Jul 18 2014

What The Ruling On California’s Death Penalty Means

An unprecedented ruling by US District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney that California’s death penalty violates the US constitution is being heralded by anti-death penalty advocates around the nation.

The recent ruling, which may offer hope to California’s 748 prisoners currently sitting on death row, was the result of a case …

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Jul 18 2014

Navigating the Water Wars during California’s Drought

California Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year called on the state’s residents to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent in light of the drought. Sadly, over the past three years, water usage has actually increased by 1%. In response, the California State Water Resources Control Board approved several emergency …

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Jul 18 2014

As Israeli Ground Troops Kill Civilians, A Live Report from Gaza

Israel has launched a ground invasion on Gaza just a day after killing four boys on a beach in an attack witnessed by international media. Thirty people have been reported killed since Israeli ground forces began attacking overnight, including three children and a baby. The overall death toll has now surpassed about 250. …

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Jul 17 2014

Daily News Flash with Arun Gupta on California’s Death Penalty, Congressional Attack on DCs Gun Laws, and The End of Australia’s Carbon Tax

Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta, Independent Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, and co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent, analyzes today’s news headlines:

A federal judge has ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional. Judge Cormac Carney based his ruling on the fact that California’s …

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Jul 17 2014

Obama’s Latest Effort to Enter Syria War Is A Pledge to Train “Small Group” of Rebels

US officials say they plan to train a small unit of Syrian rebels – about 2,300 – in the latest effort at toppling President Bashar Al Assad. Assad, who was just sworn in for a third term, has remained strong in the face of a multi year bloody civil war.

President Obama has requested …

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Jul 17 2014

Politics of Parenting: The Criminalization of Mothers Who are Poor and Women of Color

A few decades ago, a child playing alone at the park would have raised few eyebrows, but today it can be the cause for criminal action against parents. A woman named Debra Harrell was arrested in South Carolina this week for allowing her 9 year old daughter to play at the …

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Jul 17 2014

Analyzing Nativist Responses to Child Migration from the KKK to Glenn Beck

The influx of thousands of Central American child migrants at the US border has prompted a resurgence in Nativist tinged protests in various cities. It began with Murrieta, Southern California where protestors barricaded buses carrying women and children immigrants, preventing them from being processed at nearby facilities. In Oracle, Arizona, this week protestors lined …

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Jul 16 2014

Daily News Flash with Rahul Mahajan about Philippines Typhoon, NYT Report on GM Culpability, and Vargas Detained At Border

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:

The Philippines has been battered by yet another major storm, leaving at least 6 people dead. Typhoon Rammasun, named after the God of Thunder prompted the evacuations of hundreds …

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Jul 16 2014

Why An Israeli Academic Views the Assault on Gaza as “Incremental Genocide”

Hamas has rejected an Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire plan that was brokered by Egypt this week. The effort was an attempt to put an end to Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” which has included a barrage of deadly airstrikes on Gaza and rockets fired by Hamas.

According to the United Nations, 80 percent of those killed in …

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Jul 16 2014

Human Rights Watch is Roundly Criticized By… Human Rights Activists

Human Rights Watch, a group that claims to “defend the rights of people worldwide” has come under fire from two Nobel Peace Laureates and a hundred other scholars and human rights activists. Among the criticisms against Human Rights Watch are its ‘revolving door’ hiring policy from the US Government, its failure to denounce the practice of …

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