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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...
Edward Herman - The Propaganda Model
22 Dec, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In liberal democratic societies, it has long been understood that the use of force to control the population is generally not a viable option. Therefore, controlling what people think is critical. Thus, an elaborate system of propaganda is needed. For that system to be effective it must appear invisible. In totalitarian states there is no ambiguity. Citizens know they are...
Noam Chomsky - Neoliberalism: An Accounting
18 Dec, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Neoliberalism is an odd term when you think about it. It is hardly new and it is not particularly liberal. It has been a great economic success story-for the 1%. The detritus of neoliberalism litters the landscape from smashed unions to shredded safety nets, and deregulation of everything from airlines to banking to telecommunications. And how does one measure the...
Jason Stanley - How Fascism Works
11 Dec, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What is fascism? Michael Parenti, author and historian says, “Fascism historically has been used to secure the interests of large capitalist interests against the demands of popular democracy. Then and now, fascism has made irrational mass appeals in order to secure the rational ends of class domination.” Fascism flourishes in times of economic insecurity and cultural backlash. Opportunistic politicians offer...
Alfred McCoy - 2030: The End of U.S. Empire
04 Dec, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

It’s most likely historians will mark the War on Terror, declared by George W. Bush in 2001, as when the U.S. went into precipitous decline. The rapid military expansion into multiple countries was classic imperial overreach. The era of the U.S. as the sole superpower is drawing to a close. China is challenging U.S. global hegemony. And it is doing...
Eric Sirotkin - War or Peace in Korea
27 Nov, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. What can you say? They are lightweights fighting in the heavyweight division while the fate of possibly millions are at risk. Two heads of state trading taunts and insults back and forth like kids in a schoolyard. Trump declared that talking with North Korea is a “waste of time” and threatened to “totally destroy” that...
Michael Parenti – JFK Assassination & the Gangster State
20 Nov, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 is the most discussed, scrutinized and written about assassination in history. The official narrative is that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in Dallas and that there was "no evidence of any conspiracy, domestic or foreign." That was the conclusion of the Warren Commission in 1964. However, fifteen years later...
Trita Parsi - The Iran Deal
30 Oct, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The self-styled deal maker is a deal breaker when it comes to the historic agreement limiting Iranian uranium enrichment in return for the lifting of sanctions. Trump refused to certify Iranian compliance and passed the ball to Congress which now must decide. But the UN monitoring agency has determined that Tehran is adhering to the conditions agreed to. Does the...
Richard Heinberg – Building Resilience in a Post-Carbon Society
23 Oct, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

David Suzuki, the renowned Canadian environmental activist, author and broadcaster, says, “If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all...
Henry Giroux - Orwell, Huxley & the New Authoritarianism
16 Oct, 2017 | 0:00:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley are two of the great figures of the 20th century. Their novels, 1984 and Brave New World focus on authoritarianism. Both draw grim pictures of totalitarian rule but in each book the dictatorship to effect control deploys different techniques. For Orwell it’s straight out force. His dark image is brutal state oppression—“a boot stamping on...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - Native America: From Genocide to Resistance
09 Oct, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The centuries-long genocidal policies of the U.S. settler-colonial regime has largely been omitted from history. The ferocity and savagery of the U.S. attack on Native Americans is usually turned on its head. The colonists were the victims. They had to defend themselves against the heathens. The sheer hatred for indigenous people manifested in genocide. George Washington called them “beasts.” Jefferson...
Todd Chretien - Red October: The Russian Revolution
02 Oct, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The upheaval and regime change in Russia in 1917 “shook the world” in the words of journalist John Reed. In place of the feudal czarist monarchy came radical revolutionaries. A civil war ensued pitting former regime elements against the communists. In addition, a number of countries, including the U.S., Britain and France didn’t like what they saw and heard from...
Stephen Bezruchka – Making America Healthy Again
25 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The U.S. pays more for health care than any other country yet has shamefully poor results. People are paying through the nose for their hospital stays, surgeries and prescription drugs. An MRI in the U.S. costs five times what it costs in Australia. Instead of quality affordable health care we are building absurdly expensive F-35s, submarines and aircraft carriers. And...
Cynthia Kaufman – Capitalism: Getting Past It
18 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The present phase of capitalism is a great success story for the uber rich. Torrents of wealth flow overwhelmingly to a sliver of the population. Millennials in large numbers are seriously questioning the existing economic order. They are even willing to, hold your breath, consider a socialist alternative. The Bernie Sanders campaign made a huge impact on many young people...
Richard Wolff - Capitalism vs. Socialism
11 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The great radical historian Howard Zinn once told me, half in jest, that one of the greatest disasters to befall socialism was when the Soviet Union put it in the official name of the country: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. I asked him to explain and he said, The USSR, which had little to do with socialism, it was...
Jonothan Kozol - Humanizing Public Education
04 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Austrian-born economist Friedrich von Hayek may be intellectual godfather of neoliberalism: present-day right-wing economics. His book, The Road to Serfdom, is considered to be the bible of anti-government, free market ideas and the privatization of just about everything. From war to prisons, a core goal of neoliberalism is: Let the private sector do it. And there are few bigger...
David Korten –Toward an Ecological Civilization
21 Aug, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Will Rogers, a famous U.S. humorist once said, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Good advice. Wish that it were heeded when it comes to climate change. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says, “there's tremendous disagreement” about climate change. Is there? The scientific consensus is close to 100%. The fox is in charge...
Michael Eric Dyson - White Privilege
14 Aug, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

White privilege. What’s that? Some people have choices and advantages simply because of the color of their skin. Many whites are unaware of it or if they are are quick to say, Hey, I’m cool and beyond that. Yeah, right. Peggy McIntosh, a noted women’s studies scholar in her classic essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” wrote: “I was...
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