May 18 2015

Newsflash: Obama Restricts Military Weapons to Police, Saudis Resume Air Strikes on Yemen, Okinawans Protest U.S. Base

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:

President Obama this morning is announcing major federal-level changes to how police acquire military equipment. In a speech in Camden, New Jersey, Obama plans to restrict the availability of some military-grade weapons, and simply ban others. The move stems from recommendations made by a task force he created …

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May 18 2015

Chris Hedges Calls for Revolution: Olympia WA Speech Based on New Book ‘Wages of Rebellion’

GUEST: Chris Hedges is the author of numerous bestselling books, including ‘Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class'; ‘War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning'; and ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt’ which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig.

Despite our daily news cycle being dominated by the violence of war and poverty, reports abound of rebellions. In fact, …

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May 18 2015

Young Palestinian Artist Keeps Refugee Stories Alive in ‘Baddawi’

GUEST: Leila Abdelrazaq, a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and graphic novelist, author of ‘Baddawi’. Leila is an organizer – member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee- and a recent graduate of DePaul University where she was active in the group Students for Justice in Palestine which helped to pass the DePaul Divestment referendum.

Friday May 15th was the 67th anniversary of Al Nakba, the day that Palestinians …

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May 15 2015

Newsflash: Iraqi Nat’l Forces Battle ISIS in Ramadi, Chicago-Miami Police Scandals Unfold, B.B. King Dies

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

A major battle has broken out in the Iraqi city of Ramadi between national security forces and soldiers loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The militant Sunni group launched a new offensive this week, involving car bombs and suicide attacks. Ramadi is only 70 miles from Baghdad, and …

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May 15 2015

Conversation with the Legendary Sonia Sanchez

GUEST: Sonia Sanchez legendary poet, writer and activist artist. She was the designated speaker for this year’s Jean Burden Poetry Reading at Cal State L.A.  

Just as it’s been fifty years since the March on Selma and many landmark moments in the history of the Black struggle for civil rights, it was half a century ago that the ground breaking Black Arts Movement was pioneered by such great activist artists …

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May 15 2015

Benny Wenda, West Papua Leader Speaks Out Against Indonesian Repression, And His US Visa Cancelation

GUEST: Benny Wenda the International Spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign. He lives in exile in the United Kingdom.

The leader of the movement to Free West Papua, Benny Wenda, was scheduled to be on our show live in studio today. But yesterday, at the airport in London, when he attempted to check in for his flight to the …

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May 14 2015

Newsflash: GOP Cuts Amtrak Funding After Accident, Protests in Madison Over Tony Robinson Shooting, Attempted Coup in Burundi



Uprising’s guest expert Cristina Mislan, Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies, Missouri School of Journalism, analyzes today’s news headlines:

In the wake of a deadly Amtrak accident on Tuesday night that claimed 7 lives and injured hundreds, the details of what actually happened are coming to light. The train, heading through Pennsylvania, was traveling at 106 miles per hour as it curved around a bend meant for only 50 miles per …

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May 14 2015

Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters

GUEST: Tom Hayden is the author of Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters.

*This segment was originally broadcast on April 1, 2015.

When President Obama made his surprise announcement just months ago, on December 17th, 2014, he began by saying, “Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.” Those words marked a historic moment – the beginning of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, …

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May 14 2015

Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime

Published by Truthdig.com on May 14, 2015

A father from Ivory Coast wanted to reunite his son with the rest of his family living in Spain. But the Spanish government denied him a family reunification visa. Desperate, he paid a Moroccan woman to smuggle his 8-year-old onto Spanish soil. On May 7, 2015, she attempted to do so by placing the boy, tightly folded into a fetal position, …

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May 13 2015

Newsflash: Senate Dems Block TPP Fast-Track, HRW Report: US Abuses Mentally Ill Prisoners, 30th Anniversary of MOVE Bombing

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

Senate Democrats, led by Elizabeth Warren and others, stymied their own President’s trade deal yesterday when they blocked Fast Track authority for the Transpacific Partnership. The TPP is a multi-nation so-called “free-trade” treaty that many see as “NAFTA on steroids.” This morning Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid offered a …

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