Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford: Gerald Horne on the New McCarthyism; You Can’t Trust Amazon: Liberation Muslim Theology

18 November 2018 — Black Agenda Report

“New McCarthyism” Targets China-Invested Firms 

One result of the “mania of bipartisanship” that followed the midterm elections — “Democrats and Republicans joining hands” — is a campaign to target China, said Dr. Gerald Horne.
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Marjorie Cohn on Brett Kavanaugh, Neil DeMause on Amazon

5 October 2018 — FAIR

Brett KavanaughThis week on CounterSpin: As we record October 4, it looks like Brett Kavanaugh ill be confirmed for the Supreme Court—despite, well, despite so very many things. Why are Republicans so set on pushing through a candidate opposed by a coalition of Christian churches, as well as thousands of law professors, as well as anyone concerned with sexual assault? And beyond his “temperament,” what ought we know about Kavanaugh’s record as a judge? We’ll talk about that with Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Continue reading

Audio: Michael Hudson – Deciphering Geo-Political Games

28 September 2018 — Michael Hudson

Professor Michael Hudson discusses the globalisation fallout as new trading blocs distance themselves from US dollar denominated trade. Will the US be able to maintain its imperialist tendencies in light of these trends? How much further can the rentiers push their free-for-all? The show finishes with an overview of Michael’s new book ‘And forgive them our debts’.

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Gaza & the US Press by CounterSpin

18 May 2018 — FAIR

Washington Post depiction of Gaza protests (photo: Joyce Lee/Washington Post)

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This week on CounterSpin: The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza says Israeli soldiers killed at least 60 Palestinians and wounded as may as 2,700 in an eight-hour period pm May 14. Palestinians protesting both the horrific living conditions in Gaza and their inability—despite international law—to leave it, to return to the homes from which they were expelled, along with hundreds of thousands of people, in the 1940s. At the same time—and for many US TV viewers, on a sickening split-screen—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, celebrating the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, declared it a “great day for peace.”

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William Hartung on Nuclear Overkill, Karen Orenstein on Climate Disconnect

17 November 2017 — FAIR

Bikini nuclear test (photo: Department of Defense)This week on CounterSpin: The opinion column in Scientific American headlined “The Caveman and the Bomb” conveys, just a little more colorfully, the sense one got from the Senate hearing on the process involved in the use of a nuclear weapon. Put simply, folks are scared that Donald Trump may not understand the difference between threats to “rain fire and fury” on the people of North Korea and the devastating reality of nuclear war. But while we’re talking about the dangers of Trump having his hand on the figurative button, we should also be asking why we maintain a world-ending arsenal at all. We’ll hear from William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, about what drives nuclear-weapons production.

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Audio: Alex Vitale on The End of Policing

27 October 2017 — FAIR

Black Lives Matter protestThis week on CounterSpin: Thanks mainly to independent and social media, and of course activism like Black Lives Matter, Americans have been forced to confront, and to know more about, police brutality and racism in the criminal justice system than just a few years ago. But corporate media conversation about what to do with that knowledge is constrained. We may hear editorial calls for better training, or more data, or sometimes even convictions of individual officers. But somehow we never see the problem of policing whole, so the deeper reckoning necessary for real change is forestalled.

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Nusrat Choudhury on ‘Black Identity Extremists’, Neil deMause on Amazon Bidding War

20 October 2017 — FAIR

Foreign Policy: The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: ‘Black Identity Extremists’

Foreign Policy (10/6/17)

This week on CounterSpin: Public protest against racist police brutality has been a beacon for all kinds of activists looking for ways to stand up to oppression—a model for those who want to go down on the right side of history with principled, persistent and peaceful action in resistance to increasingly frightening reactionary exertions of state power. Into this context we now introduce, by way of documents leaked to the magazine Foreign Policy, the FBI’s designation of “black identity extremists” as a movement constituting a violent threat to public safety, and warranting the surveillance and scrutiny of the country’s “counterterrorism” forces. What do we know about the definition of this term and, more importantly, the FBI’s application of it? The ACLU’s Racial Justice Program is on the case; we’ll hear from lead attorney Nusrat Choudhury.

 

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Audio: Ed Morales on Puerto Rico’s Natural and Unnatural Crises

29 September 2017 — FAIR

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Floodwaters after Hurricane Maria, Carolina, Puerto Rico (photo: DoD/Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos)This week on CounterSpin: As Puerto Rico suffers extraordinary devastation in the wake of Hurricane Maria (and Hurricane Irma), some in the media are asking, “Is Puerto Rico Trump’s Katrina?” Besides viewing the staggering disaster through the lens of Trump’s political fortunes, the question usually turns out to be about Trump’s—like George W. Bush’s—tone-deafness or callousness when it comes to talking about a catastrophe overwhelmingly affecting people of color.

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