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UK’s Labour Party Manifesto
While Britain's Conservative government has taken definitive steps on Brexit, the Labour Party is no longer fighting the effort as a practical matter, but is looking to develop social democratic principles for the economy, says Professor John Weeks
DATE: 2018-05-28 | LENGTH: 23:32

 
Why is Sewage Overflowing in Baltimore?
More rain in Baltimore means more wastewater in basements and in the street. Here's why.
DATE: 2018-05-27 | LENGTH: 01:56

 
Empire Files: Abby Martin vs. Colombian Congressman on Peace & Paramilitaries
Colombia’s presidential election could determine the fate of the historic peace deal ending their 53-year civil war. While most in the country want to honor the agreement, Colombia’s right wing has been a fervent opponent. In Bogotá, Abby Martin interviews Congressman Edward Rodriguez, a leading member of the far-right Democratic Center Party founded by former President Uribe. She challenges him on his party’s ties to death squads, drug cartels and potential to reignite the war.
DATE: 2018-05-27 | LENGTH: 18:18

 
Laura Flanders Show: Making Data Shift Power
Self-driving cars, biased algorithms, and a social media quiz that scrapes your data -- it seems like the only tech headlines we have are about disasters. But what about the original promise of tech -- to innovate and empower? This week, Bex Hong Hurwitz, a Data & Society fellow and Rashida Richardson of the AI Now Institute, join me to discuss the subversive and democratic potential of technology, and how we harness it. Then, we talk to Kayleigh Walsh from the UK-based tech cooperative Outlandish - a model that centers on empowerment and sustainability. All that, plus a primer on how to secure your digital networks
DATE: 2018-05-27 | LENGTH: 25:01

 
US, NATO Militarizing Scandinavia as Anti-Russia Hysteria Grows
Journalist Eirik Vold says the United States and NATO are further militarizing Scandinavian nations, while claiming Russia poses a threat of war. US military presence is growing in NATO members like Norway, as non-members Sweden and Finland are being pressured to join
DATE: 2018-05-27 | LENGTH: 10:42

 
Average CEO Makes 339 Times More Than their Average Worker
The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 requires companies to report the CEO-Worker pay ratios; Sarah Anderson of the Institute for Policy Studies analyzes the data
DATE: 2018-05-27 | LENGTH: 12:34

 
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Big Business: Limits Workers' Rights to Trials
As mandatory arbitration clauses become commonplace in employment contracts, the US Supreme Court ruled that such clauses and waiving of the right to a trial and to class action suits does not contradict federal labor law. We talk to Bill Fletcher, Jr. about the consequences of this decision
DATE: 2018-05-27 | LENGTH: 10:56

 
Can Maryland Afford Medicare for All? Ben Jealous Says YesCan Maryland Afford Medicare for All? Ben Jealous Says Yes
On the Marc Steiner Show, Marc talks to Ben Jealous about how he would impact Baltimore as governor of Maryland and asks how he would finance his policy proposals
DATE: 2018-05-25 | LENGTH: 25:06

 
After Trump Cancels Summit, Koreas Try To Save It (Pt. 1/2)
After cancelling his June 12th summit with Kim Jong-un, President Trump now says talks are still possible. We speak to journalist Tim Shorrock about North Korea's overlooked and misunderstood concerns and how Mike Pence and John Bolton stand in the way of peace
DATE: 2018-05-25 | LENGTH: 13:09

 
   


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Is the Oil Industry Canada's 'Deep State'?
Justin Trudeau and Canada's political elite are fighting for the Tar Sands and oil industry's interests, even if it means that Canada misses its climate targets. We speak to Kevin Taft, ex-Liberal Party politician and author of 'Oil's Deep State.'
 
Honduras: The Never-Ending Coup
A special report from the hemisphere's most controversial Inauguration
 
Chuck Schumer: War Hawk or Progressive?
The Senate Democratic leader has tried to pivot to the left after Donald Trump's win in November, but how much of the progressive agenda has he adopted? - Cartoon by Baltimore's Tom Chalkley
 
Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science
Narrated by Danny Glover, A documentary special reveals how climate change science has been under systematic attack; the multi-million dollar campaign allowed a climate change denier to be elected president (a new version with updated content and music)
 
Documentary Special: Return to Kandahar - A film by Paul Jay and Nelofer Pazira
Nelofer Pazira returns to Afghanistan in 2002 seeking her childhood friend Dyana who she thought had died living under Taliban rule. Through her search Nelofer unravels her past and the history of her country; Ottawa Citizen said the film was "as suspenseful as any drama. But it is also a shocking portrait of a nation still reeling from years of war, resistance and oppression."
 
Meet The Man Behind Cambridge Analytica, Who Made Trump President
TRNN Documentary: This is the story of Robert Mercer, the far-right billionaire that is a major investor in Cambridge Analytica that data scrubbed Facebook for Trump, brought Bannon to the White House, and made his daughter the major owner of Breitbart News and board member of Cambridge Analytica
 
   


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Peace Activists Call for Shadow Bank BlackRock to Divest from Military-Industrial Complex
Peace activists are pressuring BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, to divest from war. CODEPINK's Ariel Gold and Sarah Eckel-Dalrymple discuss the new campaign, after protesting the NYC shareholders' meeting of BlackRock, which manages tens of billions of dollars invested in weapons corporations
DATE: 2018-05-25 | LENGTH: 12:03

 
Trump Seeks Regime Change in Iran, Ripping up Nuclear Deal and Imposes 'Strongest' Sanctions
Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the US president is very "committed to regime change" in Iran, in a speech for the Iranian opposition cult the MEK. Then Trump sabotaged the JCPOA and Mike Pompeo announced "the strongest sanctions in history."
DATE: 2018-05-25 | LENGTH: 08:25

 
Activists Say Zero Waste is Not a Pipe Dream (2/2)
In the second part of their interview, representatives from Energy Justice Network describe concrete steps Baltimore could take to move toward zero waste
DATE: 2018-05-25 | LENGTH: 13:26

 
Obama the Gentrifier? South Side Residents Resist Presidential Center Plans (Pt. 1/2)
Barack Obama wants to build his new Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side, but is resisting calls to sign a community agreement that would protect residents from soaring rents and displacement. We speak to community activist Jawanza Malone
DATE: 2018-05-25 | LENGTH: 11:05

 
Musician Serj Tankian: 'I've Always Been an Activist at Heart' (Pt. 2/2)
Musician and activist Serj Tankian continues his discussion with TRNN's Ben Norton, explaining how "rock music is the perfect form" to "push back against injustice." "I've always been a political person," Tankian says, "so for me music has always been an extension of that."
DATE: 2018-05-23 | LENGTH: 06:52

 
Democrats in Georgia Makes History Nominating Stacy Abrams for Governor
As the first black woman to be nominated for Governor by any major party, Stacy Abrams makes history. Now she needs critical support to win, says political analyst Anoa Changa
DATE: 2018-05-24 | LENGTH: 13:47

 
US Sanctions on Iran and Venezuela: Illegal and Destructive
The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on both Iran and on Venezuela this week, which are both aimed at regime change, but in the case of Iran media and other countries are resisting them, while in Venezuela's case they are not being questioned, explains CEPR's Mark Weisbrot
DATE: 2018-05-24 | LENGTH: 15:06

 
Congress Passes 'Bank Lobbyists Bill' - An Unnecessary Giveaway to Banks
The bill, which now heads to Trump for his signature, rolls back major provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations of 2010, allowing banks to engage in riskier investment strategies and to hide discriminatory practices, says CEPR's Dean Baker
DATE: 2018-05-23 | LENGTH: 09:39

 
Will Europe Defy Trump and Save the Iran Deal?
After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the US is threatening those countries who remain in it. We speak to scholars Eskandar Sadeghi and Pooya Ghoddousi, who have organized an open letter urging the European Union to withstand US pressure and save the agreement
DATE: 2018-05-24 | LENGTH: 10:24

 
Democracy in Chains: The Radical Right's Stealth Attack on American Democracy
In part one, Nancy Maclean reveals how Nobel-prize winning economist James M. Buchanan as the architect of the Koch Brothers' secret campaign to undermine public education, unions and to reshape America
DATE: 2018-05-23 | LENGTH: 12:24

 
Internal Affairs
The internal struggles of former detective Larry Smith highlight a dangerous police culture that often ignores officers’ mental health
DATE: 2018-05-23

 
Mexico's Presidential Candidates Debate Strategies to Resist Trump
Sunday's presidential debate in Mexico showed that as AMLO maintains his almost insurmountable lead, the other candidates are trying to copy his platform about raising wages and resisting Trump. John Ackerman reports from Mexico
DATE: 2018-05-23 | LENGTH: 12:35

 
Pompeo's Message to Iran: Submit or Suffer (Pt. 1/2)
In announcing new demands and threats, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made clear that the Trump administration will seek to threaten Iran into submission, says historian Eskandar Sadeghi of the University of Oxford
DATE: 2018-05-23 | LENGTH: 07:39

 
Serj Tankian: Armenia Protests 'Changed the Face of the Country' (Pt. 1/2)
Musician and activist Serj Tankian speaks with TRNN's Ben Norton about the protest movement in Armenia, which ushered in a new government. He also criticizes the US government for refusing to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
DATE: 2018-05-23 | LENGTH: 13:19

 
Poor People's Movement Continues Wave of Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
Protesters demand sweeping overhaul of nation’s voting rights laws, policies to address poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy
DATE: 2018-05-23 | LENGTH: 03:57

 
Does Iron Fist Imperialism Benefit US Workers?
We speak to economist Gerald Epstein, who did the cost-benefit analysis of the US invasion of Iraq. He found that the US military adventure cost US workers approximately two trillion dollars
DATE: 2018-05-21 | LENGTH: 13:47

 
Maduro Wins the Presidency in Venezuela - What Will the US Do Next?
Opposition candidate Henri Falcon cries foul. We speak with journalist Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com, election observer Roger Harris, and Venezuela analyst Greg Wilpert about the legitimacy of the results, and what is next for Venezuela
DATE: 2018-05-21 | LENGTH: 19:37

 
Freedom Flotilla Sets Sail for Gaza after The Great March of Return
Activists Yudit Ilany and Heather Milton-Lightening explain why Israel’s blockade of Gaza must end
DATE: 2018-05-22 | LENGTH: 14:50

 
  

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Why is Sewage Overflowing in Baltimore?
More rain in Baltimore means more wastewater in basements and in the street. Here's why.
DATE: 2018-05-27

 
Can Maryland Afford Medicare for All? Ben Jealous Says YesCan Maryland Afford Medicare for All? Ben Jealous Says Yes
On the Marc Steiner Show, Marc talks to Ben Jealous about how he would impact Baltimore as governor of Maryland and asks how he would finance his policy proposals
DATE: 2018-05-25

 
Activists Say Zero Waste is Not a Pipe Dream (2/2)
In the second part of their interview, representatives from Energy Justice Network describe concrete steps Baltimore could take to move toward zero waste
DATE: 2018-05-25

 
Internal Affairs
The internal struggles of former detective Larry Smith highlight a dangerous police culture that often ignores officers’ mental health
DATE: 2018-05-23

 
Poor People's Movement Continues Wave of Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
Protesters demand sweeping overhaul of nation’s voting rights laws, policies to address poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy
DATE: 2018-05-23

 
Activists Say City is Breaking Zero Waste Promise
In a new document, the Department of Public Works calls for continued incineration and landfill use. Energy Justice Network says this contradicts Baltimore's goal of sustainability
DATE: 2018-05-22

 
   


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The Blue Wave - Tom Chalkley

 

The Book of Michael: Page 2 - Tom Chalkley

 

Pruitt's Secret Phone Booth - Tom Chalkley

 
   


COLUMNS

The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign
By Gareth Porter / Consortium News Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too, says Gareth Porter in this Consortium News exclusive report. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim in his theatrical 20-minute presentationof an Israeli physical seizure of Iran’s “atomic archive” in Tehran would certainly have been the “great intelligence achievement” he boasted if it had actually happened. But the claim does not hold up under careful scrutiny, and his assertion that ...

Gareth Porter

May 12: A potentially future-shaping day for the Middle East
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.
Credit: Newsrescue.com With US President Donald J. Trump scheduled to announce whether he will uphold the international community’s nuclear agreement on Iran and Iraqi elections slated for the same day, May 12 is gearing up to be a day that could shape the future of the Middle East. May 12’s significance lies in what it will mean for the immediate course of the debilitating rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran that has played out in proxy wars across the region and played politics with the differences that divide Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Underlying the drama ...

James M. Dorsey

Where Are the Riots of Yesteryear? Remembering May 1968
By Richard Greeman / Socialist Project. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the wave of radical revolts and revolutionary uprisings that startled the world in 1968 and which – although ultimately crushed by the forces of reaction that dominate the world to this day – left in its wake rights so fundamental that we tend to take them for granted today – for example sexual freedom, civil rights for African-Americans, and women’s equality. Yet a half-century later these hard-won rights are under attack, and people are once again rising to defend them. Today ...

Richard Greeman

Gulf crisis escalates as major corporations are forced to take sides
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.
Credit: Qatar Tribune The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar is escalating in discreet but no less worrisome ways that effect major third-party commercial interests and could increase international pressure for a resolution of the dispute. In a major shift away from Saudi and UAE restraint in attempting to force the international community and multi-nationals from taking sides in the 11-month dispute, prominent financial institutions are being sucked into the dispute that erupted last June when the alliance declared a diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar. Executives of JPMorgan and HSBC advised ...

James M. Dorsey

Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.
Credit: KUNA Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative and subtle ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure. The shifts involve greater dependency of the Gulf states on oil and gas exports to China, the world’s largest importer, at a time that the People’s Republic has been diversifying imports at the expense of Gulf producers. The shifts first emerged in 2015 when Chinese oil imports from Saudi Arabia rose a mere two percent while purchase of Russian oil ...

James M. Dorsey

The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us
By Norman Solomon / Truth Dig. Then-President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett at the White House in July 2010. Obama was meeting with business leaders to discuss new ways to create jobs and strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors to make new investments in the clean energy industry. (Pete Souza / White House) Twenty-five years ago, the so-called New Democrats were triumphant. Today, their political heirs are eager to prevent the Democratic Party from living up to its name. At stake is whether ...

Norman Solomon

Geopolitics magnify sustained political violence in Balochistan
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.
More than 60 cadets were killed in 2016 attack on Quetta police academy / Credit: Dawn Twin attacks earlier this week on Pakistani security forces in the troubled province of Balochistan cast a light on a sustained and violent campaign against police and paramilitary units as well as Shiite and Christian minorities. The attacks by groups, some of which have had links to Pakistan’s powerful military and intelligence apparatus as well as Saudi Arabia, spotlight the Pakistani state’s inability to implement a coherent security policy that makes a clean break with the employ of ...

James M. Dorsey

Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street
By Norman Solomon / Truth Dig. A supporter holds a picture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a demonstration in March outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has gone silent on social media after his internet connection at the embassy was unplugged because of remarks he made about the arrest of a Catalan politician. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Exactly 200 days before the crucial midterm election that will determine whether Republicans maintain control of Congress, the Democratic National Committee filed a 66-page lawsuit that surely cost lots of money and energy to ...

Norman Solomon


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