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Frances Fox Piven - What Movements Do
17 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The ruling class is organized and well-funded. What can be done to confront and defeat concentrations of power? As a veteran activist once said, “Organized people can beat organized money.” There is a rich history of ordinary people getting together and doing extraordinary things. Take the disability rights movement. Who gave that a chance? Oh, we can’t build ramps and...
Ralph Nader - Citizen Action: It’s Easier than We Think, Part One
10 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Overcoming adversity alone is a tough road to hoe but when you act with others it’s not as difficult. There is nothing like solidarity. There’s unity and strength in numbers. Most movements have very modest beginnings. Take women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a handful of other women met in Seneca Falls in Upstate New York in 1848 to launch...
Ralph Nader - Citizen Action: It’s Easier than We Think, Part Two
10 Sep, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Overcoming adversity alone is a tough road to hoe but when you act with others it’s not as difficult. There is nothing like solidarity. There’s unity and strength in numbers. Most movements have very modest beginnings. Take women’s rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a handful of other women met in Seneca Falls in Upstate New York in 1848 to launch...
Chris Hedges – Stopping Fascism
23 Aug, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

One dictionary defines fascism as, “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.” The first fascist party was founded by Mussolini in Italy in 1915. Its etymology is traced to the Latin word meaning a bundle of rods tied around an axe, an...
Chris Hedges - Moral Imperatives
20 Aug, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What are individuals to do when faced with a moral imperative? And society at large? Philosophers since ancient times have been wrestling with this question as it involves issues of ethics and conscience. When we see an injustice do we remain passive and silent or do we intervene to try and stop it. Is it our problem or someone else’s?...
Chris Hedges - Captain Ahab & U.S. Empire
09 Aug, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United States much different? The U.S. with its obsessive drive for control of oil and...
Tariq Ali - Connections: 1968 & 2018
11 Jun, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Nineteen sixty-eight is often described as historic, a tumultuous year that changed the U.S. and the world. Recall the assassinations of Dr. King and Robert Kennedy, resistance to the wars in Indochina, the student strikes, the Tet offensive, the ghetto uprisings and the election of Richard Nixon. In France, the rebellion against the status quo was marked by the famous...
Jeremy Scahill – Journalism: Truth or Propaganda
30 Apr, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

"An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion," said Jefferson. And what happens to democracy when one of the major pillars of information, journalism is under attack from the highest office in the land? We live in an era where the president openly singles out journalists by name and denounces them. And when he’s at a rally he incites...
Miko Peled - An Israeli Dissident View
26 Apr, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Occupation has a corrosive and corrupting effect not just on the occupied but on the occupiers as well. The British learned this in Kenya as the French did in Algeria and maybe the U.S. did in Iraq. People don’t like to be occupied. Thus, severe measures are employed to keep them controlled. Israel is a case in point. Palestinians have...
Nomi Prins - The Inherently Unstable Economy
15 Mar, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We hear a lot about bulls and bears and the magic of the stock market. The magic is shared by a few. The richest 10 percent own 84 percent of all shares of stock. Remember the days when Republicans prided themselves on being fiscally responsible? Well, they're long gone. The deficit and the debt are astronomical. The 2008 crash ushered...
Joe Allen - Vietnam
12 Mar, 2018 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

All imperial systems attempt to reinvent the past, engineer history to suit their needs. The United States is no different. Vietnam is a perfect example. A war of aggression was transformed into a "conflict." It was "tragic" and a "mistake." At the other end of the spectrum, the so-called liberal Washington Post called the war a "just cause." That's the...
Anna Shahnazaryan - Inside Armenia
05 Mar, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Land-locked Armenia has had a long history but as a nation state it is rather new. Armenia declared its independence from the USSR in 1991. Left with a legacy of 70 years of Soviet rule, corruption is rampant. The adoption of neoliberalism by elites, as in other countries, has produced massive inequality. Oligarchs dominate the state and the economy. Unregulated...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - An Indigenous Peoples' History
26 Feb, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The history of the U.S. is one of settler colonialism. The state was established on the basis of white male supremacy, slavery, land theft and genocide. "From sea to shining sea" the Native nations were decimated and dispossessed. The survivors herded into concentration camps. It was God's will. The genocidal policy reached its peak under President Andrew Jackson. Its ruthlessness...
James Forman Jr - Crime & Punishment in Black America
19 Feb, 2018 | 0:57:04 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Critics of the U.S. criminal justice system such as Michelle Alexander and Bryan Stevenson have assailed the rise of mass incarceration with its disproportionate impact on people of color. The war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation's urban centers. The first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police...
David Cay Johnston - Trump: Age of Mendacity
12 Feb, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

An ultra-rich New York real estate tycoon and celebrity TV star is the 45th president of the United States. He puts America First by ignoring the world and pulling out of the Paris climate accord, undermining the Iran deal and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He drains the swamp by appointing people with dubious credentials. His economic policies are lining...
Richard Wolff - Cutting Corporate Taxes
05 Feb, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Corporations are riding high in the saddle. With their friends in Washington they are raking it in. That certainly is the case with the tax law passed by Congress in late 2017. If you look at the details it is warmed over trickle-down economics. While most workers will get crumbs, the big winners will be corporations. And along the way,...
Cara Drinan - The Justice System’s War on Kids
29 Jan, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The juvenile justice system is off the rails. It is in urgent need of reform. The U.S. incarcerates roughly 2 million children every year, even though 95 percent of them have not been convicted of a violent crime. Too many of them are held in adult facilities. The systemic problems range from racism to brutality and extreme sentencing. Thousands of...
Jonathan Heawood & John Pilger - Propaganda, Facts & Fake News, Pt Two
22 Jan, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We live in an era of fake news. Fabricated reports go viral on social media. Totally false stories are concocted then tweeted and retweeted. Fantastical theories and wild claims are circulated in cyberspace. It's as Orwell says in 1984, "The lie became truth." There is a lot of fire and fury inflaming the news cycle. The term fake news is...
Julian Assange - Propaganda, Facts & Fake News, Pt One
11 Jan, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We live in an era of fake news. Fabricated reports go viral on social media. Totally false stories are concocted then tweeted and retweeted. Fantastical theories and wild claims are circulated in cyberspace. It's as Orwell says in 1984, "The lie became truth." There is a lot of fire and fury inflaming the news cycle. The term fake news is...
Rami Barhoush - Jordan, Palestine, Israel & the U.S.
08 Jan, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Jordan’s borders were drawn by British imperial cartographers after WW1. It was then called Trans-Jordan and sparsely populated. Today, it has a large Palestinian population, many of them refugees from the naqba, catastrophe, of 1948 and the 1967 war. In recent years it also has had a huge influx of refugees from Iraq and Syria. Jordan is ruled by a...
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