Connecting the War at Home and Abroad with Eugene Puryear

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Lawmakers pushing through the next bloated war budget have received millions in campaign contributions from defense contractors, according to Open Secrets. While the military industrial complex churns unabated and bombs drop across the Middle East in our names, citizens in America continue to be victimized by economic warfare and terrorized by militarized police forces. On this episode of Media Roots Radio, … Read More

MLK Jr. – The Uncomfortable Truths History Books Won’t Touch

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For many, the words “I have a dream” are the only thing they associate with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Dr. King’s legacy is mostly depicted in the context of civil rights, with history books lauding his noble achievements of the Civil and Voting Rights Acts being passed. But Dr. King gave hundreds of unpopular and controversial speeches ranging from the … Read More

Detroit’s Bankruptcy Dictatorship: Extinguishing the Homeless & Shutting Down Human Rights

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Six years ago, Congress passed a bailout to the tune of 80 billions dollars funded by American taxpayers to rescue the bankrupt auto industry, mostly based in Detroit. But when the Motor City itself needed help and retirees were on the brink of losing everything, the money was nowhere to be found, apparently to avoid “meddling” in the bankruptcy process. Fast forward to today, where … Read More

Understanding Nelson Mandela’s Complex Legacy Honors Him the Most

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When Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, the outpouring of praise from the political elite and establishment media around the world was overwhelming. In larger-than-life terms, Mandela was lionized and romanticized as the world’s most admired human being. In some ways, such praise is encouraging in our age when the wealthy and powerful, usually … Read More

Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Free Information

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Computer prodigy Aaron Swartz should have been celebrating his 28 years over the holidays. Yet nearly two years ago, he tragically took his own life. He was the target of a merciless witch-hunt by the Department of Justice, ultimately choosing death over 35 years behind bars for the crime of releasing information. As someone who transformed the way we all use … Read More

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