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The Torch – 02.18.19

As temperatures in New York City plunged to the single digits this week, some inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn have been forced to endure the frigid weather without heat, hot water, or other essential services, according to their attorneys. David Patton has been Executive Director and Attorney-in-Chief of the Federal Defenders of New York since July 2011 …

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The Torch – 02.05.19

The Trump administration is pulling the plug on a decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia, lifting what it sees as unreasonable constraints on competing with a resurgent Russia and a more assertive China. In explaining his decision, which he had foreshadowed months ago, President Donald Trump accused Moscow of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with “impunity” by deploying banned missiles. Moscow denies …

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The Torch – 01.21.19

Scott Ritter was the nuclear weapons inspector who first reported that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. He was an outspoken critic of the Iraq invasion and war who warned of the destructive effect the attack would have on the region. He opposed Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Weapons deal. Andy Worthington on the 17th Year of …

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The Torch – 12.17.18

Alene Lee (1931–1991) was an African-American member of the Beat generation in New York City whose romantic relationship with Jack Kerouac was the central theme in his novel The Subterraneans. Kerouac used the pseudonym Mardou Fox for Lee. Her long relationship with writer and journalist Lucien Carr led Lee to pursue an anonymous life. Her daughter Christina Diamonte tells the story. The story of a woman whose 1 year …

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The Torch – Patricia Okoumou Immigrant Activist Tortured in France

  Patricia Okoumou Immigrant Activist Tortured in France On July 4th an African-American immigrant, Patricia Okoumou charmed New Yorkers when she scaled the foot of the Statue of Liberty to protest the Trump policy of separating children from their parents at the border with Mexico. After a3-hour low-stress confrontation with police Okoumou was arrested for trespassing, interfering with government agency …

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The Torch – 11.12.18

The Torch investigates how slavery built New York City. Lisandro Perez is a professor at John Jay College and the author of Sugar, Cigars and Revolution, The Making of Cuban New York. He says few knew the extent of connections between the island, then a colony of Spain and American mercantile interests. Especially a merchant named Moses Taylor one of …

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The Torch – 10.22.18

Aaron Leonard: author with Conor A. Gallagher of “A Threat of the First Magnitude”. Tells the untold story of the FBI informants who penetrated the upper reaches of organizations such as the Communist Party, USA, and the response by activists to such government surveillance and Cointelpro operations. Carmen Boullosa & Mike Wallace on the “Mexican Drug War.” Authors of A …

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The Torch – 10.16.18

A mini-documentary on how the middle east crisis is spiraling away from the control of the big power nations that are playing out a great game of power and control at the expense of million of lives. We discuss the crucial role of the United Nations with journalist Ian Williams and explore the relationship between Israel and United States at …

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The Torch – 10.01.18

Contradicting positions agreed by the United Nations in 2016, Donald Trump heralded a Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem as his first action at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. The document signed by 130 countries calls for increase enforcement and border controls to combat drugs. Returning to policies that had become anachronistic in recent years. The …