Podcast: As US Airstrikes in Iraq Continue, There Doesn’t Appear to Be Any Endgame

By: Sunday August 17, 2014 1:05 pm

At the moment, Kurdish forces and US air strikes have been launched in Iraq to take control of the Mosul dam from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). President Barack Obama previously announced that air strikes by US military forces would continue, even though the crisis with Yazidi refugees on Mt. Sinjar had been mostly resolved. It, therefore, would seem that the refugees’ lives were exploited as a pretext to justify escalating US military involvement in Iraq.

 

Podcast: Jesselyn Radack on Snowden, Manning, CIA, Culture of Impunity & More in War on Whistleblowers

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 9:05 am

Nothing puts the exclamation mark on the culture of impunity that President Barack Obama’s administration has enabled like the war on whistleblowers. As whistleblowers sit in prison or are effectively living in exile because they dared to call attention to crimes, misconduct or abuses of power, some of the very same officials implicated walk freely and live with the comfort of knowing the United States government will never seek to hold them accountable.

Jesselyn Radack is one of Snowden’s defense lawyers and the director of the Government Accountability Project’s National Security and Human Rights Division.

Podcast: Deepa Kumar on Anti-Muslim Racism Behind NSA Surveillance, Media’s Coverage of Gaza

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 8:58 am

Media coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza has concentrated blame for what has unfolded on Hamas, making it possible to absolve Israel of responsibility for nearly all of the warfare that has killed over three hundred civilians and wounded over a thousand Palestinians. But this is not limited to the people of Gaza. There is a cultural bias in media toward Muslims or Arabs.

Podcast: What’s Missing in Discussions About Crisis With Child Refugees at US-Mexico Border

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 8:59 am

Fifty-two thousand children have fled their homes in countries in Central America and journeyed to the United States. Some of them came with their families and the vast majority of them are now being put through a deportation regime, which President Barack Obama’s administration is committing resources to expediting so they will be sent back to the countries they fled.

Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am

For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.

Podcast: Nafeez Ahmed on Pentagon-Funded Research Into ‘Social Contagions’ That’ll Cause Civil Unrest

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 8:30 am

The defense establishment in both the United Kingdom and United States is funding social science research into what conflicts will be caused by climate change, energy crises, resource shortages, and other societal problems that could lead to civil unrest. One of the most alarming aspects of this militarization of social sciences is how it names certain groups as “social contagions” or “potential supporters of political violence,” even when evidence shows these groups promote non-violence and are peaceful. That means the fact that there are people who are willing to challenge the status quo is regarded as a threat.

Podcast: Dahr Jamail on ISIS, Maliki & How the US Has Fueled a Growing Regional War

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 6:59 am

What is being reported in the news is that in the past day or two the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has advanced and taken control of more towns in western Iraq, including a strategic border crossing. But where did ISIS come from? What has made this militant group so strong?

Podcast: NYPD Chief Bill Bratton, Police Raid in Harlem & Organizing for Police Reform in Democratic Veal Pen

By: Sunday June 15, 2014 8:45 am

It appeared that victories in the struggle against the New York Police Department were being achieved prior to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election and Bill Bratton’s appointment as NYPD chief. Organizations relentlessly fought against then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-NYPD chief Ray Kelly, who they knew were champions of racist policing, such as stop and frisk. But then de Blasio and Bratton are now in control and it seems like major organizations pushing for reforms have decided to give them both space to advance their own agendas because of a belief that they may be on their side.

Podcast: Max Blumenthal on BDS, the American Left & His Work on Israel

By: Sunday June 8, 2014 9:03 am

There is no more “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt at a framework agreement failed. Liberal Zionist groups like J Street have nothing left to challenge Israel over building settlements except for the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to journalist Max Blumenthal.

Podcast: The Troubling Revolving Door Between the US Government & Human Rights Watch

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 6:50 am

While the prominent human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW), engages in some excellent work, especially on drones and autonomous killer robots, there are agendas pursued by the organization in certain countries that appear to conflict with their commitment to advancing human rights.

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