Dec 11 2014

News Flash: CIA’s First Plan for Prisons, US to Sanction Venezuela, Palestinians Mourn Death of a Minister, Medical Students’ Die-In Protests

Uprising’s guest expert Chenjerai Kumanyika, an Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Clemson University, SC, analyzes today’s news headlines:

Spurred by the release of the CIA torture report, the New York Times has published an expose of what took place in the early days after the September 11th attacks, and how the CIA actually considered creating traditional prisons for captives from the Muslim world. According to the Times, the CIA considered a new prison system …

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Dec 11 2014

CIA Torture Report’s Ripple Effect Continues

After many months of battling the CIA, the Senate Intelligence Committee finally won the right to make public, an Executive Summary of a ground breaking report detailing the extent of interrogation methods used on 9-11 era prisoners of war. The Agency fought tooth and nail to keep the report secret, saying it would have repercussions on US troops worldwide. The Obama Administration sided with the CIA on secrecy. And, in the last days ahead of …

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Dec 10 2014

News Flash: UN Recommends Prosecution of Officials Who Condoned Torture, Congress Puts Together $1.1 T Spending Plan, Time Chooses ‘Ebola Healthcare Workers’ as Person of the Year

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:

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism has recommended criminal prosecution for high-level Bush administration officials who condoned the CIA’s use of torture against detainees in the post 9-11 years. The bold push is based on the release of a 500+ page Executive Summary of a report by …

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Dec 10 2014

Professor John A. Powell Links Corporate Power and Black Disenfranchisement, Republican Party and Racist Policies

The epidemic of police killings of unarmed Black men seems to have not waned in the least, even if protesters are out on city streets in full force, denouncing police brutality. A 28-year old unarmed African American man named Cedric Bartee was fatally shot over the weekend in Orlando, Florida. Sargent Robert McCarthy, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, fired a shots at Bartee after locating a stolen car. According to CBS News, “Law enforcement …

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Dec 09 2014

News Flash: CIA Torture Report to Be Released, UNICEF: Devastating Year for Children, Fewer Immigrants Deported

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

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting Iraq – the first visit by such a high-ranking official since US troops officially withdrew from the country in late 2011. Hagel’s trip symbolizes the return of overt US involvement in Iraq with the war against Sunni rebel forces calling themselves the Islamic State. Hagel told …

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Dec 09 2014

Making the Links between US War, Torture, Detention Abroad, and Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration at Home

Former President George W. Bush has joined the growing ranks of critics opposed to the release of the CIA’s torture tactics as compiled in a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The report, years in the making, and held up by the CIA, fueled tensions between Senators and the Agency, but is expected to be released today. In anticipation of the backlash the military expects it will generate, thousands of troops stationed around the country …

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Dec 08 2014

News Flash: Six Guantanamo Prisoners Released to Uruguay, Violation of Chelsea Manning’s Rights, Remains of First Mexican Student Identified

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

Six prisoners who have spent years in the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention center finally left their prison this weekend – but they weren’t going home – they were being transferred to Uruguay and are technically free. Four of the men are Syrian, one is Tunisian, and one Palestinian. Uruguayan president …

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Dec 08 2014

Seeing the Big Picture on Police Violence in the US

Protests over the killings of unarmed black men by police continued over the weekend in cities around the country. The non-indictments of the police officers whose actions directly led to the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York, have indicted a firestorm of anger in communities that have for years struggled to call attention to police abuse and killings. In Berkeley hundreds of people gathered in front of the …

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Dec 05 2014

News Flash: Police Continue Killing Unarmed Citizens, Fast Food Workers Walk Out, 2014 Strongest Year for Hiring

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

As hundreds of people are arrested in a second day of protests in New York City over the non-indictment of officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner, another unarmed black man has been killed by a white officer – this time in Phoenix, Arizona. Rumain Brisbon was …

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Dec 05 2014

US Supports Mexico in the Protest for Human Rights

It’s been more than two months since 43 students from Ayotzinapa disappeared in the neighboring town of Iguala in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The case sparked a massive wave of protests in Mexico where people have for years watched as thousands of their loved ones have been kidnapped, killed or disappeared. While the 43 students in question have yet to be located, their disappearance has exposed insidious ties between government officials and drug cartels. …

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