May 27 2015

Newsflash: Israel Strikes Gaza, Climate Change Kills in Texas, Oklahoma, and India, FIFA Officials Arrested on Bribery Charges

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

The Israeli Air Force bombarded 4 areas in the besieged Gaza strip with airstrikes earlier today, apparently in retaliation for rockets fired by the group Islamic Jihad into Israel. Israeli officials blamed Hamas for the rockets, inspiring fears within Gaza of yet another war, less than a year after …

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May 27 2015

Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring

GUEST: Charles Glass has reported extensively from the Middle East, and traveled frequently in Syria, over several decades. His latest book is called ‘Syria Burning: ISIS And the Death of the Arab Spring.’

The Pentagon last week came the closest they have come so far, to admitting that US bombs killed Syrian civilians in the months-long war launched last year. An investigation into a November 2014 airstrike launched this January, found …

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May 27 2015

All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data to Empty Our Wallets

GUESTS: Anna Bernasek writes the Datapoints column for the New York Times and is a writer for Newsweek. She has covered economics and business as a journalist and author for more than twenty years. D.T. Mongan is a lawyer based in New York specializing in finance and corporate transactions. The two of them are co-authors of the new book ‘All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data To …

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May 22 2015

Newsflash: CIA Torture Report to Remain Secret, OECD Report on Inequality, Baltimore Officers Indicted by Grand Jury

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

Months after a national scandal erupted over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s Bush-era torture tactics, a federal judge has ruled that the details of the report will remain secret. Of the 7000-page report, only the 480-page Executive Summary has so far been …

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May 22 2015

They Know Everything About You

GUEST: Robert Scheer is the former national affairs correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times…

*This interview was originally aired on March 31, 2015.

When Edward Snowden revealed to the whole world that the US government’s National Security Agency was vacuuming up all the data it could on pretty much everyone it could, George Orwell likely rolled in his grave. The frightening dystopia of constant surveillance he had described seemed to …

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May 21 2015

If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

Published by Truthdig.com on May 21, 2015

It is not often that members of Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. But negotiations over fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in recent months have given elected representatives the chance to voice their opinions on how the government should engage with other countries financially. For example, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released a Read more

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May 21 2015

Newsflash: ISIS Takes Over Half of Syria, Gambia Offers to Take Rohingya, Natl’ Day of Action for Black Women and Girls

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

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken over the entire Syrian city of Palmyra, and apparently controls half the entire country. Palmyra, known for its ancient ruins, lies north of the capital Damascus and once lay on the famed ancient Silk Road. Given the propensity of ISIS to destroy ancient …

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May 21 2015

Los Angeles Becomes Largest US City to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hr

GUEST: Laphonza Butler, Co-Convener of the Raise the Wage Coalition and President of SEIU-ULTCW and SEIU California.

Los Angeles recently became the largest US city to adopt a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The LA City Council voted 14-1 to raise the current base wage of $9 an hour to $15 by the year 2020. The increase will be phased in over a 5-year period, allowing …

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May 21 2015

Struggle to Process Backlogged Rape Kits Continues

GUESTS: Natasha Alexenko, Founder of the Natasha Justice Project, Abigail Tracy, Reporter for Vocativ. She recently wrote an article entitled, “Rape Kit Backlog Grows Nationwide, Jeopardizing Prosecutions.”

It is a strange thing that when a rape is reported and evidence collected, that the rapist can go free for years simply because law enforcement often do not bother to follow up on the evidence. Rapists can go on to assault many more …

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May 20 2015

Newsflash: Major Oil Spill in Santa Barbara, FTC Sues 4 Cancer Charities, LA Plans $15 Min Wage Raise

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

An 11-mile underground oil pipeline near Santa Barbara has burst, releasing an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean, and covering about 50 yards of water from the beach. The spill was first detected when a woman smelled fumes and reported them, after which the Coast Guard managed to stop …

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