Dakota Access Pipeline Saboteur Jessica Reznicek Sentenced to Prison w/ climate justice organizer Alex Cohen

Jessica Reznicek is a land and water defender who worked with the Catholic Worker Community in Des Moines, IA.

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In 2016, she began to organize against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa. ¬†When the regulatory, political and even civil disobedience channels didn’t work, she concluded the system was broken. Then, she, and a fellow Catholic Worker, began to disable construction machinery along the pipeline route.

Our Series on the End of the War in Afghanistan

Two weeks ago, we’ve seen the Taliban seize Kabul abruptly ending the 20 year war and occupation of Afghanistan. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani fled the country. The sudden and dramatic Taliban gains came as the U.S. withdrew its ground troops from Afghanistan.

Aid groups are warned of the humanitarian crisis that is now unfolding. Since January, nearly 400,000 have been displaced. Over 1,000 civilians have been killed or injured in fighting over the past month. The images of U.S. helicopters flying over the U.S. embassy brought back memories of the April 1975 evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon.

Deep Background on Afghanistan

This past weekend, we saw the Taliban seize Kabul ending the 20 year war and occupation of Afghanistan. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani fled the country. The sudden and dramatic Taliban gains came as the U.S. withdrew its ground troops from Afghanistan. Aid groups are warning of a humanitarian crisis unfolding. Since January, nearly 400,000 have been displaced. Over 1,000 civilians have been killed or injured in fighting over the past month. The images of U.S. helicopters flying over the U.S. embassy brought back memories of the April 1975 evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon.

Whistleblower Daniel Hale and the Horrors of the U.S. Drone Wars w/ Noor Mir

Last month, whistleblower Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in prison after pleading guilty to violating the Espionage Act in March. During his time in the Air Force from 2009 to 2013, Hale worked with the National Security Agency and the Joint Special Operations Task Force at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he helped identify targets for assassination. He later worked as a contractor for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

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After leaving the Air Force, Hale became an outspoken opponent of the drone program, U.S. Foreign Policy and vocal supporter of whistleblowers.

What the Left Owes Cuba

Since the protests in Cuba on July 11th, the U.S. media has been promoting aggressive action if not intervention against Havana.

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But even segments of the self-described Left, especially social democrats in New Politics magazine, have been attacking the Diaz-Canel government, supporting the protests in Cuba, and dismissing the larger political-cum-power issues at play in this episode.

COVID is Still Here: Delta Variants and Vaccines ft. Prof. Sarah Koster

Despite government and media claims in June that the crisis of COVID was ending, we’re seeing a resurgence in cases, especially due to the Delta variant, lagging vaccination rates, and less mask wearing. ¬†Sarah breaks down the nature of the new variant, the health risks it poses, and what we need to do to be as safe as possible.

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Sarah Koster is Green and Red’s public health guru and most frequent guest and we just had another great discussion about COVID with here.