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Expanding the free market of ideas in news broadcasting, "Sounds Of Dissent" deliver under-reported news stories and seldom-heard voices from beyond corporate broadcasting´s constraints of officialdom. Weekly interview guests carry listeners outside the limited two-party system of electoral politics so heavily influenced by big business. We travel beyond biased U.S. State Dept. interpretations of foreign affairs. We examine the inconvenient facts with analysts, academics, reporters and activists...



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In the last three decades there have been over 62 mass shootings in the United States, almost half of them in the last seven years. The FBI defines a mass shooting as one involving a single gunman killing four or more victims in a public place. The average age of the gunman is 35. They are all male, and almost all are white. In the mainstream media, these killers are seen as individuals - terrifying, but individuals nonetheless, their histories parsed for motive or signs of mental illness - and...
Topics: Mass shooters, mental illness, mass killings, identity, guns, entitlement, race, gender, identity,...
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An obscure anti-Muslim extremist (and convicted fraudster) makes a movie with wooden acting and overdubbed dialogue. It's a flop. But it accomplished what he intended, and elicited the predictable protests worldwide. Demeaning a religion's Prophet will never please its faithful. It's particularly offensive to Muslims, whose teachings emphatically forbid it. Not just religion, but social, military and political history play their roles in these protests. In this edition of "Sounds of...
Topics: Religion, blasphemy, protest, free speech, Muslim, Islam, Pakistan, Benghazi, Libya, Egypt,...
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After many months of student protests against a 75% hike in tuition, older Quebecois joined the students in the streets. Student strikers rejected a deal offered by the Quebec National Assembly. Then the Assembly passed the emergency Law 78 restricting demonstrations. The student resistance, CLASSE, declared it would disobey. Next day, hundreds of thousands filled the streets. The Liberal Party created Law 78 in special session May 18: thousands in fines for protesters; suspends winter semester...
Topics: Tuition, student debt, Quebec, protest, Law 78, freedom of assembly, Jean Charest
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The current Greek government led by the center-right New Democracy Party came to power in June vowing to keep Greece on the path of immiserating economic reforms mandated by European Central bankers in exchange for debt relief. Its nearest contender was the opposition Syriza, a coalition of leftist parties challenging the dominant logic of starving society to feed the bankers. Less noticed - on this side of the Atlantic at least - were the political gains of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party,...
Topics: Greece, far-right political parties, Golden Dawn, Athens Police, torture, Syriza, austerity,...
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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses Bush Administration lawyering around the UN Convention Against Torture, and the newly surfaced dissenting memo by Philip Zelikow. Live interview by John Grebe, first aired on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on 2012-04-07.
Topics: torture, extraordinary rendition, Philip Zelikow, memo, Condoleeza Rice, John Brennan, George Bush,...
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The mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school on December 14th is the most recent of a string of mass killings this fall, and the second deadliest school shooting in recent U.S. history. Since 1982, there have been at least 60 mass killings across the United States. Meanwhile the gun lobby has been pushing gun-friendly laws in state legislatures throughout the country. On December 13th Michigan state legislators voted to allow concealed weapons in schools, daycare centers, stadiums and...
Topics: Sandy Hook, Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting, school shooting, gun lobby, American Legislative...
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NATO meets in Chicago amid protests against its occupation of Afghanistan, and invasion of Libya. - Just whom is NATO helping? Is it relevant any more? - NATO historian David N. Gibbs joins us. - Live radio interview by John Grebe, first aired on "Sounds of Dissent" on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on 2012-05-19.
Topics: NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Chicaco, protest, military
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In June 2001, Nick Turse was a graduate student researching post-traumatic stress disorder among Vietnam veterans at the U.S. National Archives when an archivist asked him if witnessing war crimes could cause PTSD. And would he like to see some papers? So began a ten-year investigation of U.S. war crimes committed during the war in Vietnam - crimes the Pentagon investigated and substantiated, and then covered up. Nick Turse's research led him from the National Archives to the homes of U.S....
Topics: Vietnam War, history, war crimes, Pentagon, military, Quang Nam, "kill anything that...
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You may have seen them in Michael Moore's film, Capitalism, a Love Story. Back in 2008, 250 workers at the Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago occupied the factory for six days after it shut down and evicted the workers without notice in the midst of an economic crisis. The national spotlight on the workers' occupation forced the reopening of the plant, this time with a new owner. But in February the new owners again tried to close the plant. The workers had had enough. This time they...
Topics: Republic Windows, Serious Energy, Goose Island, Chicago, New Era Windows, worker ownership, worker...
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In recent weeks the press has published harrowing details about the Obama Administration's drone and cyber-warfare campaigns, including President Obama's personal selection of suspected terrorists for inclusion in a CIA kill list. Outraged members of the U.S. Senate are now calling for hearings - not to investigate the exponential growth of an assassination program by an increasingly unaccountable executive branch, but to find and punish the leakers. With Thomas Drake, a former senior executive...
Topics: Government secrecy, national security, state secrets, counterterrorism, terrorism, covert...
Internet worms Flame & Stuxnet were almost certainly developed by governments; likely Israel and/or the U.S. The Flame worm/Trojan/backdoor, a type of malware and spyware, was directed primarily at computers in the Middle East, and sent pilfered data and contacts back to its creators. Probably created around 2007, Flame spread to computers by posing as Microsoft Updates and forging Microsoft digital certificates. With Kim Zetter of "Wired" magazine's Threat Level section. Aired...
Topics: Flame, Stuxnet, virus, worm, Trojan, Internet, Israel, fake identities, Microsoft Update, malware,...
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Al Jazeera's senior analyst Marwan Bishara discusses his new book, "The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions." Radio interview by John Grebe, first aired on "Sounds of Dissent" on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on Feb. 18, 2012
Topics: Arab Spring, empire, Middle East, Egypt, Israel, Obama, journalism, Al Jazeerah
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Negotiators from the United States and eight other so-called Pacific Rim countries concluded a round of talks in June on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the mammoth mother of all trade agreements you never heard of. That might be because the US public and the Congress are prohibited from participating or even viewing the draft negotiations, while over 600 corporate representatives who sit on government advisory boards have privileged access. Much more than a "trade" agreement, critics...
Topics: TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Asian pivot, financial reform, labor, environment, energy,...
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The UN Conference on Sustainable Development closed in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Billed by the UN as a "once in a generation chance" to put the global economy onto an environmentally-sustainable track, the 3-day Earth Summit brought together some 50,000 people, including 130 heads of state, business leaders, scientists, and non-governmental groups. The conference was to assess past progress and agree on goals for the future, but ended with a non-binding declaration that many observers...
Topics: Earth Summit 2012, Rio+20, sustainable development, environment, United Nations, economic...
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The head of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign has been appointed to lead a major Wall Street lobbying group. What does that signal for regular Americans, for the 99%? Or for the 47% that Romney labelled "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing . . . These are people who pay no income tax. . . . My job is not to worry...
Topics: Tim Pawlenty, Financial Services Roundtable, financial regulation, Voelker Rule, CFPB, Congress
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Mike Connolly calls his campaign for Massachusetts State Representative an "Independent, Progressive, Clean, 'No Money' campaign." Connolly won't accept any money for his election campaign. The Connolly campaign web site's link to "Donate $0.00" won't let you give money. You can only volunteer. Listed as a "Progressive Independent," Connolly is challenging Democratic incumbent Timothy Toomey and Republican Thomas Vasconcelos in the 26th Middlesex District. The...
Topics: clean elections, campaign finance, no money Mike, Massachusetts, State House, Connolly, Toomey,...
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Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk joins Sounds of Dissent for live interview on political turmoil in Egypt, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and the benighted Arab Spring. From Cairo with Robert Fisk, correspondent for The Independent (U.K.) and renowned author of Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (1990), and The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East (2005). Fisk has been based in Beirut, Lebanon for over 30 years. Radio interview by John Grebe, first...
Topics: Egypt, presidential elections, Muslim Brotherhood, literacy, Mubarak, Arab Spring, Cairo, Tahrir...
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Scientists at Silent Spring Institute have found that flame retardants in common household products like upholstered furniture, textiles, and electronics migrate into household dust, and from there, into our bodies. The Chicago Tribune has reported that the average American is born with the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the world. The chemicals are linked to cancer, changes in DNA, hormone disruption, lowered IQ, decreased fertility, and hyperactivity. Such links...
Topics: Ruthann Rudel, Silent Spring Institute, women'€™s health, breast cancer, environmental toxins,...
The computer ransomware attack on May 12 that hit over 50,000 computers across dozens of countries, England's hospitals, FedEx in the U.S., banks and telecoms in Spain, and a Russian ministry used hacking exploits that researchers believe were developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.  The attack is demonstrating what happens when intelligence agencies can't keep their own computer weapons locked down. This attack exploits a weakness in Microsoft Windows revealed by the Shadow Brokers...
Topics: Wanna Decryptor, WannaCry, ransomware, cyber attack, hack, hacking, NSA, N.S.A., National Security...
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On the fourth day of Israel bombardment of Gaza, Palestinian political scientist Leila Farsakh interpreted Israeli and Palestinian actions in the context of domestic and regional goals, as well as media coverage that largely justified Israel's latest attack on a largely defenseless population. Code-named Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli offensive took place almost exactly four years after Operation Cast Lead, Israel's three-week assault on Gaza by Israeli sea, land, and air forces which...
Topics: Israel, Israeli, Palestine, Palestinian, Pillar of Defense, Gaza, Leila Farsakh
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Judge, jury and executioner - Every Tuesday, President Obama gathers with two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room to nominate candidates for assassination by unmanned drones. According to the New York Times, the president personally approves the selection of people who will find themselves on the so-called "kill list". Recent terrorist suspects include a 17-year-old girl. The list includes Americans. Nothing like this program has existed before. And almost no...
Topics: President Obama, kill list, drone, drone warfare, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, terrorism,...
The Obama Administration is already preparing a bid to suspend this week's decision by a federal judge that blocked enforcement of a law permitting indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens. The law would permit the government to place U.S. citizens in military detention indefinitely, without charge or trial, on mere suspicion of support for Al Qaeda or other groups that the Executive Branch deems to be "associated" with it. On Wednesday, Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S....
Topics: National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA, indefinite detention, military detention, terrorism, Al...
For the $145 million Boston & Massachusetts have promised GE, how many jobs for how many years are guaranteed to Boston? Can Mass. afford these secretly-dangled millions that Mayor Marty Walsh & Gov. Charlie Baker promised to lure GE's corporate headquarters here? Are there any teeth in the deal? What if GE doesn't deliver on hiring locals, keeping much of its current HQ staff? "GE--we bring good things to life" was their slogan over two decades, slathered like American cheese...
Topics: GE, General Electric, Immelt, Boston, jobs, PCB, pollution, Charlie Baker, Marty Walsh, race to the...
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon vote on new rules allowing companies to further monopolize media outlets in the communities they serve. Critics are calling the impending vote a sort of Christmas present for Rupert Murdoch, who reportedly hopes to add the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune to his U.S. media empire. As a handful of media conglomerates proceed to gobble up independent broadcasters and newspapers nationwide, the resulting hollowing-out of the newsroom...
Topics: Michael Copps, Federal Communications Commission, FCC, media consolidation, media reform, Rupert...
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Republicans had to do some damage control after Mother Jones magazine published a covert video of Mitt Romney's comments to wealthy donors that a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was unrealistic. The video, which was published online on the magazine's website, provoked handwringing that Romney's remarks could compromise U.S. standing as an "honest broker" in the peace process should Romney become president. But Romney isn't alone in his doubts about the viability...
Topics: Palestine, Israel, peace process, occupation, occupied territories, West Bank, one-state solution,...
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Radio 18:28 min:sec "How Wall Street Can Bail Itself Out Without Destroying The Dollar" is Thom Hartmann's piece. He hosts a daily talk program on Air America Radio Network. See ThomHartmann.com . His books include "Screwed: the Undeclared War against the Middle Class & What We Can Do about It" From "Sounds Of Dissent" radio, every Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Eastern Time on 90.3 FM in Boston & web streams linked from wzbc.org. John Grebe, news editor.
Topics: news, radio, interview, bailout, economy, Paulson, Hartmann, Grebe, Sounds Of Dissent, dissent, WZBC
Danny Schechter the News Dissector died March 19, 2015 at age 72. He brought incisive media analysis and humor to Boston's FM airwaves on WBCN. An anti-Apartheid journalist, a radical writer and filmmaker. Interview with Alan Wieder, anti-Apartheid and desegregation scholar. Broadcast on "Sounds Of Dissent" radio on WZBC 90.3 FM, on March 21, 2015.
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Radio 26:15 min:sec How a bailout can save the economy (for low-income people too): details for your Congressmen. Thomas Ferguson is professor of political science at University of Massachusetts-Boston & contributing editor for The Nation. See "Bridge Loan to Nowhere," by Thomas Ferguson & Robert Johnson, 9/22/08 in The Nation magazine.
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On August 16th, heavily armed police in Marikana, South Africa opened fire on striking mineworkers, reportedly killing over 34 workers in an action reminiscent of the worst days of the apartheid regime. The platinum miners were demanding increases in pay and improved living and working conditions in a nation where poverty, unemployment and inequality persist 18 years after the end of the apartheid system of white rule. The governing African National Congress (ANC), which once represented the...
Topics: South Africa, Marikana, ANC, African National Congress, Lonmin, mine workers, apartheid, National...
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- Sounds of Dissent, producer Amy Grunder Smith College professor Susan Van Dyne discusses the late great feminist poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, one of the most influential writers of her generation.
Topics: Adrienne Rich, American poet, feminist, feminism, women's liberation, social justice, art and...
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The UN Conference on Sustainable Development closed in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Billed by the UN as a "once in a generation chance" to put the global economy onto an environmentally-sustainable track, the 3-day Earth Summit brought together some 50,000 people, including 130 heads of state, business leaders, scientists, and non-governmental groups. The conference was to assess past progress and agree on goals for the future, but ended with a non-binding declaration that many observers...
Topics: United Nations, Rio+20, Earth Summit, environment, sustainable development, climate, UN...
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June temperatures in the United States were the 14th warmest on record. A searing heat wave toward the end of the month broke or tied over 170 records in cities across America. 56 percent of the continental U.S. is now under drought conditions, with 1.3 million acres destroyed by wildfires - a tinderbox. At month's end, tropical storm Debby dumped record-breaking rainfall on Florida, while a severe storm cut a 600-mile swath from Illinois to Virginia, knocking out power for 3.4 million...
Topics: Global warming, climate change, NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, American...
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The Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Colombia has been opposed by human rights groups, labor unions, and environmentalists in both countries since negotiations first began in 2004. Candidate Obama opposed the agreement in 2008, citing widespread human rights violations in Colombia. President Obama now supports it. With Adam Isacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy at the Washington Office on Latin America, and Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global...
Topics: Colombia, trade agreement, democracy, human rights, labor unions, environment, Lori Wallach, Adam...
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The failure of the federal government to address inequality, poverty, and sky-rocketing healthcare and education costs is more than a policy failure. It's a human rights violation. And dozens of local governments and communities are treating it that way - and doing something about it. With Risa Kaufman, executive director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. Ms. Kaufman is on the steering committee of the Human Rights at Home Campaign. Check out their report of local human...
Topics: human rights, economic rights, health care, education, inequality, United States, Human Rights...
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ranks the Pilgrim plant in Plymouth, Mass. at #2 highest risk nationwide of nuclear core damage from an earthquake. New seismic data for Eastern states boost Pilgrim's risk seven times higher than the previous estimate. The Indian Point reactor in Buchanan, NY ranks #1. May 9th the NRC prioritized detailed earthquake risk analysis for 21 Central and Eastern U.S. reactors. Pilgrim's nuclear reactor is one of only six in the U.S. using the same GE Boiling Water...
Topics: nuclear, earthquake, reactor, Pilgrim, Massachusetts, NRC, Beyond Nuclear, Paul Gunter, earthquake,...
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Political fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is fueling local opposition to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The aging facility's operating license expires on June 8, 2012, and its owners want a 20-year extension. It looked like it had a green light from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which recommended an approval vote. But out of nowhere, local opposition to the license grew and spread from town to town, stiffening the backs of state and Congressional...
Topics: Nuclear Power, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, Beyond Nuclear,...
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Radio 33:53 min:sec. With $700bn at stake: what are the priorities? Jo Comerford of the National Priorities Project. See "What $700 Billion Could Buy" by Ruth Conniff 9/24/08 in The Progressive magazine. NationalPriorities.org shows how much US budget money goes where. Article there "The Magnitude and Meaning of the Proposed Bailout" on 9/23/08.
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The U.S. State Department is facing a legal challenge from a terrorist group wanting their name removed from the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization blacklist. But, more pressure comes from former U.S. officials, Democrats and Republicans, from Howard Dean to John Bolton, including CIA and FBI directors, many of whom have been paid to speak for the terrorist group. Some are now being investigated by the Treasury Dept. for it. One advocate is Mitt Romney's foreign policy adviser, Mitchell...
Topics: Iran, Israel, U.S., MeK, Mujahedin e-Khalq, terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organization blacklist,...
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- Sounds of Dissent, producer Amy Grunder Human Rights Watch lawyer Reed Brody discusses first-ever government prosecution of government officials for collaborating with the CIA in setting up secret interrogation prisons, or âblack sites,â in Poland. Live Radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on Mar. 31, 2012
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The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on November 29th to grant Palestine non-member observer state status to Palestinians at the United Nations. The vote was taken on the 65th anniversary of the UN vote to divide the former British Mandate of Palestine into two states, Israel and Palestine. In retaliation, Israel on Friday announced the construction of 3,000 new settlements in the Palestinian territories it occupied in 1967. The UN bid "will only be meaningful to the...
Topics: United Nations, U.N., General Assembly, Palestine, Palestinian, Israel, Israeli, Mouin Rabbani
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On the weekend of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) "national summit" in Boston (October 13-14, 2012), Harvard professor and author Stephen Walt joined us for a wide-ranging conversation about the profound effect that lobbyist and interest groups supportive of Israel have on U.S. domestic and foreign policy, including U.S. policy toward Iran. With Stephen Walt, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government...
Topics: AIPAC, JDL, Israel, Israel lobby, foreign policy, Iran, Stephen Walt
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In Athens on April 4, 2012, a 77-year-old former pharmacist and middle-class pensioner named Dimitris Christoulas shot himself under a giant Cyprus tree in Syntagma Square, a few hundred yards from the Greek parliament. According to his suicide note, he was ending his life to protest austerity measures enacted by the Greek government. "I cannot find any other form of struggle except a dignified end," he wrote. But suicide rates are on the rise elsewhere across Europe as well. A group...
Topics: Europe, Greece, austerity, suicide, mortality, financial crisis, social costs, social welfare,...
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Energy & security specialist Michael T. Klare discusses his new book, "The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources," published by Metropolitan Books. --- Live radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston, 2012-04-14.
Topics: national security, energy, extreme energy, national resources, environment, ecological, resources,...
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On December 18th the governing African National Congress elected as ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, a former revolutionary and union leader turned billionaire businessman. Ramaphosa sits on the board of Lonmin mining company, and called for intervention against Lonmin platinum mineworkers amid wildcat strikes in Marikana, South Africa, last August. On August 16th, South African police opened fire on 100 striking Lonmin mineworkers, killing 36 and wounding 78. Inequality in South Africa...
Topics: Marikana, Lonmin, mineworkers, NUM, ANC, African National Congress, South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa,...
The Iranian anti-government Mujahideen-E Khalq was removed from the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations on Friday (9/28/2012) after paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to prominent former U.S. officials to speak on its behalf. Prominent supporters who received funds from the "cultish" MEK reportedly include Democrats Howard Dean, Ed Rendell, Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson, and Lee Hamilton, as well as Republicans Rudy Giuliani, Fran Townsend, Tom Ridge,...
Topics: Iran, Israel, U.S., MeK, Mujahedin e-Khalq, terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organization blacklist,...
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The House of Representatives recently voted to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act, a law originally passed in 2008 that subjects Americans citizens to the government's vast warrantless wiretapping program. Most Americans don't know that their international calls and emails are subject to this program. Even their domestic emails and phone calls can be picked up without a warrant from a judge. The laws proponents donât seem to know this either. With Julian Sanchez, a Washington, D.C.- based...
Topics: FISA, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, electronic surveillance, warrantless wiretapping, FAA,...
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On the eve of Greece's parliamentary elections, the emergence of a leftist coalition as a major power broker in Greek politics has the international business press in a tizzy. But in Greece, crushed by austerity measures imposed from abroad, their patrimony auctioned to the highest bidder, and skewered by world opinion, the populace finally had enough. Last month Greek voters routed the two main political parties that approved the Greek bailout deal, instead giving 16 percent of the vote to...
Topics: Greece, Greek, austerity, Neoliberalism, Syriza, Party of the Radical Left, elections, eurocrats,...
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Besides the U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal, what happened at the Summit of the Americas? Colombian reporter Jenny Manrique reports from Bogota on the Summit and the sex tourism industry in Cartagena, Colombia. Live interview by John Grebe, first aired on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston, 2012-04-21.
Topics: Colombia, prostitution, Secret Service, Summit of the Americas, sex tourism
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The FCC has repeatedly failed to address the impact of its policies on ownership of broadcast media by women and people of color, says Joe Torres of Free Press. A proposed rule change would deepen media inequality by encouraging the concentration of media into fewer and fewer hands. The latest rule change is only the latest foray in a historic struggle for control that ensues each time a new media technology emerges, beginning with the invention of the printing press and telegraph. The newest...
Topics: Joseph Torres, Free Press, Federal Communications Commission, FCC, media consolidation, media...
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Demonstrating in favor of the Vietnam War at Stanford University, Willard "Mitt" Romney, however, would face uncertain odds in a Selective Service College Qualification Test. Most college men could not make the cut to postpone being drafted. Romney left Stanford after one year, and pursued his Mormon religion's mandatory ministry for males: two years in France in his case. When the Selective Service System (the draft) noticed so many young Mormon men taking S2 deferments for ministry,...
Topics: Draft dodger, Mitt Romney, Vietnam, Stanford, Selective Service, Mormon, minister, S2 deferment,...
Days after Attorney General Holder announced the closure of the last two criminal investigations of the torture and murder of detainees in CIA custody during the Bush Administration, Human Rights Watch released a new report contradicting official accounts of the extent of CIA waterboarding in Afghanistan 9 years ago. The report, based on documents and interviews collected in Libya after the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, documents the torture of Libyan detainees in CIA custody, as well as their...
Topics: Libya, Afghanistan, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, torture, Bush Administration, Obama...
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Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School in Cambridge Massachusetts has an extraordinarily diverse student body that reflects the kaleidoscopic racial, ethnic, and economic composition of the city. With over 1500 students speaking over 64 languages, the school mirrors what our guest calls "the new face of America," with its growing populations of Latinos and Asians, Africans and Afro-Caribbeans, and people of mixed heritage. "More communities across America will increasingly look...
Topics: Race, racism, education, achievement gap, Lawrence Blum, Audrey Smedley, racial literacy,...
Did rebels in Syria use sarin gas in 2013, rather than President Assad? Turkish member of parliament Eren Erdem cited evidence on December 10, 2015 that the Turkish government was complicit in delivery of sarin gas to Syrian rebels before the 2013 attack that killed hundreds in Ghouta, Syria. Over a dozen retired CIA, State Dept., NSA and Army staffers have signed an open memo to Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asking for the evidence on who used the...
Topics: Syria, chemical weapons, sarin gas, Assad, rebels, Turkey, CIA, VIPS, Ray McGovern, John Kerry,...
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The military junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983 kidnapped, murdered, and "disappeared" as many as 30,000 unarmed civilians. On Thursday, former Argentine dictators Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone were convicted of directing the systematic abduction of infants born in clandestine torture and detention centers to women detainees, who were killed after delivering their babies. The infants were then given to adoptive families close to the military. The convictions vindicate 36...
Topics: Argentina, military junta, military dictatorship, Dirty War, dictator, Nunca Mas, human rights,...
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On the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, investigative journalist Greg Palast reports that British Petroleum concealed a nearly identical oil rig blow-out that occurred in 2008 in the Caspian Sea, in order to get permission for deep-sea drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Had BP revealed the disaster, Palast says, the eleven Gulf workers who died on April 20, 2010 might be alive today. Live interview by John Grebe, first aired on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston,...
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They call them PIIGs - Marshall Auerback discusses the Greek bailout, austerity, and what these mean for the future of European democracy. Radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired on "Sounds of Dissent" on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on March 3, 2012
Topics: Europe, financial crisis, bank, bailout, austerity, welfare state, labor, democracy, economics
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French voters head to the polls tomorrow in the final run-off election for President. Socialist Francois Holland is poised for victory over incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, but whoever wins tomorrow will have to contend with an increasingly polarized French republic. The extreme-right National Front won nearly 20 percent of the vote in the first run-off election last month. Right wing parties are making electoral gains all across Europe, dragging traditional parties rightward along with them. Sound...
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Corrupt media coverage emerges as a major campaign issue on the eve of Mexico's presidential election, thanks to a growing student movement in Mexico and an ongoing investigation by the British newspaper The Guardian. This story and more with Peter Watt, co-author of the new book Drug War Mexico: Politics, Neoliberalism and Violence in the New Narcoeconomy. Radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired live on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on 2012-06-30. --- Sounds of Dissent has aired...
Topics: Mexico, corruption, media, presidential election, social movements, Latin America, Neoliberalism,...
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In the wake of recent revelations of U.S. Secret Service and military use of prostitution in Colombia, El Salvador and Argentina, feminist scholar Cynthia Enloe takes a closer look at prostitution, sex tourism, and the U.S. military. Live interview by Amy Grunder, first aired on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston, 2012-04-28.
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Burma is open for business. Too soon to lift sanctions, says Simon Billenness of the U.S. Campaign for Burma.
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We interviewed Dr. Mads Gilbert live from Gaza City just after the end of Israel's week-long assault on Gaza, where he describes the humanitarian catastrophe after five years of siege and two devastating military attacks in four years. Gilbert is a medical doctor and passionate advocate of the Palestinian people. He is also professor of medicine at the University of North Norway, where he specializes in anesthesiology and emergency medicine. Gilbert reports that 60 percent of Gaza's 1.7 million...
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In Brazil assassinations of activists are common. They protest mining, dams and big agriculture companies devastating the Amazon rainforest and denying poor landless workers their livelihoods. In March 2017, Waldomiro Costa Pereira was assassinated in his hospital room while recovering from a prior assassination attempt in Para state. Interview with Maria Luisa Mendonça, who directs Brazil's Network for Social Justice and Human Rights. She is professor in the international relations dept. at...
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted Thursday to extend the operating license for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts for another 20 years, despite opposition from local residents, the state Attorney General, the Governor, and town, state and Congressional representatives over ongoing safety and environmental concerns at the 40-year old plant. The sole dissenting vote belonged to outgoing NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who offered his resignation this week. The...
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Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's "New Yorker" piece reports U.S. training of the anti-Iranian Mujahedin e-Khalq - listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization - in Nevada, and the political and monetary support the terrorist group has garnered from Democrat and Republican politicians intent on overthrowing the current Iranian government. Live radio interview by John Grebe, first aired on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston, 2012-04-07
Topics: Iran, MeK, Mujahedin e-Khalq, Sy Hersh, JSOC, designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, Nevada,...