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Gun Control will Not Cure a Society that Produces Monstrous Behavior
Historian Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay agree - while strong gun control is necessary, it's not enough to keep schools and communities safe; we must change the unequal and decaying society that produces so much psychosis
DATE: 2018-02-25 | LENGTH: 13:49

 
Former CIA Director Admits to US Foreign Meddling, Laughs About It
The U.S. government has overthrown dozens of governments and rigged numerous foreign elections, and former CIA Director James Woolsey finds this funny
DATE: 2018-02-23 | LENGTH: 04:33

 
A New Witch Hunt? FBI Calls Chinese Students a Threat
Calling China "a whole-of-society threat," FBI Director Christopher Wray recently claimed that Chinese students in the US may be conducting espionage. Law professor, author, and Committee of 100 chair Frank H. Wu, says the FBI is reviving a racist legacy
DATE: 2018-02-25 | LENGTH: 14:33

 
Prosecutors of Dirty Cops On Defending Citizens From Rogue Law Enforcement
U.S. Attorneys Leo Wise and Derek Hines talk about their prosecution of Baltimore's corrupt Gun Trace Task Force
DATE: 2018-02-25 | LENGTH: 13:19

 
Let's Talk About US Meddling, Too (2/2)
As alleged Russian meddling dominates headlines, how much attention is paid to US meddling around the globe? Ex-CIA agent John Sipher and Aaron Mate discuss
DATE: 2017-12-23 | LENGTH: 05:06

 
City Council Moves Forward With Ban on Crude Oil Facilities
The proposal would ban new crude oil terminals in Baltimore and prevent two existing terminals from expanding, which advocates say would stop the city from becoming a crude oil hub and mitigate the risk of an oil train explosion
DATE: 2018-02-23 | LENGTH: 05:20

 
God and Guns: The Fanatical Faith of the NRA
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a speech to CPAC: "There is no greater personal individual freedom than the right to keep and bear arms ... It's not bestowed by man, but granted by God." Historian Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay discuss the origins of the religious fervor underlying the NRA's defense of gun rights
DATE: 2018-02-23 | LENGTH: 16:40

 
What Netanyahu's Growing Corruption Scandal Means for the Region
As a top aide agrees to cooperate against Benjamin Netanyahu, Phyllis Bennis warns that the Israeli Prime Minister's domestic corruption case could lead him to ramp up threats to Iran and other rivals
DATE: 2018-02-23 | LENGTH: 15:18

 
Employers Steal $15B From Low Wage Workers Each Year
Millions of workers are paid less than the minimum wage, thanks to the erosion of federal labor protections, says David Cooper of Economic Policy Institute
DATE: 2018-02-23 | LENGTH: 11:56

 
   


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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.'
 
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
 
TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science
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)
 
   


RECENT STORIES

For 2018, Top Democrats Follow the Big Money
Heading into the 2018 midterms, Democratic leaders are favoring corporate-friendly candidates -- even though Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign showed them a different path, Aaron Mate reports
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 06:06

 
The Nation's Strongest Charter School Regulations Are Under Attack
Loyola University's associate dean of education, Rob Helfenbein, says corporate-backed forces have long targeted troubled school systems for privatization
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 18:05

 
What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 14:17

 
Will Trump's Latest Attack on Obamacare Strike a Death Blow?
The new rule would extend short-term insurance plans, circumventing key Obamacare requirements such as covering pre-existing conditions. "The key part of Obamacare was creating a unified insurance market where anyone can get insurance regardless of their heath, and this is destroying that," says economist Dean Baker
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 07:15

 
Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? (1/2)
The indicted Russian troll farm operation has been compared to Pearl Harbor and widely assumed to be the work of Russian intelligence. But how do we know? CIA veteran John Sipher, who ties the troll farm's activities to the Kremlin, joins Aaron Mate to discuss
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 18:22

 
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (2/2)
In the second part of his interview with Lisa Snowden McCray, Councilman Ryan Dorsey talks about how creating a more bike-friendly and walkable city not only improves public health but also boosts employment and small-business growth
DATE: 2018-02-22 | LENGTH: 13:02

 
Improving Baltimore's Schools Will Take More Than Just Money
Baltimore's schools need to be fundamentally transformed, says Lawrence Grandpre of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and meaningful change requires focusing on the needs of black parents and community members
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 05:06

 
Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'
Baltimore is experiencing a slight dip in homicides, thanks in part to Safe Streets, a mediation-based program to end violence. But law-and-order Republicans are pushing back against community-based solutions
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 05:46

 
How Billy Graham Evangelized for American Empire
Rev. Billy Graham gave his blessing to every military conflict under every president, from Truman to Bush II - Cecil Bothwell writes
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
State's Attorney's Office fires prosecutor amid Gun Trace Task Force controversy, lawyers call shenanigans
Lawyers for Anna Mantagena claim she was wrongfully terminated in a political ploy, promise to produce documents
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
Saudi Arabia's Unholy Alliance with Israel
Scholar As'ad AbuKhalil says Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner of the U.S. and Israel, promoting Zionism though its powerful media while increasing its hostility to Iran
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 20:39

 
Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2)
However much Russiagate may annoy Trump personally, administration officials like H.R. McMaster are seizing on it to advance a militarist agenda at home and abroad. Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 10:12

 
Once a Poster Child for Austerity, Latvia Becomes a Hotbed of Corruption
Austerity didn't produce recovery in Latvia, it produced the semblance of recovery, says white-collar criminologist Bill Black. It also led to rampant criminal activity in the banking sector, such as money laundering, taking bribes, and violating sanctions against North Korea
DATE: 2018-02-21 | LENGTH: 09:53

 
Is Russia a Threat?
Alleged election-meddling aside, there is a great deal of exaggeration of Russia's power and its threat to the U.S., says author and scholar Vijay Prashad
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 18:45

 
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11?
Robert Mueller's charges against 13 Russians and their troll farm for "information warfare" against the U.S. has prompted comparisons to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Max Blumenthal breaks down the indictment and the overblown reaction
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 16:11

 
Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War
As Benjamin Netanyahu threatens war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that in targeting Iran, the U.S. and Israel are threatening wider conflict in Syria and Lebanon
DATE: 2018-02-19 | LENGTH: 12:47

 
President Ramaphosa: From Militant Revolutionary to Corporate Magnate
The ANC's revolutionary leadership became low-level allies of international capital--the same capitalist classes that exploited South Africa's working people, says scholar Horace G. Campbell
DATE: 2018-02-20 | LENGTH: 29:16

 
Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
A court hearing mentions allegations that members of the Gun Trace Task Force were using drugs when they responded to a call, in a case where they will be forced to testify for defense
DATE: 2018-02-20

 
  

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City Council Moves Forward With Ban on Crude Oil Facilities
The proposal would ban new crude oil terminals in Baltimore and prevent two existing terminals from expanding, which advocates say would stop the city from becoming a crude oil hub and mitigate the risk of an oil train explosion
DATE: 2018-02-23

 
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (2/2)
In the second part of his interview with Lisa Snowden McCray, Councilman Ryan Dorsey talks about how creating a more bike-friendly and walkable city not only improves public health but also boosts employment and small-business growth
DATE: 2018-02-22

 
Improving Baltimore's Schools Will Take More Than Just Money
Baltimore's schools need to be fundamentally transformed, says Lawrence Grandpre of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and meaningful change requires focusing on the needs of black parents and community members
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'
Baltimore is experiencing a slight dip in homicides, thanks in part to Safe Streets, a mediation-based program to end violence. But law-and-order Republicans are pushing back against community-based solutions
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
State's Attorney's Office fires prosecutor amid Gun Trace Task Force controversy, lawyers call shenanigans
Lawyers for Anna Mantagena claim she was wrongfully terminated in a political ploy, promise to produce documents
DATE: 2018-02-21

 
Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
A court hearing mentions allegations that members of the Gun Trace Task Force were using drugs when they responded to a call, in a case where they will be forced to testify for defense
DATE: 2018-02-20

 
   


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The Grope Among Us - Tom Chalkley

 

Breathtaking Entertainment - Tom Chalkley

 

Strange Creatures of Denial - Tom Chalkley

 

Zombie Agencies - Tom Chalkley

 

More Amazing Facts and Dire Predictions - Tom Chalkley

 
   


COLUMNS

DCCC Goes Nuclear, Slams Dem Candidate As Corrupt For Same Behavior It Engages In Regularly
By Lee Fang, Ryan Grim, David Dayen
Photo: Michael Stravato/Washington Post/Getty Image On Thursday evening, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took the extraordinary step of publicly attacking a prominent Democratic candidate in a contested Texas primary. The party committee’s move was made all the more jarring given the background of the candidate, Laura Moser, who in 2017 became a hero of the Trump resistance movement as the creator of Daily Action, a text-messaging tool that channelled progressive anger into a single piece of activism per day. “Voters in Houston have organized for over ...

Lee Fang, Ryan Grim, David Dayen

Their Meddlers and Ours
By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Photo by Satish Krishnamurthy | CC BY 2.0 By the end of World War II, the United States had become a serial meddler in the affairs of the nations of the world, friend and foe alike. American intelligence services took particular aim at Third World and Western countries with large Communist Parties, and at countries on the other side of what used to be called “the Iron Curtain.” Meddling there took some doing before the implosion of the Soviet Union.  It still does in China and North Korea, and in countries with strong ...

Andrew Levine

National Democrats come out against primary candidate Laura Moser in bid for Culberson's seat
By Abby Livingston / Texas Tribune. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday posted negative research on Democratic congressional hopeful Laura Moser, one of seven Democrats vying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson.   Laura Moser is one of seven Democratic candidates in the running for Congressional District 7, currently held by U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. The campaign arm of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives set its sights on a surprising target Thursday: Democratic congressional hopeful Laura Moser. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee posted negative research on Moser, a Houston journalist vying among six other Democrats in ...

Abby Livingston

Can South Korea’s Leader End Trump's North Korea Crisis?
By Gareth Porter / TruthDig. South Korean President Moon Jae-in. (Julie Jacobson / AP) The agreement for cooperation between North and South Korea on the Olympics provides a pause in the drumbeat of war threats by postponing joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises until after the Winter Games are finished. But the real payoff from the Olympics détente is the possibility that the governments of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could reach agreement on modifying joint U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises in return for a North Korean nuclear and ...

Gareth Porter

Alaska's Bering Sea Lost a Third of Its Ice in Just 8 Days
By Sabrina Shankman / Inside Climate News. Globally, sea ice is at record lows as the polar regions warm faster than the rest of the planet. Along the Alaska coast, it's affecting people's lives. The Bering Sea is a volatile place, with powerful storms and changing sea ice. Here, a ship plows through the ice toward Nome, Alaska, in January 2012. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images In just eight days in mid-February, nearly a third of the sea ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast disappeared. That kind of ice los...

Sabrina Shankman

Valentine’s Day pinpoints limits of Saudi prince’s Islamic reform effort
By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability to curtail the global rise of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism the kingdom helped fuel at the very moment that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is curbing some of its sharpest edges in his own country. To be fair, controversy over Valentine’s Day is not exclusively a Muslim ultra-conservative preserve. Russian and Hindu nationalists have condemned the celebration as either contradictory to their country’s cultural heritage or a ‘foreign festival.’
Yet, ...

James M. Dorsey

New Era in War on Workers: The Ramaphosa Presidency in South Africa
Irvin Jim / Socialist Project. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) views the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa to the position of President of the Republic of South Africa, as a new era in the war against workers and the working class majority in the country. It is also important for us to state that we welcome former president Jacob Zuma’s well deserved and humiliating removal from the highest office in the land. Zuma’s inglorious exit from power is fitting punishment for his treacherous betrayal of the African working class. As an affiliate of ...

Irvin Jim

China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East
By James M Dorsey / East Asia Forum. The Middle East has a knack for sucking external powers into its conflicts. China’s ventures into the region have shown how difficult it is to maintain its principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of its vow not to establish foreign military bases, which became apparent ...

James M. Dorsey


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