Media Roundup for October 2017

News Articles

  1. Catalan referendum: ‘Hundreds hurt’ as police try to stop voters, BBC
  2. FC Barcelona statement, FC Barcelona
  3. Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colon returns to Puerto Rico with a clean drinking water mission, Mandalit Del Barco, NPR
  4. Multiple weapons found in Las Vegas gunman’s hotel room, The New York Times
  5. How to heal the left-liberal divide, Pete Davis, Current Affairs
  6. Colbert asked Ta-Nehisi Coates if he has hope for America. Coates said no., Constance Grady, Vox
  7. Venezuela’s fragile revolution, Steve Ellner, Monthly Review
  8. United States rejects UN resolution condemning use of death penalty to target LGBTQ people, Zack Ford, Think Progress
  9. Catalan referendum: Anti-police strike hits public services, BBC
  10. Erdogan, Rouhani stand together against Iraqi Kurdish state, Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor
  11. Puerto Rico needs aid, not an occupation, Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker
  12. Southwest says she was forced off a plane over dog allergies. The woman has a very different account, Mary Hui, The Washington Post
  13. Catalonia to declare independence within days after Spanish King’s TV address, Alastair Jamieson, NBC News
  14. Internal emails show ICE agents struggling to substantiate Trump’s lies about immigrants, Alice Speri, The Intercept
  15. The Needle Drop pioneered music review vlogs. His lesser-known channel pandered to the alt-right, Ezra Marcus, The Fader
  16. The Republican Party isn’t cracking up. It’s getting even stronger, Jeet Heer, New Republic
  17. Putin tells Maduro: we’ll keep cooperating with you on economy, Reuters
  18. Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation, Andrew Masterson, Cosmos
  19. I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise, Leah Libresco, The Washington Post
  20. Matias jumps into Third District congressional race, Jim O’Sullivan, The Boston Globe
  21. Las Vegas police release bodycam footage; ATF says gunman had ‘bump fire’ stocks, Laurel Wamsley, NPR
  22. Las Vegas gunman scouted locations in Boston and Chicago, officials say, Tom Winter, Jonathan Dienst and Jon Schuppe, NBC News
  23. Cam Newton says it’s ‘funny’ hearing female reporter ‘talk about routes’, Joseph Zucker, Bleacher Report
  24. House panel approves $10B for border wall, Rafael Bernal, The Hill
  25. Trump calls meeting with military leaders ‘the calm before the storm’, Eileen Sullivan and Mark Landler, The New York Times
  26. We snuck into Seattle’s super secret white nationalist convention, David Lewis, The Stranger
  27. Alt-White: How the Breitbart machine laundered racist hate, Joseph Bernstein, BuzzFeed
  28. The downside of baseball’s data revolution – long games, less action, Brian Costa and Jared Diamond, The Wall Street Journal
  29. Trump to ‘decertify’ Iran nuclear deal next week, Rebecca Kheel, The Hill
  30. Cowboys will bench any player who ‘disrespects’ flag, Todd Archer, ESPN
  31. The FBI’s new US terrorist threat: ‘black identity extremists’, Jana Winter and Sharon Weinberger, Foreign Policy
  32. ESPN suspends Jemele Hill two weeks for no good reason, Tom Ley, Dead Spin
  33. Confusion surrounds bloody incident linked to Colombia coca eradication, Tristan Clavel, Insight Crime
  34. Sisi rewards each player of football team LE1.5 mn for qualifying for World Cup, Al Masry Youm, Egypt Independent
  35. Conservatives are the real campus thought police squashing academic freedom, George Ciccariello-Maher, The Washington Post
  36. Roger Goodell sends letter to NFL teams, wants players to stand during anthem, Kevin Seifert, ESPN
  37. From aggressive overtures to sexual assault: Harvey Weinstein’s accusers tell their stories, Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker
  38. IMF says Venezuela’s inflation rate may rise beyond 2,300% in 2018, Patricia Laya and Catarina Saraiva, Bloomberg
  39. University of Wisconsin approves protest punishment policy, Todd Richmond, ABC
  40. Fish Hook Theory is real, Beth Lynch, Progressive Army
  41. Controversial professor placed on leave, Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
  42. US police killings undercounted by half, study using Guardian data finds, Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian
  43. Puerto Rico relief bill cancels $16 billion in debt – but not for Puerto Rico, David Dayen, The Intercept
  44. US quits Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’, BBC
  45. Princess Nokia throws hot soup at subway racist, Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork
  46. Are social media bots a threat to democracy?, Ryan de Laurea, Socialist Worker
  47. Was Stalinism inevitable?, Eric Blanc, Socialist Worker
  48. Why did Vikings have ‘Allah’ embroidered into funeral clothes?, BBC
  49. Mid-October Venezuela briefing: governor’s elections and international context, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  50. HIV advocacy groups pressure global fund to take action in Venezuela, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  51. Democratizing the protest, Guillermo Sardi, Caracas Chronicles
  52. Julio Borges, Unplugged, Emiliana Duarte and Andrés Rojas Jiménez, Caracas Chronicles
  53. A comment on: ‘a trans-atlantic manifesto in times of Trump – A German perspective’ by foreign policy experts, Tom O’Donnell, The Global Barrel
  54. ESPN can’t stick to sports. But can it stick by its talent?, Bill Simmons, The Ringer
  55. ¿Qué tendría que hacer la oposición para verificar si hubo fraude el #15Oct?, Shari Avedaño, Efecto Cocuyo
  56. Venezuelan opposition denounces latest vote as ruling party makes gains, Kirk Semple, The New York Times
  57. CNE has revealed its numbers, now MUD needs to do its job, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  58. ‘Pido perdón por mi padre’: hijo del comandante paramilitar ‘Jorge 40’, El Espectador
  59. Hay riesgos, pero el proceso de paz está en marcha, Carolina Ávila, El Espectador
  60. Pilotos de Avianca siguen en huelga, a pesar de ultimátum de la compañía, El Espectador
  61. FARC dissident factions total 500: prosecution, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  62. Raqqa recaptured from Islamic State by US-backed forces, Saeed Kamali, The Guardian
  63. Is Rick Scott’s State Of Emergency targeting Richard Spencer? Critics say it dangerously misses the mark, Seth Millstein, Bustle
  64. LeBron James consoles Gordon Hayward after star suffers gruesome ankle injury, Joseph Zucker, Bleacher Report
  65. Michael Bennett says Colin Kaepernick resolution needed before more talks with owners, Brady Henderson, ESPN
  66. Dear White People: Be more like Gregg Popovich, Shaun King, The Intercept
  67. White nationalist Richard Spencer gives Israel as example of ethno-state, Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz
  68. Without saying ‘Trump,’ Bush and Obama deliver implicit rebukes, Peter Baker, The New York Times
  69. Manning didn’t deserve rescinded Harvard Visiting FellowshipThe Harbus
  70. Russia is using Marxist strategies and so is Trump, Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg
  71. Voter confusion caused by electoral center changes: testimony from a table witness, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  72. Q&A on Venezuela’s Gubernational Elections, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  73. Shake-up at Democratic National Committee, longtime officials ousted, Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News
  74. John Kelly’s defense of Trump was absurd. And he surely knows it, Greg Sargent, The Washington Post
  75. White supremacist supporters of Richard Spencer open fire on counter-protesters, Casey Michel, Think Progress
  76. Gordon Hayward ‘pretty positive’ following surgery, Chris Forsberg, ESPN
  77. Re-ranking Eastern Conference contenders following Gordon Hayward injury, Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report
  78. Diversity scholar fellow discusses Islamic feminism, Brontë Cook, The Ithacan
  79. The danger of President Pence, Jane Mayer, The New Yorker
  80. JFK assassination: Trump to allow release of classified documents, CBS News
  81. O’Reilly settled additional $32 million harassment case, Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer
  82. Kyrie Irving on if he regrets making profane comments towards fan: ‘Hell no’, Adam Wells, Bleacher Report
  83. Jeff Flake, a fierce Trump critic, will not seek re-election for Senate, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times
  84. The invention of monogamy, Isabella Rotman and Sarah Mirk, The Nib
  85. ‘The Harvey Weinstein of Islam’ – anyone?, Hamid Dabashi, al-Jazeera
  86. When Black Lives Mattered: why teach Reconstruction?, Adam Sanchez, The Nation
  87. Saudi crown prince promises ‘return to moderate Islam’, al-Jazeera
  88. Vea el especial ‘Venezuela: la deuda externa en cifras’, Pro Davinci
  89. 15O: Fraud or fatigue?, Dorothy Kronick and Francisco Rodríguez, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  90. Toxic masculinity is everywhere. It’s up to us men to fix this, Jordan Stephens, The Guardian
  91. Scientists discover how the brain controls ageing – and manage to slow it down, Richard Faragher, Sciencr
  92. $300M Puerto Rico contract awarded to tiny firm financed by big Trump donors, Allegra Kirkland, Talking Point Memos
  93. CIA considered bombing Miami and killing refugees to blame Castro, Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times
  94. NYC’s Board of Elections will admit it purged more than 200,000 voters from city rolls, Andrew Keshner, New York Daily News
  95. Houston Texans NFL owner on kneeling: ‘we can’t have the inmates running the prison’, The Daily Beast
  96. ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia, Paul Lewis, The Guardian
  97. NSA document says Saudi Prince directly ordered coordinated attack by Syrian rebels on Damascus, Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept
  98. The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain acknowledges Syrian opposition was Saudi proxy – after pushing for regime change, Ben Norton
  99. Trump declares opioid crisis a ‘health emergency’ but requests no funds, Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times
  100. America’s forever wars, The Editorial Board, The New York Times
  101. Puerto Rico’s government just admitted 911 people died after the hurricane – of ‘natural causes’, Nidhi Prakash, BuzzFeed
  102. Celtics granted $8.4m player exception for Gordon Hayward, ESPN
  103. How LA’s ‘los Doyers’ fans turned a racist insult into a point of pride, Gustavo Arellano, Remezcla
  104. Former Trump aides charged as prosecutors reveal new campaign ties with Russia, Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Matthew Rosenberg, The New York Times
  105. George who? As Papadopoulos pleads guilty, Trump’s team seeks distance from ‘this individual’, Callum Borchers, The Washington Post
  106. Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe, Anna Palmer, Politico
  107. John Kelly: ‘Lack of  an ability to compromise led to the Civil War’, Christina Wilkie, CNBC
  108. ‘I’m watching now and screaming’: Fox News employees anonymously trash the network’s Russia coverage, Maxwell Tani, Business Insider
  109. Defense Department: The War on Terror has cost $250 million a day for 16 years, Jay Cassano, International Business Times
  110. Carter Page gives another ‘awesomely stupid’ interview, Bess Levin, Vanity Fair
  111. For Civil War scholars, a settled question that will never die: what caused the War?, Julia Martinez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  112. Hollywood actors speak of ‘rampant’ problem of male abusers targeting men, Sam Levin, The Guardian
  113. When the ‘Weinstein effect’ hits Washington, Jeet Heer, New Republic
  114. About that prediction… how the Astros went from baseball’s cellar to the 2017 World Series, Ben Reiter, Sports Illustrated
  115. Forget Uranium One: Why Roger Stone’s plot to oust Robert Mueller ‘makes no sense’, Abigail Tracey, Vanity Fair
  116. The First White President, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

Radio Interviews and Podcasts

  1. Critical Race Theory and Black Liberation w/ Zoé Samudzi, Revolutionary Left Radio
  2. The New Atheists: Celebrity Crusaders for Empire, Citations Needed


  1. Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law by James Q. Whitman. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  2. Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in Syrian Kurdistan by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga. London: Pluto Press.

YouTube Videos

1. Trump guts Obamacare with Executive Order

2. Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury adds to his frustration with Danny Ainge

3. The classical liberal’s descent into fascism

4. Abdication of King Salman in Saudi Arabia

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