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Mueller and a Dangerous Moment in Human History – Jay and Curry

Sun, 2019-04-21 18:50

The threat of nuclear war; the climate crisis; Trump’s regime change plans for Iran and Venezuela; and confrontation with China are far more significant threats than election meddling – former Pres. Clinton advisor Bill Curry and Paul Jay join host Jacqueline Luqman

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

Canada is Warming at Twice the Rate of the Globe, Says New Report

Sat, 2019-04-20 21:10

Greenpeace Canada analyst hopes study serves as a wake-up call for Trudeau government, but says “You can’t wake up a man who’s only pretending to be asleep” on climate change

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

Cut Military Aid, Not Humanitarian Aid, to Reduce Refugee Numbers

Sat, 2019-04-20 06:47

Trump’s announcement to cut humanitarian aid to Central America will not have much effect. It’s the military aid that reinforces brutality in Guatemala and Honduras, says Prof. Adrienne Pine

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The Baltimore Uprising: Four Years Later

Fri, 2019-04-19 22:55

On Wednesday evening, Tawanda Jones stood with friends and family and told a crowd about her brother, Tyrone West, just as she has done every week since his death in July 2013.

She recounted how on July 18, 2013, West was stopped by Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers and Morgan State University police, pulled out of his car, grabbed, beaten, pepper-sprayed and tased—dead in police custody.

“That’s what happened to my brother—modern day slavery, modern day lynching,” Jones said.

Behind her, there used to be a Confederate statue—removed in 2017 following the white supremacist attack in Charlottesville—and in front of her, a crowd of 100 who gathered in the Wyman Park Dell to protest Johns Hopkins University’s attempts to develop its own armed, private police force.

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues After Activists Gave City Ultimatium

And because it was April 17, just two days before the anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death in 2015, Jones discussed the Baltimore Uprising, when thousands of Baltimoreans marched for more than a week protesting police brutality, and on April 27 were confronted by police in riot gear, kicking off a wave of looting and rioting through West Baltimore, and a subsequent, selectively enforced curfew.

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“When everybody had their fists in the air and they pulled together, black, brown, white, no matter what your race, sex, creed or anything was, we all pulled together, one cause, one fight, they were so scared they didn’t know what to do,” Jones said. “They started making up lies and they targeted the youth. It wasn’t old folks, the youth got on the front line, the youth took on Baltimore City Police Department.”

This sentiment about the Baltimore Uprising—that it was a youth-led movement organized by those most vulnerable and most affected—even four years later, is still hard for people in power to grasp. Issues such as the city’s poverty, segregation, profoundly underfunded school system, inadequate public transportation (including the end of the Red Line, killed by Governor Larry Hogan), the lead paint crisis, and police corruption remain.

Swimming in Baltimore: How Poverty Works

Baltimore City is now on its fifth police commissioner since the uprising. In 2017, following a year-long investigation, the Department of Justice signed a consent decree with BPD mandating sweeping reform—but change is moving along at a glacial pace. None of the officers charged with Gray’s death were found guilty.

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The city has even argued that they are not responsible for damages caused by the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), a squad of federally-indicted cops revealed to have been robbing drug dealers and dealing drugs because their actions were so outside the color of the law. RNN’s ongoing coverage of one GTTF victim, Ivan Potts, is just one example of the lives ruined by GTTF. A bill to return the BPD to local control—it has been under control of the state since the 1800s—stalled in the Assembly, in part because of fears it would put the city on the hook for police brutality settlement payouts.

More Black Cops Are Saying Community Control of the Police is the Answer

One of the ugliest images of the uprising was when Larry Lomax walked towards Baltimore cops with a “Fuck the Police” shirt on during the city-imposed curfew. He was pepper sprayed by one officer and slammed to the ground by his dreadlocks by another—all live on cable television.

A year later, Lomax and others sued the BPD for misconduct during the uprising. Among those sued were officers we would later learn were tied to GTTF: Daniel Hersl, a member of GTTF; Christopher O’Ree, a lieutenant who oversaw GTTF; and a former associate of GTTF sergeant Wayne Jenkins named Keith Gladstone, who was federally indicted just last month for assisting in planting a BB gun on a man Jenkins ran over back in 2014.

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Back in 2015, now-Mayor Catherine Pugh was a state Senator. She developed a reputation as a youth advocate, especially because of her relationship with “Meech” Tucker, a frequent face at protests who was arrested by police a few days after the curfew went into effect. Since then, Pugh was elected mayor and is currently on a leave of absence, engulfed by a seemingly endless scandal in which she used the drummed-up sales of a series of books aimed at the youth—the “Healthy Holly” books—to generate nearly a million dollars for herself and her campaign.

Privatization and Kickbacks: Why the Healthy Holly Scandal Is Bigger Than Baltimore’s Mayor

As The Real News Network’s Paul Jay pointed out to me recently, when the elites at the top are so profoundly corrupt, it is easy to see why those below them, especially the police, would follow suit and try and get theirs.

Perhaps the most jarring sign that city officials have learned nothing since the uprising is the plan to knock down a portion of Gilmor Homes, the housing project where Freddie Gray lived, near where police chased and grabbed him, and ground zero for the Baltimore Uprising. The claims are that knocking the buildings down will increase safety—another short-sighted solution in a city that cannot conceptualize serious systemic change—and there is little consideration of collective memory or the importance of black spaces, let alone serious investment.

And yet, the city continues offering tax breaks to developers, including a record high TIF for Port Covington.

Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers Reinforce Segregation in Baltimore

Meanwhile, since 2015, nearly 1,400 Baltimoreans have been murdered, part of a sustained homicide spike that began soon after the uprising for reasons that have, according to officials, ranged from drugs stolen during the uprising creating more street violence to the so-called “Ferguson effect.”

As usual, said Tawanda Jones, whose fervid activism for years before the uprising was a major part of why it happened at all, the answer was simple: The police slowed down, they cared even less about the city than they already did, and they let more people kill each other.

“That’s exactly what they did,” Jones told the crowd this past Wednesday night. “And that’s what they are still doing now.”

Soon after Jones’ speech, the hundred or so people listening to Jones followed her and other activists to the Johns Hopkins University campus to join the ongoing occupation of an administrative building in protest of the university’s private, armed police force.

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The bill to allow JHU to create its own private police force was signed into law yesterday, April 18, by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan—the same governor who made the decision in 2015 to bring the National Guard into Baltimore to enforce a curfew and squash dissent.

The city needs radical change, and for a couple weeks in 2015, it seemed like it might get it. But since, it has fallen back on the same failed fixes—more police, less transparency and very little accountability.

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Will the Mueller Report Help Defeat Trump in 2020? (Pt 2/2)

Fri, 2019-04-19 18:35

Trump and his base will remain unaffected by the Mueller Report, and it will mainly serve as a “political football” between Republicans and Democrats, say Gerald Horne and Kamau Franklin, but it can still be used against Trump in 2020

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

Arsonists Leave Fascist Symbols at the Highlander Center

Fri, 2019-04-19 18:29

The Highlander Center has been at the heart of civil rights, labor, and poor people’s struggles in this country for the last 87 years. Some people see this arson as an act of war

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Trump Administration Working to Divide Caribbean Against Venezuela

Fri, 2019-04-19 18:21

The island nations of the Caribbean Community, or Caricom, have become increasingly divided as the Trump administration is working to win the back and oppose the Maduro government in Venezuela. Jeb Sprague discusses the development and what it means for the region

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Is Baltimore City’s Strong Mayor System Corrupting? Residents Weigh In

Fri, 2019-04-19 18:14

Residents engage with current and former city officials to discuss how to rebalance power at city hall to give the community real say in how Baltimore is governed

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

The Untold Story of the Nation’s Biggest School Cheating Scandal (1/3)

Fri, 2019-04-19 07:43

Authors Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton say the Atlanta school cheating scandal resulted in black educators being scapegoated for the failures of policymakers

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

Mueller Report: A Battle Over Maintaining ‘Imperial Hegemony’  (Pt 1/2)

Fri, 2019-04-19 07:29

Gerald Horne and Kamau Franklin discuss the Mueller Report, Russiagate, and whether alleged Russian interference in the U.S. elections is actually significant

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

Does The Center for American Progress Want to Stop Progressives In 2020?

Thu, 2019-04-18 20:50

Is the Center for American Progress really interested in pushing bold progressive ideas for the American people, when they make questionable claims about America’s favorite progressive candidate, Bernie Sanders? We discuss the issue with Mike Lux

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Is Trump for Detente or Militarism? – RAI with Stephen Cohen (2/5)

Thu, 2019-04-18 20:24

Trump’s stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China – Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

US ‘Tightens Noose’ on Cuba

Thu, 2019-04-18 18:15

Sec. of State Pompeo announced that Cuban Americans and US citizens who lost property after Cuba’s 1959 revolution can now sue companies that have benefitted from this property. This represents an important intensification of sanctions on Cuba, says Jeb Sprague

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Black Alliance For Peace Revives Black Anti-War Tradition (Pt 1/2)

Thu, 2019-04-18 17:47

The US has been at war in the Middle East for 28 years, starting with Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, then into Afghanistan, Syria, and now we are learning of military bases, operations, and troops in African nations

 

 

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Why Should Americans Care About NATO/US In Africa? (Pt 2/2)

Thu, 2019-04-18 17:46

The anti-war movement rightfully focuses on the expansion of US military action around the world, but what connection does that have to everyday struggles in poor and Black communities in the U.S. like Baltimore? Why should Baltimoreans care about endless expanding war?

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Faked Emissions May Send Volkswagen CEO to Prison

Thu, 2019-04-18 17:34

Bill Black examines the corrupt corporate worlds of Germany and the U.S. and how Trump ignores corporate malfeasance

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Unprecedented US Efforts to Expel Venezuela’s Representative to the UN

Wed, 2019-04-17 21:04

In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration, under VP Pence, is making an all-out effort to have the UN expel Venezuela’s ambassador to the UN

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Pompeo is “Setting the Stage for a War with Iran”

Wed, 2019-04-17 19:02

In recent congressional testimony, Sec. of State Pompeo linked Iran to al Qaeda and 9/11 and would not say whether he would apply the 2001 war authorization (AUMF) to Iran. Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the implications

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

Trump Using Refugees as Pawns and Public Policy for Vengeance

Wed, 2019-04-17 18:59

San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin calls Trump a coward and a bully who should be held legally accountable

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Categories: America, Foreign Policy, World

Trump’s Tweets Fuel Media Slander and Death Threats Against Ilhan Omar

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:15

James Zogby, of the Arab American Institute, analyzes the increasing threat against Arabs and Muslims in America and its impact on 2020 elections

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