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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.
Trump's Lethal Decision on Jerusalem
President Trump has won praise from Christian Zionists and many staunch supporters of Israel for declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital, but critics say it only makes peace a more distant goal, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, December 9, 2017(1 comments)
Missing the Significance of Israel-gate
Amid the U.S. mainstream media's hyping of Russia-gate, there has been much less attention given to what some call "Israel-gate," evidence that Israel was wielding much more behind-the-scenes influence, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017(1 comments)
Russia-gate Inquisitors Subpoena Journalist
The Russia-gate frenzy is reaching into the ranks of non-mainstream journalists with the House Intelligence Committee's subpoena of Pacifica's Randy Credico, who compares this witch-hunt to the McCarthy era, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, November 18, 2017(1 comments)
Signs of U.K. Misconduct in Assange Case
The world's most prominent freedom-of-the-press case remains the legal pressure on WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, still in Ecuador's London embassy amid signs of U.K. prosecutorial misconduct, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Ongoing Misery of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria, which hit the U.S. territory on Sept. 20, remains slow and spotty with continued power outages, unsafe water and school closings, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
The Saudi Hand in Lebanon's Crisis
Facing defeat in its proxy war for "regime change" in Syria, Saudi Arabia undertook some startling moves, including staging the resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Trump and the NAFTA Effect
President Trump has blamed NAFTA for eliminating manufacturing jobs for U.S. workers but it also caused economic dislocation in Mexico, driving some desperate Mexicans northward to the U.S., as Dennis J Bernstein reports.
Saturday, November 4, 2017(1 comments)
The Legacy of Dennis Banks
Native American activist Dennis Banks, who died Oct. 29 at 80, leaves behind a legacy that includes a reenergized movement that reminded America of its original sins of genocide and deceit, as Dennis J Bernstein reports.
Monday, October 30, 2017(4 comments)
Hillary Clinton Keeps Pointing Fingers
Hillary Clinton blames others for last year's electoral defeat, never recognizing that many Americans -- both Democrats and Republicans -- found her public record appalling, as Dennis J Bernstein discusses with John Pilger.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017(2 comments)
As Trump Preens, Puerto Rico Still Suffers
Many Puerto Ricans continue to live in primitive and dangerous conditions more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory in the Caribbean, as Judith Berkan explained to Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, October 14, 2017(3 comments)
As Trump Fumes, Puerto Rico Struggles
Angered by criticism from desperate U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico, President Trump lashed out with threats to remove federal rescue and recovery personnel -- even as the crisis grows worse, as Dennis J Bernstein reports.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017(2 comments)
Pilger Criticizes Ken Burns's "'The Vietnam War"
For decades, the U.S. mainstream media has shied away from a clear-eyed view of the Vietnam War, not wanting to offend the war's apologists, a residue of which tainted the recent PBS series, as John Pilger told Dennis J Bernstein.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
New Earthquake Leaves Mexico on Edge
Mexico continues to struggle with recovery after another earthquake over the weekend left some people still trapped inside collapsed buildings and many Mexicans on edge, as Molly Kate Goss described to Dennis J Bernstein.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Civil Society Rises to Confront Disasters
As the Mexican earthquake becomes the latest natural disaster to hit the Western Hemisphere, the role of civil society -- especially the first responders -- has demonstrated the best of human nature, as Dennis J Bernstein reports.
Sunday, September 17, 2017(3 comments)
The Push for a Medicare-for-All Plan
America's complex and inefficient healthcare system ends up being both very expensive and limited in its coverage, a problem that Sen. Bernie Sanders is targeting in his Medicare-for-all plan, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Growing Fears in Immigrant Communities
Amid more federal and state crackdowns on illegal immigrants, some Latinos feared that Hurricane Harvey relief efforts could serve as another excuse to round up people without documents, as Dennis J Bernstein learned.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
A Victory Seen Over "State-Sponsored Racism"
The restoration of a Mexican-American studies program in Tucson, Arizona public schools is being hailed as an important step in telling the more complex history of the American West, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017(1 comments)
Taking Nuclear War Seriously
Emmy-Award winning filmmaker John Pilger's latest film, The Coming War on China, deals directly with the new projection of U.S. power into Asia, as well as the toll U.S. aggression has already taken on the people of the region.
Saturday, August 12, 2017(1 comments)
A New Angle in Abu-Jamal's Case
The decades-old case of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has always centered on whether the legal process was rigged against the black political activist, an argument that has new life, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Thursday, August 10, 2017(2 comments)
The Russia-Did-It Certitude Challenged
Many mainstream news outlets confessed to their gullibility over the Iraq-WMD claims, but have fallen into another groupthink over Russia-gate, as Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein heard from ex-U.K. Ambassador Craig Murray.
Saturday, August 5, 2017(2 comments)
The War on WikiLeaks and Assange
Helping government authorities discredit Julian Assange and destroy WikiLeaks, mainstream media outlets twisted a recent interview to make Assange look like a Donald Trump backer, write Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein.
Thursday, August 3, 2017(1 comments)
Trump's Mixed Signals on North Korea
The Trump administration is sending mixed signals about what it might do in North Korea, from suggestions of a first-strike military attack to talks aimed at reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Oliver Stone Defends His Putin Interviews
Director Oliver Stone saw his four-part interviews with Russian President Putin as a way to give Americans a better understanding of a leader who has been demonized in the mainstream media, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Violence Around the Al-Aqsa Mosque
Tensions around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem eased late this week after Israel removed security infrastructure around the entrance, but earlier violence left four Palestinians and three Israelis dead, as Dennis J Bernstein reported.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017(1 comments)
Macron's Maneuvers on the New Cold War
Official Washington's hawks are blocking President Trump's desired detente with Russia, but that has opened a path for France's new President Macron to mediate the New Cold War, Diana Johnstone tells Dennis J Bernstein
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Farmworkers Protest EPA's Pesticide Ruling
As part of President Trump's campaign against President Obama's environmental regulations, Trump's EPA has rejected a proposed rule banning a brain-damaging pesticide, reports Dennis J Bernstein
Wednesday, July 19, 2017(3 comments)
The Price for Criticizing Israel
Israel is well-known for having a potent U.S. lobby that not only influences Congress and the mainstream media but intimidates Americans who dare criticize its policies toward the Palestinians, as Dennis J Bernstein describes.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Behind Trump's Trip to Poland
an important aspect of Trump's speech, he talked about the importance of defending civilization. He didn't talk about the importance of defending democracy. He didn't talk about the importance of popular participation, other than equating popular will with a vision of civilization. This is sort of straight out of the Steve Bannon playbook, which pits white Christian civilization, against other types of civilization.
Friday, July 7, 2017(2 comments)
The Fight over Mexican-American Books
Latino-rights activists are challenging Arizona's ban on school books and courses that provide students with information about Mexican-American history and culture, as Dennis J Bernstein describes.
Friday, June 30, 2017(4 comments)
Is Trump Making Up Syria-Sarin Claims?
The White House claimed victory after it warned Syria not to mount a chemical weapons attack and nothing happened, but some experts are questioning the quality of these U.S. claims about Syria and sarin, says Dennis J Bernstein.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Palestinians Still Demand Human Rights
The Trump administration's emerging Arab-Israeli policy focuses on Saudi Arabia and Israel with little concern for the Palestinians, who continue to protest for their rights, including a recent prison hunger strike, reports Dennis J Bernstein.
Monday, March 27, 2017(1 comments)
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.
Saturday, March 25, 2017(3 comments)
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.
Thursday, March 23, 2017(2 comments)
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.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017(2 comments)
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.
Thursday, March 16, 2017(11 comments)
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.
Saturday, March 11, 2017(2 comments)
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.
Friday, March 10, 2017
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.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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."
Tuesday, February 28, 2017(1 comments)
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.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017(4 comments)
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.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
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.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
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.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017(1 comments)
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.
Friday, January 27, 2017(2 comments)
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.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
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.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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.
Thursday, January 12, 2017(1 comments)
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.
Monday, January 9, 2017(10 comments)
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.
Friday, December 23, 2016
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.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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.
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.