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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.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 A Protest Victory at Standing Rock
The Native-American-led protest against an oil pipeline near Sioux lands in the Dakotas drew international attention and support from U.S. vets, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to seek a different route, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Thursday, December 1, 2016(2 comments)
Ready to Resist Trump's Immigrant Round-up
Donald Trump's draconian plan to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and deport them suggests turning America into a police state and likely confronting strong resistance from their families and friends, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Sunday, November 27, 2016(3 comments)
Sessions's Old-Time Contempt for Civil Rights
President-elect Trump's choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General would put a longstanding opponent of civil rights for African-Americans in charge of the Justice Department, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Still Not Thanking Native Americans
Returned to its historical roots, Thanksgiving would be a day to express thanks to Native Americans whose generosity saved the Pilgrims, but that never seems to be a lesson learned, as Dennis J Bernstein reports on the Dakota pipeline standoff.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016(3 comments)
Why Trump's Victory Wasn't a Surprise
America's liberal elitists, who look down on the discontented working class and put up a presidential candidate representing a failed Establishment, set the stage for Donald Trump's victory, journalist John Pilger tells Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016(1 comments)
Debate over the Cleveland Indians' Mascot
The U.S. government's genocide against Native Americans has led many people to object to Indian nicknames and caricatures in sports, such as the grinning Chief Wahoo mascot of the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 The Open Wounds of Mideast Conflicts
Beyond Hillary Clinton's insults about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin -- and finger-pointing about ISIS -- foreign policy has gotten little attention in Campaign 2016 and that's especially true about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, October 8, 2016(3 comments)
Still Fighting for Native American Rights
The U.S. government's historic abuse of Native Americans has many chapters, including modern ones, such as the standoff at Wounded Knee in 1973 and today's protests against a pipeline in North Dakota, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Sunday, July 31, 2016 Sheriff Arpaio Paved the Way for Trump
Before there was Donald Trump and his promise of a "beautiful wall" across the U.S.-Mexican border there was Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona who pushed cruel treatment of illegal immigrants and other Latinos, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, July 30, 2016(1 comments)
Mike Pence Walks 10 Nuns Out of the Voting Booth
The republic lasted two centuries without photo ID. We founded the republic before there were photographs without any problem. We haven't had hoards of identity thieves voting. But it's been marvelously excellent at knocking out literally hundreds of thousands of poor people, especially voters of color.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Poverty Protests at RNC/DNC Conventions
For decades, Democrats like Republicans have shied away from talking much about poverty, but America's severe income inequality has made the plight of the poor a national crisis, notes Dennis J Bernstein.
Monday, July 4, 2016(1 comments)
Anger at Obama over Immigration
President Obama's mixed record on immigration includes deporting nearly three million people while seeking protections for some categories of undocumented immigrants, a move just obstructed by federal courts, writes Dennis J Bernstein.
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.
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(3 comments)
Turning Japan Back toward Militarism
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(1 comments)
Iraqi Chaos May Give Kurds a State
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(1 comments)
Hope for an Israeli-Palestinian State
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(2 comments)
Giving the Super-Rich More Clout
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(1 comments)
Recalling a Proud American Moment
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(1 comments)
Changing Israel from Without
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(2 comments)
Cop's History an Issue in Toy-Gun Slaying
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(12 comments)
Gunning Down a Boy with a Toy Gun
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(3 comments)
A Foot Soldier Throws Down His Gun
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(1 comments)
Migrant Workers' Bitter Fruit
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.