The Growing Effort to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This Monday at 11 am EDT/8 am Pacific on Clearing the FOG, we will discuss the growing effort to stop the rigged corporate trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This deal affects every issue we care about from food safety to the cost of medicines to jobs and wages, protection of the environment, internet freedom …

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The Struggle for Health Care Continues with Guests Sergio Espana and Russell Mokhiber

In this program we speak about the newest phase of the health law, the Affordable Care Act. The health insurance exchanges are open and starting in January most people will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. There’s one problem: having health insurance in the United States does not mean that people …

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Fukushima – A Global Threat That Requires a Global Response

We discuss the situation at Fukushima nuclear power plant and the urgent crises that it faces after the disaster in 2011. In addition to the ongoing problem with contaminated water that is leaking into the Pacific Ocean, Japan plans to start removing damaged spent fuel rods next month. Nuclear experts warn that this must be …

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Indigenous Nations Around the World Proclaim Sovereignty

Indigenous Nations all over the world have been occupied for centuries by settlers who push them off of their land and take resources without permission or respect for the land, water and air. After trying to use domestic and international approaches, including the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to regain legal sovereignty and …

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The Struggle for Recognition of the Rights of Indigenous Nations

We began a two-part series on the sovereignty of Indigenous Nations. This week we spoke with Charmaine White Face, Zumila Wobaga, who participated in the process to develop the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Charmaine recently published a book titled “Indigenous Nations’ Rights in the Balance” in which she describes the difficult …

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Two Years Later – Where Is The Occupy Movement?

Two years ago hundreds of people began to occupy Zuccotti Park in New York City in the heart of Wall Street. That occupation, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), exploded into hundreds of occupations around the country within a matter of weeks. We’ll speak to three people who were part of OWS. Laura Gottesdiener who recently published” …

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Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese on Democracy, Syria and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

We broadcast from Colorado where we spoke at the “What Does Democracy Look Like? Conference.” The conference was sponsored by the It’s Our Economy chapter in Denver and included a number of groups who are working on issues of food security, housing and alternative currencies. We spoke about the widespread opposition to an attack on …

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Don’t Take our Post Office Away: Saving the US Postal Service with Jim Sauber

Economist Jim Sauber who serves as Chief of Staff to the President of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) joins us to explain the attack on the USPS, the reasons for the sale of local post offices, what communities are doing to save the postal service and the vision to expand the services provided …

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Taking Back the Commons with David Bollier

David Bollier, co-author of The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State, talks about the Commons, which can be almost anything as long as there is public action and governance around it. Bollier explains the myth of the ‘tragedy of the commons’ which is widely taught as truth . We talk about the …

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Making the Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free Energy Economy Real

The devastating environmental and climate consequences of extraction energy sources such as nuclear and fossil fuels require that we change to renewable and sustainable sources. Arjun Makhijani, author of “Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy” explains how we can achieve this goal. Then Alison Burchell, founder of Clean Energy Action in Boulder, …

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