Creating a New Political Agenda
More and more citizens are turned off by traditional party politics. Voter participation in elections, with a few exceptions, steadily declines. There is a palpable sense that the political system...
From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
After World War Two the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal declared:"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience...and have the duty to prevent crimes against peace and humanity...
Chile: The Allende Years 1970-1973
This is a special program on the Salvador Allende Popular Unity government in Chile during the years 1970-1973. Chavkin is interviewed by David Barsamian.
Civil Rights Under Attack
It's less than 40 years since the end of legal segregation in the United States. But the hard won victories of the 1960's civil rights movement are at risk today....
Race & Caste in the U.S.
A string of shootings of young African Americans has generated national and international attention. While these killings are nothing new, the proliferation of cell phones, cameras and social media has...
Not a Drop to Drink
Many know Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and its famous "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." Perhaps less known is Mark Twain's, "Whiskey's for drinking, water's for...
Making & Breaking Stories
Dominant paradigms, dominant stories, the big picture through which our lives move. How much of it is constructed for us? Most of it. What are the prevailing paradigms and cultural...
The media like to present themselves as objective, balanced and free from any bias or agenda. Reality suggests something quite different. The media function as weapons of mass distraction. Much...
The Clinton Vision
Bill Clinton assumed the Presidency of the United States heralded as a New Democrat. He would do things differently. He wouldn't kowtow to powerful lobbies. He would break the bureaucratic...
Latin America and the Universality of the Novel
A Calendar of Human History
When looking into the past, the great historian Howard Zinn said, “We never get ‘just the facts.’” We often get glaring omissions and distortions. History is always a selection from...
The More You Watch the Less You Know
The news media provide less and less information and more and more "infotainment" and a steady diet of the trial of the century, sexcapade of the year and multiple car...
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