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VIDEO: A World Cup For The 1%

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Monday July 14, 2014 6:29 am

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

When Germany and Argentina square off in the Word Cup Final, the whole world will be watching the culmination of what may be the most exciting FIFA World Cup Tournament ever. What most people are unaware of, however, is the brutal conditions that FIFA creates to pull off the games.

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VIDEO: Why A Majority of Brazilians Think The World Cup Is Bad For Brazil

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:18 pm

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

new Pew Poll finds shows that the “national mood in Brazil is grim following a year in which more than a million people have taken to the streets of major cities across the country to protest corruption, rising inflation and a lack of government investment in public services such as education, health care and public transportation, among other things.”

61% of Brazilians feel that hosting the World Cup is a “bad thing because it takes money away from public services” vs. just 34 percent who think it’s a “good thing because it creates jobs.” Thirty-nine percent say it will hurt Brazil’s international image, while only 35 percent think it will help.

In this episode of Acronym TV, Derek Poppert of Global Exchange talks with Dennis about his Re-Think The Cup series. In a recent piece from the series, “FIFA: Return The Beauty To The Beautiful Game,” Derek writes:

So who wins the World Cup? While it may seem that decision is still getting played out in stadiums across Brazil, FIFA president Sepp Blatter is surely laughing from his luxury suite.

The winner had already been decided well before the first match even began. FIFA’s 4 billion dollars in untaxed revenue from the event is the trophy.

It appears to be of little interest to Mr. Blatter or other FIFA execs that this trophy has come on the backs of 200,000 low-income people being forcefully evicted from their homes to make room for the event, 8 construction workers dying in the frenzied rush to erect stadiums on time, or 14 billion dollars in Brazilian taxpayer money being spent on the tournament in the face of poverty, inequality, and widespread social issues within Brazil.

David Ziron, author of Brazil’s Dance With The Devil, points out:

In Brazil, site of the 2014 World Cup, the FIFA-driven push to build new stadiums at a breakneck pace has led to the deaths of nine construction workers. FIFA’s demands for security and infrastructure may end up displacing as many as 250,000 poor people, who live in the favelas surrounding Brazil’s urban centers. The cost of the games continues to tick upward, the latest figures climbing as high as $15 billion. Brazil’s own 1994 World Cup star, Romário, called the 2014 tournament ‘the biggest heist in the history of Brazil.’

The question becomes, then: Are sports on this scale a net positive or negative for human beings as a whole?

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VIDEO: Why At Least one FIFA Player Should Protest The World Cup Final

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Tuesday July 8, 2014 4:36 pm

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Imagine the impact if a player from one of the remaining FIFA semifinal World Cup teams (Germany, Brazil, The Netherlands, or Argentina) were to engage in an act of protest against FIFA for it’s Imperial practices that have literarily displaced at least 250,000 Brazilians? Imagine if Lionel Messi, Thomas MullerArjen Robben, or even the injured Neymar were to pull a John Carlos sometime during the semifinals or finals of the World Cup?

If any sports organization deserves to be protested, FIFA is it.  As Dave Zirin correctly pointed out, Luis Suárez May Bite, but FIFA Sucks Blood.

In this clip from Acronym TV with Dennis Trainor Jr – Derek Poppert of Global Exchange talks about his Re-Think The Cup series of articles and the potential impact a player from one of the remaining teams calling FIFA out.

Art Killing Apathy Take on Money In Politics| Eleanor Goldfield Interview

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Saturday July 5, 2014 5:30 pm

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

watch the full show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNRoP9Hs0tU

Eleanor Goldfield is a creative activist and writer based in Los Angeles. She works with organizations to create digital content as well as live events to combine pop culture and politics – art killing apathy; her political hard rock band Rooftop Revolutionaries being a primary example of this. As a writer, she writes for several political publications on our corporatocratic government and all the issues stemming from that.

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VIDEO: Adam Kokesh’s Independence Day Call-To-Arms Revisited

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Thursday July 3, 2014 5:29 pm

Adam Kokesh, who recently served four months in prison in connection with an Independence Day incident in which he videotaped himself loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza, near the White House, sits down with Dennis to discuss Libertarianism, performance art in protest, and the book he wrote in prison, Freedom.

A Washington Post article from July 2013 describes the conditions surrounding Kokesh’s arrest this way:

Adam Kokesh, the gun rights activist arrested after posting an Independence Day video of himself apparently loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza, will remain in the D.C. jail at least through Monday, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

U.S. Park Police brought Kokesh to the District on Thursday to face gun charges related to the video. He was arrested July 9 during a raid of his home in Herndon and had been held in Fairfax County on charges of possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms while possessing a firearm.

Kokesh’s housemates alleged that he was mistreated in the raid, which was led by a Park Police SWAT team and assisted by local police.

Kokesh was posting bail Thursday in Virginia when Park Police arrested him again and took him to the District, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

Kokesh was charged Friday in D.C. Superior Court with one count of carrying a firearm outside of his home or office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Chambers called the video a ‘deliberate and concerted effort to violate’ D.C. gun laws.

According to court records, Kokesh posted the 23-second video to YouTube showing him holding a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and loading four shells of suspected ammunition while speaking into the camera. Kokesh is then seen racking the slide of the shotgun. A caption in the video says Kokesh is in Freedom Plaza.

When authorities searched his home in Herndon, they found nine weapons, including a .357 Smith & Wesson handgun, a .22- caliber rifle and a Maverick Arms 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun. Police also found ammunition and marijuana, the mushrooms and ‘other suspected narcotics,’ according to documents.”

VIDEO: Dear Libertarians, The Radical Violent Revolutionaries Are Winning

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Wednesday July 2, 2014 5:03 pm

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

This may be a shock to those who have heard me say, in some of me less than kindler, gentler moments, that Libertarians are Ayn Randian Regressives who more often that not parrot faux liberty talking points literally spoon fed them by some Koch Brothers inspired think tank, talking points that in fact serve as a pillar that upholds the empire of the ruling elite even as they espouse to tear it down. The truth is this view ignores the fact that on the surface, we agree on many issues — Libertarians and I.

While the two party duopoly spins a narrative that wants us to believe that we are on opposite sides of a linear spectrum, outliers, freaks, a fringe minority, the fact is that those in all 3 branches of government represent a ruling class whose worldview and means of pursuing it are in fact the minority view, the radical, fringe view. The radical violent revolutionaries are already in power. I’m not talking about Obama, or any other elected official; I’m speaking about the global corporate elite. The same force that is at work here in the US green lighting the pornographic expenditures on weapons and devices for war that make up the military industrial complex while claiming there is no money for education, health care or programs that would benefit the social good is also at work all over the world, notably right now in Brazil, where it is somehow justified to brutally displace entire poor communities in order to build multibillion dollar, FIFA quality soccer stadiums, and to pay for the armed brutal suppression of protestors outraged that in a country where 20% of people who live below the poverty line watch in horror as money is poured into the construction of a brand new soccer stadium in the Amazon that will only play host to 4 games and likely never be used again.

It is the global neoliberal agenda at work here in the US, that is responsible for the NDAA, the spying of the NSA, the threats to net neutrally, the list goes on and on. How to get free from the reign of violent radical revolutionaries who now rule our lives? My guest today, Adam Kokesh, has written a book that attempts to answer that question. Adam Kokesh did a tour in Fallujah, Iraq with the Marines in 2004 and came home to become an anti-war activist. He ran for Congress as a Republican, had a radio show, a TV show, and has gone to jail for his civil disobedience. He is the host of the ADAM VS THE MAN YouTube channel and podcast, and just released his first book, FREEDOM!

VIDEO: American Revolutionaries (AT 009)

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Wednesday July 2, 2014 8:47 am

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Adam Kokesh, who recently served four months in prison in connection with an Independence Day incident in which he videotaped himself loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza, near the White House, sits down with Dennis to discuss Libertarianism, performance art in protest, and the book he wrote in prison, Freedom.

In part 2 of the show, Eleanor Goldfield, the front woman of the band Rooftop Revolutionaries, joins Dennis to discuss the movement to get money out of politics, and her new venture Art Killing Apathy.

About the guests:

Adam Kokesh did a tour in Fallujah, Iraq with the Marines in 2004 and came home to become an anti-war activist. He ran for Congress as a Republican, had a radio show, a TV show, and has gone to jail for his civil disobedience. He is the host of the ADAM VS THE MAN YouTube channel and podcast, and just released his first book, Freedom.

Eleanor Goldfield is a creative activist and writer based in Los Angeles. She works with organizations to create digital content as well as live events to combine pop culture and politics – art killing apathy; her political hard rock band Rooftop Revolutionaries being a primary example of this.  As a writer, she writes for several political publications on our corporatocratic government and all the issues that stem from that.

In Iraq, The U.S. is The Problem, not the Solution

By: Dennis Trainor Jr Friday June 27, 2014 7:58 pm

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

The oil rich country of Iraq is facing a possible collapse.

Again.

Sunni militants, largely shut out of the new government installed by the U.S. after our illegally invasion and occupation are overtaking large parts of Iraq in a quickly developing story. U.S. foreign policy seems to lack the imagination to do anything but intervene militarily. How that intervention takes shape, whether it be in aid, advising, air strikes, boots on the ground, or the kind of shock and awe only a Nobel peace prize winning Commander in chief can deliver remains to be seen.

Joining Dennis on Acronym TV this week to discuss the situation in Iraq are Lila Garrett and Dr. Dennis Loo.

Lila Garret is a two time Emmy winner for her work in TV comedy as a writer/producer. For her progressive political activism, in 1991 she was the recipient of Senator Barbara Boxer’s WOMEN MAKING HISTORY AWARD. . In 2004 she was So. Cal. Chair of the Kucinich for President campaign. For the last 9 years she has hosted the radio political talk show,  “Connect the Dots” heard every Monday morning at 7 on Pacifica’s KPFK in Los Angeles and on line atKPFK.org.

Dr. Dennis Loo is a Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. He has won national awards for his scholarship, his journalism, and his activism. Loo is the author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society and co-editor/author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney. He writes regularly for his website DennisLoo.com and sits on the National Steering Committee of the World Can’t Wait.

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