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Why Sanders is surging

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, the PSL’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate, provides an analysis of last week’s Iowa caucuses, and what they mean for working and poor people in this election year. The social-democratic Bernie Sanders campaign could very well surpass Hillary Clinton as they nearly tied in the polls while Ted Cruz was the unexpected winner for the Republicans.

Imperialist war and the rise of ISIS

Listen now: Brian Becker discusses the U.S.-dominated anti-Daesh meeting that took place on February 2 in Rome with journalist Hafsa Kara. The U.S.-led NATO bombing campaign that achieved “regime change” in 2011 has opened the path for the so-called Islamic State to grow in Libya, especially in Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte. This segment is rebroadcast from Loud & Clear on Radio Sputnik.

Could talks lead to a ceasefire in Syria?

Listen now: Ben Becker, editor of the book Imperialism in the 21st Century and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City, reviews the increasing likelihood of a policy shift among Western powers allowing for a ceasefire between the Syrian government and insurgent forces following talks in Vienna. While the shoot down of a Russian jet by Turkey, a country dependent on the United States and NATO, complicates this process, the possibility of new alliances also exist, including a significant army of insurgent forces in Syria ready to fight against ISIS.

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Veterans stand against imperialist wars

Listen now: Mike Prysner of March Forward! speaks on the continued need to for active-duty soldiers, veterans and their supporters to stand against imperialist war. Veteran’s Day was named in 1954 to whitewash the truth of how working and oppressed people in the United States are recruited to fight for the rich in wars abroad. To truly support veterans, the Pentagon must be dismantled, and the capitalist drive for war must be stopped once and for all.

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Trump, free speech and pushing back American-style fascism

Listen now: Karina Garcia of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City talks about the mobilization against Donald Trump who hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Trump is a dangerous American-style fascist promoted by the U.S. ruling class to spread extreme right-wing ideology. Trump’s racism is not free speech and all progressive people must continue organizing to stop him.

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Eyewitness: North Korea

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, the PSL’s 2016 presidential candidate, speaks about her experience in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (also known as North Korea) during the 70th anniversary of the Worker’s Party of Korea earlier this month. She describes her impressions of changes in the DPRK since her last trip in 1989, including the impact of U.S. sanctions on the North Korean economy, and discusses the need for people in the United States to continue to oppose imperialist aggression towards North Korea.

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Palestine: A Third Intifada?

Listen now: Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, provides an analysis of what many are calling a Third Intifada, or uprising, of the Palestinian people in response to continued Israeli repression and the desecration of non-Jewish religious sites in an attempt to declare Zionist colonial victory over Palestine.

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North Korea: myths, facts and where relations are heading

Listen now: Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, speaks to Don Debar, host of the morning show on CPRmetro.org, regarding myths and facts about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – North Korea. He reviews the most recent attacks by the United States and South Korean intelligence services at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and what they mean for U.S.-North Korea relations.

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In one of the richest countries in the world – zero maternity leave

Listen now: Nathalie Hrizi, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in San Francisco who is currently on paid maternity leave – a benefit won by her union, discusses the overwhelming absence of such paid leave in the United States. Countries around the world offer between 12 and 50 weeks of paid parental leave, with the United States and just three other countries standing alone without any support for new parents. This indicting feature of U.S. capitalism can only be changed through mass struggle.

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Jeremy Corbin’s election advances the struggles against imperialism and austerity

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, the PSL’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate, speaks on the significant election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party in Britain. Corbyn’s election signals the growing worldwide opposition to austerity, environmental destruction and imperialist war. Corbyn has organized against the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq, andstood with the people of Palestine and against the growing austerity measures against working people in Britain. This revival of left-wing forces in Britain and elsewhere presents opportunities to advance the struggle worldwide.

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Capitalism’s assault on the Ogallala Aquifer

Listen now: Joel Gallegos, regular contributor to Liberation News and member of the PSL in Albuquerque, N.M., speaks on the capitalist depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest underground water sources in the world. As the crisis of water access grows, the capitalist ruling class stands idle. It is the action of working people that can provide the basis of sustainable access to fresh water for humanity.

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Guatemala protests signal new resistance

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, a leading member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the PSL’s 2016 presidential candidate, discusses the massive demonstrations and social movement in Guatemala that forced Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina to resign on September 6.

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March for Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Resistance & Resilience

Listen now: Paige Murphy of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Red Nation in Albuquerque, N.M.,  talks about the kick-off of the organizing for the March for Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Resistance and Resilience. The march will deliver the demands of abolishing Columbus Day, evicting corporate polluters, ending bordertown violence, and defending treaty rights on and off Native land.

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Fighting expanded police powers in D.C.

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, the PSL’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate and an organizer with the Stop Police Terror Project – D.C., discusses the new plan by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to expand police powers and increase penalties for several crimes, as well as efforts to oppose the new plan.

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The Cold War: class-based conflict on a global scale

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, explains the so-called “Cold War,” the half-century conflict between the United States and other imperialists against the socialist countries struggling to break free from colonial and imperialist domination. The Cold War period is marked by both hot wars and cold wars, but most importantly was a class-based conflict between the workers and oppressed on one side and the bosses on the other. This, of course, contrasts with war based on inter-imperialist rivalry exemplified in First and Second World Wars.

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Fear, racism and the Trump campaign

Listen now: Karina Garcia, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City, speaks to the role that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign plays for the ruling class. She reviews his racist demagoguery against Latino people in particular, his program of American exceptionalism, and how although some are swayed by this, the majority are seeking real alternatives to the issues faced by working people.

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The meaning of the upcoming Greek elections

Listen now: Walter Smolarek, a regular contributor to Liberation News, discusses the upcoming elections in Greece, the split within SYRIZA and how it may play out, and the continued struggle of the Greek people against austerity.

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The struggle against Puerto Rico’s unpayable debt

Listen now: Francisco Fortuño Bernier of the Movement Socialista de Trabajadores (Workers’ Socialist Movement) and its student counterpart Unión de Juventudes Socialists (Union of Socialist Youth) speaks about his experience in the Puerto Rican student movement that carried out strikes against the unpayable $72 billion debt the island has accrued through the colonial relationship under U.S. domination. Half of people in Puerto Rico already live in poverty. Now, austerity programs will continue to expand – an attack that will be met with increased struggle.