INDIA HAS STRONG ANTI-RAPE LAWS – SO WHY AREN’T THEY WORKING?

Tue 25 February 2020: A horrific 2012 gang rape in New Delhi sparked protests and legal reform across India. That is in addition to the country’s constitution, which includes protections related to gender equality and nondiscrimination. So why is sexual violence in India still so prevalent? Hint: The patriarchy. The team: Priyanka Tilve produced this […]

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PODCAST: AGAINST THE GLOBAL DETENTION STATE

Sun 09 February 2020: In Episode 45 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg notes with alarm the rapid consolidation of a global detention state, extending across borders and rival power blocs. In the United States, Trump moves toward indefinite detention of undocumented migrants, with horrific rights abuses widespread in the fast-expanding camp system. In China, […]

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PODCAST: THE CORONAVIRUS: UNNECESSARY PANIC OR GRAVE CONCERN?

Sat 08 February 2020: On December 31st, 2019 China reported 27 cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause in the city of Wuhan, in central China. The majority of people affected were workers from a local seafood and live animal market. As the virus spread and more cases were announced, talk of a deadly pandemic […]

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PODCAST: SOLIDARITY WITH IRAN – THE PEOPLE, NOT THE STATE

Mon 13 January 2020: CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg calls out the racist imperial narcissism in coverage of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani—all of which (left, right and center) is solely concerned with whether he was responsible for the deaths of “hundreds of Americans.” Safely invisible is the reality that Soleimani and his militia networks were […]

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PODCAST: HOW DEMOCRACY’S DECLINE FUELS CONSPIRATORIAL KNOWLEDGE

Thu 12 December 2019: At the juncture between political marginalization, a growing concentration of power in elites, fear of an uncertain future and of other groups, distrust in establishments, real and imagined victimhood, mass media, prejudiced thinking and the need for a narrative connecting it all together, lies the conspiracy theory. Well-known conspiracy theories saturate […]

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PODCAST: WHERE ARE IRAQ’S PROTESTS GOING?

Where are Iraq’s protests going? Fri 01 November 2019: On October 1st, young Iraqis took to the streets in Iraq’s southern provinces to demand basic services like clean water and electricity, job creation and an end to widespread corruption. The government response to the protests was swift and brutal, killing over 100 people and leaving […]

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PODCAST: The people of Lebanon take to the streets to fight for a new future

Wed 23 October 2019: In this segment Sean and Eugene joined by Jana Nakhal, an urban planner and Central Committee member of the Lebanese Communist Party, to talk about the ongoing protests in Lebanon, the conditions wrought by neoliberal policies, how demonstrators are rejecting proposed reforms by the government, and the importance of the protests […]

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