Archive for February, 2016

Feb 26 2016

India’s Right-Wing Hindu Supremacy Rises in Parallel With Donald Trump’s Bigotry

Published by Truthdig.com on February 26, 2016

An Indian student demands the resignation of India’s education minister as she is detained by police during a protest over the suicide last month of Ph.D. candidate Rohith Vemula in New Delhi. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

Indian democracy is in such grave danger from right-wing religious fundamentalism and nationalism that it is even affecting the United States. …

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Feb 21 2016

Black, Brown and Progressive: A New Voter Majority in the US?

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Published by Telesurtv.net on February 19, 2016

The book “Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority” argues that progressives are a large enough group to pull politicians forward. | Photo: AFP

With the US becoming more racially diverse, left-leaning people of color in alliance with their white counterparts means that there is a progressive voting majority right now.

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Feb 21 2016

A Woman in the Presidency Is Simply Not Enough

Published by Truthdig.com on February 18, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a campaign appearance Tuesday in New York City’s Harlem. (a katz / Shutterstock)

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tried to issue a mea culpa in The New York Times last week for her recent remarks suggesting that women who are not planning to vote for her friend Hillary Clinton …

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Feb 16 2016

NYPD Conviction Shows Growing Influence Of Black Lives Matter

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GUEST: Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA and an organizer with Black Lives Matter-LA.

New York police officer Peter Liang was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man named Akai Gurley. The conviction, which happened on Thursday, is extremely rare, despite the high numbers of police shootings of unarmed people around the …

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Feb 16 2016

Brown Is the New White

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GUEST: Steve Phillips, co-founder of PowerPAC.org that mobilized voters for the elections of Barack Obama, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. He was the youngest person to be election to public office in San Francisco.

Brown is the New White, says my guest Steve Phillips, issuing a warning to politicians who operate on old assumptions of who American voters are and what their values are. In this …

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Feb 12 2016

Who Will Black Voters Choose in South Carolina?

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GUEST: Chenjerai Kumanyika is an Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Clemson University in South Carolina. He was one of the men in question who was kicked out of the Trump rally at Clemson.

Fresh from his victory in New Hampshire, Republican front runner Donald Trump headed to South Carolina where the next primary election will be taking place. He spoke at Clemson University where two …

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Feb 12 2016

Why Is the Obama Administration Targeting Central Americans?

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GUEST: Suyapa Portillo, an Assistant Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies at Pitzer College, she has a blog on the Huffington Post.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wrote a letter on February 11th to Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, calling into question the Obama administration’s ramped up deportations of undocumented immigrants, particularly those who fled from Central America. A month ago Sanders had said to Obama directly, “As a …

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Feb 12 2016

Los Angeles Based Artist ‘Plastic Jesus’ Makes Strong Statements About Hollywood’s Whiteness

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GUEST: Plastic Jesus, Los Angeles based artist.

In just a couple of weeks, the 88th Annual Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, at a ceremony that will be marked by an almost overwhelmingly white cast of nominated actors. Awards Emcee Chris Rock is expected to weigh in comedically on the issue through the televised and highly popular event.

The Academy’s whiteness has become a political …

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Feb 11 2016

All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

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Published by Truthdig.com on February 11, 2016

A December 2015 aerial image of what Russian officials say was an airstrike on a truck column transporting oil products in Aleppo province, Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service / AP)

Nearly five years after Syria’s Arab Spring revolt escalated into a civil war, the conflict has morphed into a wider regional war with no …

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Feb 11 2016

Obama Faces His Final Budget Challenge in Congress

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GUEST: Jasmine Tucker, senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project, formerly with the National Academy of Social Insurance, where she was the lead author of the groundbreaking study, Strengthening Social Security: What Do Americans Want?

The grey hairs that have sprouted on President Barack Obama’s head over 7 years could well be attributed to his long-drawn out and caustic battles with Republicans in Congress over his …

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