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Andrew Seidel - Weaponizing Religious Freedom
19 Feb, 2024 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The separation of church and state has long been a cornerstone of American democracy. The Founders of the Republic, Jefferson, Madison, et al, insisted on a secular government unencumbered by religious dogma. However, in recent years decisions by a conservative-dominated Supreme Court have increasingly blurred that barrier. How has this happened? Enter Leonard Leo and a pile of money. Co-chair...
Jon Pilger – Lapdogs with Laptops
29 Jan, 2024 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

A vital and independent press is essential to the functioning of democracy. In recent years, media concentration has accelerated. This has resulted in the closing down of many domestic and foreign bureaus and a sharp reduction in the number of working reporters. In pursuit of a juicy tidbit, too many journalists today cozy up to power. They take pride in...
Richard Falk, Irene Gendzier & Adila Hassim - Gaza: A Case of Genocide
22 Jan, 2024 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In the wake of the Holocaust in the 1940s and earlier in the century the genocidal attacks against the Armenians by Turkey and the German slaughter of the Herero and Namaqua peoples in SW Africa, the Polish jurist Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide. In 1948 the UN adopted the Genocide Convention. On December 29, 2023, South Africa filed a...
Koohan Paik-Mander – Arms Race = Suicide Race
15 Jan, 2024 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The “Oppenheimer” movie and the Ukraine war have brought much-needed attention to the possibility of terminal war. The arms race will end the human race. To call nukes weapons of mass destruction comes nowhere near describing the level of devastation that their use would result in. To be clear, these are weapons of annihilation that would make Hiroshima and Nagasaki...
Max Blumenthal – October 7th was Inevitable
08 Jan, 2024 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Gideon Levy, the noted Israeli journalist, says "Gaza is a cage, the biggest prison in the world." 2.3 million Palestinians are locked in a small area. For years they have been under siege by Israel and now relentless bombing resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and massive destruction. If you're trapped in a cage you'll try to break out....
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz – Genocide & Settler Colonialism
01 Jan, 2024 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Genocide is the most heinous of crimes and it connects to settler colonialism. Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz says, “Settler colonialism requires genocidal violence to attain its goal” of acquiring land. In North America and elsewhere this meant the Indigenous population was targeted for mass murder. North America’s huge landmass and resources drove the policy. In Germany, there was the Nazi desire...
Norman Finkelstein - A Brief History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
25 Dec, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The world’s eyes are on Gaza. It is ruled by Hamas. Hamas is an acronym in Arabic for the Islamic Resistance Movement. Here's a bit of history, usually ignored. Gaza came under Israeli military control in 1967. That continued for thirty-eight years until 2005. Since then, it has been subjected to an Israeli-imposed siege and blockade and a series of...
Chris Hedges - The Israeli-Palestinian War
18 Dec, 2023 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The death toll of Palestinians in Gaza will soon surpass 20,000 with many more wounded. The UN says Gaza is “a graveyard for children.” The history of the Israeli-Palestinian war did not begin on October 7. While the atrocities of that day cannot and should not be excused, they have to be located in the context of decades of Israeli...
Norman Solomon – The Madness of Militarism
11 Dec, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Many are familiar with Eisenhower’s 1961 warning of “the military industrial complex.” Veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern has expanded on Ike’s phrase. He coined the term MICIMATT, the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Inteligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank complex. How does it work?  The notorious revolving door syndrome links the Pentagon to the arms manufacturers to Congress. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is a perfect example. Before being...
Joseph Stiglitz - Democracy & the Failure of Neoliberal Globalization
27 Nov, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Neoliberal economics has exposed the dark side of the American dream. It took off with Reagan and Thatcher. For most workers incomes have stagnated except for the very rich, whose incomes have more than quadrupled. Biden correctly points out that millions of people have gotten new jobs. But despite that, the typical family is actually getting paid less taking inflation into...
Russell Means – Knowing Who You Are: Lessons from Native America
20 Nov, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

For years the indigenous peoples of the U.S., after having been dispersed and decimated and relegated to reservations, were reduced to caricatures. We all knew Indians and their culture. There was the familiar medicine man, the trading post, Geronimo and Crazy Horse, papooses and squaws, tepees and tomahawks, war dances and war parties. Tonto was the epitome of faithfulness and...
Vandana Shiva – Real Food, Real Farming
30 Oct, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We live in a time where our connection with food and with the farmers that grow it has been undermined. The root of the problem is a growing dependence on a dysfunctional paradigm based on pesticides and monocultures, and a separation between humans and nature. How we produce, distribute, and consume food is increasingly becoming the center of the multiple...
Richard Wolff – The Resurgent U.S. Labor Movement
16 Oct, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

n 1970 unions represented about 30% of private-sector workers. Today that number is just 6%. As unions declined over the past half-century, workers suffered. They were paid poorly. They lost health care, retirement benefits and control over their schedules. Deaths of despair from drugs, alcohol and suicide surged among blue-collar workers. And the bosses and fat cats got even fatter....
Brian Becker - Cold Wars: Old & New
09 Oct, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We are in the midst of a new cold war. In this go-round, the principal adversary is China with Russia taking second place. In the old Cold War, it was the reverse. Today, Russia is nowhere near China economically. And Moscow’s performance in Ukraine suggests its military has serious problems. China is already an economic superpower and is seen by...
Naomi Klein - Conspiracy Culture
02 Oct, 2023 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Conspiracy. Conspiracy culture. Conspiracy theories. Just hearing those words can make some people cringe and others to embrace them. Conspiracy theories are as old as the hills. But today, thanks to social media algorithms that push users toward ever more emotional, fact-adverse content, it's never been easier for wild implausible ideas and hate to go viral. It’s a rabbit hole...
Michael Parenti - Class Struggle from Roman Times to Today
25 Sep, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

A constant throughout history from Ancient Rome to today is the rich and powerful seek ever more wealth and control. If a popular leader innovates reforms that help the poor they come under sustained attack or worse they are killed. Go back to Caesar in Rome. The standard view is he was a power-hungry tyrant who was slain by the...
Edward Said - Palestine: Memory, Inequality & Power
18 Sep, 2023 | 0:57:04 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The 1993 Oslo Accords between Israelis and Palestinians. You might recall the scene. Arafat, Rabin and Clinton at the White House beaming away and shaking hands. It was a euphoric moment. Peace and stability were at long last at hand. Did that happen? Take a look at a map. Oslo enabled greater Israeli control and expansion of colonies, euphemistically called...
Peter Kornbluh – The Other September 11th: Chile 1973
04 Sep, 2023 | 0:57:02 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

September 11 is now engraved on the consciousness of Americans. Yet for the South American country of Chile, the date has a different and much more tragic significance. It was on that day in 1973 that the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown in a CIA-backed military coup. Augusto Pinochet seized power. In the ensuing years, tens of thousands...
Vandana Shiva - Interconnectedness
14 Aug, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The corporate takeover of food with its toxic chemical inputs poses serious health and environmental problems. Corporate agriculture, The New York Times states unequivocally "is causing irreparable harm to the planet." It is "ravaging the air, soil and water, destroying wildlife habitats and spurring climate chaos. The system, a vast web of industries and processes that stretches from seed to...
Koohan Paik-Mander – Arms Race = Suicide Race
07 Aug, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The “Oppenheimer” movie and the Ukraine war have brought much-needed attention to the possibility of terminal war. The arms race will end the human race. To call nukes weapons of mass destruction comes nowhere near describing the level of devastation that their use would result in. To be clear, these are weapons of annihilation that would make Hiroshima and Nagasaki...
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