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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...
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...
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