“Feature Stories” archives

Mar 27 2015

US Behind Saudi Bombing of Yemen

GUEST: Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of San Francisco, where he directs the program in Middle Eastern Studies.

Yemen, the poorest nation in the Arab world, has become the focus of a new regional war. After a Shiite rebellion calling itself the Houthis, drove President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia, the Saudis this week began bombing Yemen as part …

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Mar 27 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership and Heinz/Kraft Merger Indicate Corporate Power Over People

GUEST: Patrick Woodall, Research Director and Senior Policy Advocate for Food & Water Watch…

Wikileaks has just leaked a chapter of the secret international trade deal, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). President Obama has long championed the TPP as a major part of its global economic policy platform. But the New York Times has analyzed the Wikileaks document and concluded that if signed into law, the TPP would enable foreign companies …

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Mar 27 2015

Tony Abbott’s Abuses of Australia’s Asylum Seekers and Aboriginal Peoples

GUEST: Dr Binoy Kampmark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies…

Australia is considered one of the US’s main allies in the English speaking world. But the conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric on a number of policy fronts has made him an embarrassing bedfellow of the West.

On top of his vehement climate denialism, Abbott has recently been criticized for …

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Mar 26 2015

Obama Extends US Occupation of Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl Charged

GUEST: Matthew Hoh, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and former Director of the Afghanistan Study Group …

Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani, is visiting the US this week for the first time since his inauguration. The main outcome of his Tuesday meeting with President Barack Obama was an extension of the US occupation of Afghanistan. Currently there are 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan, and Obama had promised …

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Mar 26 2015

Occupy the Farm: An Unauthorized Grassroots Movement to Control Land and Food

GUEST: Todd Darling, Director and Producer of Occupy the Farm.

More than six months after the Occupy Wall Street movement burst into existence in cities around the United States, an unusual incarnation of that movement made its mark in Berkeley, California. On Earth Day, 2012, a group of Occupy activists took over an tract of land owned by the University of California, and planted thousands of seedlings. They then set up …

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Mar 26 2015

Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment

GUEST: Burt Neuborne is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School…

On December 15, 1791, Congress passed the ten amendments to the US Constitution that became known as the Bill of Rights. The first on that list enshrines a basic tenet of freedom – loosely interpreted, the freedom of speech. That speech could be religion, the …

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Mar 26 2015

Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

Published by Truthdig.com on Mar 26, 2015

The green Driscoll’s label on the organic berries that I buy each week are a comforting symbol of a family-owned company that got its start in California. Sometimes the berries are marked “Product of USA,” but more often than not, they are labeled as originating in Mexico. That is because Reiter Affiliated Cos., which sells berries through its affiliate BerryMex under …

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Mar 25 2015

DOJ Report: Philly Cops Shoot Nearly 400 Times at Mostly Black Men



GUEST: Rev. Gregory Holston, pastor of Tioga Methodist, works with POWER Philadelphia, and inter-faith organization, Mary Catherine Roper, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

A new Justice Department investigation this week examined policing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and found that over the past 8 years police officers shot at suspects nearly 400 times. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of the suspects – 81 percent – were black. The report comes just …

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Mar 25 2015

Kill Chain: The Rise of the High Tech Assassins

GUEST: Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine and the author of many articles and books on national security…

The US assassinated 9 people in Nangahar Province, Afghanistan, yesterday morning by drone strike. Officials say the targets were militants working with the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam group. Last Thursday, another drone strike in the Pakistan/Afghanistan border region, reportedly killed a prominent Pakistani Taliban leader, Khawray Mehsud. And in early March, …

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Mar 25 2015

ISIS: A “Hideous Offspring” of the West?

GUEST: Ramzy Baroud, Managing Editor of Middle East Eye…

The Islamic State’s latest gruesome propaganda ploy is a threat to burn more than 20 men alive. The men are captured Kurdish fighters. ISIS had faced it most humiliating defeat at the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobane. The group has also taken credit for last week’s brazen attack in Tunisia which killed more than …

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