Podcast: Oakland Planned Federally-Funded Citywide Total Surveillance System—But Citizens Fought Back

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 10:28 am

While the National Security Agency should still be of concern to citizens when it comes to indiscriminate massive surveillance, there is another agency or department in the United States government that has far more potential to specifically intrude upon the lives of citizens. That department is the Department of Homeland Security, which offers federal funds [...]

Podcast: ‘Shia Saddam’—Maliki’s Forces & the ‘Residual Effects’ of US Military Occupation in Iraq

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 9:58 am

Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government. The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting [...]

Podcast: The US-Supported ‘Opposition’ in Venezuela & How They Threaten Country’s Democracy

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 10:42 am

Venezuela has been experiencing threats to democracy for the past ten to fifteen years from aristocrats, people of “extreme old wealth,” whose families had traditionally been in power for many generations. But, in recent history, the oligarchs have had to contend with profound disgust toward the reality that Venezuelans from lower classes have had power [...]

Podcast: Michael Dunn Trial, Colorblind Prosecutions & a System That Permits Racist Violence

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 9:52 am

With “stand your ground” laws, “it’s very hard for people to acknowledge that there might be a racial bias and that’s why it’s such an issue,” according to Raven Rakia, an independent journalist. Rakia believes that, in cases like the Michael Dunn case, where Dunn was put on trial for shooting and killing Jordan Davis, [...]

Podcast: The Iran Nuclear Deal, AIPAC Losses & the Charade Around Iran Being ‘Looming Threat’

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 10:07 am

An intensive effort by Israel and its backers has been underway to scuttle an international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Israel and its major lobby in the United States, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), has been suffering defeats as it tries to fight a deal, which it does not want because, if the [...]

Podcast: ‘MICATS 3′ Trial & Building ‘Community Power’ Against Tar Sands Oil Companies

By: Sunday February 9, 2014 10:39 am

Three members of a coalition in Michigan fighting against the transportation and refining of tar sands oil were found guilty by a jury of the charges of trespassing and resisting and obstructing an officer. They had not been allowed to raise the issue of the risk tar sands oil poses to the environment during the [...]

Podcast: Treating Activists as ‘Terrorists’ to Justify Surveillance & Infiltration of Groups

By: Sunday February 2, 2014 10:16 am

“We’re living in a world in which DHS [Department of Homeland Security], the Department of Justice and other arms of the federal government are funding state and local law enforcement to the tune of billions to purchase all sorts of military-grade surveillance equipment,” says Kade Crockford, the guest for this weekly podcast. Crockford, a director [...]

Podcast: American Muslims & What the Debate on NSA Surveillance Means for Them

By: Sunday January 26, 2014 9:55 am

Ever since the War on Terrorism began and the United States government started to engage in mass surveillance in the country and around the world, American Muslims have been warning this surveillance would eventually affect everyone in the country, not just Muslim communities. Documents provided to journalists by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have shown that [...]

Podcast: After Chemical Spill, Mother in West Virginia Describes Life in ‘Human Sacrifice Zone’

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 9:44 am

Residents in the city of Charleston in West Virginia have been told at least twice by officials that it was now safe to drink water that had been polluted by Freedom Industries by a chemical known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol. The chemical, used to clean and process coal, spilled out into the Elk River on January [...]

‘#NotYourNarrative’: Journalist Rania Khalek on Lack of Arab or Muslim Voices in US Media

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 10:00 am

On Wednesday, journalists Rania Khalek and Roqayah Chamseddine, started a hashtag—”#NotYourNarrative”—to call attention to the absence of Arab or Muslim voices in US media, particularly in reports that have to do with Palestinian or Arab issues. The hashtag was successful. A number of journalists from around the world used the hashtag to vent about the [...]

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