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Angela Davis - Beginnings: Movements of Possibility
30 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In times of crisis, one can simultaneously see danger and opportunity. Today there is nostalgia for an imagined past and a desire to recreate it. It’s a seductive tale. Things were better then. The country was unchallenged in the world. Jobs were plentiful. Minorities, women, gays, and immigrants knew their place. There was order in the land. But over many...
Liat Ben-Moshe - Deinstitutionalization
23 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

At eleven years old, Lois Curtis became an out-patient at Georgia Regional Hospital for her cognitive and developmental disabilities. She wound up being confined and sedated in mental institutions until she was 27 when Atlanta’s Legal Aid Society sued Georgia’s Human Services Commissioner George Olmstead. The case of Olmstead vs L.C. went all the way to the Supreme Court and...
Timothy Snyder - The Ukraine War & the Future of Democracy
16 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an unambiguous violation of the UN Charter and international law. NATO’s expansion eastward up to Russia’s borders was seen by Moscow as an existential threat thus prompting its attack. The war continues with no end in sight. The Ukrainian foreign minister says, "Every war ends in a diplomatic way. Every war ends at the...
Jules Boykoff - Martin Luther King, Jr & the FBI
09 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The FBI has a long history of persecuting people for having the wrong political ideas. J. Edgar Hoover was the Bureau’s first director and he served in that post for almost 50 years. He ran the FBI as an unchallenged lord of the manor and his agents were serfs to do his bidding. Hoover had a particular animosity for and...
John Mearsheimer – Great Power Politics in the 21st Century
02 Jan, 2023 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Empires rise and fall from Greek and Roman times down to the British and the French to the present-day U.S. Some lasted for centuries others mere decades. There are always new powers that want to rule the roost. Military power is closely linked to economic well-being. But once the cash register starts emptying overall decline is not far behind. It's...
Rami Khouri - Arab Autocracies & U.S. Policy
26 Dec, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Autocracy: concentrated power in the hands of a few. The U.S. is linked to a network of Arab autocracies led by sultans, emirs, and military dictators who are called “allies” and “partners.” Politics and economics make for strange bedfellows. Perhaps none is stranger than the one with the feudal regime of Saudi Arabia. The Washington/Riyadh axis goes back to 1945...
Sarah Leah Whitson – Human Rights & Democracy in the Middle East
19 Dec, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Middle East is in turmoil. The hope and promise of the Arab Spring are now a distant memory. The toppling of the decrepit Mubarak regime in Egypt was greeted by many Egyptians with joy. But that elation didn’t last long. Egypt is now run by General Sisi who has changed his uniform for an Armani suit. If you criticize...
#StopHazaraGenocide Rally held at the BC Provincial Parliament Buildings, Victoria Sun, Nov 13, 2022
17 Nov, 2022 | 0:42:16 |
EN | John Carricitos | caféYYJ

As Dr Oppenheimer points out [11]: "This genocide of Hazara has nothing to do with what people have done in their lives. And the way you can know that for sure, is the murder of children... The Government of Canada recently decided that whilst they will still allow some Afghan refugees, including Hazara, to come to Canada, they're not going...
Chris Hedges – War: The Greatest Evil
14 Nov, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The rhetoric accompanying war is always saturated with noble sentiments and symbols. Flag, country, duty. We have enemies thus we need better weapons. The military-industrial complex grows and grows. The Pentagon has carte blanche. It asks for a new aircraft carrier, submarine or fighter jet. The answer from the White House and Congress is, “Sure. How many do you want?...
Juliet Schor – Gig Economics
07 Nov, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

At first blush, it seems like a dream job and a great way to make money. You always wanted to be your own boss. You’re free and independent. You work where and when you want. It could be a side job giving you that extra income you need. The gig economy has exploded in recent years. But it’s not all...
Dave Zirin - Sports & Resistance to Fascism
24 Oct, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Many believe that sports are apolitical and neutral. But it isn’t. Sports are intricately enmeshed within the larger societal context. Some athletes speak out. Muhammad Ali in 1967, with the United States at war in Vietnam, refused to be inducted into the military, saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” He was widely condemned. He lost, at the...
A Tribute to Barbara Ehrenreich
03 Oct, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Barbara Ehrenreich was a renowned social critic, journalist, feminist and author. She was born in Butte, Montana and studied chemistry at Reed College in Oregon and later received a Ph.D in cellular immunology at Rockefeller University in New York. But she left a possible career in science and teaching to become a seasoned muckraker in the tradition of Ida B....
David Korten – Our Planetary Existential Crisis
19 Sep, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Our planet and humankind are in danger. The warnings coming from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres could not be more unambiguous. He says we are heading “towards an unlivable world. We are on a fast track to climate disaster. Major cities under water. Unprecedented heatwaves. Terrifying storms. Widespread water shortages. The extinction of a million species of plants and animals. This...
Nancy Fraser - Capitalism, COVID & the Climate Crisis
12 Sep, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Capitalism, COVID & the climate crisis are interconnected. Capitalism careens from one disaster to another. Its inequalities are grotesque. The pandemic is likely to take on new forms in the future. The climate emergency is all too obvious. The latest IPCC report, the UN agency on climate, makes for sobering reading. It warns that dire impacts from climate change will...
Henry Giroux – The Attack on Public Education
05 Sep, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

These are difficult times for public education. It is under political attack by what noted educator and scholar Henry Giroux calls the “apostles of authoritarianism.” Professor Giroux says, “Public schools, more than ever, are subject to the toxic forces of privatization and mindless standardized curricula while teachers are de-skilled and subject to intolerable labor conditions, not unlike Walmart workers. Unfortunately,...
Howard Zinn – Three Holy Wars
29 Aug, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The conventional view of U.S. wars follows a formulaic line: We are innocent victims of unprovoked attacks. The sleeping giant wakes and reluctantly goes to fight. All military action is imbued with benevolent intentions: human rights, democracy, and liberty. There are parades and flag-waving. Solemn ceremonies and gun salutes at funerals honor the fallen. But who asks for what and...
Howard Zinn - American Exceptionalism
22 Aug, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In classic imperialist style, the U.S. exempts itself from the standards that it applies to others. This is a fundamental tenet of American exceptionalism. International law? Only for designated enemies, not for Washington and its vassals. Obey the master or face the consequences. Assassinations, sanctions, bombings, invasions and occupations are all tools of the empire to enforce its diktats. As...
Howard Zinn – Questions & Answers in Albuquerque
15 Aug, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

This recording, recently discovered in the piles at AR, features the great radical historian talking with students at the University of New Mexico. He is asked about getting past the culture of denial of the powerful. Drawing on his vast knowledge of history he says, “It always takes time and persistence. Every movement looks like it is hopeless in the...
Howard Zinn – Second Thoughts on the First Amendment
08 Aug, 2022 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

“Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.” There it is. Plain and simple. The First Amendment to the Constitution. But since 9/11 that amendment has been under sustained attack. Whistleblowers John Kiriakou, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and others are hounded, threatened and imprisoned by the U.S. government. A fascinating and compelling account of past and present efforts...
Howard Zinn – A People’s History of the U.S., Part 2
01 Aug, 2022 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

"You wanna read a real history book?" Matt Damon asks Robin Williams in the movie Good Will Hunting. "Read Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. That book'll knock you on your ass." It'll do that and more. Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States has sold more than 2 million copies. And it keeps on selling....
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