July 22, 2014

Title: What Does Hamas Really Want? ——- Description: As the Israeli assault on Gaza enters its third week, a new push is underway for an internationally brokered ceasefire. Speaking earlier today, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said there is “no real hope” of an immediate halt to the fighting because Hamas’ conditions are too far from those of Israel, the United States and Egypt. Hamas’ demands have centered on an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the release of its prisoners. The seven-year siege has crippled the economy, civilian infrastructure and water supplies. In Gaza, unemployment tops 40 percent, and almost 80 percent rely on humanitarian aid. The United Nations has warned Gaza will no longer be livable by 2020 unless urgent steps are taken. The last ceasefire in November 2012 was supposed to ease the blockade, but Israel only intensified it. With Hamas vowing to continue fighting against what it calls a “slow death,” a new ceasefire largely hinges on whether the United States and others will pressure Israel to reverse its stance. ——- By: freespeechtv

July 22, 2014

Title: Last 24 Hours in Gaza: Bombing of Hospital, Mosques, Homes and Ceasefire Talks, ——- Description: The Israeli assault on Gaza has entered its third week as the Palestinian death toll has topped 600, mostly civilians. More than 100 of the dead are children. More than 3,700 Palestinians have been injured. Israel says it has lost 27 soldiers since the ground invasion began. Earlier today, Israel confirmed the remains of one of its soldiers presumed to have been killed in Gaza had still not been found or identified. This comes two days after Hamas said it had captured the soldier. So far today, Israel has struck more than 70 sites inside Gaza, including five mosques and a football stadium. On Monday, at least 103 Palestinians died, including 11 when Israel bombed a residential tower block in Gaza City. Five children died in that attack. In the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah, five people died and 70 were wounded when Israel shelled the al-Aqsa Hospital. It became the third medical facility to be struck by Israel in the past two weeks. The injured included about 30 medics. ——- By: freespeechtv

July 22, 2014

Title: Sheldon Adelson: Keeping the Caucus Room Conspiracy Alive ——- Description: Thom Hartmann says billionaire Sheldon Adelson has pledged $1 Million a day to 6 U.S. Senate campaigns in order to buy a Republican majority. ——- By: freespeechtv

July 22, 2014

Title: Cecily McMillan: “Makes Me ILL to Even Watch” Orange is the New Black ——- Description: Thom Hartmann talks with Cecily McMillan, 25yr old Union Organizer & Occupy Wall Street Activist about her time in jail on trumped up charges stemming from an Occupy protest in New York City, and the new hit tv series on Netflix, “Orange is the New Black.” ——- By: freespeechtv

July 21, 2014

Title: Max Blumenthal: US Created Political Space for Gaza Attacks ——- Description: As Israeli forces killed more than 100 Palestinians on Sunday, Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue the assault on Gaza for “as long as is required,” citing the backing of foreign allies that has “laid the diplomatic foundation that has given us international credit to operate.” The Obama administration has provided critical support, claiming Israel has acted in self-defense and blaming Hamas for the civilian toll. But on the conflict’s bloodiest day, the White House began showing mild signs of apprehension. President Obama spoke to Netanyahu for the second time in three days and raised “serious concern about the growing number of casualties.” Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry made the rounds of Sunday television talk shows to publicly defend Israel’s assault on Gaza. But in a private phone call caught on camera in between commercial breaks, Kerry appeared to speak sarcastically about the massive civilian toll in the attacks he was publicly defending. The White House says Kerry will travel to Cairo today to work an end to hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire. Max Blumenthal, a best-selling author and senior writer for Alternet, says the Obama administration has practiced “hollow diplomacy,” in order to “legitimize Netanayahu’s ground operation and create political space for the kind of massacres that we have been witnessing. … This is an absolute failure of U.S. diplomacy and an abdication of leadership by Barack Obama who says that he is heartbroken by these images that he is witnessing from the Gaza Strip, as he oversees and authorizes the shipment of the very weapons that are used to bombard hospitals.” ——- By: freespeechtv

July 21, 2014

Title: Netflix Joins Fight to Keep Net Neutrality ——- Description: April Glaser, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) talks with Thom Hartmann about the significance of Netflix joining the fight to keep net neutrality. ——- By: freespeechtv

July 18, 2014

Title: Welcome to the New Bubble ——- Description: Thom Hartmann talks with Professor Stephanie Kelton, Chair, Department of Economics-University of Missouri at Kansas City / Creator & Editor- New Economic Perspectives about how asset prices are rising, but the production of goods and services, employment and workers’ incomes are not. ——- By: freespeechtv

July 18, 2014

Title: Gay USA 7/16/14 ——- Description: Civil rights leaders and law professors and US House members tell President Obama: Don’t weaken your executive order on LGBT rights. All federal contractors must be covered by it. Religiously affiliated institutions step up their anti-gay discrimination. The US Justice Department will now oppose state bans on same-sex marriage in court. It also issued a new guidance on reforming laws that now criminalize people with HIV. A District Court judge in Adams County, Colorado, C. Scott Crabtree, struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage, but stayed his own ruling. Three clerks are still issuing marriage licenses to gay couples there, though. The US Supreme Court—Samuel Alito no less—has denied standing to an anti-gay Pennsylvania clerk who wanted to appeal the striking down of the state ban on same-sex marriage. A Long Island mayor gets in trouble with his Republican Party for performing weddings for gay couples as part of his job. An Ohio sheriff steps up his stings against gay men cruising in parks. A new survey from the CDC says that less than 3% of Americans openly identify to the government as gay, lesbian or bisexual. We smoke and drink more, but we’re in better shape, too! Olympic champion Ian Thorpe makes it official. Laverne Cox is the first transgender actor to get an Emmy nomination. And we’ll tell you about an upcoming role of hers that hits close to home. Archie Andrews dies defending his gay friend. ——- By: freespeechtv

July 18, 2014

Title: “A Terrifying Night in Gaza,” Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on Israeli Ground Invasion ——- Description: The Israeli military is pushing deeper into Gaza and threatening to “significantly widen” its ground offensive that began on Thursday night. Over the past 11 days, at least 264 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians. The death toll of children is approaching 50, including three teenagers killed today by Israeli tank shelling near the northern town of Beit Hanoun. Israel suffered its second fatality when one of its soldiers was killed in Gaza. Israeli media says the soldier was likely killed by friendly fire. Israel maintains the new ground offensive was needed to target tunnels used by Palestinian militants, but many civilian facilities have been hit, including a media office in Gaza City and the al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital, forcing the evacuation of patients. ——- By: freespeechtv

July 18, 2014

Title: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids? ——- Description: NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball around with the boys just minutes before they died. He is a longtime reporter in the region. In his coverage, he reports on the Gaza conflict in the context of the Israeli occupation, sparking criticism from some supporters of the Israeli offensive. Back in 2008 and 2009, when he worked for Al Jazeera, Mohyeldin and his colleague Sherine Tadros were the only Western journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel killed 1,400 people in what it called “Operation Cast Lead.” ——- By: freespeechtv

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