“Feature Stories” archives

Jan 30 2015

Greece’s Leftist Syriza Takes Europe By Storm

GUEST: Nantina Vgontzas is a Greek-American PhD student in sociology at New York University, focusing on political economy and social movements.

It has barely been one week since Greece’s parliamentary elections took Europe’s political establishment by storm, with the stunning victory of the left anti-austerity party, Syriza. In just the last few days alone, the new Greek Prime Minister, 40-year old Alexis Tspiras, has thrown a major wrench into both …

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Jan 30 2015

Community Outraged Over Denver Police Shooting of 16-Year Old Girl

GUEST: Dave Strano and Robert Guerrero with the Denver Community Defense Committee.

Police in Denver, Colorado are under fire this week for the shooting death of a 16-year old girl named Jessie Hernandez on Monday morning. Hernandez was apparently driving a car that police say was stolen. There were three other girls and one boy, all teenagers – in the car with her. The officers allege that Hernandez struck one of …

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Jan 30 2015

Marissa Alexander Is Free …Sort of

GUEST: Alisa Bierria, member of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign.

After three years in prison, the state of Florida has released Marissa Alexander after she accepted a plea deal for time served. The deal includes two years of house arrest. Inspiring nationwide protests and outrage, Alexander is an African American woman who was criminally prosecuted and imprisoned for using a gun to fire a warning shot to deter her abusive …

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Jan 30 2015

Obama’s 2016 Budget Proposal Falsely Links Military and Social Spending

GUEST: Lindsay Koshgarian, Research Director with National Priorities Project.

President Obama yesterday unveiled a budget proposal to Congress, calling for an end to spending caps on both domestic and military expenses. Those cuts were the result of months of political battles in 2013 and known as “sequestration.” President Obama has included funding for a host of programs in his 2016 fiscal budget that Republicans consider anathema.

His proposal sets up the …

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Jan 29 2015

Exposing US Hypocrisy on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record

GUEST: Noman Ansari, a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Express Tribune magazine and newspaper. He is of Pakistani origin but spent many years living in Saudi Arabia.”

President Obama cut short his three day trip to India this week to pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia and to congratulate the new king, Abdullah’s brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. An entourage …

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Jan 29 2015

Loretta Lynch Begins Confirmation Hearings for the Attorney General Nomination

GUEST: Michele Goodwin, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California, Irvine, and Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, faced the first day of Senate Confirmation hearings yesterday. If she is confirmed, Lynch will replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation last year, becoming the first African American woman to be US Attorney General.

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Jan 29 2015

Activists Win Fracking Battle in Carson, California

GUEST: Alexandra Nagy, an organizer with Food and Water Watch.

A massive drilling project in the town of Carson has been dropped, much to the joy of activists who pressured for years against it. Occidental Petroleum, which was recently renamed California Resources Corp., had a plan to drill 200 new wells, possibly using hydraulic fracturing or fracking, to squeeze oil out of the area. Some of the wells would have been …

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Jan 28 2015

Former CIA Operator Jeffrey Sterling Found Guilty on 9 Charges of Espionage

GUEST: Marcy Wheeler, journalist specializing in national security issues, the “war on terror,” and civil liberties. She has a column on ExposeFacts.org called Right to Know, where she has been detailing the case against Sterling.

After three days of deliberations, 14 jurors in a federal case concerning the Espionage Act found a guilty verdict against Jeffrey Sterling. The 47-year old Sterling is a former CIA operator who oversaw an ill-conceived …

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Jan 28 2015

Larry Siems and Nancy Hollander on Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

GUESTS: Larry Siems, is the editor of ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Nancy Hollander represents Mr. Slahi’s as his criminal defense lawyer at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.

It has been thirteen and a half years since Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian national, has been in US custody. Much of his detention has been at the US-run prison camp in Guantánamo, Cuba. Mr. Slahi was first picked up by Mauritanian …

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Jan 27 2015

Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story

GUEST: Thanassis Cambanis, contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City, but lives in Beirut, Lebanon. His latest book is called Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story.

Nearly two dozen protesters were killed and about a hundred injured on Sunday during commemorations of Egypt’s 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak. A number …

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