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Arundhati Roy on Her New Book, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story,” and World’s Largest Election in India

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Updated: May 16, 2014

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democracynow.org – As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote and results will be issued in May. One of India’s most famous authors — and one of its fiercest critics — Roy is out with a new book, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story,” which dives into India’s transforming political landscape and makes the case that globalized capitalism has intensified the wealth divide, racism, and environmental degradation. “This new election is going to be [about] who the corporates choose,” Roy says, “[about] who is not going to blink about deploying the Indian army against the poorest people in this country, and pushing them out to give over those lands, those rivers, those mountains, to the major mining corporations.”

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Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Ann Wright on the Sentencing of Bradley Manning + Ralph Nader’s Remarks + I Am Chelsea Manning

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TheRealNews on Aug 21, 2013

Advocates say sentence is a serious blow to whistleblowers and investigative journalism, Manning plans to appeal and request President Obama for a pardon. Continue reading

Vijay Prashad: International Law and “The Responsibility to Protect”

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TheRealNews on Aug 10, 2013

In the final segment of Paul Jay’s interview with Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself, the subject is the undermining of international law and military interventions in the name of human rights.

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Vijay Prashad: Bradley Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes

July 27, 2013. Minneapolis Rally for Bradley Manning!

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TheRealNews on Aug 9, 2013

In this segment of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the Bradley Manning case in light of the 68th anniversary of signing the Nuremberg Charter which states it is illegal to follow orders to commit a war crime. Continue reading

Vijay Prashad: Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is “Off the Table”

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TheRealNews on Aug 8, 2013

In part two of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the limits imposed on questioning the roots of inequality and how those who own the majority of property set the terms for everyone else. Continue reading

Vijay Prashad: Marx and Tolstoy Helped Me See the Limits of Liberalism

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TheRealNews on Aug 6, 2013

On the second episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Vijay Prashad talks about growing up in India and coming to the realization that liberalism could never eliminate poverty. Continue reading

Ceasefire: Egypt Manages the Crisis; More US Arms for Israel

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TheRealNews Nov 21, 2012

Vijay Prashad: Egypt brokers Gaza crisis working with US; Palestinians won’t give up their struggle; There will be no accountability for Israel’s illegal war.
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