Archive for November, 2014

Nov 19 2014

19 Nov 2014 – Burkina Faso, Keystone XL Vote, and New Book on The Case for Prison Abolition

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On this episode of Uprising: Courtney Morris analyzes breaking news headlines; And, what’s behind the recent transition of power in Burkina Faso; Plus, after the failure of a Senate bill on the Keystone XL Pipeline, we’ll speak with a youth climate activist; And Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. We’ll speak with Truthout’s Editor-in-Chief Maya Schenwar.

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Nov 19 2014

Coming up on November 20, 2014

We’ll turn to Colombia to examine what’s behind the FARC’s recent kidnapping of an Army General and how it may impact peace talks. And, as part of our series on the Politics of Parenting, we’ll speak with Dr. Paul Bloom, author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil. Plus, what’s behind the commotion over Cosby? Stacia L Brown dissects the media circus over the Bill Cosby rape allegations. …

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Nov 19 2014

Understanding Burkina Faso’s Regime Change

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Seventy two year old Michel Kafando is Burkina Faso’s new president. Sworn in as a transitional head of state, the former UN ambassador will not be able to run in upcoming elections. The current state of affairs is the result of protesters burning down a Parliament building in the capital Ouagadougou last month, leading long-time President Blaise Compaore to flee to Cote d’Ivoire.

Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida, who heads Burkina Faso’s military, took charge …

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Nov 19 2014

Keystone Senate Bill Fails By One Vote But Ball is In Obama’s Court

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The US Senate narrowly failed to pass a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline late yesterday, just days after the House passed a similar bill. Louisiana Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu was leading the push in the Senate, desperately attempting to garner 15 Democratic votes to join Republicans to pass the bill.

Independent Senator Angus King changed his mind at the last minute, saying “Congress is not – nor should it be – in the …

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Nov 19 2014

Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better

Feature Stories,Featured Book | Published 19 Nov 2014, 11:53 am | Comments Off on Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better -

The passage of Proposition 47 in California earlier this month was a watershed moment for advocates of prison reform. The ballot measure passed by voters would effectively reduce the numbers of people in prison by downgrading some felonies to misdemeanors and divert the freed up funds to education and mental health counseling.

Some law enforcement officials are upset at the passage of the measure saying it would increase crime. Others like California Attorney General Kamala …

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Nov 19 2014

News Flash: Hong Kong Protests Take New Turn, Ferguson Police Rape Allegations, and Extreme Weather in the US

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Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s news headlines.

In a major break from their usual methods, a group of Hong Kong protesters broke into a government building early this morning. They used concrete blocks and metal barricades to break open a glass door to the Hong Kong Legislative Council’s office. Protest leaders denounced the action, saying it was inconsistent with their principles of …

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Nov 18 2014

18 Nov 2014 – Will Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Be Enough? And, the People’s Republic of Chemicals

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On this episode of Uprising: Robert Jensen analyses breaking news headlines; In anticipation of President Obama’s executive action on immigration, Carlos Amador discusses potential plans for relief and and how Republicans are responding; And, Chip Jacobs joins us to discuss his new book The People’s Republic of Chemicals.

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Nov 18 2014

News Flash: Jerusalem Synagogue Attack, Pentagon Review of ISIS Kidnappings Policy, and Missouri Declares State of Emergency

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Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, an author and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines.

Two armed Palestinian men entered a synagogue in Jerusalem this morning, attacking worshipers, killing four and injuring six. The men were shot dead by Israeli police. The incident, which was immediately dubbed a “terror attack,” is likely to exacerbate tensions around the Al Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, where the two men were …

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Nov 18 2014

President Obama’s Political Calculations on Immigration Executive Action

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President Obama is expected to announce his executive policy on reducing deportations of undocumented immigrants in a widely anticipated move. Mr. Obama had promised an announcement over the summer but then changed his mind, waiting until after the midterm elections. Many interpreted this move as a cynical ploy to appease a conservative electorate, which ended up voted for Republicans anyway.

Now, according to leaked reports of what the President intends, his executive action is expected …

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Nov 18 2014

The People’s Republic of Chemicals

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If last week’s historic climate deal between the US and China is indeed honored, it could, some day, when the history of the flight against climate change is written, be seen at that crucial turning point in politics.

President Barack Obama, fresh from the Democratic Party’s stinging loss in the midterm elections, unveiled a major plan to curb US 2005 level greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% by the year 2025. And, for the first time, China …

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