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Slavery and Racism: The Case for Reparations in America

Picture credit: Moyers & Company Video Signs of overt racism are still prevalent in America, evident in a New Hampshire police commissioner’s use of an ethnic slur to describe President Obama. Despite the media highlighting the problem and people shaking their heads in disbelief, the problem of racism is rarely, if weakly addressed. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, thinks it’s time for a bold step to change the way people talk and think about race in America. Bill Moyers speaks to Coates...

Arrest of 'Happy' Dancers Reflects Power Struggle in Iran

Picture credit: The Real News Network Video Six Iranian youth who danced in a YouTube video to the song by Pharrell Williams "Happy", were arrested by Iranian authorities. Following a public outcry, they have been released. But the director of the video is still being held in custody. What is all this about? Why were these kids arrested in the first place? Analyst Trita Parsi argues that there’s a cultural war going on in Iran. Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani is seen as a reformist with a softer stance on the...

A World Beyond Markets: Zero Marginal Cost and the Emergence of the Collaborative Commons

Picture credit: RSA Video Economists never in their wildest imagination anticipated a technology revolution whose productivity was so extreme that it is bringing marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services essentially free, abundant and beyond profit in the exchange capitalist economy. That's what's beginning to happen, argues Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on  Economic Trends. We saw the zero marginal cost phenomenon sweep through the information goods industry when, facilitated by the...

New Film Exposes Apartheid-Era Working Conditions on Farms that Produce South Africa's Table Grapes

Picture credit: IRIN Video The Western Cape produces more than 80 percent of South Africa’s table grapes and the Berg and Hex River Valleys are the country's primary production areas. Table grapes are among the world's most traded fruits and the prevailing climatic conditions in these valleys provide an unusually long eight-month window for production. IRIN's latest film, Land of Dust, looks at the conditions of the workers in the Hex River Valley, where long hours, low wages, poor health and education...

How Social Media Makes You Lonely

Picture credit: UCLA Video Loneliness has become the most common ailment of the modern world. One of the possible reasons for this is the online social network. We're collecting friends like stamps and not distinguishing between quantity and quality. We're  exchanging the deep meaning and intimacy of friendship for chats instead of having conversations. By doing so, we're sacrificing conversation for mere connection. And so a paradoxical situation is created in which we claim to have many friends while actually...

The Roots of Nigeria's Chaos

Picture credit: MSNBC Video N.B. Sensitive viewers are warned that this video contains graphic images. Nigeria has a "voodoo economy" contends Nigerian architect and environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey. Despite Nigeria’s economy growing at an annual rate of six percent and surpassing South Africa to become the biggest economy in Africa, the country’s wealth is concentrated in a few hands. Seventy percent of Nigerians live in poverty. Inequality and deprivation is most severe in the north of...