Posts Categorized: John Knefel

Private surveillance companies are marketing their products to cops by showing how they can be used on protesters

John here. That’s a long headline, but it’s accurate. I wrote about these private spies for Rolling Stone’s website, and you should go read it and share because you probably think first amendment rights are super important. The quick summary is that as cops are becoming more militarized, they’re also moving into intelligence gathering —… Read more »

Human Rights groups say US killing programs are violations of the law of war

Hey scoochers, John here. Today, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International both released massive, important reports on the US drone / killing programs in Yemen and Pakistan. I covered them for Rolling Stone’s website, which you can read here. If you want more information about both reports, you can read Sarah Knuckey’s post over at… Read more »

Recent Shows
David Klion on Israel’s violence in Gaza and a better way to think about the Russia investigation. Also, Trump calls some undocumented immigrants “animals,” and a video of a Manhattan racist goes viral. David Klion photo courtesy of David Klion 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Racist goes viral 13:07 - David Klion on RussiaGate and Gaza 46:41 - Trump calls some undocumented immigrants “animals” 60:34 - “Flow Over Me” Sarah Mary Chadwick / Credits 62:27 - Finish
Jacobin Magazine’s Meagan Day joins us to discuss Bernie Sanders’ Workplace Democracy Act and the impacts of neoliberalism on the workforce. Also, Tuesday was a big night for Socialists in the United States, and Gina Haspel gets Senator Mark Warner’s approval to head the CIA. Meagan Day photo courtesy of Meagan Day 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Lots of Socialism in today’s show 13:55 - Meagan Day on the Workplace Democracy Act 36:11 - Big win for Socialist ideas in Pennsylvania, What torture actually looks like 59:57 - “See the White” Jess Williamson / Credits 61:32 - Finish
Maysoon Zayid  joins us to discuss Israel’s deadly use of force against Gazans and the US embassy’s opening in Jerusalem. And Emma Saltzberg from If Not Now joins us to talk about how young American Jews are acting to oppose the Israeli occupation and violence against Palestinians. Maysoon Zayid Photo courtesy of Maysoon Zayid 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Big show, two guests 03:20 - Maysoon Zayid on Monday’s events 19:30 - Emma Saltzberg on If Not Now’s resistance 32:00 - The horrific White House response 56:02 - “Fine” Neighbor Lady / Credits 57:33 - Finish
Ali Gharib joins us to discuss the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Also, a new study shows white people move to the right as they get richer, and Bloomberg’s disingenuous calls for decency. Ali Gharib Photo courtesy of Ali Gharib 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Israel kills scores in Gaza 12:40 - Ali Gharib on the embassy move 34:31 - White people move right as they get richer, Bloomberg loves democracy 58:53 - “Let Yourself Go” Haley Blais / Credits 60:01 - Finish
Jeff Abbott joins us to discuss the end of Temporary Protected Status and corruption in Guatemala. Also, Iran and Israel exchange fire and a New York Times Op-Ed gets the reactionary right totally wrong. Jeff Abbott Photo courtesy of Jeff Abbott 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - This week is a big week in the Middle East 12:28 - Jeff Abbott on TPS 47:12 - Iran and Israel exchange fire in Golan Heights, getting it wrong on the reactionary right 60:27 - “Bought It” Middle Kids / Credits 61:32 - Finish
Micah Uetricht joins us to discuss the resurgent labor militancy taking hold across the country. Also, Gina Haspel testifies before Congress in her hearing to lead the CIA. Micah Uetricht Photo courtesy of Micah Uetricht 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Legacy of Ashes at the CIA 14:50 - Micah Uetricht on labor militancy 44:13 - Gina Haspel’s hearing 59:50 - “Laying in the Sun” Anemone / Credits 61:07 - Finish
Nima Shirazi joins us for the hour to discuss Trump’s decision to destroy the Iran nuclear deal. Nima Shirazi photo courtesy of Nima Shirazi 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - So much news to catch up on 03:00 - Nima Shirazi on the Iran deal 58:34 - “Love Decline” Abbe May / Credits 59:57 - Finish
Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Also, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigns after four women accuse him of sexual assault, and US mission creep in Yemen. Alexis Goldstein photo courtesy of Alexis Goldstein   00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Good journalism day 08:50 - Alexis Goldstein on work requirements 33:05 - Eric Schneiderman resigns, mission creep in Yemen 59:35 - “Camera” The Orange Peels / Credits 60:54 - Finish