Daily Archives: August 6, 2015

YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED – TRAILER

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Jimmy Carter: U.S. Is An ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’

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Police Violence & Reparations: Opal Tometi, Joey Mogul & Darrell Cannon


GRITtv

Published on Aug 4, 2015

What might a global Black Lives Matter movement look like? A discussion with Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, a Black feminist writer, communications strategist, cultural organizer, and co-founder of the BlackLivesMatter Network. She is also executive director of the US’ leading Black organization for immigrant rights, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Also, we look at Chicago’s successful campaign for reparations for police torture. All that and a few words from Laura on patriarchal pretexts for racist killing.

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Republicans To History Teachers: “You Can Only Say America Is #1”


Ring of Fire Radio

Published on Aug 6, 2015

The Republican attack on education will never end, and they refuse to allow any American student to think that U.S. history is nothing less than grand and perfect. And now, after things were actually looking a little brighter for A.P. History courses, the College Board is giving in to the attack by dumbing down their course outlines.

Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this.

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Egypt launches Suez Canal expansion – BBC News

Egypt has opened a major expansion of the Suez Canal, which deepens the main waterway and provides ships with a 35km (22 mile) channel parallel to it.

At the inauguration, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed foreign leaders aboard a historic yacht as helicopters and fighter jets flew by.

The expansion aims to increase the traffic handled by the canal.

Egypt’s government hopes the revenues will revive the economy – but analysts have questioned the projections.

They point out that the volume of world trade has not been growing at the pace needed to deliver the sums Egypt hopes to collect.

Egyptians commenting to the international press and on Twitter appear divided over the project, with many asking if the $8.2bn (£5.3bn) spent on the expansion could have been better deployed on improving infrastructure and public services.

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Could Japan Become America’s New Proxy Army?

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey and his Japanese counterpart Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano meet at a Defense Chiefs Strategy Dialogue in Washington on July 16, 2015. (Department of Defense/ Daniel Hinton)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to alter a key provision of Japan’s constitution to lift the country’s 70-year ban on foreign deployments.

By Tim Shorrock, July 27, 2015

Over the last month, Japan has been shaken by the largest anti-war demonstrations since the late 1960s, when millions of students, workers, and ordinary citizens turned out to try to block their government’s collaboration with the US war in Vietnam. The issue this time is the plan by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to alter a key provision of Japan’s peace constitution to allow Japan’s “Self Defense Forces” to take part in overseas military operations for the first time since World War II.

That happened on July 16, when Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party pushed through a critical vote in the Japanese Diet to lift its 70-year ban on foreign deployments and, as The New York Times reported, give “Japan’s military limited powers to fight in foreign conflicts.” This week, the controversial legislation is being debated by Japan’s Upper House. The Democratic Party of Japan, the largest opposition party, faces an uphill battle to stop the bill despite the growing number of people expressing their opposition in the streets.

Abe’s victory will transform Japan—with its surprisingly large, tech-driven military-industrial complex—into America’s new proxy army. It builds on recent changes to US-Japanese “guidelines” on strategic cooperation that, as the Times has reported, will “expand the reach of Japan’s military—now limited to its own defense—allowing it to act when the United States or countries American forces are defending are threatened.” The agreement was hammered out in April, when Abe met at the White House with President Obama, and was clearly on the administration’s mind when the LDP claimed victory in the Diet.

“We certainly welcome Japan’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the alliance and to play a more active role in regional and international security activities, as reflected in our new guidelines for US-Japan defense cooperation,” State Department spokesman Robert Kirby told reporters. And as Foreign Policy pointed out last week, the development “could be very good news for U.S. defense contractors.”

But the dramatic shift in Japan’s military posture is strongly opposed by its neighbors, particularly in Korea and China. A recent poll showed 62 percent of Japanese respondents opposed the security legislation, the Japan Times reports. And as protests by citizens, academics, constitutional scholars, and even government officials mount, some analysts believe the right-wing Abe has badly overstepped and may have even dug his own political grave by flouting Japan’s strong commitment to pacifism in overseas affairs.

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NASA | Preparing for GOES-R at NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed

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Published on Aug 6, 2015

The future brings the unknown, and weather forecasts are all about seeing the future. NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed brings top weather forecasters and research scientists together to learn about the latest tools and techniques. In this video, we meet some of the participants in this year’s campaign, and look ahead to a major advance in weather forecasting, the GOES-R weather satellite.

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