Aug 27 2014

Can Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Withstand a Major Earthquake? A Federal Regulator Doesn’t Think So

California’s last functioning nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, has the potential to become the world’s next Fukushima if it fails to be properly retrofitted to withstand a powerful earthquake in the region – this according to a report written by federal nuclear expert Dr. Michael Peck. The report was leaked to the environmental group …

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Aug 26 2014

Daily News Flash with Robert Jensen on US Surveillance of Syria, NSAs Data Sharing and “Google”-Like Search, and Burger King Buyout of Tim Horton’s

Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, an author and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:

President Obama has authorized manned and unmanned surveillance flights over Syria. The Defense Department announced yesterday that it would send, according to the New York Times, “manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights over …

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Aug 26 2014

Israeli Airstrikes Devastate Gaza As Hamas Accepts Going to ICC

While the eyes of the world are turned to Syria, Iraq, and Libya, Israel has resumed its military operation against Gaza. Airstrikes this morning severely damaged one of Gaza’s tallest apartment and office buildings, killing two people and wounding 20. More than a hundred Palestinians have died in a fresh round of about 350 …

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Aug 26 2014

Brazil Prison Riot Represents Serious Social Problems Ahead of Elections

On Sunday morning, prisoners at the overcrowded Cascavel Prison in southern Brazil rose up in revolt of their deplorable living conditions. The riot which left four prisoners dead, two of them beheaded, was in response to excessive abuse by prison guards, poor sanitation, frequent strip searches, shackles and inadequate food. Prison officials are …

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Aug 26 2014

From Macy’s to Ferguson: The Spectrum of American Racism – Part 2

Michael Brown’s funeral in Missouri yesterday drew thousands of people at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. One of Brown’s cousins, Eric Davis, was among those who spoke at the funeral, saying the community had had, “enough of the senseless killings.”

Meanwhile a newly obtained audio recording of the Ferguson shooting of …

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Aug 25 2014

Daily News Flash with Courtney Morris on Libya Airport Takeover, French Govt. Reshuffle, and Bay Area Earthquake

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, an assistant professor of African American and women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s news headlines:

A group of militants has taken over the airport in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, declaring a new state. The Libyan rebels, naming themselves Operation Dawn, are a coalition of various groups, and have declared …

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Aug 25 2014

How the US, Russia, and Other Nations Foment Syria’s Devastating War

A group of ISIS fighters have captured their third military base in the north eastern part of Syria. The move is the latest in the rebel group’s efforts to claim parts of northern Syria and Iraq as a new Islamic State. Meanwhile, a US journalist named Peter Theo Curtis was released by his captors …

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Aug 25 2014

Politics of Parenting: How Work Scheduling Technology Wreak Havoc on Family Routines

The global coffeehouse chain Starbucks recently announced it would reconsider its work scheduling policies for the 130,000 baristas. A company spokesperson said Starbucks wanted to address concerns over “stability and consistency,” for its workers. The announcement came ostensibly in response to a major profile of a Starbucks barista and mother Jeannette Navarro in the …

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Aug 25 2014

From Macy’s to Ferguson: The Spectrum of American Racism – Part 1

While thousands of New Yorkers marched over the weekend to protest of the police killing of Eric Garner, thousands more are expected to attend Michael Brown’s funeral today in Ferguson Missouri. The spectrum of racial discrimination in the United States runs long and wide.

On one end is the outright murder of black …

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Aug 22 2014

The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson

Published by Truthdig.com on August 21, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count. Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Kendrec McDade, Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin are just …

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