Mass Uprisings in Colombia w/ Angela Castillo and Lorena Rodriguez of Colombia Conexion-SF Bay

In this episode, we talk with Angela Castillo and Lorena Rodriquez with Colombia Conexion- SF Bay (@colconxnsf) about the mass uprisings happening in cities across Colombia.

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The U.S.-backed right-wing government of Ivan Duque Marquez has pushed a neo-liberal tax reform bill that has sparked mass protest across the country. The Duque government has responded with horrific police brutality resulting in at least 42 deaths as well as many more injured and disappeared by state forces. We dive deep into the history and politics of Colombia, its government’s and U.S. backed death squads war on left social movements and current crises around COVID-19 and austerity.  We also discuss the city of Cali and its role as one of the epicenters of street resistance. Continue reading “Mass Uprisings in Colombia w/ Angela Castillo and Lorena Rodriguez of Colombia Conexion-SF Bay”

India in Crisis! Covid-19 and Civil Society Uprisings w/ writer Harbeer Sandhu

In part one of this two-part episode, we talk with writer Harbeer Sandhu about the social, political and epidemiological crises happening in India.  Recently returned from a trip to India, Harbeer talks with us about the impact of COVID in India, the lockdowns in Punjab, the general strike in January and the politics and policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party,

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Iran! Biden, Nukes, and Sanctions, with Professor Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerd‪i‬

In this episode we talked with Dr. Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi about the politics and history of U.S.-Iranian relations.

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Dr. Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, who is an assistant professor in Comparative Political Theory at Goldsmith’s University of London.   He was previously a  British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford  (2016-2019), where he also obtained his doctorate Continue reading “Iran! Biden, Nukes, and Sanctions, with Professor Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerd‪i‬”

“Work Won’t Love You Back” with Labor Journalist Sarah Jaff‪e‬

In our latest episode, we’re excited to speak with labor journalist and author Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) about her new book “Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone.”

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Worthy Victims? Two Professors Fired in Texas…..mostly crickets

cross-posted from Afflict the Comfortable

Outrage over Nathan Robinson is fine….but others need help too.

To begin, I have no issues with Nathan Robinson, have never met him, and think that The Guardian’s cancellation of his column over a sarcastic comment about U.S. support of Israel is an outrage--and he deserves support from the Left and from anyone who believes in free expression.

And he’s getting that–lots of it. Since the episode blew up last week, I’ve seen countless social media posts about it, from some of the biggest names in the lefty media pundit celebrity world, and articles about it in various media internationally. I’m glad. People who criticize Israel have been the targets of smear campaigns for too long (I have my own personal experience with that–from the allegedly radical Pacifica Network no less). So, Nathan Robinson is a worthy victim–as Herman and Chomsky wrote about long ago….no doubt. Continue reading “Worthy Victims? Two Professors Fired in Texas…..mostly crickets”

“looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit…” Politics on Campus w/ Bill Troveski from The Way Podcas‪t‬

In this episode we talk politics and podcasting with Bill Troveski from The Way Podcast.

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Students for a Democratic Society said in the Port Huron statement, “looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit…”  We discuss the current version of that discomfort that today’s students and youth are inheriting as the pandemic, economic collapse, the climate crisis and political crisis are all crashing down. With Bill, we discuss politics on campus at the University of Connecticut (where he’s currently a student), issues of student debt, the work force, climate change, healthcare and more. Continue reading ““looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit…” Politics on Campus w/ Bill Troveski from The Way Podcas‪t‬”

Professors fired from Collin College, Retaliation in Texa‪s‬

In our latest episode, we talk with two professors with exemplary records at Collin College, outside Dallas, who were recently fired for criticizing the school’s COVID policies.

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Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on the Indigenous Peoples’ History of the U.S‪.‬

In this episode, we’re excited to talk to author, activist and historian Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (@rdunbaro) about the Indigenous history of the U.S. We discuss her journey from activist and organizer to historian of the vast and complex subject of Indigenous people’s history. We also discuss settler colonialism and today’s protest movements for Indigenous rights.

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Organizers vs. Pundits. How the YouTube and Twitter Left are failing us. w/Joshua Kahn Russell

In our latest episode, we get into it! The left media universe includes YouTubers with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of podcasts and journals like Jacobin with 60,000 subscribers monthly. Yet that has translated in little support for on-the-ground organizers working in workplaces, frontline communities and the streets.

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The Limits of Power: Donald J. Trump

cross-posted from Afflict the Comfortable

by Bob Buzzanco

Mitch McConnell and Democratic Weakness produced Trump’s successes…….

Donald Trump, it seems, still reigns over the GOP and a good portion of the country.  Senators and representatives visit him to kiss his ring, the RNC is inviting him to speak at its upcoming conference, he and his supporters are unrepentant and still claiming victimhood.  He won’t go away.  The Monster, it seems, lives….

But Trump’s continued status is a continuation of his four years as president, built more on rhetoric, bluster, anger, and spectacle than the way he acted….because, in reality, Trump was far more limited in power than his supporters and, more importantly, his opponents ever recognized. If you want to compare him with evil historical figures, Charlie Manson and Jim Jones are much more appropriate than Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler. Continue reading “The Limits of Power: Donald J. Trump”