Nov 20 2014

FARC Kidnapping Thwarts Talks, But US Policy is Colombia’s Real Roadblock to Peace

Colombia’s two year-old peace process between the government and the FARC rebel group is in jeopardy. FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been waging a war against the state for 50 years and for the first time in its history, abducted a high-ranking general named Ruben Dario Alzate, potentially derailing talks.

Alzate was traveling in a civilian capacity in a rural part of northern Colombia when he was snatched by rebel soldiers. A …

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Nov 20 2014

News Flash: Real and Potential Gun Violence in Florida and Ferguson, Sen. Warren’s Opposition to Obama Pick, and UK, UC Protests on Education

Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta, a Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, analyzes today’s news headlines.

An armed man opened fire early this morning at a library on the campus of Florida State University, shooting three students. One student is critically injured and two others are in stable condition. The gun-man was confronted by campus police and fatally shot. So far no names have been released of either …

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Nov 20 2014

Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil

The idea that babies are blank slates waiting for adults to shape their personalities and values from the ground up has been thoroughly debunked by recent advances in neuroscience.

We now know babies are far smarter than we think. But what about their values? Are babies born with an innate sense of right and wrong, of justice?

GUEST: Dr. Paul Bloom, the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. …

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Nov 20 2014

Putting the Controversy Over Cosby Into Context

The legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby was all set for an on-screen comeback with two major projects when executives at NBC decided to drop his show, and Netflix announced an indefinite postponement of a comedy special. Cosby has been hit with allegations for many years and these have resurfaced in recent days.

While we will leave the details of the allegations to the tabloid press, what has emerged is a disturbing pattern of abuse: …

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Nov 19 2014

Understanding Burkina Faso’s Regime Change

Seventy two year old Michel Kafando is Burkina Faso’s new president. Sworn in as a transitional head of state, the former UN ambassador will not be able to run in upcoming elections. The current state of affairs is the result of protesters burning down a Parliament building in the capital Ouagadougou last month, leading long-time President Blaise Compaore to flee to Cote d’Ivoire.

Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida, who heads Burkina Faso’s military, took charge …

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Nov 19 2014

Keystone Senate Bill Fails By One Vote But Ball is In Obama’s Court

The US Senate narrowly failed to pass a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline late yesterday, just days after the House passed a similar bill. Louisiana Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu was leading the push in the Senate, desperately attempting to garner 15 Democratic votes to join Republicans to pass the bill.

Independent Senator Angus King changed his mind at the last minute, saying “Congress is not – nor should it be – in the …

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Nov 19 2014

Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better

The passage of Proposition 47 in California earlier this month was a watershed moment for advocates of prison reform. The ballot measure passed by voters would effectively reduce the numbers of people in prison by downgrading some felonies to misdemeanors and divert the freed up funds to education and mental health counseling.

Some law enforcement officials are upset at the passage of the measure saying it would increase crime. Others like California Attorney General Kamala …

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Nov 19 2014

News Flash: Hong Kong Protests Take New Turn, Ferguson Police Rape Allegations, and Extreme Weather in the US

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s news headlines.

In a major break from their usual methods, a group of Hong Kong protesters broke into a government building early this morning. They used concrete blocks and metal barricades to break open a glass door to the Hong Kong Legislative Council’s office. Protest leaders denounced the action, saying it was inconsistent with their principles of …

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Nov 18 2014

News Flash: Jerusalem Synagogue Attack, Pentagon Review of ISIS Kidnappings Policy, and Missouri Declares State of Emergency

Uprising’s guest expert Robert Jensen, an author and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, analyzes today’s news headlines.

Two armed Palestinian men entered a synagogue in Jerusalem this morning, attacking worshipers, killing four and injuring six. The men were shot dead by Israeli police. The incident, which was immediately dubbed a “terror attack,” is likely to exacerbate tensions around the Al Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, where the two men were …

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Nov 18 2014

President Obama’s Political Calculations on Immigration Executive Action

President Obama is expected to announce his executive policy on reducing deportations of undocumented immigrants in a widely anticipated move. Mr. Obama had promised an announcement over the summer but then changed his mind, waiting until after the midterm elections. Many interpreted this move as a cynical ploy to appease a conservative electorate, which ended up voted for Republicans anyway.

Now, according to leaked reports of what the President intends, his executive action is expected …

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