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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.

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Venezuelan revolutionary process moves forward in the face of electoral defeat

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, the PSL’s 2016 presidential candidate, speaks about the December 6 National Assembly elections in Venezuela in which the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) lost a significant number of seats to the right-wing opposition. She provides analysis of what the electoral results mean for the PSUV and the future of the Bolivarian revolutionary process.

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Addressing chronic homelessness in D.C.

Listen now: William Merrifield, Staff Attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, discusses the recent clearing of homeless encampments in Washington, D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. He discusses the urgent need to end chronic homelessness in D.C. and the profound issues in the underfunded shelter system, which the District government neglects while supporting expensive gentrification.

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Introducing the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, who long served as the National Coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, introduces the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee. With the release of all of the Cuban Five last December, the National Committee is transforming to form a new organization to build solidarity and support for Cuba and Venezuela in the United States.

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Bill Ayers on education, Black Lives Matter and the struggle today

Listen now: Bill Ayers, retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lifelong activist against racism and war, discusses a number of current topics, including the Black Lives Matter movement against racist police terror and his work in fighting for education reform.

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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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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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Winning reforms and fighting for revolutionary change

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reviews the similarities and differences in tactics between reformist and revolutionary perspectives. While revolutionaries must fight for reforms, the revolutionary is distinct in making it clear who the class enemy is, and that it is the strength of the movement that wrestles concessions from them – as opposed to the reformist view that promotes the idea that the interests of the working and capitalist classes can be reconciled. This discussion will help organizers in understanding this key distinction that is key to winning revolutionary change.

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Eyewitness Venezuela: Millions vote in socialist primary elections

Listen now: Karla Reyes, a teacher in New York City and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, talks about her recent trip to Venezuela where she joined international observers during the primaries for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Millions cast votes for PSUV leaders, showing the growing force of the PSUV as an organization and the revolutionary process within Venezuelan society.

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Iran beats imperialist-imposed sanctions!

Listen now: Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, reviews the historic and comprehensive lifting of all U.N. Security Council sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program, including steps on access to resources in areas of trade, technology, finance and energy. The dangers of imperialist designs to dominate Iran continue, but this victory is a tremendous reprieve for the people of Iran to develop their country without bearing the hardship of sanctions.

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Greek people say “no” to austerity

Listen nowWalter Smolarek, a regular contributor to Liberation News, discusses the recent referendum in Greece, where more than 60 percent of voters said “No” to submitting to a brutal austerity package. He analyzes what the “No” vote means, and the possible next steps for SYRIZA (the Coalition of the Radical Left), and the Greek people.

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Pushing back against student loan debt

Listen now: In the second of a two-part interview, Alexis Goldstein of Strike Debt concludes her assessment of the growing movement of and support for students struggling with loan debt from educational institutions that never granted them degrees, and for degreed students who cannot afford to pay back loans due to lack of opportunity. Trade union leaders, pro-education Congressmembers and others are signing on to this movement to push back against the largest debt in the country – student debt.