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Black Agenda Radio – 03.27.17

Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host, Nellie Bailey. Coming up: Human Rights Watch pretends to defend vulnerable people from abuse by powerful forces all around the world. But, most of the time, Human Rights Watch defends U.S. foreign policy. And, as the pace of prison activism increases by the month, Prison Radio brings you voices from behind the bars.

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Trends This Week – Run to your safe spaces – 03.15.17

The election of President Donald Trump has left fear in the minds of many, causing millennials to flock to their “safe spaces” as universities blame the President for their rising suicide rates. Meanwhile, propaganda against Russia continues to grow and war in the Middle East continues to escalate.

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Trends This Week – Why gold will endure – 02.08.17

Trend forecaster Gerald Celente provides a “globalnomic” view on how all roads lead to gold. The War on Terror continues, tensions in Israel escalate, and the populist parties across Europe continue to gain popularity. Despite rising interest rates strengthening the dollar, gold prices will rise as investors seek a safe-haven asset amid rising tensions and destabilized economies all over the world.

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JOSHUA FRANK – Farewell Obummer, Hello Golden Showers

There’s been a few hot topics this week, from Obama’s final speech as president to the amusing allegations of Donald’s pee fetish. Let’s start with Obama. The era of hope and change most certainly ended with a whimper. Not much has changed and we don’t have much to hope for either. Over the last eight years income disparity increased in the US (despite …

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WITH THE DEATH OF ONE OF THE LAST THREE SHAKERS, AN AMERICAN RELIGIOUS TRADITION TAKES A STEP CLOSER TO EXTINCTION

On January 2, 2017, a small, distinctive, and beautiful world in our midst moved a bit closer to its own end. The first Monday of the New Year saw the passing of Sister Frances Carr, one of the last three remaining Shakers. Sister Frances was a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine who spent her …

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Giant Middle East dust storm caused by a changing climate, not human conflict

In August 2015, a dust storm blanketed large areas of seven Middle East nations in a haze of dust and sand thick enough to obscure them from satellite view. The storm led to several deaths, thousands of cases of respiratory ailments and injuries, and canceled airline flights and closed ports. At the time, the storm’s unusual severity was attributed to …

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Daniel Lazare – How Obama Spread the Mideast Fires

With President Obama down to less than two weeks in office, everyone is busy assessing his legacy. So let’s begin with the Arab world. Not since the Vietnam War, we can safely say, has an administration left a region in ruins the way Obama has left the Middle East (although it’s true that George W. Bush contributed mightily to the mess). But …

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‘Tanks do not create peace’: German politicians up in arms over NATO’s buildup at Russian borders

German politicians have raised concern about thousands of NATO troops and equipment, along with hundreds of tanks, that have been sent to Poland and countries bordering Russia in what has been touted by Washington as “defense against Russian aggression.” “It does not help us if tanks will be going up and down on both sides of the border,” Brandenburg’s leader …

The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century

The start of current decade revealed the most ruthless face of a global neo-colonialism. From Syria and Libya to Europe and Latin America, the old colonial powers of the West tried to rebound against an oncoming rival bloc led by Russia and China, which starts to threaten their global domination. Inside a multi-polar, complex terrain of geopolitical games, the big …

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Robert Fisk – We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others

We do not live in a “post-truth” world, neither in the Middle East nor in the West – nor in Russia, for that matter. We live in a world of lies. And we always have lived in a world of lies. Just take a look at the wreckage of the Middle East with its history of people’s popular republics and …