16 Feb 2019

How CNN Led Facebook To Censor Pages Of Russia-Backed Video Company And Manufactured News Story

CNN went in search for a story about a Russian-funded digital media project that produces viral videos aimed at undermining American democracy. When CNN journalists could not find what they were looking for, they effectively manufactured the news by giving Facebook a pretext for removing the project’s pages used to

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14 Feb 2019

Interview With Writer Barry Eisler On Political Thriller, ‘Killer Collective,’ And More

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola welcome author Barry Eisler to the show. He spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, and he has written several best-selling espionage novels. His most recent book is The Killer Collective. During the show, Eisler talks about developing

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Elliott Abrams. Still frame via C-Span (Source: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4779974/representative-omar-clashes-elliott-abrams-us-military-role-central-america).
13 Feb 2019

Elliott Abrams Melts Down As Muslim Congresswoman Questions Role In Crimes Against Humanity

Elliott Abrams, the special envoy to Venezuela for the Trump administration, melted down when Rep. Ilhan Omar highlighted his criminal conduct in Iran-Contra.

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12 Feb 2019

Chicago Activists Demand Candidates For Mayor Back Civilian Police Accountability

Reflecting on Chicago Police Department under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, activists demand next mayor support police accountability.

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Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.
12 Feb 2019

Why It Didn’t Take Long For Democrats To Reinforce Right-Wing Attacks Against Ilhan Omar

Democratic Party leaders in Congress made an example out of Muslim Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, and forced her to apologize for tweets she sent against the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) over elected United States officials. The messages about the pro-Israel lobby were

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11 Feb 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Heavy As Lead’ By Leyla McCalla

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Back in April 2014, the Flint water crisis began when the decision was made to switch from treated water to an untreated water source for the sake of saving money. This resulted in lead contamination that adversely affected over

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09 Feb 2019

Film Review: No Easy Ways Out On ‘Beale Street’

Kevin Gosztola reviews “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature the night before the Oscars. He offers some commentary on why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences did not nominate the film for “Best Picture.” The aesthetic of a Barry Jenkins

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06 Feb 2019

In McCarthyist Display, MSNBC Hosts Grill Tulsi Gabbard Over Her US Foreign Policy Views

MSNBC hosts heavily relied upon unfair allegations and grilled Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who appeared on “Morning Joe” to discuss her 2020 presidential campaign. Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, and Kasie Hunt put on a self-righteous and shameful display because Gabbard refused to be baited into using buzzwords that

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05 Feb 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Take It’ By Black Roots

In this vintage reggae tune from Black Roots, the group comments on capitalism’s exploitation of poor and working class people. The song, “Take It,” says we’re “living in an unjust world, when the rich have put the poor in chains.” It empathizes with workers who labor from early in the

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Highway 1806 barricades allegedly setup to coerce political concessions from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Photo from Columbia Law School's Center for Contemporary Critical Thought)
04 Feb 2019

Lawsuit Over Highway Shutdown During #NoDAPL Protests Alleges Attempt To Extort Standing Rock Sioux

In amended lawsuit, water protectors sharpen allegations against TigerSwan and authorities which violated their rights during Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

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