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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.
Thursday, June 9, 2016(2 comments)
Calling Out Drone War as a War Crime
Night and day, U.S. "pilots" sit in cushioned chairs near Las Vegas, commanding drones on the other side of the planet, tracking and killing people, what retired Col. Ann Wright and other activists call a war crime, writes Dennis J Bernstein.
Friday, May 27, 2016 The Urgency of Now: Fighting the "Hysteria Factory"
Until the Voting Rights Act, the blockade was created by the Democratic Party. The racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant know-nothings and Klan were expressing their prejudice and fears of the other. Now it's changed. It's become billionaires who are interested in manipulating the vote. It's very sad how many Democrats as well as Republicans have become involved in purging voters of color in these vicious primary cycles.
Thursday, April 21, 2016(1 comments)
A Machete for Your Thoughts: Free Trade, Hillary Style
Hillary Clinton is very much seen as the person who facilitated for the U.S. government this ongoing regime of a government that has the worst human rights record in the hemisphere, and that has presided over the nation that has the highest level of killing of environmental activists, according to the research of the group Global Witness.
Friday, April 15, 2016 Clinton's Pro-Free Trade Policies Lead to Wider Illegal Money Laundering in Panama
We may not be losing manufacturing jobs to Panama, but our quality of life and our community is getting undermined, because the U.S. companies and wealthy individuals that are still here can dodge having to contribute to the common good and the infrastructure that we all rely on, by making sure that they find ways to use offshore in havens like Panama, to avoid paying taxes.
Friday, April 8, 2016(4 comments)
Nuclear War if Necessary: An Interview With Frontline Filmmaker, John Pilger
The Iraq invasion was brought about largely with propaganda at first, where the media promoted the completely false notion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and that he was a threat. Now we see almost daily some kind of story that China is a threat. We've had many stories saying, rather hysterical stories saying, "Look, here's China being aggressive. This is the reason why China clearly is a threat."
Monday, April 4, 2016 A New Day for Rasmea Odeh: Throwing the Spotlight on Israeli Torture
Rasmea Odeh is a 67-year-old Chicago-based Palestinian community leader. She immigrated to the US in 1994 and received her United States citizenship in 2004. Since that time she has worked diligently and effectively with community organizations that provide crucial care and support for immigrant women.
Friday, March 25, 2016(4 comments)
So Many Children Left Behind: Interview: Education Reformer Diane Ravitch
There are charter schools that exclude kids with, as I said before, disabilities or who don't speak English. And public schools shouldn't do that. Public schools are supposed to accept everyone, and they don't have a choice in this. But under the banner of school choice we are being pushed to accept schools that are far more segregated even than the public schools.
Thursday, March 17, 2016(2 comments)
The Killing Fields of Baghdad: The Case of Hillary, Layla, and "Little Deer"
Bernstein writes: "Many who mourned the death of Layla al-Attar believed the Clintons' silence was clearly a political choice, not to call attention to the killing of such a prominent woman, a leader in the art world of the Middle East. Others believed it was a not 'collateral damage' as Clinton claimed. It was the second time the artist's house had been hit."
Monday, March 14, 2016(1 comments)
Dangers from Pesticides
Intensive use of pesticides in California and other agricultural centers presents a risk to farmworkers and their families that is still only dimly understood, writes Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016(6 comments)
The Honduras Killing Field
The murder of prominent Honduras environmental activist Berta Caceres recalls Hillary Clinton's role in supporting a right-wing coup in 2009 that ousted an elected progressive president and turned Honduras into a killing field, writes Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 Testing Out Repression in Israel
Jeff Halper, co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, sees the brutal practice of destroying Palestinian homes and similar tactics as part of an experiment in social repression that can have broader implications as income inequality spreads across the globe, as he told Dennis J Bernstein.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 The Disgrace of Flint's Poison Water
The case of Flint, Michigan, and its lead-poisoned water supply has exposed a U.S political disgrace, treating poor and minority communities with shocking disregard -- and showing little interest in punishing the officials responsible, as Marsha Coleman-Adebayo told Dennis Bernstein.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Behind Flint's Lead-Poisoned Water
Largely abandoned by auto manufacturers who shifted factories to low-wage areas, Flint, Michigan, suffers from a powerlessness that allowed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials to ignore the city's lead-poisoned water, as Dennis J Bernstein reports.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016(2 comments)
The Meaning Behind the Sanders Surge
What is most startling about the excited response to Sen. Sanders's campaign is that millions of Americans seem to be saying that free-market capitalism is failing them and that there must be something better than accepting vast income inequality, as economist Richard Wolff explained to Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016(1 comments)
Seeking Justice for Guatemalan Slaughter
Brave prosecutors in Guatemala are trying to enforce accountability for government-sponsored rapes, tortures and murders in the 1980s, a time when President Reagan and his administration were complicit in the atrocities but remain respected U.S. figures, as Allan Nairn explained to Dennis J Bernstein.
Sunday, January 24, 2016 Malheur Wildlife Refuge Takeover Is No Wounded Knee
Morningstar is deeply troubled by the takeover of the Malheur Refuge area, which she said contains sacred burial grounds of their ancient ancestors, and extensive personal records about the community and its people. She bristles at the claim by the Bundy brothers that they are acting on behalf of everyone in the area, including the Native American tribes.
Sunday, January 17, 2016(3 comments)
The Deposer in Chief: Hillary in Honduras
Actions taken by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state are a major factor contributing to the waves of Central Americans, mostly Hondurans, coming north to the US, according to a highly respected Latino human rights activist and several distinguished scholars who have studied the situation and spent extensive time in the country.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015(2 comments)
Learning from the Greek "Betrayal"
Europe's defenders of neoliberal economics -- favoring the market interests of wealthy elites over the social needs of average people -- marshaled their forces to crush the Greek challenge to "austerity," with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras betraying his supporters, John Pilger told Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 The Path Ahead for Palestine
Israel under Prime Minister Netanyahu is showing no inclination to resolve the long-festering conflict with the Palestinians who remain harshly repressed in an apartheid-like system as Jewish expansion continues into Palestinian lands, a crisis that PLO leader Mustafa Barghouti describes to Dennis J Bernstein.
Friday, June 19, 2015(5 comments)
The Rush to a New Cold War
The U.S. government and news media have jumped back into Cold War attitudes since early 2014 when a U.S.-backed coup overthrew Ukraine's elected president and prompted countermoves by Russia, setting the stage for a potential nuclear showdown, as journalist Robert Parry discussed with Dennis J. Bernstein.
Saturday, December 6, 2014(1 comments)
Sinking Deeper into the Mideast
The deserts of the Middle East and North Africa have become a kind of quicksand for U.S. policymakers, the more they thrash around violently the faster they sink, with the latest round of warfare against the Islamic State worsening matters, not improving them, as Phyllis Bennis told Dennis J. Bernstein.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 The Grassroots Battle For True Net Neutrality
Dr. Margaret Flowers is on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. She a medical doctor and an organizer of popularresistance.org which engaged last week in a series of direct actions at the FCC Headquarters in a last-minute call for true net neutrality. On Monday Flowers and a number of activists confronted the chairman of the FCC as he was coming out of his house to drive to work.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Punishing a Professor's Criticism of Israel
Criticism of how Israel treats Palestinians has become a firing offense in some circles, including academia where professors must muzzle themselves or face accusations of anti-Semitism. In the case of Steven Salaita, Twitter posts about Gaza cost him his job, as Dennis J. Bernstein explores in an interview.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Dennis J Bernstein interviews Keith McHenry, founder of Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs is a national organization that distributes free food to the growing armies of hungry Americans from coast to coast. While you would think that the government would laud support such a noble cause, Food Not Bombs food-givers face regular arrest and possible jail time for distributing food to the very hungry, a growing number of children and veterans among them.
Monday, September 29, 2014(1 comments)
The Chile Coup, 9/11 and James Foley
Time and history sometimes intertwine in ways more poetic than linear, such as the multiple crimes associated with the date September 11 and the legacy of bearing witness to suffering that led journalist James Foley to his death in Syria, as Martin Espada explained to Dennis J Bernstein.
Sunday, August 17, 2014 Iraq and the Oil Wars
Oil has always been part of U.S. decision-making on Iraq, a key motive for the 2003 invasion and the bloody occupation that followed. Now, as President Obama returns U.S. forces to Iraq, the issue of oil has bubbled back to the surface, as oil analyst Antonia Juhasz explained to Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 Palestinian Suffering and Fighting Back
The problem in Gaza now is that there's nowhere to live. People have nowhere to go. They escape from an area that is being targeted, to another area that is being targeted. All these explosions, and all these bombings happen randomly, and they don't take into consideration the amount of civilian casualties that might fall.
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.