Aug 26 2015

Media Bias Hypes Up Importance of Stock Market Fluctuations

GUEST: Sean McElwee, research associate at Demos, whose latest article is entitled, “What If We Reported On Poverty The Way We Report On The Stock Market?

The US stock market recovered after a major plunge this Monday, reacting to Chinese stock values dropping. While the health of the US economy has been much vaunted, Wall Street has disproportionately borne the fruits of a recovery.

Even when the official unemployment rate falls, …

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Aug 26 2015

Activists Release Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Police Brutality

GUEST: Deray McKesson is an activist and organizer, Founder and Co-Editor of the Ferguson Protestor Newsletter, member of the planning team for Campaign Zero.

More than a year after the Ferguson Uprising in Missouri launched a modern public debate about police brutality against African Americans, a group of activists have put forward a detailed plan on how to try to solve the problem.

Launched on an impressive online platform the so-called Read more

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Aug 26 2015

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Justice Elusive

GUEST: Monique Harden, Co-Director & Attorney with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights.

Ten years ago, on August 26th 2005, a major storm named Hurricane Katrina emerged into the Gulf of Mexico and began gathering strength. Within three days it made landfall in southeast Louisiana as a category 3 storm, after increasing to a category 5.

It was the immediate and long-term after of Katrina that resulted in one of the worst natural …

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Aug 25 2015

Newsflash: Jeb Bush on Asian “Anchor Babies,” #LaughingWhileBlack on Napa Train, US Stocks Rise

Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, author and a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has put his foot in his mouth, adding the ire of yet another minority community to his campaign. In an event in McAllen, Texas, yesterday, he was confronted about his use of the racist term “anchor babies.” He stumbled and then blurted, “What I was …

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Aug 25 2015

Most Persian Jews Back US-Iran Nuclear Deal

GUEST: Reese Erlich, veteran freelance foreign correspondent who has traveled widely across the Middle East and just returned from reporting for the Global Post from Iran. He has written a number of books including, Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire.

The US Congress has until September 17th to ratify President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement: the Iran nuclear deal. But, much uncertainly remains, mostly due to …

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Aug 25 2015

Judge Orders Obama Administration To Release Immigrant Children from Detention

GUEST: Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director of RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services based in Texas.

A federal judge in California late last week ordered the immediate end to the detention of undocumented minors in the US. Under President Obama, a practice of imprisoning whole families in detention centers was expanded. The mostly privately-run facilities have struggled to maintain a reputation for being safe spaces for mothers and …

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Aug 25 2015

What Are the Implications of Amazon’s Brutal Work Culture?

GUEST: Simon Head, senior and associate fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. He is the author of ‘The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age’ and his latest book is called ‘Mindless: Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans’.

A lengthy expose by the New York Times last week about Amazon.com’s work environment has made serious waves. Journalists Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld wrote the piece, entitled Inside …

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Aug 24 2015

Newsflash: China Economy, Mass Shooting Study, US Servicemen Knighted

Uprising’s guest expert Rahul Mahajan, a sociologist and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Chinese stocks plunged today, stoking fears of a spreading global economic crisis. According to the Washington Post, “the collapse in Chinese stocks was fueled by mounting concerns about an economic slowdown [in Beijing], but it has fed into a wider sell-off in emerging markets… The Shanghai Composite Index …

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Aug 24 2015

The Ashley Madison Hack Has Repercussions Far Beyond Cheating Spouses

GUEST: Glenn Greenwald, Author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State. Greenwald is also the author of How Would a Patriot Act? and With Liberty and Justice for Some. He is a former constitutional law and civil rights litigator, and founding editor of The Intercept.

The release of millions of users’ personal data from the web-service Ashley Madison has generated much controversy… and moral judgment. …

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Aug 24 2015

Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century

GUEST: Nato Thompson, writer and art curator, and author of Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century. He is chief curator at the public arts institution Creative Time, and a curator at MASS MoCA. He is the editor of The Interventionists: A User’s Manual for the Creative Disruption of Every Day Life.

The world renowned counter-culture artist Banksy opened a theme park in England late last week. True to form, …

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