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Project Censored – 01.12.16

Linda Sartor speaks about her experiences as an ‘unarmed peacekeeper’ in conflict zones,
including Occupied Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Her new book is “Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman’s Journey Confronting the War on Terror.” www.lindasartor.info

At the end of the program, Anthony Montero discusses the the Black Radical Tradition Conference taking place in Philadelphia January 8 – 10. Anthony Montero is an organizer of the conference, and taught African-AmericanStudies at Temple University. www.theblackradicaltradition.org

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Lee Fang – Defense Industry Revenue Forecast Gushes Over Global Turmoil

The global aerospace and defense industry is out of its doldrums. According to a new report by the accounting firm Deloitte, “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in defense spending. The report alerts investors that “revenue growth” is “expected to take a positive turn” due to the terrorism and war in the Middle East and the tensions in …

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Mairead Maguire – Syria ­- A Light to the World

BELFAST, Dec 31 2015 (IPS) – In November 2015 I visited Syria together with an International Peace delegation. This was my third visit to Syria in the last three years. As on previous occasions I was moved by the spirit of resilience and courage of the people of Syria. In spite of the fact that for the last five years …

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Tyler Cherry – Fact Checkers Call Out Donald Trump’s Year Of “Campaign Misstatements” And Lies

Fact Checkers Excoriate Trump’s “Many Campaign Misstatements” PolitiFact: All Of Trump’s “Campaign Misstatements” Win “2015 Lie Of The Year” Because “It Was Hard To Single One [Lie] Out From The Others.” PolitiFact awarded its annual Lie of the Year award to Donald Trump’s “many campaign misstatements,” because “it was hard to single one out from the others.” Politifactnoted that 76 percent of the statements …

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Interview with Chris Hunt from GRACE – 12.03.15

Special Advisor on Food and Agriculture

Chris Hunt serves as special advisor on food and agriculture at GRACE, where he provides strategic input on the organization’s efforts to build a sustainable food future. Chris has written extensively about food and agriculture issues; his work has appeared in Civil Eats, Huffington Post, AlterNet and Ecocentric. His areas of interest and expertise include industrial livestock production, food waste, urban agriculture and food systems advocacy. Before GRACE, Chris worked as an Alumni Memorial Scholar research fellow at Colgate University, and has served two terms on the board of directors of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Chris earned a BA in environmental economics from Colgate University. He’s an ardent proponent of bicycling, composting, accepting peculiar travel suggestions and walking up mountains.

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Gleb Tsipursky – The reality TV star and first-rate attention getter knows how to manipulate the media — and our emotions

Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee — at least, if all the media attention paid to his candidacy has anything to do with primacy and caucus results. A recent analysis found that he has received over 50 percent of the summer media coverage of Campaign 2016. Yet Trump’s position in the polls for the Republican nomination is far lower …

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Todd Miller – The Booming Business of Border Exclusion

The GuardBot – a rolling, rubber sphere with surveillance cameras attached like small, domed ears – was first meant to explore Mars. Now, it’s showing off its ability to locate undocumented people on the blue carpet at events such as the Border Security Expo, the United States’ premier border policing conference. At the primary debate this month, Republican presidential candidate …

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The Wars Come Home – Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death ofFreddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school students was planning to march on the Mondawmin Mall. In response, the BPD did what any self-respecting police department in post-9/11 …

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HUMANS THREATEN 4 OF 9 KEY SYSTEMS ON EARTH.

Human activity dangerously compromises four of the nine systems that are key to maintaining the stability of Earth, report researchers. The study establishes planetary boundaries—thresholds beyond which there will be irreversible and abrupt environmental change. Those nine boundaries are: Climate change Change in biosphere integrity, meaning biodiversity loss and species extinction Land-system change, such as deforestation Biogeochemical flows, meaning phosphorus and …