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Kyra Gurney, Anjali Tsui, David Iaconangelo, Selina Cheng – U.S. Becoming a Popular Destination for Rich Foreigners Avoiding Corruption Charges

Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption in their native lands are fleeing to a safe haven where their wealth and influence shields them from arrest. They have entered this country on a variety of visas, including one designed to encourage investment. Some have applied for asylum, which is intended to protect people fleeing oppression and political persecution. The increasingly …

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Nick Turse – The Worst Place on Earth: Death and Life in the Lost Town of Leer

Leer, South Sudan — There it is again. That sickening smell. I’m standing on the threshold of a ghost of a home. Its footprint is all that’s left. In the ruins sits a bulbous little silver teakettle — metal, softly rounded, charred but otherwise perfect, save for two punctures. Something tore through it and ruined it, just as something tore …

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Tom Fawthrop – MADNESS ON THE MEKONG: HOW DAMS ARE KILLING THE LARGEST INLAND FISHERIES IN THE WORLD

Investigative reporter, TOM FAWTHROP has just returned from the site of the Don Sahong – a hydrodam being constructed in the middle of an eco-paradise of wetlands in Southern Laos where over 200 fish species have been recorded The Four Thousands Islands (Sipangdon) in southern Laos, has long beguiled explorers tourists and locals with its vast number of islets, spectacular …

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Progressive Commentary Hour – 04.26.16

Today on the “Progressive Commentary Hour” Gary continues his great series, Conversations With Remarkable Minds.

Tonight from Australia we have John Pilger discussing “The rise of the world’s new ruling elite and the misery left in the wake of their climb to the top.”

First we played this You Tube clip of John from 2009 and then spoke to John for about 30 minutes: Here is John’s bio and a link to the video. Enjoy.

VIDEO: John Pilger – Obama & Empire

BIO:

John Pilger is one of the world’s most renowned investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers. Originally from Australia, John started his career with Reuters and the London Daily Mail, becoming its chief foreign correspondent and reporting from all over the world, notably Vietnam. He is the youngest journalist to receive the UK’s highest Journalist of the Year Award. He has reported on the civil rights movement in the US, marched to Washington following the assassination of Martin Luther King, reported from many war zones including Indonesia, Cambodia and the Middle East and conducted a 4 year investigation into the damage caused by the drug Thalidomide. John’s documentary films include coverage about the catastrophe in Cambodia, the genocide in East Timor, and several about the history of Australia and human rights abuses against Australia’s original Aboriginal population. His books have covered Iraq, Kosovo, and critiques of liberal media. Recently, one of John’s most important books — “The New Rulers of the World” — that exposes the underpinnings and motives of modern imperialism and the global economy has been updated and released. It is regarded by many as one of the most important investigations about postmodern power. John’s website is JohnPilger.com

Heidi Shin – Massachusetts Clinic Treats Refugees With Mindfulness and Medicine From Home

Doctors at a health clinic in Lowell, Massachusetts, had a problem: Their exam rooms reminded refugee patients of torture chambers. The stethoscopes, the blood pressure cuff squeezing your arm—they looked like the torture devices used on their families, during Cambodia’s genocide. Sonith Peou was just 24 when the Khmer Rouge pounded on the door of his family’s home, and took …

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U.S. Bombed Cambodia Long After War

This is the seventh in a series of articles by Call journalists who visited Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) in April. They were the first Americans to visit that country since its liberation in 1975. * * * The U.S. government claims that its war against the Kampuchean people ended in April 1975. But it really didn’t. Aggressive U.S. actions against Kampuchea have continued …