Archive for December, 2013

Dec 09 2013

Blase Bonpane on the New Pope

Blase Bonpane is the Director of the Office of the Americas, and a life-long human rights activist whose work took him to Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and many other countries. He entered the priesthood early in his life, but eventually broke with the church over his political views. Blase Bonpane wrote his autobiography called Imagine No Religion and also hosts KPFK’s World Focus every Sunday at 10 am.

Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar recently interviewed Blase Bonpane about Pope Francis and his political reforms.

Watch a video of the interview here: http://youtu.be/3X_pAY6Z8tU

Bradford Betz recorded this interview.

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Dec 09 2013

Daily News Flash with Arun Gupta on Tech Companies’ Open Letter to NSA, Seymour Hersh’s Syria Exposé, and Maduro’s Win in Venezuela

Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta, Independent Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, and co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent, analyzes today’s news headlines:

The world’s top technology and internet companies have joined forces to send a strong message to the NSA: Reform Government Surveillance. The CEOs of AOL, Facebook, Yahoo!, …

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Dec 09 2013

Subversive Thought for December 9, 2013

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela …

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Dec 09 2013

Uncovering Mandela’s Radical Legacy Amidst the Mythologizing

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Just hours after Nelson Mandela’s death was announced to the world last week, the mythologizing had begun. Tributes poured in from leaders around the world who offered up a sanitized image of a man who helped bring about the end of apartheid. Politicians who had once held Mandela at arms length now waxed eloquently about his contributions to the world …

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Dec 09 2013

Refomer or Hypocrite? Blase Bonpane Reflects on Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made headlines yet again for announcing a new investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. His predecessor, Pope Benedictus, had also overseen an internal investigation but was implicated in covering up sexual crimes.

To many, Pope Francis represents a radical change from past orthodoxy. In addition to his recent statements denouncing the ills of …

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Dec 09 2013

A Family Business With a Mission: Laemmle Theaters Celebrate 75 Years

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There aren’t too many family owned businesses that can survive for 75 years. There’s even fewer that can do it with integrity. But the Laemmle Arthouse theater chain of Southern California is one such enterprise.

Founded in 1938 by two brothers named Kurt and Max Laemmle with their first movie house in Highland Park, the company today operates a total of …

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Dec 06 2013

Coming Up on December 9, 2013

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We’ll speak with scholar Vijay Prashad on the radical legacy of Nelson Mandela. And, Blase Bonpane discusses whether Pope Francis is truly a reformist or not. Plus, Greg Laemmle on the 75th anniversary of his family’s local theater chain. …

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Dec 06 2013

Daily News Flash with Adele Stan on Mandela’s Death, TPP Fast Track Votes, and November Unemployment Figures

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Uprising’s guest expert Adele Stan, longtime chronicler of the right wing, and senior Washington correspondent for RHRealityCheck.org, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. The legendary South African liberation fighter and former President of South Africa has died. He had struggled with a lung infection for several months, finally letting go at 8:50 pm last night …

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Dec 06 2013

Nelson Mandela in His Own Voice

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The legendary South African liberation fighter and former President Nelson Mandela died last night at 8:50 pm in Johannesburg.

Madiba, as he was affectionately known was a revolutionary leader and the President of the African National Congress, and became an icon of the anti-apartheid movement particularly during his decades in prison on Robben Island.

Upon his release he ran for election, …

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Dec 06 2013

McDonald’s Worker: “$15 and a Union is What We Want And We’re Not Going To Stop Until We Get It”

Hundreds of cities around the country witnessed walkouts and rallies by workers in the fast food industry and their allies yesterday. The major coordinated action followed from a similar action in August and comes less than a week after Black Friday labor actions by Walmart employees and a day after President Obama gave a major speech decrying skyrocketing income inequality in …

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