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Is Uber Just as Exploitative of Employees as Walmart? (Video)

The US media has been breathlessly reporting the spin about Uber, the new $40 billion dollar car service. This episode by Laura Flanders explores the other side, with Bhairavi Desai, co-founder and Director of the Taxi Workers Alliance.

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David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz Discuss the Failure of Capitalism

If you listen to the money media, you might think that fixing the economy is just a matter of the right bailout or the right tax policy. But what would it mean to fight for systemic economic change? What are the economic alternatives? At GRITtv we actually ask those questions and engage guests that have compelling answers. This week, I will be speaking with two brilliant theorists of economic change - David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz. Together they dig into the failure of capitalism, the hope presented by worker co-ops, and what activists fighting for a just economy must do to get there.

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How Did All This Surplus Military Hardware End Up in Police Hands?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police. Great. Now can we have a review of the distribution of military influence throughout US society?

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People Power and Democratic Banking? Look No Further Than Your Local Credit Union

Editor’s note: This is a transcript of Laura Flanders’ interview with Linda Levy for GRITtv.org.

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The “F” Word: AOL’s CEO is Not the Only One Who Should Be Shamed

Not long ago it was the Great Recession, today it’s Obamacare that’s serving as a convenient scapegoat for employers seeking to tighten the screws on their workers.

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Watch: Josh Fox’s Gasland II Premiers Tonight

Josh Fox’s Gasland II premieres tonight on HBO. The much anticipated anti-fracking documentary continues to highlight the toll hydraulic fracturing takes on the environment. While Gasland may have started the conversation about fracking, the sequel is all about the natural gas industry’s effort to shut that conversation down. 

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Noam Chomsky: Obama's Policies Are Creating Terrorism Around the World

If ever you accused Barack Obama of fearing to offend or suffering from lack of spine, you have to hand it to him now: President Obama is acting more and more like a leader every day, one specific leader in fact: George W. Bush.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner Denied Honorary Degree for Supporting Palestine

This week, the news hit that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, perhaps best known for his Angels in America, was being blocked from receiving an honorary degree from the City University of New York because of his views on Israel.

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Katrina Disaster Retold in Comic Book Form?

"A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge" deals with real stories of Katrina survivors and synthesizes them in comic book form, creating a bold and somber visual masterpiece.

Grittv interviews the creator, Josh Neufeld, to hear what he has to say.

Laura Flanders Interviews Jeremy Scahill Over Blackwater Scandal

Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army writes in the Nation that Blackwater founder Erik Prince “may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company,” according to the sworn testimony of a former Blackwater employee and an ex-US marine. Scahill discusses the story and its implications for Prince and Blackwater itself. You can read Scahill’s blog, Rebel Reports, here.

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The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger

In the United States, the gap between rich and poor has grown exponentially in recent years. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the number of Americans who do not earn enough to feed themselves and their families. It is likely that some 50 to 60 million Americans, or one in five, are hungry. How is it possible in the land of plenty? And what does the recession reveal about America’s social safety net?

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How is Twitter Dramatically Altering the Journalistic Landscape?

Protests surrounding elections in Moldova and, more recently, Iran have been singled out for their use of social networking tools, particularly twitter. Many have said that cell phones and text messaging played a crucial role in Ukraine's Orange Revolution in 2004/2005. But are these claims justified? And how is twitter changing the role that journalists play in covering international events such as the street protests in Iran? Can the new technology fill the void? John MacArthur of Harper's, media technologist Deanna Zandt, independent filmmaker and educator Simin Farkondeh, and Robert Huesca, a professor of communications at Trinity University, on the twitter revolutions and the future of journalism.

Evil GE Uses Socialist Yip Harburg to Sell Its Lies

You've heard of pre-emptive strikes. Now welcome to the era of pre-emptive co-optation.  That's the kindest word for what millions of viewers heard during the 2009 Superbowl, when GE used the work of the Great Depression's most famous songwriter to sell its myths about prosperity.  

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