Feb 27 2015

Newsflash: Loretta Lynch Passes Committee; Two Right Wing Political Groups Hold Meetings; FCC Makes Internet Public Utility



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

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General, all but clearing the way for her to pass a full Senate vote. The vote was a narrow win for a candidate who came under fire for her decision some years ago to not prosecute one of the …

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Feb 27 2015

Black History Special – Malcolm X: The Ballot or the Bullet

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most important figures in the Black militant struggle for freedom – Malcolm X. Fatally shot on February 21, 1965, Malcolm X’s legacy includes a bold and unwavering view of black human rights. He was a man who was constantly evolving, having spent the early years of his life as a criminal, before undergoing a personal transformation in …

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Feb 27 2015

GOP Stymies DAPA Even as Immigrant Inmates Riot Under Horrific Conditions

GUEST: Salvador Sarmiento, Director of Legislative Affairs at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and Carl Takei, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s National Prison Project.

A federal judge named Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas has singlehandedly quashed the hopes, at least temporarily, of millions of undocumented immigrants who were hoping for deportation relief as a result of President Obama’s executive action. The program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and …

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Feb 27 2015

Greece’s Syriza Party Bailout Deal: Economic Defeat or Victory?

GUEST: Nantina Vgontzas is a Greek-American PhD student in sociology at New York University, focusing on political economy and social movements…

A week ago today, Greece’s newly elected Syriza party entered into an agreement giving it a 4-month extension on a bailout deal, in a move that is widely being cast as the party’s first major defeat. Coming to power with much pomp and celebration, the government of Alexis Tspiras offered …

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Feb 26 2015

Newsflash: US-Allies Continue Airstrikes on ISIS, Police Shoot 17 Times at Unarmed Immigrant, FCC to Classify Internet as a Public Utility

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

The US and its allies have launched major bombing strikes in northeast Syria today, targeting the Islamic State group which has reportedly kidnapped hundreds of Syrian Christians. Reports claim that ISIS has captured 10 Assyrian Christian villages inside Syria. ISIS has captured and killed many non-Muslim groups in the past although it …

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Feb 26 2015

Peter Kuznick Puts Today’s Risk of Nuclear War and US Legacy of Conflict into Context

GUEST: Peter Kuznick, Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University…

In a little noticed piece of news, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, said on an interview this week that his country is willing to risk nuclear war with Russia over the on-going conflict in the region. Specifically, Prystaiko said, “Everybody is afraid of fighting with a nuclear state. We are not anymore, in Ukraine…However …

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Feb 26 2015

Former Students Take A Stand Against College Debt By Refusing to Pay

GUEST: Nathan Hornes organizer with Debt Collective and is one of the Corinthian 15, Hannah Chadeayne Appel, also an organizer with Debt Collective, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCLA.

A few years after the Occupy Wall Street movement, a group of intrepid former students have decided to go public about the overwhelming debt their owe for their college education. A campaign called Debt Collective has announced a debt strike by …

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Feb 26 2015

Wisconsin Joins Growing Number of States Attacking Union Power

GUEST: Jeffrey Sommers, associate professor of political economy & public policy in Global Studies & Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Four years ago Wisconsinites revolted in response to a draconian measure gutting many hard-won labor rights. In an occupation of the capitol that lasted weeks and drawing as many as 100,000 protesters, and international news coverage, ordinary people in the state of Wisconsin rose up against anti-worker sentiments pushed by …

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Feb 24 2015

Newsflash: Wisconsin to Make Union’s Mandatory Dues Illegal; UIC Student Accused of Rape while Reenacting Popular Film; Thousands of Undocumented Immigrants in Texas Transferred from ‘Ritmo’ after Riots

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

Wisconsin lawmakers are taking up legislation to make it illegal for unions to have mandatory dues. As part of Gov. Scott Walker’s on-going attacks on organized labor, the bill, if it becomes law, would effectively strip unions of political and economic power. There will be a public hearing …

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Feb 24 2015

Oscar Winner Laura Poitras Speaks Out on Citizenfour, Edward Snowden, and Mass Surveillance

GUEST: Laura Poitras just won the Best Documentary award in 2015 for her film Citizenfour…

The documentary telling the history-making story of how the National Security Agency spies on us all, won the Best Documentary award on Sunday at the Oscars. Film maker Laura Poitras was recognized with the industry’s highest honor for her film Citizenfour, which eerily documents the meeting that she and journalist Glenn Greenwald first had with the …

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