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Dennis J
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
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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.

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Another Journalist Killed in Mexico Breach was shot eight times by a heavily armed gunman as she was leaving home in her car, accompanied by one of her three children, shortly after 7 a.m., according to published reports. The child was not injured, but Breach died in transport. Breach was the third journalist to be murdered in Mexico this month.

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Surveillance State Goes After Trump Democrats are so eager to take down President Trump that they are joining forces with the Surveillance State to trample the privacy rights of people close to Trump, ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley tells Dennis J Bernstein.

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Resisting the Trump/Ryan Health Plan The complex Obamacare system struggled to gain popularity, but now that Republicans are moving to replace it with a less generous program, many medical professionals are irate, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

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Fear Spreads in Immigrant Communities President Trump's roundup of undocumented workers has spread fear though immigrant communities unsure what to expect as federal agents coordinate with local police to hunt people down, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

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Greens' Stein Faults Two-Party System Some Democrats blame Jill Stein for "siphoning off" crucial votes from Hillary Clinton and thus helping to elect Donald Trump, but Stein insists that the two-party straitjacket is the real enemy of democracy, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

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Lynne Stewart: "War on Terror" Casualty In America's "war on terror," normal actions, such as lawyer Lynne Stewart passing a client's message to friends, became criminalized. Stewart was imprisoned, likely speeding her death from cancer, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

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America's Anti-Immigrant "Atmosphere" A hostile U.S. "atmosphere" toward a wide range of immigrants, not just Muslims, has followed President Trump's travel ban aimed at six mostly Muslim countries, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Drone Killing: Murder Without Trial for Victims and Perpetrators: Drone Killing: Murder Withou Wednesday, March 8, 2017     

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America's Deadly New "National Bird" Officially, America's "national bird" is the eagle, but it is fast becoming the hovering, deadly drone that kills with missiles fired from half a world away, reports Dennis J Bernstein about Sonia Kennebeck's documentary, "National Bird."

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A Crackdown on the Poor and Hungry Concerned about "quality of life" appearances, cities across America are cracking down on the homeless and the hungry, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, February 23, 2017     

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Palestinians See More of the Same President Trump has offered mixed signals about precisely what his attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be, but Palestinians see little prospects for meaningful improvement, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

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California Resists Trump on Immigration President Trump's crackdown on America's 11 million undocumented immigrants is raising alarm among that community but faces its stiffest resistance in California where leaders vow defiance, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

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Immigrant Round-ups Stir Fears During last fall's campaign, Donald Trump vowed to get rid of the "bad hombres" among the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., but recent raids appear far less targeted, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

A monument for those who have died attempting to cross the US-Mexican border. Each coffin represents a year and the numb Tuesday, February 7, 2017     

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Latino Fear from Trump's Bluster President Trump's harsh rhetoric toward undocumented immigrants is spreading fear in immigrant communities, even among people who are in the U.S. legally, a California state senator tells Dennis J Bernstein.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage arrive to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Ki Sunday, February 5, 2017     

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The Double Standard on Yemen's Suffering The Trump administration condemns Iran as somehow responsible for a Yemeni rebel group's attack on a Saudi warship, but ignores the Saudi-inflicted bloodbath on the Yemeni people, as Gareth Porter explained to Dennis J Bernstein.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) SWAT officers. Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Rising Resistance to Trump on Immigration President Trump has stirred up anger over his provocative executive orders targeting immigrants, both undocumented people inside the U.S. and arrivals from seven mostly Muslim nations, as Dennis J Bernstein describes.

Artists work on a sign that reads "Deport Trump" during the presidential inauguration. January 20, 2017. Friday, January 27, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Fear Among Undocumented Immigrants Moving quickly on campaign promises to tighten U.S. borders and crack down on "sanctuary cities," President Trump is spreading fear among communities where many undocumented immigrants live, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

The DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) being installed between farms, as seen from 50th Avenue in New Salem, North Dakota. Au Wednesday, January 25, 2017     

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Trump's Pipeline Orders Challenge Protesters Ignoring environmental concerns and tribal objections, President Trump has put the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines back on track without even consulting the opponents, Dennis J Bernstein reports.

A rally in Washington, D.C. following the adoption of Arizona's SB1070 in 2010. Saturday, January 21, 2017     

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Trump's Threat to Farmworkers The Age of Trump is an unsettling time for undocumented farmworkers whose labor has helped make California's "wine country" rich but are now facing threats of draconian arrests and deportations, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, January 18, 2017     

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The Murky Future for US Health Care Republicans vow to repeal Obamacare, but President-elect Trump has injected confusion by claiming that the replacement will provide health insurance for all. But many health experts fear what comes next, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Betsy DeVos in 2005. Thursday, January 12, 2017 (1 comments)     

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What DeVos Might Do to Public Schools Donald Trump is stocking his administration with fellow rich people including "school voucher" advocate Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, a choice that makes many public school defenders nervous, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Norman Solomon Monday, January 9, 2017 (10 comments)     

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The Left's Challenge in Age of Trump The impending Trump presidency challenges the American Left to consider how to contest a right-wing agenda and how to create electoral options beyond Democratic Party orthodoxy, as Dennis J Bernstein and Norman Solomon discuss.

Replace Insecure http://f.a7.org/pictures/602/602796.jpg Friday, December 23, 2016     

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How Trump Kills the "Two-State Solution" President-elect Trump's choice of a backer of Israeli settlements to be ambassador to Israel may be the final death-blow to the "two-state solution," which has been on its death bed for years, as Dennis J Bernstein explains.

Bombed out vehicles in Aleppo, Syria. 6 October 2012 Wednesday, December 21, 2016     

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Extracting Aleppo from the Propaganda The mainstream U.S. news has supplied a consistent narrative regarding Syria that treats the "rebels" as the good guys and the "regime forces" as the bad guys, but it has never been that clear-cut, as Dennis J Bernstein reports.

The #NoDAPL water Protectors took non-violent direct action by locking themselves to construction equipment. This is "Ha Tuesday, December 6, 2016     

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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.

Donald Trump Thursday, December 1, 2016 (2 comments)     

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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.

Jeff Sessions supports Donald Trump at a rally. Sunday, November 27, 2016 (3 comments)     

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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.

Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 13, 2016 Thursday, November 24, 2016     

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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.

Journalist John Pilger Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (3 comments)     

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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.

Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians' mascot. Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

Palestinian activist Ali Abunimah in Helsinki on October 14, 2011. Saturday, October 22, 2016     

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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.

Native American activist Dennis Banks being honored at a ceremony in 2013. Saturday, October 8, 2016 (3 comments)     

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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.

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After 78 Years, California Farmworkers Win the Right to Overtime Pay: An Interview With UFW President Arturo Rodriguez There was jubilation in farmworker country on Monday, as California governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1066, ending the 78 years of exclusion from overtime for farmworkers. United Farm Workers president Arturo S. Rodriguez was celebrating the victory with farmworkers from one end of the state to the other.

The Green Party's candidates for president and vice president of the United States, Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, tra Saturday, September 10, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Green Party Candidates Face Arrest: An Interview With Green Party VP Candidate Ajamu Baraka The latest twist in the 2016 presidential campaign comes with the issuing of warrants for the arrest of the presidential and vice presidential candidates running on the Green Party ticket, Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka. Baraka was notified on Wednesday. Stein had been notified on Tuesday.

Leonard Peltier ... Friday, September 2, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Wanna-Be Presidential Assassin Hinkley Goes Free, Leonard Peltier Left to Rot and Die in Prison There is a dual standard of justice when it comes to Native Americans, like Peltier, who has now spent over 40 years in jail based on what many feel was a travesty of justice -- a trial wrought with injustice, fatal breaches of his civil rights, false testimony, and massive intimidation of witnesses brought forth by the defense.

Activist Salvador Reza after being unlawfully arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2010. Sunday, July 31, 2016     

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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.

Mike Pence Saturday, July 30, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator of the Poor Peoples' Economic Human Rights Campaign and the founder of the Kensingto Wednesday, July 27, 2016     

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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.

President Barack Obama announces his policy against deportation of "dreamers" on June 15, 2012. Monday, July 4, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

Colonel Ann Wright. Thursday, June 9, 2016 (2 comments)     

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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.

The fight for the right to vote in the United States Friday, May 27, 2016     

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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.

Berta Caceres, a indigenous environmental activist, who was murdered in Honduras. Thursday, April 21, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

Hillary Clinton Friday, April 15, 2016     

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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.

John Pilger speaks out Friday, April 8, 2016 (4 comments)     

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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."

Rasmea Odeh message when I see them, I see Us. Monday, April 4, 2016     

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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.

Children deserve education and a future Friday, March 25, 2016 (4 comments)     

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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.

Hillary Clinton Thursday, March 17, 2016 (2 comments)     

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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."

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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.

Berta Cceres, Honduran environment and human rights activist, murdered Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (6 comments)     

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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.

Jeff Halper co-founder and director of ICAHD Saturday, February 27, 2016     

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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.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, February 18, 2016     

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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.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Thursday, February 18, 2016     

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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.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (2 comments)     

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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)     

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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.

Ammon Bundy Talks with FBI--Demands Release of Hammonds Sunday, January 24, 2016     

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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.

Hillary Clinton Sunday, January 17, 2016 (3 comments)     

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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.

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece's Syriza party. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (2 comments)     

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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.

Palestinian leader Mustafa Barghouti Wednesday, July 15, 2015     

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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.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland during a press conference at the U.S. Emb Friday, June 19, 2015 (5 comments)     

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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.

President Barack Obama and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. (This White House photo by Pete Souza was taken w Saturday, December 6, 2014 (1 comments)     

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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.

Dr. Margaret Flowers Thursday, November 20, 2014     

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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.

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