Feb 09 2016

Media Ignores Ominous Signs of Escalation in Syria War

GUEST: Joe Lauria, is an international affairs correspondent, who has written for the Consortium News, Middle East Eye and Wall Street Journal, among others, joining us live from Iraq.

The war in Syria rages on, despite world attention and a refugee exodus. United Nations sponsored peace talks, which were set to kick start another round of diplomatic discussions earlier this month, stalled within days. The talks are …

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Feb 09 2016

Older Supporters of Clinton Insult Young Women In Desperate Ploy to Beat Sanders

GUEST: Mimi Kennedy, actor who rose to fame with her role as Abby O’Neil on ABC’s Dharma & Greg. She is also a long-time progressive activist and is currently the advisory board Chair of Progressive Democrats of America.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is getting desperate. Or so it appears, at least according to recent statements by some of her highest profile supporters. In response to the growing popularity …

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Feb 09 2016

Islamophobia Rises In the Academy – From K-12 to the University

GUEST: Ahlam Muhtaseb, a member of California Scholars for Academic Freedom, Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator at the California State University San Bernardino.

An African American professor at Wheaton College has decided to leave her teaching position there after coming under fire for saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. Larycia Hawkins is a tenured professor of political science at the Christian college. As a protest …

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Feb 08 2016

Environmental Injustice – How Coal Ash Is Poisoning Poor Communities of Color in the US

GUEST: Esther Calhoun is a resident of Uniontown, Alabama, and president of Black Belt Citizens for Health & Justice.

The US Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing on Friday to look into the impacts of coal ash disposal in low income communities, and communities of color in the US. Coal ash is a waste by-product of coal-fired power plants and, according to a report by Earthjustice, …

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Feb 08 2016

Is Hillary Clinton Joking When She Claims to be a Progressive?

GUEST: Jeff Cohen is an associate professor of journalism and the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watch group FAIR, and former board member of Progressive Democrats of America.

The two remaining candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination held their fifth debate on Thursday evening in New Hampshire. The debate comes ahead of the second primary race …

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Feb 08 2016

Chelsea Manning Speaks Out in Podcast – Excerpt

GUEST: Chelsea Manning, Iraq war whistleblower, serving a 35-year sentence.

The world’s best-known imprisoned whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, is not afraid to speak out. Serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas, she has continued to use her high profile to speak out against injustice. Only in her 20s, Manning was convicted of violating the 1917 Espionage Act in sharing classified information about the Iraq …

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Feb 05 2016

What A Record-High Number of Exonerations Says About the US Justice System

GUEST: Samuel R. Gross, the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He is also the editor of the university’s National Registry of Exonerations.

Nearly 150 people were exonerated for crimes they were convicted of throughout the United States last year. That number is a record high, as per the National Registry of Exonerations. Even more shocking, the average sentence …

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Feb 05 2016

Is India’s New Intolerance Really New? Not for India’s Oppressed Castes

GUEST: Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a Dalit-American filmmaker and Transmedia artist, co-founder of the international women’s media technology collective, Third World Majority.

Well-known Indian author Arundhati Roy is facing a criminal trial for contempt of court in an ominous move that reflects an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in the world’s largest democracy. Roy, who is known for her strong progressive views critical of India’s government, could face prison time. …

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Feb 05 2016

How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

GUEST: Mehrsa Baradaran is the J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, at the University of Georgia School. She has testified before Congress on postal banking and how poor Americans are forced to resort to payday lenders.

In a 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called for the creation of a public banking system, with the postal service as a foundation. That idea …

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Feb 05 2016

Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction

Published by Truthdig.com on February 03, 2016

Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with a supporter after speaking at a high school in West Des Moines, Iowa, in January. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

The media coverage of the horse race in Iowa on Monday night was hampered by pro-establishment spin. We need to see through that but also realize that the elections are only a …

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