Jan 30 2015

Newsflash: ISIS Launches Multiple Attacks in Iraq and Egypt, Texas Executes Another Man, Obama’s Budget Triples Aid to Central America

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

Just a day after US officials and Kurdish rebels declared a major victory against the Islamic State group in Kobane, Syria, reports have emerged of a major attack by ISIS in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk against the local Kurdish population. Separately a series of bombings killed nearly …

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Jan 30 2015

Greece’s Leftist Syriza Takes Europe By Storm

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

It has barely been one week since Greece’s parliamentary elections took Europe’s political establishment by storm, with the stunning victory of the left anti-austerity party, Syriza. In just the last few days alone, the new Greek Prime Minister, 40-year old Alexis Tspiras, has thrown a major wrench into both …

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Jan 30 2015

Community Outraged Over Denver Police Shooting of 16-Year Old Girl

GUEST: Dave Strano and Robert Guerrero with the Denver Community Defense Committee.

Police in Denver, Colorado are under fire this week for the shooting death of a 16-year old girl named Jessie Hernandez on Monday morning. Hernandez was apparently driving a car that police say was stolen. There were three other girls and one boy, all teenagers – in the car with her. The officers allege that Hernandez struck one of …

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Jan 30 2015

Marissa Alexander Is Free …Sort of

GUEST: Alisa Bierria, member of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign.

After three years in prison, the state of Florida has released Marissa Alexander after she accepted a plea deal for time served. The deal includes two years of house arrest. Inspiring nationwide protests and outrage, Alexander is an African American woman who was criminally prosecuted and imprisoned for using a gun to fire a warning shot to deter her abusive …

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Jan 30 2015

Obama’s 2016 Budget Proposal Falsely Links Military and Social Spending

GUEST: Lindsay Koshgarian, Research Director with National Priorities Project.

President Obama yesterday unveiled a budget proposal to Congress, calling for an end to spending caps on both domestic and military expenses. Those cuts were the result of months of political battles in 2013 and known as “sequestration.” President Obama has included funding for a host of programs in his 2016 fiscal budget that Republicans consider anathema.

His proposal sets up the …

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Jan 30 2015

Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law … Again

Published by Truthdig.com on January 29th, 2015.

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again taken it upon itself to reconsider a landmark civil rights law. Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and subsequent legal precedents, individuals or institutions can be sued for racial segregation in housing even if they cannot prove that the segregation was intentional. But conservatives have long argued that segregation ought to be legal as long …

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Jan 29 2015

Newsflash: Raúl Castro Warns Cuba Won’t Tolerate U.S. Interference on Its Affairs, Study: 20% of U.S. Children Rely on Food stamps, A Travesty of Justice in the Case of Marissa Alexander

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:

Cuba’s leader Raúl Castro issued a stern warning to the US this week, saying he would not tolerate interference in Cuban affairs even as the two nations attempt to work out a relationship after decades of hostility. Castro spoke at a summit in Costa Rica, …

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Jan 29 2015

Exposing US Hypocrisy on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record

GUEST: Noman Ansari, a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Express Tribune magazine and newspaper. He is of Pakistani origin but spent many years living in Saudi Arabia.”

President Obama cut short his three day trip to India this week to pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia and to congratulate the new king, Abdullah’s brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. An entourage …

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Jan 29 2015

Loretta Lynch Begins Confirmation Hearings for the Attorney General Nomination

GUEST: Michele Goodwin, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California, Irvine, and Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, faced the first day of Senate Confirmation hearings yesterday. If she is confirmed, Lynch will replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation last year, becoming the first African American woman to be US Attorney General.

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Jan 29 2015

Activists Win Fracking Battle in Carson, California

GUEST: Alexandra Nagy, an organizer with Food and Water Watch.

A massive drilling project in the town of Carson has been dropped, much to the joy of activists who pressured for years against it. Occidental Petroleum, which was recently renamed California Resources Corp., had a plan to drill 200 new wells, possibly using hydraulic fracturing or fracking, to squeeze oil out of the area. Some of the wells would have been …

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