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Bernstein is the host and executive
producer of Flashpoints, a daily news magazine broadcast on Pacifica Radio. He
is an award-winning investigative reporter,
essayist and poet. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York
Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, and many other publications in the US and
around the world. He is the recipient of the Art of Peace Award, the
International Service Journalism Award from Friends World College, and six
Project Censored awards for investigative reporting. In 2009, Pulse Media named
him one of the “20 Top Global Media Figures.”
Bernstein is also a widely published poet, and the
author, most recently, of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, which
received the 2012 Literary Achievement Award from Artist Embassy International.
His poetry has
appeared in the New York Quarterly, Chimaera, Bat City Review, The Progressive,
Texas Observer, ZYZZYVA, etc
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The
Color Purple , writes that Special Ed “…is art turned to us through
the eyes of love.” Carol Smaldino says in The Huffington Post that the poems
remind us how “…we are all connected to the sorrows as well as to the grandness
of being human…”
Bernstein, who holds a master’s degree in Education, has
also taught media literacy and special education, working in some of the poorest
communities in New York City and New York State. Bernstein has also taught
writing and reading literacy in various prisons in New York City and New York
State, for the CCNY/John Jay College and Mercy College.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Human Catastrophe at Gaza's Hospitals
The U.S. mainstream media is again downplaying the horror of Israel's latest invasion of Gaza. The Washington Post's front-page headline said "Israel edges into Gaza." But the carnage is more dramatic at Gaza's overflowing hospitals, as Dr. Mads Gilbert explained to Dennis J Bernstein.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 The Whys Behind Israel's Gaza Slaughter
Because the borders are closed, there is nowhere to run. Which is why thousands of Palestinians rush to U.N. encampments. There are currently over 17,000 Palestinian civilians taking refuge in U.N. compounds. There are thousands of people at the Rafah crossing into Egypt. That crossing is largely closed, part of the duplicity of the Egyptian government. There is nowhere for the Palestinian people to go.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 Why the Honduran Children Flee North
Much of the violence driving thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras to the U.S. can be traced to the past decades of U.S. military and economic interference in Honduras, including ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's support for a 2009 coup, Adrienne Pine tells Dennis J Bernstein.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Turning Japan Back toward Militarism (3 comments)
The Obama administration's much-touted "pivot" to Asia has a militaristic side that involves encouraging Japan to abandon its post-World War II pacifism and make its revamped military a U.S. ally in containing China, as Tim Shorrock explains to Dennis J Bernstein.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 Iraqi Chaos May Give Kurds a State (1 comments)
Millions of Kurds live in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria but the British-French imperial division of the region left them without a state of their own, adding to the region's tensions. But some Kurds see the current chaos in Iraq as a pathway to nationhood, as scholar Edmund Ghareeb told Dennis J Bernstein.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 The Death Penalty's Grotesque Reality
On April 29, Oklahoma authorities strapped convicted murderer Clayton Lockett to a gurney and began pumping in drugs to kill him. But the process went awry as Lockett writhed in pain for 43 minutes, raising moral questions discussed by Dennis J Bernstein with death-penalty opponent Michael Kroll.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 FCC's Threat to Net Neutrality
President Obama has been a vocal defender of "net neutrality," but a recent leaked report suggests that Obama's FCC chairman is planning to divide the Internet into one with faster and slower speeds, as Free Press' Craig Aaron told Dennis J. Bernstein.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Hope for an Israeli-Palestinian State (1 comments)
For years, Israel condemned Palestinians for terrorism, but now Israel seems equally upset over non-violent resistance from a boycott movement aimed at ending more than six decades of repression against Palestinians, a reaction that shows progress, author Ali Abunimah tells Dennis J. Bernstein.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 Giving the Super-Rich More Clout (2 comments)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to remove limits on how much a person can donate each election cycle represents another giant step toward giving the 1 percent out-sized control of the U.S. political process, as Public Citizen President Robert Weissman told Dennis J Bernstein.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 Recalling a Proud American Moment (1 comments)
United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez, with quiet dignity and nonviolent tactics, rallied millions of Americans behind the cause of oppressed farm workers in the 1960s, a remarkable moment recalled in a new movie by Diego Luna, interviewed by Dennis J Bernstein.
Monday, March 24, 2014 Changing Israel from Without (1 comments)
For decades, one-sided support for Israel distorted U.S. perceptions and policies in the Middle East. Only recently has the pro-Zionist narrative faced significant challenge, including protests against the abuse of Palestinians from Israeli dissidents like Ilan Pappe, who spoke with Dennis J Bernstein.
Friday, November 22, 2013 Cop's History an Issue in Toy-Gun Slaying (2 comments)
By all accounts, Andy Lopez was a good-hearted boy with a bright future -- until the 13-year-old was confronted by a police deputy who told him to drop a toy gun and then felled him with a deadly fusillade, a case that has shocked northern California.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Gunning Down a Boy with a Toy Gun (12 comments)
Exclusive: The Trayvon Martin case, in which a community watch volunteer killed an unarmed black teen-ager in a hoodie, roiled the U.S. last year. Now, a California deputy has gunned down a Latino boy carrying a toy AK-47, raising other troubling questions, as Dennis J Bernstein reports.
Friday, October 11, 2013 Netanyahu's Scheme for Palestine
Netanyahu has said he's committed to peace talks. He's not committed to peace, but he's committed to talks, because the longer he keeps talking, the Palestinian Authority is locked into this timeline so they can't do anything -- not that they would do anything -- about the kinds of crimes that are being committed in the occupied territories. Netanyahu looks for diplomatic cover so Israel can continue its colonial project.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 Chilling the First Amendment
President Obama has overseen an unprecedented legal campaign against leaks of classified information with New York Times journalist James Risen now facing possible jail for refusing to testify in the trial of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for a leak published in Risen's book, State of War, a topic that First Amendment attorney James Goodale discusses with Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, July 20, 2013 A Foot Soldier Throws Down His Gun (3 comments)
Brandon Toy, an Iraq War veteran and a mid-level project manager at General Dynamics, concluded that what he had done and was doing went against the best principles of the United States -- and so resigned with a declaration that if "every foot soldier threw down his rifle," things might change.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Migrant Workers' Bitter Fruit (1 comments)
The battle to overhaul U.S. immigration policy has now moved from the Senate to the House where its future is at best uncertain. The debate continues even as the Obama administration presses forward with the most stringent deportation policies in modern history.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Snowden's Case for Asylum
Despite U.S. government pressure, Russian President Vladimir Putin is balking at demands that he extradite Edward Snowden from Moscow to face espionage charges for leaking secrets about America's global surveillance operations. Still, Snowden's status remains dicey, as Marjorie Cohn explains.
Saturday, June 22, 2013 Bush's Foiled NSA Blackmail Scheme (2 comments)
In early 2003, as the U.S. and British governments were seeking international acquiescence to their aggressive war on Iraq, an unexpected cog thrown into the propaganda machine was the disclosure that the National Security Agency was spying on UN Security Council members in search of blackmail material.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 Barack Obama: "Deporter In Chief" (29 comments)
From day one of his first campaign for President, Barack Obama promised a kinder, more humane treatment of undocumented migrant workers and their families. But his administration has been nothing short of brutal when it comes to his policies. Some of those on the front lines fighting for comprehensive and humane immigration reform have started to refer to Obama as "Deporter in Chief."
Friday, June 14, 2013 Fighting Secrecy and the National Security State (2 comments)
The U.S. government's "war on terror" and its companion "surveillance state" have become troubling issues not only for the civil liberties of Americans but even more so for the rest of the world where popular movements are arising to challenge the electronic penetration of people's information and violation of their privacy.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 How Secrecy Stops Debate on Secrecy
Americans got a rare glimpse into the breadth of U.S. government surveillance of their communications with new revelations that phone and Internet providers have been turning over vast amounts of data to be mined for "terrorism" investigations, an issue discussed by human rights attorney Shahid Buttar with Dennis J Bernstein.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 Why the US Threatened to Cut Off Aid to Palestine if the UN Granted it Observer Status (1 comments)
Palestine could join the Law of the Sea Convention and get legal access and legal right to these enormous gas supplies right off the coast of Gaza, which Israel has access to. Lebanon, Cypress, Turkey...they all have their claims in. But Palestine has a claim too. Indeed, a pretty substantial claim. And if Palestine gets access to that gas, it can become economically self sufficient. So this is a very important issue.
Friday, November 23, 2012 John Pilger on Israel's Gaza Rampage: It's Not Just War (87 comments)
We see a form of genocide underway in Palestine. And this is the later stage. And what we should be in no doubt about is that although Israelis are doing the bombing, it's really the United States that is pushing the buttons. Because it's only Israelis who are flying the American planes. This is, in effect, an American/Israeli assault on a people who live effectively in an open prison.