution today called for an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. Jordan is currently serving on the Security Council. Predictably US Secretary of State John Kerry indicated the US would veto the resolution. But momentum is mounting world wide. A day earlier Kerry had met with Palestinian officials in London eager to lay the foundation of a Palestinian state. On the same day, the European Parliament voted …

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Dec 15 2014

Newsflash: Sydney Standoff and Pennsylvania Shooting, ‘Weak’ Climate Agreement in Lima, ‘Justice for All’ Marches

Uprising’s guest expert Rahul Mahajan, a sociologist and news analyst and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond, analyzes today’s news headlines:

A number of people are being held hostage in a chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia since last night. With little real information to go on, all that is known is that a black flag with white Arabic writing was held up in the shop window by hostages, suggesting the …

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Dec 15 2014

A Talk with Juan Cole about the CIA’s Torture Report, Islamic State, Palestine

Professor John Yoo, famous for authorizing what became known as the Bush-era “torture memos,” says even he can’t get behind the CIA’s definition of “enhanced interrogation” methods. In the 500+ page release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s treatment of prisoners during the post 9-11 years, horrific practices such as “rectal feeding,” said on CNN, “If these things happened as they’re described in the report … they were not supposed to be …

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Dec 12 2014

News Flash: CIA Director Speaks Out, Black Congressional Staffers Stage Walkout, Native American Reservations Free to Legalize Marijuana

Uprising’s guest expert Cristina Mislan, Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, analyzes today’s news headlines:

CIA Director, John O. Brennan has finally spoken out about the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the torture of post 9-11 war prisoners. Addressing the press yesterday, the embattled agency head vehemently defended a program that included letting prisoners freeze to death, violating their bodies in what amounted to rape, threatening to kill their loved ones, …

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Dec 12 2014

Tales of the Grim Sleeper: A Documentary of How a Serial Killer Terrorized a South LA Community

Los Angeles in the 1980s and 90s, was an epicenter of violence and drugs. The worst impacted part of the city was South Los Angeles, where a spate of murders of mostly young black women went unsolved for decades. And then, nearly four years ago, a man by the name of Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in connection to the murders of a number of women who were shot with a .25 mm gun. Franklin …

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Dec 11 2014

News Flash: CIA’s First Plan for Prisons, US to Sanction Venezuela, Palestinians Mourn Death of a Minister, Medical Students’ Die-In Protests

Uprising’s guest expert Chenjerai Kumanyika, an Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Clemson University, SC, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Spurred by the release of the CIA torture report, the New York Times has published an expose of what took place in the early days after the September 11th attacks, and how the CIA actually considered creating traditional prisons for captives from the Muslim world. According to the Times, the CIA considered a new prison system …

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Dec 11 2014

CIA Torture Report’s Ripple Effect Continues

After many months of battling the CIA, the Senate Intelligence Committee finally won the right to make public, an Executive Summary of a ground breaking report detailing the extent of interrogation methods used on 9-11 era prisoners of war. The Agency fought tooth and nail to keep the report secret, saying it would have repercussions on US troops worldwide. The Obama Administration sided with the CIA on secrecy. And, in the last days ahead of …

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Dec 10 2014

News Flash: UN Recommends Prosecution of Officials Who Condoned Torture, Congress Puts Together $1.1 T Spending Plan, Time Chooses ‘Ebola Healthcare Workers’ as Person of the Year

Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta, a Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, analyzes today’s news headlines:

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism has recommended criminal prosecution for high-level Bush administration officials who condoned the CIA’s use of torture against detainees in the post 9-11 years. The bold push is based on the release of a 500+ page Executive Summary of a report by …

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Dec 10 2014

Professor John A. Powell Links Corporate Power and Black Disenfranchisement, Republican Party and Racist Policies

The epidemic of police killings of unarmed Black men seems to have not waned in the least, even if protesters are out on city streets in full force, denouncing police brutality. A 28-year old unarmed African American man named Cedric Bartee was fatally shot over the weekend in Orlando, Florida. Sargent Robert McCarthy, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, fired a shots at Bartee after locating a stolen car. According to CBS News, “Law enforcement …

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