Jan 28 2015

Newsflash: Jordan Government Swaps Prisoner for a Pilot With ISIS, Mexico Declares 43 Missing Students Dead, Georgia Executes Intellectually Disabled Man

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, Assistant Professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s new headlines:

Jordan’s State television has just announced that the government would free a prisoner in exchange for the release of a pilot that had been captured by Islamic State rebels last month. Jordan will release Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman convicted of being a suicide bomber in response to an ISIS …

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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

Newsflash: Group Linked to ISIS Attacks Libya Hotel, Former CIA Official Found Guilty of Espionage, GOP Falls Short of Super-Majority on Keystone Pipeline

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

Rebels claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group attacked Libya’s most luxurious hotel earlier today. The Corinthia hotel in the capital Tripoli, attracts foreign diplomats and tourists. Five people were killed as the stand off came to a close. The attack came in the midst of on-going battles between …

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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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Jan 27 2015

Mumia Abu Jamal: Yemen Resignations of State

Political Prisoner and award winning journalist Mumia Abu Jamal filed this commentary called Yemen Resignations of State, about how four years ago, around the same time as the Egyptian revolution took place, Yemen had its own Arab Spring moment, toppling long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Visit www.prisonradio.org to listen to all of Abu Jamal’s commentaries.

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Jan 27 2015

Why Is The Supreme Court Undoing Hard-Fought Civil Rights Laws?

GUEST: John A Powell, a Professor of Law and a Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies, the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, and the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at University of California, Berkeley.

The US Supreme Court has decided once more to take it upon itself to consider a landmark civil rights law. A case involving affordable …

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Jan 26 2015

Newsflash: John Kerry Visits Nigeria before Crucial Election, President Obama in India to Strengthen Ties, GOP Presidential Hopefuls Vie for Koch’s Billionaire Support

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:

US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Nigeria just about two weeks ahead of a crucial election. Mr. Kerry warned, “This will be the largest democratic election on the continent… Given the stakes, it’s absolutely critical that these elections be conducted peacefully — that …

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Jan 26 2015

Greece’s Syriza Party Declares Stunning Victory in Rebuke to Austerity

GUEST: Peter Bratsis, Assistant Professor of Political Science Social Sciences, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York.

Greece’s left party Syriza, claimed a stunning victory in elections yesterday, winning 149 seats, just two shy of an outright majority. Syriza leader 40-year old Alexis Tsipras was sworn in today as the new Prime Minister. He said in a victory speech, “Greece leaves behind the austerity that ruined it, leaves behind the fear, …

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Jan 26 2015

Social Security Works! Why Social Security isn’t going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All

GUEST: Eric Kingson, professor of Social Work at Syracuse University, writes about the politics and economics of aging. Together with his co-author Nancy Altman, he founded Social Security Works, which is the title of their book together. He is also the co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.

Republican lawmakers in their first days in Congress as the majority party immediately enacted a rule change that would prohibit the transfer of …

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