Media Roundup for January 2017

News Articles

  1. Trump’s promise to “stay totally independent” of OPEC is populist hype, Tom O’Donnell, The Global Barrel
  2. Donald Trump plans revamp of top US spy agency, Damian Paletta and Julian E. Barnes, The Wall Street Journal
  3. Lawsuit seeks to ban Google from US government contracts, Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press
  4. Dems attack Trump SEC pick’s ties to Wall Street, Sylvan Lane, The Hill
  5. Why rural America voted for Trump, Robert Leonard, The New York Times
  6. Schumer, McConnell trade shots ahead of SCOTUS showdown, Seung Min Kim, Politico
  7. Why 2017 is the year Sisi will sink, Amr Khalifa, Middle East Eye
  8. Bristol Country sheriff offers up inmates to build the border wall Trump promises, Shannon Dooling, WBUR
  9. Police consider hate crime charges in West Side attack broadcast on Facebook Live, Nereida Moreno, The Chicago Tribune
  10. An alarming new study says charter schools are America’s new subprime mortgages, Abby Jackson, Business Insider
  11. The manufacturing jobs delusion, Buttonwood, The Economist
  12. The Obama years of squandered hopes, Lance Selfa, The Socialist Worker
  13. The erasure of Islam from the poetry of Rumi, Rozina Ali, The New Yorker
  14. Cory Booker to testify against Sessions’ nomination, Jordain Carney, The Hill
  15. Trump acknowledges Russia role in U.S. election hacking: aide, Toni Clarke and Dustin Volz, Reuters
  16. President Obama: I didn’t think Donald Trump would win because I was in ‘The Bubble’, Alex Griswold, Mediaite
  17. Now is the time for ‘Nobodies’: Dean Spade on mutual aid and resistance in the Trump era, Sarah Lazare, AlterNet
  18. Colin Kaepernick just dropped $25,000 to support urban farming in north Minneapolis, Watch the Yard
  19. Is globalization to blame?, Dean Baker, Boston Review
  20. Can Colombia meet its huge 2017 coca eradication goal?, Mimi Yagoub, Insight Crime
  21. BuzzFeed publishes unsubstantiated Trump report, raising ethics questions, Rory Carroll, The Guardian
  22. Why black cops are dangerous to black lives, Kamau Franklin, Atlanta Black Star
  23. New restrictive measures to enter Sinai, Mada Masr
  24. The populist enemy of my populist enemy is my populist friend… or so many seem to believe, Christopher Sabatini, Latin America Goes Global
  25. Donald Trump says he’ll have his own Obamacare ‘replacement’ plan soon, Jeffrey Young and Jonathan Cohn, The Huffington Post
  26. Donald Trump compares controversial Russia reports to Nazi Germany, Alana Horowitz Satlin, The Huffington Post
  27. FARC unity shatters in Colombia, Jeremy McDermott, Insight Crime
  28. “Hay un populismo antiprogresista”: Héctor Abad, La Red Líder, La Silla Vacia
  29. Why would anyone board flight 666 on Friday the 13th destined for HEL?, Stephanie McNeal, BuzzFeed
  30. How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump, Gary Younge, The Guardian
  31. Meet Cory Booker’s top donor: a right-wing, Islamophobic, pro-Israel outfit that backs Trump’s extremist agenda, Hamzah Raza, AlterNet
  32. Colombia arrests ex-senator linked to Odebrecht graft scandal, Julia Symmes Cobb and Guillermo Parra-Bernal, Reuters
  33. North Dakota bill would protect drivers who ‘accidentally’ hit and kill protesters, Andy Campbell, The Huffington Post
  34. Ivan Rodriguez dogged by suspicions at Cooperstown’s door, Tyler Kepner, The New York Times
  35. Marc Lamont Hill: “Mediocre negroes being dragged in front of TV as photo-op for Trump”, Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics
  36. ‘I am tired of this jigaboo’: Trump-backing sheriff calls Marc Lamont Hill a ‘lackey for Democrats’, David Edwards, Raw Story
  37. Obama commutes bulk of Chelsea Manning’s sentence, Charlie Savage, The New York Times
  38. Here are just some of the stunningly bad moments from Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing, Edwin Rios, Mother Jones
  39. Sen. Franken exposes Betsy DeVos’ ignorance of education policy, Karoli Kuns, Crooks and Liars
  40. Bernie Sanders asks Trump’s education nominee if she’s only getting the job because she’s a billionaire, Dave Jamleson, The Huffington Post
  41. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick, seems unfamiliar with a major federal education law, Dave Jamleson, The Huffington Post
  42. ‘Jesus Christ. Grizzly bears?’: Internet loses it as DeVos pushes guns in schools to stop grizzly attacks, Tom Boggioni, Raw Story
  43. Assange lawyer: Manning commutation doesn’t meet extradition offer’s conditions, Joe Uchill, The Hill
  44. Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard just took a secret ‘fact-finding trip’ to Syria, Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider
  45. White is the word, Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
  46. What did Cedric Robinson mean by racial capitalism?, Robin D. G. Kelley, Boston Review
  47. Colombian human rights leader assassinated, TeleSur
  48. Islamic State steps up oil and gas sales to Assad regime, Benoit Faucon and Ahmed al-Omran, The Wall Street Journal
  49. Of love, hate, hope and despair: ten theses on Trumpland vocabulary, AK Thompson, ROAR Magazine
  50. Beyonce supports Women’s march on Washington, R. Hawkins, Rolling Out
  51. Bacevich and Mearsheimer on Obama’s legacy, Derek Davison, Lobe Log
  52. Obama and the limits of ‘fact-based’ foreign policy, Shadi Hamid, The Atlantic
  53. KING: There’s a huge education level drop-off with the Trump cabinet picks, Shaun King, NY Daily News
  54. Trump education nominee Betsy DeVos lied to the Senate, Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept
  55. The US Army wants to create biodegradable bullets thatplant flowers where they fall, Robin Andrews, Business Insider
  56. St. Martinville police hope change comes with state’s new hate crim law, Valerie Ponseti, KATC
  57. Attack on alt-right leader has internet asking: Is it okay to punch a Nazi?, Liam Stack, The New York Times
  58. Trump declares his inauguration date as ‘day of patriotic devotion’, The Daily Beast
  59. Las Farc dejaron de extorsionar, pero ya los comenzaron a reemplazar, Juanita Velez, Natalia Arenas, Jineth Prieto, and Daniel Morelo, La Silla Vacia
  60. Is American democracy strong enough for Trump?, Francis Fukuyama, Politico
  61. Seattle: anti-fascist activist shot at protest against neo-Nazi Milo Yiannopoulos, Democracy Now!
  62. Peter’s choice, Rick Perlstein, Mother Jones
  63. White House press conference: Sean Spicer suggests Donald Trump will push through Dakota Access Pipeline, Feliks Garcia, The Independent
  64. Kurds will come together to discuss independence with Baghdad, Informed Comment
  65. Donald Trump bans Environmental Protection Agency staff from talking to press after suspending all contracts, Feliks Garcia, The Independent
  66. Journalists should stop interviewing Kellyanne Conway, Eric Johnson, Recode
  67. Flint water lead drops below federal limit, The Daily Beast
  68. President Trump just signaled some dramatic changes for police and criminal justice, Josh Sanburn, Fortune
  69. President Donald Trump to publish weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants, Ben Kentish, The Independent
  70. America, you look like an Arab country right now, Karl Sharro, Politico
  71. Hawaiians call Mark Zuckerberg ‘the face of neocolonialism’ over land lawsuits, Jon Letman and Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian
  72. Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’, Guardian staff, The Guardian
  73. Woman in viral photo from Women’s March to white female allies: ‘listen to a black woman’, Brooke Oble, The Root
  74. Steve Bannon, Trump’s top guy, told me he was ‘a Leninist’ who wants to ‘destroy the state’, Ronald Radosh, The Daily Beast
  75. The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned, Josh Rogin, The Washington Post
  76. Trump administration asks top State Department officials to leave, Ellse Labott, CNN
  77. Mexican president cancels visit to Washington as tensions with Trump administration intensify, Joshua Partlow and Philip Rucker, The Washington Post
  78. Trump tells Hill GOP: Meeting Mexican president ‘fruitless’, Kevin Liptak, CNN
  79. Trump administration: EPA studies, data must undergo political review before release, Associated Press, The Guardian
  80. Trump’s ex-Breitbart advisor Bannon is drafting executive orders – and basically winging it: report, Travis Gettys, Raw Story
  81. Trump strategist Steve Bannon says media should ‘keep its mouth shut’, Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times
  82. Massachusetts company wants to help build border fence, David Bienick, WCVB
  83. Trump order will block 500,000 legal US residents from returning to America from trips abroad, Marcelo Rochabrum, ProPublica
  84. New York Taxi Workers Alliance halting JFK airport pickups to protest immigration ban, Justin T. Westbrook, Jalopnik
  85. People are deleting Uber after servicing rides at JFK airport, Twitter
  86. Jeremy Corbyn calls for Donald Trump to be banned from UK visit until Muslim country travel ban is lifted, Jon Stone, The Independent


  1. Visions of power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, 1959-1971 by Lillian Guerra. The University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
  2. Are prisons obsolete? by Angela Davis. Seven Stories Press, 2003.

Radio and Podcast Interviews

  1. Did neoliberalism give birth to global right wing movements?, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago
  2. Universal basic income, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, WHYY Public Media

YouTube Videos

1. Geopolitical analysis 2017: Middle East

2. Yanis Varoufakis and Dave Rubin talk Greece’s financial crisis

3. Cooperative Economics for a POC-led future: Aaron Tanaka

4. John Hopkins discussion on policing w/ police scientist Michael A. Wood Jr.

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