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Thursday August 27th 2015 0

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Flashpoints

shamToday on Flashpoints, we have breaking news of a new protest in Haiti today, against what are being called sham parliamentary elections, held there on August 9th. Then, we feature an interview with economist James Henry, about an revised proposal for a financial transaction tax in the United States, money madness, the stocks and his fears for democracy.  Finally, Flashpoints senior producer, Miguel Gavilan Molina, interviews Carlos Montes about the 44th annual gathering of the Chicano moratorium.

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Tuesday August 25th 2015 0

Posted on August 25, 2015 by Flashpoints

haiti-election-007Today on Flashpoints, we present a special encore of our rHaiti coverage of recent parliamentary elections held this past August 9. We begin with political analysts Jocelyn Gaye in New York and Frantz Jerome in Florida with their predictions of the outcome of the elections six days before they were held. We then feature an interview with Brian Concannon of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti giving his views of the legitimacy of the elections.  We end our encore presentation with an interview with Yvon Kernizan, a political activist who works closely with the Fanmi Lavalas party founded by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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Monday August 24th 2015 0

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Flashpoints

SMToday on Flashpoints, international markets are experiencing a meltdown with US stocks having lost an estimated 25% of their value this year. We talk with historian and author Alice O’Connor about what that means for most of us.  Then we continue our coverage of Haiti and the response of political parties there to the US Embassy and the Organization of American States signing off on flawed parliamentary elections held on August 9. Next, we look at US policy in the pacific and its influence on the on again off again diplomatic spats between North and South Korea. Finally, we are joined by the author of a new report focusing on the phenomena of mass shootings in the world. I’ll let you guess which country is considered in a “league of its own” and leads the world in mass shootings. That’s right, the good ole’ US of A.

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Thursday August 20th 2015 0

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Flashpoints

ha3Today on Flashpoints, we start with Haiti where the election council there held a press conference today as questions continue to mount about the legitimacy of the last parliamentary elections. Then we have a special interview from Myanmar with one of its foremost human rights heroes. Next, we go to Thailand to talk with our special correspondent there about the recent bombing at a sacred shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 and wounded 120.

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Wednesday August 19th 2015 0

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Flashpoints

haiToday on Flashpoints, the American Psychological Association responds to allegations of providing cover for the CIA’s torture program. Then we continue our coverage of Haiti amid the continuing controversy surrounding parliamentary elections and reports of protests against what’s being called an electoral coup. Finally, we continue Flashpoints coverage of the Vatican’s attempt to thrust Spanish missionary Junipero Serra into sainthood despite evidence of his participation in human right abuses against indigenous people in California

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Monday August 17th 2015 0

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Flashpoints

monToday on Flashpoints, we begin with a discussion of campaign finance. Where Billionaire candidate Donald Trump has become an unlikely champion of reform We then continue our coverage of haiti as we get closer and closer to the expected  announcement of the results of the recent election there. Then we turn to breaking news in the Ukraine, where the US- backed Ukraine military is exchanging artillery fire with pro-Russian separatists. We then turn to national security, where we hear two perspectives on how the NSA is invading American privacy and how AT&T has become an active partner with their spy program. Finally we are proud to announce that Flashpoints executive producer Dennis Bernstein just received the Whistle Blower Summit: The 2015 Pillar Award for broadcast. We speak with Dennis about his career in journalism and the future of Flashpoints.

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Thursday August 13th 2015 0

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Flashpoints

hpToday on Flashpoints, we remember the life of Hugo Pinell, a member of the San Quentin 6, who was killed yesterday during a prison riot in new Folsom Prison. Then, the Connecticut supreme court rules that 11 inmates cannot be executed, reaffirming the death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment. In the wake of the Animas toxic river spill by the EPA, a federal judge just ruled to allow the resumption of uranium mining in the grand canyon considered not only one of the most endangered sites in the world, but also considered sacred land by the havasupai first nation tribe. Then, we the continue our coverage of the fall out left in the wake of violence and irregularities this past Sunday during parliamentary elections in Haiti. Finally, we bring you a special report by Nora Barrows-Friedman and the electronic intifada.

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Monday August 10th 2015 0

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Flashpoints

helToday on Flashpoints, we discuss Haiti’s long awaited parliamentary elections, which just wrapped up yesterday. Next we talks with an organizer of the boycott against Driscoll berries in response to the terrible working conditions in the field of Baja California.  Then, we’ll take a look at controversy surrounding Bernie Sanders with the backlash he’s received from the #blacklivesmatters movement.  Finally we return with Harvey Wasserman with a update on efforts to close the last nuclear reactors in California at Diablo Canyon.

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Thursday August 6th 2015 0

Posted on August 06, 2015 by Flashpoints

deToday on Flashpoints, we begin with coverage of the upcoming legislative elections in Haiti that are scheduled for this Sunday, August 9. We then move to the US campaign trail and discuss election law and the irony behind tonight’s GOP presidential debate falling on the anniversary of the  Voting Rights Act passed in 1965. We continue our coverage of Syria and pose the question: are US drone strikes in Syria actually helping the Islamic State?  Finally, legendary whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame highlights the 70the anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during a protests at the Lawrence Livermore nuclear lab facility in California.

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Monday August 3rd 2015 0

Posted on August 03, 2015 by Flashpoints

electionToday on Flashpoints: We take a closer look at the controversy surrounding a new US marine base being built in Okinawa. We’ll speak with a visiting delegation from the island who are part of the resistance to the new base. Finally, we kick off our regular coverage of upcoming elections in Haiti.

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