Media Roundup for March 2017

News Articles

  1. Why Get Out is the best movie ever made about American slavery, Steven Thrasher, Esquire
  2. Supporting a feminism for the 99%, Franciso Fortuño Bernier & Aaron Jaffe, Jacobin
  3. Still not nice: Trump’s Nazi-inspired demonization of immigrants, Deirdre Fulton, Informed Comment
  4. The true cost of the Louisiana Purchase, Robert Lee, Slate
  5. A worrisome number for Colombia’s peace prospects, Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
  6. Execution of Colombian shows China’s commitment to harsh drug policies, Mike LaSusa, Insight Crime
  7. Hosni Mubarak acquitted over 2011 protester killings, al-Jazeera
  8. Testimony of Dr. David Smilde before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  9. Melania Trump calls for the ‘gift of nature,’ not health insurance, to heal sick children, Kira Lerner, Think Progress
  10. “We cannot find the bill”: inside the frantic hunt for the GOP Obamacare replacement, Sarah Kliff, Vox
  11. Asesinan a una nueva líder social en pleno centro de Medellín, Staff, ¡PACIFISTA!
  12. European Parliament ends visa-free travel for Americans, Jon Sharman, The Independent
  13. What do we mean by a “united front”?, Tyler James, Socialist Worker
  14. Socialistas al Servicio de la Corrupción, Sebastiao Mendonca Ferreira, Lampadia
  15. Colombia family to speak against ex-paramilitary leader in landmark US trial, Richard Kelleher, Colombia Reports
  16. What the Women’s Strike means, Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya, Jacobin
  17. Man arrested for JCC bomb threats was liberal journalist fired for fabrication, Alex Griswold, Mediaite
  18. Job losses, low wages add to Venezuela economic hardship, Eyanir Chinea, Reuters
  19. This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting, Joseph Lichterman, Nieman Lab
  20. Arkansas Republican pushes bill to ban Howard Zinn books from public schools, David Ferguson, Raw Story
  21. Chance the Rapper to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools amid budget shortfall, Kim Bellware, The Huffington Post
  22. Don’t be fooled, Trump’s new Muslim Ban is still illegal, Farhana Khera and Johnathan Smith, The New York Times
  23. America’s Melting Pot is boiling brown people to death, Sahaj Kohli, The Huffington Post
  24. A journey to Colombia’s coffee belt, Gustave Axelson, The New York Times
  25. The only way to know if striking works is to do it, Dayna Evans, New York Magazine
  26. When did solidarity among working women become a “privilege”?, Tithi Bhattacharya and Cinzia Arruzza, The Nation
  27. Our political economy is designed to create poverty and inequality, Dennis Kucinich, The Nation
  28. ‘I’m never reenlisting’: Marine Corps rocked by nude-photo scandal, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, The Washington Post
  29. Black people more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder, study shows, Niraj Chokshi, The New York Times
  30. The socialist origins of International Women’s Day, Cintia Frencia and Daniel Gaido, Jacobin
  31. Strike for women’s rights – sexual, racial and economic justice are at stake, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The Guardian
  32. ‘Day without a woman’ forces closure of Providence municipal court, Dan McGowan, WPRI
  33. Here’s what the research says about honor killings in the US, Jesse Singal, New York Magazine
  34. China steps into the Latin American void Trump has left behind, Kevin P. Gallagher, Foreign Policy
  35. What it means to be a Dalit woman in corporate India, Christina Thomas Dhanaraj, The Ladies Finger
  36. Metal Gear movie director on the characters he wants to include, Joe Skrebels, IGN
  37. MIT offers $250,000 award for breaking the rules, Masuma Ahuja, CNN
  38. Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health care, Stephen Pimpare, The Washington Post
  39. The Deep State is a figment of Steve Bannon’s imagination, Loren DeJonge Schulman, Politico
  40. The poor ‘just don’t want health care’: Republican congressman faces backlash over comments, Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post
  41. Vets groups feel insulted after Trump skips meeting with them – and send Omarosa instead, Brad Reed, Raw Story
  42. McConnell on Mexico paying for the border wall: ‘Uh, no’, Madeline Conway, Politico
  43. Trump administration considers $6 billion cut to HUD budget, Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post
  44. Trump’s newest gift to the rich: Cutting IRS funding could lead to fewer audits, more tax evasion,Matthew Rozsa, Salon
  45. Venezuela necesita el compromiso de la región, David Smilde, The New York Times
  46. Feminist pacifism or passive-ism?, Dilar Dirik, Open Democracy
  47. Katrina Pierson denied White House job due to constant ‘drama’ and ‘bitching’ about Sean spicer: report, Brad Reed, Raw Story
  48. CBO: Trumpcare would wipe out coverage for 24 million people, Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams
  49. Another massive seizure of Venezuela currency deepens mystery, David Gagne, Insight Crime
  50. Bernie Sanders wins over crowd of rural Trump supporters by exposing the truth about Trumpcare, Sean Colarossi, Politicus USA
  51. White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO, Paul Demko, Politico
  52. Breitbart news leads the charge against GOP health care bill, Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post
  53. Portland, OR: Anarchists are fixing potholes on city streets, It’s Going Down
  54. John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ is an urgent call to re-learn our collective past, Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla
  55. The ex-cop who killed Michael Brown admitted to using the n-word, Allie Conti, Vice
  56. Dutch elections and colonial continuity: the history of race and racism in Dutch nation-building, Sara Salem, Neocolonial Thoughts
  57. Everything you think you know about the death of Mike Brown is wrong, and the man who killed him admits it, Michael Harriot, The Root
  58. Latin America will not unite, Greg Weeks, Latin America Goes Global
  59. Steve King: Blacks and Hispanics ‘will be fighting each other’ before overtaking whites in population, Chris Massie, CNN
  60. Trump aides are privately blaming the health care bill’s problems on Paul Ryan, Tarini Parti, BuzzFeed
  61. Paul Ryan is tired of taking the blame for Trumpcare, Laurel Raymond, Think Progress
  62. Geert Wilders falls short as wary Dutch scatter their votes, Alissa J. Rubin, The New York Times
  63. Amazon is going to kill more American jobs than China did, Rex Nutting, Market Watch
  64. What Trump cut in his budget, Kim Soffen and Denise Lu, The Washington Post
  65. Mulvaney: Proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels are compassionate to taxpayers, Louis Nelson, Politico
  66. Trump’s budget cuts to domestic, aid programs draw Republican scorn, Richard Cowan and Roberta Rampton, Reuters
  67. Trump is his own travel ban’s worst enemy, David A. Graham, The Atlantic
  68. Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic Party, Trevor Timm, The Guardian
  69. What if Sociologists had as much influence as economists?, Neil Irwin, The New York Times
  70. Centrist Democrats struggle to draft a survival strategy, Alex Roarty, McClatchy DC Bureau
  71. Huck: Trump should ignore travel ban ruling, like Jackson with Trail of Tears, Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo
  72. The real Irish-American story not taught in schools, Bill Bigelow, Common Dreams
  73. The Irish potato famine was caused by wealthy landlords who prized profit over people – and thousands starved, Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story
  74. Watch Ireland’s prime minister bash Trump’s anti-immigration views just feet away from Trump, German Lopez, Vox
  75. Netflix will tackle the 1969 4-hour armed stand off between The Black Panthers and LAPD’s swat unit in new film, Shadow and Act
  76. Colin Kaepernick sentenced to NFL limbo for the crime of speaking his mind, Mike Freeman, The Bleacher Report
  77. The history of anti-Mexican violence and lynching, Marlon Bishop and Julia Shu, NPR
  78. Trump straight up ignores request to shake hands with Angela Merkel, Willa Frej, The Huffington Post
  79. Dum Dum lollipop-wielding State Island chiropractor busted for racist threats against black child, NYPD cop, Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News
  80. Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion, Joanna Walters, The Guardian
  81. Yemen at ‘point of no return’ as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine, Les Roopanarine, Patrick Wintour, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary, The Guardian
  82. Colin Kaepernick gets airplane to ship food, water to Somalia, TMZ Sports
  83. Reports find that immigrants commit less crime than US-born citizens, Rafael Bernal, The Hill
  84. Dave Chappelle explains why watching ‘Key & Peele’ “hurts his feelings”, Meena Jang, Hollywood Reporter
  85. Shaquille O’Neal seriously believes the Earth is flat, agrees with Kyrie Irving, Andrew Joseph, USA Today
  86. The Dutch disease, Sara Salem, Africa Is A Country
  87. The Blaze Suspends Tomi Lahren, Peter Hasson, The Daily Caller
  88. Russian DNC narrative played out exactly as they hoped, Donna Brazile, Time
  89. Trump voter who uses Meals on Wheels surprised by proposed cuts, CBS News
  90. Comey confirms FBI inquiry on Russia; sees no evidence of wiretapping, Matthew Rosenberg, Emmarie Huetteman and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times
  91. Trump warns Republicans ahead of healthcare vote, Scott Wong, The Hill
  92. Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims, Stephen Battaglio, LA Times
  93. Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands, Annie Karni, Politico
  94. Spring breakers chant ‘build that wall!’ during Cancun cruise, Mike Moffitt, SF Gate
  95. Former chairman of Colorado Republican Party suspected of voter fraud, forgery, Jesse Paul, The Denver Post
  96. Five dead, around 40 injured in UK parliament ‘terrorist’ attack, Toby Melville and William James, Reuters
  97. Good and bad reasons to hate Francisco Rodríguez, Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles
  98. White man traveled to New York to kill black men and ‘make a statement,’ police say, Mark Berman, The Washington Post
  99. BU faculty looks warily at Trump’s proposed budget, Sara Rimer, BU Today
  100. Trump threatens to leave ObamaCare in place if repeal bill fails, Scott Wong, The Hill
  101. London attack: Khalid Masoon identified as killer, BBC
  102. Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 — if they vote no on health care bill, Theodore Schleifer, CNN
  103. This woman voted for Trump but now the government is deporting her husband, David Mack, BuzzFeed
  104. Pelosi on past few years of Democratic losses: ‘we have a plan to address that’, Josh Feldman, Mediaite
  105. Israeli ban targeting boycott supporters raises alarm abroad, Miriam Berger, Reuters
  106. This Republican congressman was shockingly honest about why the AHCA failed, The Week
  107. Glenn Beck permanently ‘bans’ Tomi Lahren from The Blaze: report, Tom Boggioni, Raw Story
  108. NEW BOOK – Financing Basic Income: Addressing the Cost Objection, Kate McFarland, Basic Income Earth Network
  109. ¿Cómo va la implementación de los acuerdos?, Alejo Vargas Velasquez, El Colombiano
  110. Colombia arrests social movement leaders in state crackdown, TeleSur
  111. 5 takeaways from the OAS Permanent Council session on Venezuela, Geoff Ramsey, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  112. Venezuela’s dissolution of its National Assembly underscores need for multilateral diplomacy, Washington Office on Latin America
  113. Rechazamos la intimidación del ELN, La Silla Vacía
  114. This is almost certainly James Comey’s twitter account, Ashley Feinberg, Gizmodo
  115. ICE arrests green card applicants in Lawrence, signaling shift in priorities, Shannon Dooling, WBUR 90.9
  116. Autogolpe reaction roundup, Anabella Abadi M., Caracas Chronicles
  117. The first significant split in the regime following the autogolpe, Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles
  118. Flynn offers to testify on Russia in exchange for immunity, Brooke Seipel, The Hill
  119. Report: Obama admin discouraged Comey from going public about Russia, David Bixenspan, Mediaite
  120. Mike Huckabee queerbaits Lindsey Graham, Matt Baume, LGBTQ Nation
  121. Congress lets states block some Planned Parenthood money, Mary Clare Jalonick and Alan Fram, ABC News
  122. The only woman Mike Pence is allowed to eat alone with is his wife, Theresa Avila, New York Magazine
  123. The much-maligned views of Rania Khalek on Syria, Justin Podur, ZNet
  124. How two US Marxists would up on the front lines against ISIS, Liz Sly, The Washington Post
  125. ICE is now arresting people while they’re applying for green cards, Brad Reed, Raw Story
  126. Your Pornhub habits just got even more private, Cassie Murdoch, Mashable
  127. López Maya: “Aquí podemos ir facilito a un militarismo fascista”, Victor Amaya, El Estimulo
  128. How To Get More Sexual Satisfaction: People Who Believe In True Love May Be Hurting Their Sex Lives, Dana Dovey, Medical Daily
  129. Petition calls for Melania Trump to move to White House or pay NY security costs, Rebecca Savransky, The Hill
  130. Ex-Fox News CFO offered immunity from prosecution, Matthew Garrahan, Kara Scannell and David Bond, Financial Times
  131. Trump’s baffling endorsement of Flynn’s immunity offer, Aaron Rupar, Think Progress
  132. Lemons: Gun-Totin’ Left-Wingers Demonstrate at the Arizona Capitol: Is Bloodshed on the Horizon?, Stephen Lemons, Phoenix New Times
  133. The rise of the robocopter: Drones armed with weapons could be used by police in Connecticut, Mary-Ann Russon, International Business Times
  134. Colin Kaepernick saw this coming, Dria Roland, Complex
  135. Marea Socialista en su Editorial #18: Denuncia deriva totalitaria y llama a la lucha y a construir alternativa política, Prensa Marea Socialista, Aporrea
  136. Sociólogo venezolano cuestiona la “solidaridad incondicional” de la izquierda latinoamericana con el chavismo, Natalia Uval, La Diaria


  1. Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties by Mike Marqusee. London: Verso Books.
  2. Crowds and Party by Jodi Dean. London: Verso Books.
  3. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration by Douglas S. Massey and Jorge Durand. New York: Russell Sage Foundation

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