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Mitchell S: From the Trenches Radio for November

ON THE SHOW IN NOVEMBER 2012: * A CHICAGO PANEL ON ELECTIONS, CORPORATIONS, MONEY, MEDIA, AND CHICAGO We'll devote this episode to excerpts from a recent Chicago radio panel, originally broadcast on Election Night 2012, where a number of serious election-related topics held sway, including corporations, money, media, political activism, and the Chicago scene.

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Mitchell S: From the Trenches Radio for October

ON THE SHOW IN OCTOBER 2012: * A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE 2012 CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION STRIKE We'll speak with one of the CTU's lead negotiators, Chicago teacher and Chicago Indymedia's own Garth Liebhaber, for a behind-the-scenes perspective on the historic CTU strike of 2012. * A CHICAGO PRESENTATION ON BRADLEY MANNING We'll hear a Read more…

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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: September 2012

ON THE SHOW IN SEPTEMBER 2012: * GREEN PARTY 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JILL STEIN Jill Stein, the 2012 presidential candidate of the Green Party of the United States, spoke in Chicago on a recent visit; we'll hear an excerpt of her speech * EMBATTLED CHICAGO SCHOLAR LORETTA CAPEHEART We'll hear an interview with Loretta Capeheart, Read more…

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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: August 2012

From The Trenches is the monthly radio program of the Chicago Independent Media Center. ON THE SHOW IN AUGUST 2012: * CHICAGO READER'S BEN JORAVSKY ON CHICAGO'S CONTROVERSIAL "TIF" PROGRAM Chicago's controversial Tax Increment Finance, or "TIF", program has been accused of being a massive effort to build a massive unaccountable "shadow budget" of Chicago's Read more…

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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: July 2012

ON THE SHOW IN JULY 2012: * ROBERT JENSEN ON THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM Journalism scholar and noted activist Robert Jensen talks about the future of American journalism. * SIZING UP THE CHICAGO 2012 NATO PROTESTS A panel of political activists and organizers discuss their experiences at the 2012 NATO protests and give their Read more…

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jlc: Make the Road New York Pride

Immigrant rights group Make the Road New York and allies spent Saturday afternoon on July 14th marching through Bushwick for their seventh annual Pride and Solidarity March. This year's march was in part a solidarity action to end the NYPD practice of Stop & Frisk. Bushwick has been one of the most affected neighborhoods of Read more…

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Peter Watt: Drug War in Mexico

Bill Resnick talks with Peter Watt, co-author with Roberto Zepeda of Drug War Mexico: Politics, Neoliberalism and Violence in the New Narcoeconomy, about the recent reports of drug-related violence in Mexico. Watt notes that government violence has functioned to preserve political hegemony by terroristic repression against guerilla movements since the 1960s, but state authorities have exploited Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: You had me at hola

Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Translation: Julie Nastri Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Narration Vocals: Celia Manriquez and Tomas Rivas Music Track: Instrumental (Advance) by Anitek (http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/780389/advance and Anitek (TripHop)) This song is about immigration. It is meant to question our perceptions regarding borders, citizenship, inalienable rights, global economics, exceptionalism, and other factors that shape Read more…

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Deepak Tripathi: This is Hell
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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: June 2012

  ON THE SHOW IN JUNE 2011: * EXCERPT FROM THE PEOPLE'S SUMMIT We'll hear an excerpt from the recent People's Summit convened by Occupy Chicago as a counterpoint to the recent NATO summit, from antiwar activist Ann Wright. * CORNEL WEST AND TAVIS SMILEY DISCUSS POVERTY IN AMERICA And we'll hear a presentation in Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: The Practice of Sustainability

Indian author, activist and philosopher Vandana Shiva is one of many people in Rio this week calling for a paradigm shift in how countries practice sustainability, one that puts the rights of mother earth and future generations above profit and corporate control of the planet’s resources. In a recent article published in The Asian Age, Read more…

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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: May 2012

ON THE SHOW IN MAY 2011: * ACTIVISTS EXPLAIN WHY THEY OPPOSE NATO We'll hear from the opening press conference organized by NATO protest participants who explain in detail their reasons to protest the Chicago 2012 NATO Summit. * EXCERPTS FROM A DEBATE ON NATO And we'll hear excerpts from a debate on NATO featuring Read more…

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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: April 2012

ON THE SHOW IN APRIL 2011: * FROM DISNEY TO DRONE WARS: A CRITICAL SETTLER PERSPECTIVE Longtime political activist and Indymedia contributor Jimmy Johnson gives a wide-ranging lecture about history and colonization in the United States and Palestine. * Plus, headlines from the worldwide Indymedia network.

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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: February 2012

In this episode, we'll hear excerpts from a presentation by Chicago activist Bob Simpson, talking about Occupy Chicago, Occupy Wall Street, and the history and possible future of the movement.  Plus, Normal Finkelstein, noted scholar and activist, returns to DePaul for the first time since his famous fight for tenure nearly four years ago. We'll hear Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Net Neutrality – Hands off the Internet (with Anitek)

Net Neutrality – Hands off the Internet (with Anitek) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Music Track: Instrumental (The Absolute) by Anitek This is a tune about net neutrality. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding your own music (or better vocals) Read more…

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Michael Dawson: Carmaggedon or Rational Discourse?

Neither ecological disasters, oil wars, nor tens of thousands of annual auto fatalities  have so far dampened our enthusiasm for the car.   Sociologist and author Michael Dawson explores the how this enthusiasm is rooted in a capitalist business model that's "intractably addicted to selling us cars in crazy-huge numbers, forever, no matter the ecological Read more…

: Honduras: The Most Dangerous Country

In 2011 the Republic of Honduras became the most dangerous country in the world. With the murder rate rising and wages plummeting, the military have now been granted extraordinary police powers. Multinational mining, agribusness, and textile corporations pay poverty wages while the government cooperates closely with the objectives of the US military. The result is Read more…

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Mitchell S: From The Trenches Radio: October 2011

The October 2011 episode of From The Trenches features excerpts from the March for Peace and Justice on the 10th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan, and voices from Occupy Chicago, Chicago's contribution to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Plus, headlines from the worldwide Indymedia network.

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Lonnie Atk: How we gonna make Wall Street pay (with Anitek)

How we gonna make Wall Street pay (with Anitek) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Music Track: 3 Instrumentals (Windmills, Sunrise, and Gray Area) by Anitek This is a song for all those present or in solidarity with OccupyWallStreet. It is under the Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0. Lyrics: verse one: Read more…

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Matthew Br: The Failure of Liberal Democracy

Gáspár Miklós Tamás is one of Hungary’s preeminent public intellectuals and social critics. His is a significant voice of the Hungarian democratic opposition. He co-founded in 1988 the Network of Free Initiatives, a dissident movement under the communist regime of Janos Kadar, and subsequently served as Member of Parliament between 1989 and 1994 under the Read more…

Matthew Brett: The Failure of Liberal Democracy

How would you define yourself politically? Well I think I’m a man on the left and I would call myself a Marxist. Your lecture is titled, “The Failure of Liberal Democracy in Eastern Europe…and Everywhere Else.” For this interview, I’d really like to focus on the nature and content of that lecture, perhaps just beginning Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Traffic’s got to stop (twobit rEMIX)

Traffic's got to stop (twobit rEMIX) (add your flavor/ remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Instrumental Track: twobit This is a political dance track. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding your own music (or better vocals) to the Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Standing Up (twobit rEMIX)

Standing Up (twobit rEMIX) (add your flavor/ remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Instrumental Track: twobit This is a song about non-violent resistance. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding your own music (or better vocals) to the mix, Read more…

Christian Alexander: Bakunin on Marxism: Introduction
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jlc: dazzling
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jlc: apostate
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jlc: rocket usa
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jlc: quickstop
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jlc: our town
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jlc: country
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Deepak Tripathi: Wars and the Arab Spring
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Lonnie Atk: Begging For Your Life (Admiral Bob rEMIX)

Begging For Your Life (Admiral Bob rEMIX) (add your flavor/ remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Instrumental Track: ccMixter artist Admiral Bob Comment: This version does not include the bridge or end chorus (see lyrics below). This is a song about courage and trying. If you are interested Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Worth It Then (Benjamin Orth rEMIX)

Worth It Then (Benjamin Orth rEMIX) (add your flavor/ remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Instrumental Track and Vocal Effects: ccMixter artist Benjamin Orth This is a song about looming environmental catastrophe. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding Read more…

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Geraldo Giordano: Another Jarrol
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Lonnie Atk: Fuck ‘em

Fuck 'em (add your flavor/ remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Background Vocals: ccMixter artist snowflake Instrumental Track: ccMixter artists Alex and Admiral Bob This is a song about the translation/consequences of free market rhetoric. Please pay attention to the intro narration. The rhymes are meant to be Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: HR676: We want health justice

HR676: We want health justice (add your flavor/ remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson (shout out to Ray Stever for the catchphrase "One Plan, One Nation" and Dr. Quentin Young for the catchphrase "Everybody in, Nobody out") Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Instrumental Track: ccMixter artist DJ.E-State For more information on Single Payer Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Barack Obama is the prez, but I voted for Shirley Chisholm

Barack Obama is the prez, but I voted for Shirley Chisholm (add your flavor/ remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson Sample: 1972 Presidential Campaign of Shirley Chisholm Instrumental Track: ccMixter artist Alex In the third verse of Biz Markie’s 1988 track Nobody Beats the Biz, there’s a really Read more…

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Yotam Marom: Take it Back
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Devinder Sharma: Talk By Devinder Sharma in March 2011

Talk at an international meeting in New Delhi in March 2011.

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Lonnie Atk: Traffic’s got to stop (a capella)

Traffic's got to stop (add your flavor/remix this tune) Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson This is a political dance track.  Yes, a political dance track. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding some music/tracks/beats (or better vocals) to the mix, you can download the raw Read more…

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