August 29, 2014

Title: Would US Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq Weaken Islamic State — or Win Them More Recruits? ——- Description: President Obama is sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to help build a regional coalition against the Islamic State, or ISIS, the militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama admitted. Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: http://ift.tt/1lUTwu1 ——- By: freespeechtv

August 29, 2014

Title: Ukraine Crisis Escalates as Russian Forces Cross Border, NATO Moves to Expand in Region ——- Description: The United States and NATO are openly accusing Russia of sending combat forces into Ukraine as tensions continue to mount. According to the United Nations, nearly 2,600 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since April in fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels sympathetic to Russia. On Thursday, at least 15 civilians were killed when Ukrainian forces shelled the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Meanwhile, a new Human Rights Watch report accuses the rebels of arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture, degrading treatment, and forced labor. On Thursday, NATO released satellite images that it says show Russian artillery, vehicles and troops in and around eastern Ukraine. ——- By: freespeechtv

August 29, 2014

Title: As 145 Arrested in White House Protest, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Urges Obama to Halt Mass Deportations ——- Description: Immigrants and their allies held protests in more than a dozen cities Thursday to mark what they called the National Day to Fight for Families. Calling on President Obama to take executive action and stem his record level of deportations, about 145 people were arrested in front of the White House after laying red carnations over photos of deported loved ones. The protest came as President Obama called on Congress yet again to help address immigration reform, but suggested he would take executive action if it is the only way to address the situation. Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: http://ift.tt/1lUTwu1 ——- By: freespeechtv

August 29, 2014

Title: Chicago Murder Outbreak Linked to Deep Rooted Issues of Poverty, Unemployment ——- Description: In Chicago, five people were killed and at least 42 people were wounded in an outbreak of shootings in the city last weekend. The wounded included a 3-year-old boy. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat from Illinois responds. Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: http://ift.tt/1lUTwu1 ——- By: freespeechtv

August 28, 2014

Title: Police Brutality Caught on Tape and How to Best Archive and Distribute Footage ——- Description: Cases like Rodney King, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner and Michael Brown have helped fuel demands for police accountability. Yvonne Ng is senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, “Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video.” Ng offers advice to the growing number of people filming police abuse with their smartphones and video cameras. Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: http://ift.tt/1lUTwu1 ——- By: freespeechtv

August 28, 2014

Title: How Corporate America Parks Profits Overseas, Avoiding Billions in Taxes ——- Description: Rolling Stone contributing editor Tim Dickinson talks about his new article, “The Biggest Tax Scam Ever.” Dickinson reports on how top U.S. companies are avoiding hundreds of billions of dollars by parking their profits abroad — and still receiving more congressionally approved incentives. Dickinson writes: “Top offenders include giants from high-tech (Microsoft, $76 billion); Big Pharma (Pfizer, $69 billion); Big Oil (Exxon­Mobil, $47 billion); investment banks (Goldman Sachs, $22 billion); Big Tobacco (Philip Morris, $20 billion); discount retailers (Wal-Mart, $19 billion); fast-food chains (McDonald’s, $16 billion) – even heavy machinery (Caterpillar, $17 billion). General Electric has $110 billion stashed offshore, and enjoys an effective tax rate of 4 percent – 31 points lower than its statutory obligation to the IRS.” Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: http://ift.tt/1lUTwu1 ——- By: freespeechtv

August 28, 2014

Title: Gay USA 8/27/14 ——- Description: The Seventh Circuit heard from the defenders of bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin and it looks as if the judges were not buying their arguments. A fifth marriage win in Florida, the first from a federal judge. BREAKING SINCE WE TAPED: The Second Circuit just asked Florida’s Supreme Court to settle the question of the constitutionality of the state ban on same-sex marriage. Chelsea Manning is still not receiving necessary medical treatment from the US military for her transition. Another Catholic teacher is fired for violating a morals clause, this time for getting pregnant. A beauty queen comes out in Spain and within a few days, another comes out in Ireland. It looks as if civil unions are coming to Ecuador. A man in Ghana is arrested for homosexuality to keep people in his town from lynching him. We’ll have Chris Cooper’s review of the gay-themed movie, “Love is Strange” and we’ll review the MPAA for slapping an R-rating on all gay-themed movies. We’ll give you the gay news from the Emmy Awards. ——- By: freespeechtv

August 28, 2014

Title: Bill Mckibben on UN Climate Report and Obama’s Failures on Global Warming ——- Description: As international climate scientists warn runaway greenhouse gas emissions could cause “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts,” the Obama administration is abandoning attempts to have Congress agree to a legally binding international climate deal. The New York Times reports U.S. negotiators are crafting a proposal that would not require congressional approval and instead would seek pledges from countries to cut emissions on a voluntary basis. This comes as a new U.N. report warns climate change could become “irreversible” if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked. If global warming is to be adequately contained, it says, at least three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. ——- By: freespeechtv

August 28, 2014

Title: Why a Carbon Tax is Essential ——- Description: Thom Hartmann talks about why a carbon tax is essential to decrease green house gas emissions and why more companies need to be investing in solar power. ——- By: freespeechtv

August 27, 2014

Title: People of Color Disproportionately Stopped, Charged and Fined in Ferguson ——- Description: As the police killing of Michael Brown has focused global attention on the racial divide in the counties in and surrounding St. Louis, Missouri, a new report may explain why residents’ mistrust of the police runs so deep. It shows how a large part of the revenue for these counties comes from fines paid by African-American residents who are disproportionately targeted for traffic stops and other low-level offenses. In Ferguson, the fines and fees are actually the city’s second largest source of income, which is expected to generate $2.7 million in fiscal year 2014. ——- By: freespeechtv

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