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Resistance Radio – Benjamin Madley – 12.11.16

Benjamin Madley. He is Associate Professor of History and Chair of American Indian Studies at UCLA. Trained at Yale and Oxford, he is an historian of Native America, the United States, and genocide in world history. Today we talk about the genocide against California Indians.

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This Loophole Ends the Privacy of Social Security Numbers

Federal law is supposed to protect the privacy of your Social Security number from government inquiries — but apparently that doesn’t extend to a check on whether you’ve paid back taxes and child support. In a decision with worrying implications for those who oppose a single national identification number, a divided federal appeals court has rejected a lawyer’s refusal to …

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HENRY GIROUX – Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Civic Illiteracy

The dark times that haunt the current age are epitomized by the monsters that have come to rule the United States and who now dominate the major political parties and other commanding political and economic institutions. Their nightmarish reign of misery, violence, and disposability is also evident in their dominance of a formative culture and its attendant cultural apparatuses that produce …

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U.S. and Saudis Causing Hundreds of Thousands of Children to Starve to Death In Yemen

The United States is a major backer and supporter of the Saudi-led war against Yemen.  The U.S. supplies the weapons, and provides most of the targeting and military tactics.  See this, this, this, this,this and this.  (And see this for background on the Yemen war.) The Saudi and American military are committing war crimes left and right … For example, a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund notes: Read More

Austerity

A Magical Mystery Tour of American Austerity Politics By Laura Gottesdiener

Something is rotten in the state of Michigan. One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene after determining it couldn’t turn a profit. Numerous cities and …