Archive for November, 2015

Nov 18 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Ralph Nader on Presidential Candidates, Paris Attacks, and Black Friday

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Ralph Nader, is a long-time consumer advocate, lawyer, author, multiple presidential candidate, and sought-after speaker. His 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed led to vast improvements in automobile safety. He helped to found dozens of advocacy organizations including Public Citizen. He has written many, many books. His latest just out this year is called Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President. His earlier books …

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Nov 16 2015

Putting the Attacks in Paris and Beirut Into Context

GUEST: Rania Masri, a political commentator, scholar, human rights activist, and most recently Associate Director, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut.

A hundred and twenty nine people have been estimated killed in Paris, France in simultaneous attacks that took place on Friday evening. The attacks were carried out by suicide bombings and gunfire and came within a day of attacks …

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Nov 16 2015

Canada’s New Prime Minister Wows Progressives (Except for the Issue of Israel)

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GUEST: Derrick O’Keefe is an activist and journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. He is a founding editor of Ricochet Media.

Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau headed to Turkey on Friday to attend the G20 Leaders Summit. Ahead of his trip, he told press why he has chosen to accept tens of thousands of refugees fleeing wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, into Canada. In the few …

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Nov 13 2015

Is the Republican Party Redefining Itself In The Primary Elections?

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GUEST: Joshua Holland, Writing fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and Host of Politics and Reality Radio, author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy, and Everything You need to Know About Taxes, Jobs, and Corporate America.

Tuesday’s night’s GOP debate, sponsored by Fox Business News and Wall Street Journal, saw a narrowed field of candidates, dramatically pared down …

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Nov 13 2015

Appeals Court Halts Obama’s Signature Immigration Policies, DACA and DAPA

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GUEST: Marisa Franco, Director of #Not1MoreDeportation Campaign.

An appeals court this week finally made a decision on a major lawsuit brought by more than 2 dozen states against President Obama’s signature immigration orders, DACA and DAPA. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and its companion policy, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, were opposed almost from the start by Republicans. Now they’ve been stopped …

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Nov 13 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party Wins Big In Myanmar Elections Results

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GUEST: Simon Billenness, Executive Director of the US Campaign for Burma.

Myanmar just wrapped up historic elections that were declared free and fair. The party of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, National League for Democracy, has won a majority of seats in the lower house and has a commanding lead in the upper house. The Myanmar military, which had long ruled the country, …

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Nov 12 2015

On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Published by Truthdig.com on November 11, 2015

Gravestones on Veterans Day at San Francisco National Cemetery. (Jeff Chiu / AP)

On Veterans Day, we are told to remember soldiers who fought in wars. We are expected to fly flags, march in parades and, perhaps most importantly for corporate America, shop at a Veterans Day sale.

In a White House proclamation to mark the occasion, President …

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Nov 12 2015

Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning

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GUEST: George Monbiot, s a well known environmental and political activist based in the UK, and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper; his book is called “Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning.”

Most of you know well the reality and danger of climate change, and that global warming is happening as a direct result of human behavior through the burning of fossil fuels and the …

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Nov 11 2015

Chelsea Manning Writes Proposed Legislation To Protect Privacy

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GUEST: Evan Greer, campaign director at Fight For the Future.

US military whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is serving time in a federal prison for leaking documents exposing the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has been busy. Despite her incarceration she has just written an op-ed in the Guardian newspaper denouncing the secret FISA court system. FISA stands for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the …

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Nov 11 2015

Afghanistan Lies in Ruins As Taliban Forces Regain Control

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GUEST: Ann Jones is an independent scholar, journalist, and photographer, who has reported from Afghanistan for years. She is the author of ten books of nonfiction including, “Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan,” “War is Not Over When It’s Over: Women Speak Out On the Ruins Of War,” and “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America’s War – The …

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