FEATURING CLARK GASCOIGNE - For years multi-national corporations have taken advantage of tax havens in order to maximize profits. That sense of entitlement has received a huge reality check this week with the European Commission's bombshell decision to demand that the Apple corporation pay a whopping $14.5 billion dollars in back taxes to Ireland, a popular tax haven. Ireland has positioned itself as one of the Europe's most lucrative locations to do business. Apple has an office in Cork, Ireland where it employs 6,000 people. The Irish government has decided to refuse the taxes that the EC says Apple owes. Meanwhile Apple has issued a defiant response in the form of an open letter to customers calling itself a, "responsible corporate citizen" and being "confident that the Commission’s order will be reversed." Find more at www.TheFACTCoalition.org. Clark Gascoigne, Deputy Executive Director, The FACT Coalition.
FEATURING JUSTIN MAZZOLA - The tragic cases of Sandra Bland in Texas and Freddie Gray in Maryland brought to the forefront the disturbing incidence of unexplained deaths in police custody in the US. While individual stories crop up in the news frequently, there is no national accounting of how many people die in while in custody. The Justice Department announced recently that it would begin implementation of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act (DIRCA) which was passed two years ago. But dozens of advocacy organizations including the NAACP, ACLU, and Amnesty International have written to the DOJ saying they are troubled by how lax the reporting requirements are for police departments. Police custody and jail deaths are a part of the bigger problem that movements like Black Lives Matter are drawing attention to. Find more at www.aiusa.org. Justin Mazzola, Researcher with Amnesty International USA.
FEATURING DR. GIUSEPPE GIACCONE - It's been called the biggest breakthrough in cancer treatment in 25 years. So big that some are even cautiously using the "c" word to describe it: "cure." I'm talking about immunotherapy, a new way to treat a dreaded disease that is often seen as a potential death sentence for anyone diagnosed. Scientists have been searching for cancer cures for decades and the best we have after years and billions of dollars spent is a combination of frequent scans to detect cancer combined with aggressive chemotherapy and radiation that often leave patients horribly debilitated. But immunotherapy is a new approach that enables a patient's own immune system to target cancer cells and kill them. For those who are predisposed to cancer, or already have a diagnosis, the clock is ticking and a cure cannot come fast enough. Several clinical trials of immunotherapy have shown promising results.
FEATURING PRESTON PICUS - President Obama, in his last few months in office, is frantically trying to cement his legacy and one of the most important issues is international trade. The liberal Democrat has defied labor unions in championing two widely reviled trade pacts: the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) between the US and a number of Pacific nations, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and European Union. Now, it appears that both agreements have reached a roadblock. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate would not vote during this term on the TPP. And, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel recently made public the fact that US-EU negotiations on the TTIP had failed. For more information about Preston Picus' campaign, visit www.picus2016.com. Preston Picus, progressive, independent candidate for Congress in California's 12th district in San Francisco.
FEATURING COURTNEY MORRIS - A small act by a football star has exploded in a big way in the traditional and social media and become a symbol of the on-going struggle for racial justice in the US. The 49ers star Colin Kaepernick decided recently that he could no longer stand up when the national anthem was being played. He was asked to explain himself, and he did, saying, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University and a correspondent for Rising Up.
FEATURING FAITH BONINGER - These days it is not uncommon to see children as young as 3 or 4 playing games on an iPad at a restaurant while their parents enjoy a quiet meal. And, it is also increasingly required that children use digital teaching tools at school. In fact we take pride in developing technological literacy at an early age as a step toward future success. What most of us don't realize is that companies that make the software our children are exposed to, are quietly gathering extraordinary amounts of behavioral data for marketing purposes. Read Boninger's articles HERE and HERE. Faith Boninger, research associate in Education Policy, University of Colorado; she is the co-author of an annual report on schoolhouse commercialism for the National Education Policy Center's Commercialism in Education Research Unit. Her new book with Alex Molnar on the topic, "Sold Out: How Marketing in School Threatens Children's Well-Being
FEATURING RAHUL MAHAJAN - Turkish forces have entered Northern Syria in a major escalation of the war. It has cited Kurdish militants as its justification, even as the US and NATO have publicly denounced the move, urging Turkey to stay focused on the fight against the Islamic State. Brett McGurk, U.S special envoy said, "We want to make clear that we find these clashes - in areas where ISIL is not located - unacceptable and a source of deep concern." While Turkey's government claimed that it had killed 25 Kurdish fighters over the weekend, observers reported that Turkish forces had in fact killed 41 people including civilians. Turkey's main enemy is the Syrian Kurdish YPG group, part of the Syrian Democratic Coalition, which the US has backed in the past. Turkey recently experienced a coup attempt, and a major attack on its airport in Ankara. Rahul Mahajan is a PhD student
FEATURING MAYA JUPITER - Los Angeles based rapper and activist Maya Jupiter has a new song out called Madre Tierra in which she expresses the strength and resilience of women and links it to the earth. The Mexican-Turkish singer who was born in La Paz, Mexico, and raised in Sydney, Australia, lives today with her partner Aloe Blacc - an acclaimed singer/songwriter himself - and her children, in Southern California. In Madre Tierra, Jupiter invokes internationally known female activists like Malala Yousafzai and Vandana Shiva, to American heroes like Angela Davis. Maya Jupiter, LA based rapper and artist, her new song is called Madre Tierra. EVENT: For more information about Maya Jupiter's show ARTIVISTA on Sept. 16 at the The Ford Theaters in Los Angeles visit www.mayajupiter.com. Maya Jupiter, LA based rapper and artist, her new song is called Madre Tierra.
FEATURING ASHLEY THOMAS - It was only a few decades ago that parents left their children unattended, playing on the street outside their homes or in the park, walking to school, or running errands. But today, particularly because of fears of child abduction and abuse, parents have become far more vigilant of their children. Either because of or in spite of this cultural change, crimes against children have dramatically dropped to where they are statistically negligible. Still, the fear and paranoia over children's safety remains, and it appears to have translated into moral judgments against parents who might leave their kids unattended even when safety is not an issue. There have been several cases in recent years of people calling the police on parents deemed to be negligent of their children, resulting in the kids being taken into state custody, or worse, the parents being incarcerated. Recently researchers conducted a
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