A special episode that takes a look at how US empire operates in two of its latest and long standing efforts to terrorize and oppress foreign peoples, trample self-determination, and whitewash hearts and minds here at home.
Recently returned from trips to Venezuela and Iran, Kevin Zeese and Dr. Margaret Flowers sit down with me to discuss what US imperialism looks like from the front lines, and how the people the US targets are not only wise to these tactics, but they have no intention of submitting.
Breaking up from the abusive relationship with oil and gas is no easy task – but several communities in Louisiana have started divorce proceedings.
Meanwhile, lawmakers push to keep the abuser at home while the state quite literally disappears into the blue, oil-slicked abyss.
Finally, two community organizers join us to talk about their current fight against a dirty energy project so horrific not even the Nazis wanted anything to do with it!
Who gets water and what does it cost? Should it even cost anything?
A new report looks at what restricts access to water and the only real solution to address it.
PLUS, as floods continue to pound huge swaths of the US, here's another reason to fear the storm surge (hint: snakes!)
Pia Eberhardt wants you to know about the Energy Charter Treaty, a trade agreement that encompasses almost 25% of the world's countries and is on the hunt for more.
Rob from the poor to give to our wars. We take a dive into the grotesque sludge that is Trump's proposed budget - and why we should really care regardless of whether it passes Congress or not. Next up, Mnar Muhawesh with Mint Press News introduces us to NewsGuard, the new Big Brother that's here to tell you what to believe via a neo-con backed news ranking system. Hint: they wouldn't like our show.
The war machine marches on towards toppling the democratically elected President Maduro of Venezuela. Meanwhile, the US empire isn't acting alone. Colombia is throwing in its lot with Uncle Sam to the continued detriment of both Venezuelans and Colombians.
Nelly Velandia and Luisa Fernanda Gonzalez of Cumbre Nacional de Mujeres y Paz join us along with Gimena Sanchez of WOLA to discuss the ongoing human rights violations in Colombia. Focusing on war crimes against women, they explain the situation on the ground and the direct connections between their government, the United States and corporate malfeasance.
Dissent – protest, direct action, civil disobedience – these are the manifestations of our power. And they are the only things that the ruling elite truly fear. Which is why we're seeing a wave of legislation being introduced to try and crackdown on that power – to strangle our ability to affect change. Here's the scoop and how we should respond. Next, industrial hemp is now federally legal – but what does that actually mean? What's included in that? And how does this affect conflicting state or local laws? Ministry of Hemp editor-in-chief Kit O'Connell joins us to lay it all out.
As the world rightfully demands no sanctions, no coup and no war on Venezuela, another crime scene rife with US fingerprints demands our attention. Kevin Pina joins us to talk about the ongoing crisis in Haiti, the history and present of US involvement and the larger context we must grasp if we are ever to loosen this imperialist stranglehold. In short, colonialism didn’t die - it just put on a suit and tie.
First off, some GOOD NEWS! From the environmental justice front lines and the streets of Queens, here's some inspiration to fuel your activism.
Next, could it be true that the House introduced progressive legislation to address our painfully corrupted electoral system? Well, kinda. Here's a look at HR1 and why we need to look beyond the veil of sweet-sounding reforms.
Next up, a similar problem with the recently passed War Powers resolution that aims to cut our support of the genocide in Yemen.
Then, it's Medicare for All, not Medicare for Some – a look at how the establishment wants to dodge universal healthcare and why.
Finally, Remote Area Medical shows us what “healthcare” looks like for the most marginalized by doing what our healthcare system doesn't: offering medical care for free.
Imagine a fracked gas pipeline going straight through New York Harbor. An image that neither the pipeline company nor the federal regulatory agency seem to have a problem with – despite their own admission that it would contribute to climate change. We sit down with the folks driving the resistance to this project on the front lines – and wrap with some spoken word inspiration for the fight.
Here's what happens when you fine big polluters – plus a look at how intertwined law enforcement and pipeline companies are (hint: it's not you they're protecting and serving.)
Next up, should we stay or should we go? Why corporate media is getting so nostalgic for perpetual war in the Middle East.
And finally, Senate Bill 1, anti-Zionism, antisemitism – clearing the fog with Nora Barrows-Friedman.
A special look at the situation in Venezuela from outside the corporate media; here's the scoop you NEED to hear, the empire's ills laid bare, and how we must activate to take on the violent bi-partisan machine that profits off of the suffering of millions. Indeed, we have more in common with the people of Venezuela than we do with our government. And it is this solidarity we must recognize in order to shift our horrific foreign policy.
Special thanks to Dan Beeton at the Center for Economic and Policy Research for sharing these articles.
How the lie of a struggling school district drove LA teachers to strike – and the larger fight for public school funding vs. charter school elitism that these actions highlight.
Next, in the forests of British Columbia, sovereign indigenous clans continue a decade-long shutdown of dirty energy projects.
And finally, Chris Garaffa joins us to talk tech – suggestion: leave your phone in the other room – it won't want to hear this.
You can't call yourself a public hospital if you can only serve the public by price-gouging another segment of the public. We take a look at why hospitals are closing and why even well-meaning reforms can't take hold in a privatized, for-profit system.
There's land (and our kids' futures) for sale! You just gotta be willing to destroy it for the sake of a measly profit margin that pushes us further into climate chaos.
Rory Varrato joins us to talk about Extinction Rebellion NYC: upcoming events, the power of a decentralized, collaborative structure and what we should expect from ourselves as we move further into the age of climate change.
Here's what climate refugees need to make it through a disaster. How would you fare? Next up, how the government shutdown targets survivors of domestic and sexual violence – plus the age-old story of colonial oppression gets a reboot via an outgoing Representative's bill block. Finally, Elizabeth Vega joins us to talk about the Tornillo occupation – and how to address the rise of imprisoned migrant children and families.
From the front lines of our issues - from indigenous rights to the prison industrial complex - from the Black Panthers to tree-sitters in Appalachia - from hacking human psychology to growing industrial hemp, this has been a year of Acting Out!
The climate summit COP24 has just recently ended. Here's a recap of the stranger than fiction realities that framed and dictated this supposed meeting for humanity's future. Next, a look at what makes the necessary change we need and finally, a pedestrian inspiration for the fight.
A special episode all about the most militarized land in the world – one that you may not even have ever heard of. Yet despite the seemingly global indifference, this place, and these people are calling out for recognition. For basic human rights, for an end to a violent and brutal occupation. It's well past time that we listen.
Policing is a public health issue. Some recent victories combined with ongoing grassroots organizing outline the importance of addressing state-sponsored violence as a health hazard that has distinct causes and therefore, distinct solutions. Next, Extinction Rebellion wants to save humanity. Here's how they're going about it. You in?
Our addiction to militarism has to end. From millions-strong protests in Yemen to carte blanche for military force at the border, our violent empire has no dimmer switch – and no self restraint. Next up, the impossible always seems so till you invoke - Planck's constant? This and other news of “impossible change.” Finally, Margaret Flowers from Popular Resistance and Trade for People and Planet sits down with us to discuss the USMCA – what you might know as NAFTA.
Thousands of refugees are seeking asylum from both our foreign policy and climate change. How will we greet them? And how does this moment offer an opportunity for powerful solidarity and paradigm-shifting growth?
Next up, Reverend Edward Pinkney is on a corporate most-wanted list – because he demanded, and still demands human rights and justice for his community.
It might sound like common sense that poverty affects our overall health – but did you know that income inequality catalyzes wear and tear on a micro molecular level? Science has a disturbing new scoop. Next up, please please PLEASE don't go to these kind of protests. And finally, a local grassroots initiative to address an often overlooked aspect of our immigration crisis.
The Pentagon broadens its horizons to domestic surveillance and “insurrection” - the all seeing eye is focused on the home front. Next, if we wanna survive humanity's demise that our choices designed, we have to start making different choices – at the dinner table. Finally, Dr. Sheila Vakharia joins us to talk harm reduction, addiction and drug policy.
Amazon gets cozy with the CIA, DHS and ICE – here's what the Silicon Valley beast has to gain and to offer in this growing Orwellian nightmare we call the US of A. Next up, the Nobel Peace Prize winner you didn't hear about and why – hint: Uncle Sam and white so-called feminism don't like talking about genocide. Finally, Dezeray Lyn joins the show again – this time to talk about the situation on the ground in both North Carolina and Florida after first hurricanes then the government battered and beat the residents.
The next recession and/or crash is nigh. And one of the architects of the last crash wants you to pencil in 2020. We dive into some new old news on how we got here and what we need to make it through. Next, the trial of the century was supposed to start on Monday October 29th but we love black gold. And finally, Native Activist Allison Renville joins us to talk about the authoritarian move to disenfranchise indigenous voters in North Dakota.
Women's health and rights are under attack. A backwards, theocratic reworking of Title X threatens women's already dwindling rights over our bodies and our life choices.
Plus the purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state.
Finally, the Women's March on the Pentagon – challenging militarization at home and abroad.