This week on CounterSpin: You may have heard that in the midterm elections, Republicans in Wisconsin lost the positions of governor and state attorney general, and that their response has been to use their lame duck session to push through legislation to weaken the power of the governor and the attorney general. Outrageous alone, this is not the only instance of the GOP reacting to electoral results they don’t like with overt power grabs that override the express will of voters. These maneuvers define “anti-democratic”—and they rely on a lack of public awareness, abetted by a lack of media sunlight. Hoping to help shed that light is writer and activist Paul Rosenberg; he’s a senior editor for Random Lengths News, as well as a columnist at Al Jazeera English and a contributor at Salon.com. He’ll join us to talk about his recent roundup for Salon of what he calls an anti-democratic “red tide,” and what can be done to stop it.

Guantanamo Diary: Mohamedou Ould Slahi

The American offshore prison camp in Guantnamo, Cuba is still operating. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, it was set up as a place where neither American or international law would apply and where prisoners could be brought, tortured, detained forever, and never charged with a crime. Ten years ago, former President Obama promised to close the offshore prison when he ran for office. It remains up and running to this day. Mohamedou Ould Slahi spent 18 years of his life there. He was an electrical engineer from Mauritania in Africa and educated in Germany. He was 32 years old when he was apprehended in his home, taken to Jordan where he was tortured, then to Afghanistan, then to Guantanamo and 16 years later at age 48, he was released. He walked out of Guantanamo Bay Prison in October 2016 without being charged with a crime and returned to his native Mauritania.

While in prison in 2005 he wrote a memoir, in English, one of his four languages. His attorney Nancy Hollander had asked him to do it and she finally got it declassified in 2012 but with heavy redactions. It was made into a book, titled Guantnamo Diary, and published in 2015 and became an international bestseller.

In it, he describes how he was tortured in ways personally approved by then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Torture is a criminal act under both US and international law. As many know, Rumsfeld has yet to be prosecuted.

Guest -Mohamedou Ould Slahi joins hosts from his native country of Mauritania where he is a writer. He is the author of Guantanamo Diary.

Guest – Attorney Nancy Hollander has been a member of the firm Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan, P.A. since 1980 and a partner since 1983. Her practice is largely devoted to criminal cases, including those involving national security issues. She has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hollander also served as a consultant to the defense in a high profile terrorism case in Ireland, has assisted counsel in other international cases and represents two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Nancy is co-author of WestGroups Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book, Whartons Criminal Evidence, 15th Edition, and Whartons Criminal Procedure, 14th Edition. She has appeared on national television programs as PBS Now, Burden of Proof, the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, CourtTV, and the MacNeill/Lehrer News Hour.


Manhattan Neighborhood Network Supreme Court Case
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Is a public-access TV channel run by private nonprofit corporation subject to the First Amendment? The Supreme Court will consider that question in a case involving the Manhattan Neighborhood Network or MNN. In 1991 MNN was designated to operate as a public-access channel in New York City. The Manhattan Borough President has no control over MNN but does pick two of its thirteen board members.

In 2012 Jesus Melendez, an occasional contributor to MNN, was suspended for trying to attend a board meeting. His associate Deedee Halleck then videoed him outside talking about the situation. MNN banned the video from airing. Melendez and Deedee brought a First Amendment claim against MNN asking if the network is a state actor for purposes of their First Amendment rights.The district court said no, noting that, while it was a close call, other circuits had concluded that privately run public-access networks were not state actors.

The Supreme Court hasnt directly weighed in on this question although Justice Anthony Kennedy, in a 1996 concurrence in a case dealing with laws regulating content on public-access channels, wrote they should be considered state actors who run public fora and thus be subject to the First Amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed in his concurrence, writing that franchising authorities require cable operators to create public access channels, but nothing in the record suggests that local franchising authorities take any formal easement or other property interest in those channels that would permit the government to designate that property as a public forum.

Defenders of MNN claim, that while its possible that some public-access channels could be rightly called state actors, the Court should take the case to clarify the state-actor test and to review the Second Circuits unnecessarily broad opinion.

Guest ” Deedee Halleck one of the plaintiffs in this case and among the top media activists. She’s co-founder of Paper Tiger Television and also the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego.

Guest – Attorney Paul W. Hughes, a partner in the law firm Mayer Browns appellate and Supreme Court practice. Paul has handled more than 200 appellate matters, more than 125 of which were in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2017 The American Lawyer named Hughes Litigator of the Week in connection with his immigration work.

This week on Arts Magazine, it’s one of our “Best Of” programs as author Orson Scott Card joins us to talk about his book and film projects, and later on, a visit with the Fabulous Funk Brothers, the background musicians at Motown.
“Best Of Arts Magazine” 2018!
Episode date : December 17, 2018
On Arts Magazine

America’s unwillingness to assess the ugly truth about systemic inequality has created a perpetual sinkhole of denial, a reality that existed long before Trump’s presidency. It’s AMERICA’s legacy.

On this edition, we hear from Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and an editor of The New Republic. Dr. Dyson recently penned What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America. Today’s conversation with Professor Dyson explores race and truth in the age of Trump.


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN’s The Undefeated website. His rise from humble roots in Detroit to his present perch as a world class intellectual, noted author of 19 books, prominent leader and national media fixture testify to his extraordinary talent. Dyson has also taught at other elite universities like Brown University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University and The University of Pennsylvania.


Host: Anita Johnson

Making Contact Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani and Monica Lopez

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Fredrick Martin – After Conviction: What You Can Do Before A Lawyer Is Appointed

It has become apparent over the last 50 years that if you have money for a “Good” lawyer you will get acquitted and if you don’t you will be convicted. What is it about a good lawyer that makes the difference? Are all the other lawyers “Bad” lawyers? What makes the good lawyer good?

Frederick Martin -has written the book “AFTER CONVICTION: What You Can Do Before A Lawyer Is Appointed“, which offers viable suggestions on what the “wrongly convicted” can do for themselves in the appeal process. Knowing your case and the laws surrounding the crime one is convicted of as well as providing the names of witnesses and where to find them are just two things that can go a long way to proving innocence. These and so much more are difficult to do from behind bars but one must be actively involved in their own defense if they are to prove their innocence. The purpose of this book is to tell you what to do before a lawyer is appointed to better prepare one to help their lawyer, help them.

Host Keith Brown El talks with Fredrick Martin about his book AFTER CONVICTION: What You Can Do Before A Lawyer Is Appointed that details what can be done by those who have been falsely convicted to aid in their own appeals process.

For more information or to get a copy of the book –

IFAA Legal Services, Inc
PO Box 300952
Kansas City, MO 64130
Fredrick Martin – 816-729-0159
email – [email protected]
FB – https://www.facebook.com/IFAALegalServices/

Martin Henn – Under The Color Of Law
Under the Color of Law

The separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our our government have been under attack for decades perhaps since the day the US Constitution was ratified. In his book Under The Color of Law author Martin Henn looked at how the tragic events of 9/11 were used to strengthen the executive’s power and negate domestic and international restrictions on torture and surveillance in the name of national security.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with author Martin Henn about his book and the ASPA the American Service Members Protection Act. He will make the case that this law rends apart the Madisonian balance of powers between the branches of government and point out the various contradictions in the Federalist Society lawyers John C. Yoo and Jack Goldsmith on the question of customary international law.

Dr. Martin Henn
(816) 812-8926
[email protected]

The JoJR Calendar for the week of December 17th

Survivors Unite is uniting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet Monday December 17th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, December 17th 6:30pm at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut Ave, KCMO. MOCURE advocates for prisoner’s human rights and family involvement in rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
Corey’s Network invites survivors of murder to their weekly workshops to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. The next workshop, Orientation for those who want to volunteer with Corey’s Network, will be held Monday December 17th, 6 to 8 PM at the Church of the Four Corners, 14300 E. US HWY 40, KCMO. The church is located East of the HyVee at 40 Hwy and Noland Rd. For more information and listing of future workshops call 816.834.9161 or email [email protected]
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, December 20th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.

Lindsey Constance, Shawnee Councilwoman, joins host Craig Lubow to discuss evidence-based solutions to climate change. Lindsey helped organize Advancing Climate Solutions, a local workshop for area politicians and environmental activists to initiate local climate actions based on the book “Drawdown”. Emily Libla also joins us. Emily is a Program Facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance, leading Drawdown Initiative Workshops across the KC Metro area, with the goal of inspiring community-level action to reverse global warming.

Environmental news for the week of 12/17/18 on EcoRadioKC:

USA Today reports:

* (12/11) Trump plan to reclassify nuclear waste alarms environmentalists. US Dept Energy has requested to reclassify some nuclear waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier in several places around the nation

USA Today reports:

* (12/16) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving the administration at the end of the year. Zinke has been embroiled in several investigations. Until his successor is announced, he will be replaced by Deputy Secretary, David Bernhardt, who is a former energy lobbyist and who is expected to pursue fossil fuel development and downplay conservation.

The Guardian reports:

* (12/16) Watchdog reports Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity, called Bernhardt the “mastermind” behind major efforts at the agency. “I don’t think anything will change in terms of what’s happening inside interior, although it’s nice Zinke’s gone,” Hartl said. In a statement, Nancy Pelosi, stated “Zinke has been a shameless handmaiden for the corporate and special interests. His staggering ethical abuses have delivered a serious and lasting blow to America’s public lands, environment, clean air and clean water. Americans are confronted with an administration of unprecedented corruption, cronyism and incompetence, which has shown zero respect for the office or taxpayers’ money,” she said. Various scandals have marked Zinke’s time in office.

The Vox reports:

* (12/16) Negotiators at COP24 in Katowice reached agreement, bolstering the Paris accord.

The Guardian reports:

* (12/16) Experts warn UN climate accord ‘inadequate’ and lacks urgency.

* (12/14) Trump Administration’s latest proposal to weaken federal clean water rules chips away at decades of environmental protections. The rules were designed to protect millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams from pesticide runoff and other pollutants.

The Hill reports:

* (12/11) The latest saga of EPA’s divorce proceedings against environmental science unfolded at the hearings of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) on particulate air pollution. CASAC has long relied on scrutinizing the key issues based upon input from subcommittees of knowledgeable experts. But EPA has suddenly terminated the subcommittees assembled to provide input to CASAC on both particulate and ozone pollution. Heretofore, EPA processes to build policy on sound science has been admired and emulated worldwide. That is, until the current administration.

The calendar of events for the week of 12/17:

SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK MEETING Thursday, 20 December 2018, 6:45pm Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 9th and New Jersey St., Lawrence KS 66044

Help with recycling Red Bridge Recycling Center,5200 E. Red Bridge Rd. Kansas City, MO 64137 Wednesdays and Saturdays, contact Bridging the Gap.org

These items and more can be viewed on the EcoRadioKC Facebook page

Live from the Climate Talks in Poland.

Episode date : December 14, 2018
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Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón can go ahead and make space on his mantle for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar he’ll receive for “Roma,” a fond recollection of his childhood in Mexico City. Newcomer Yalitza Aparicio leads the film as Cuarón’s beloved nanny, Cleo, an indigenous woman with more than her share of problems. There isn’t much of a plot to speak of, but it’s a heartfelt and beautifully photographed black-and-white cinematic memoir.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a wildly imaginative, energetic animated Marvel epic that finally captures Spider-Man’s cheeky humor. This is as close to a comic book come to life as you’re likely to ever see on the big screen. Involving and fun, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the best animated film of 2018.

Olivia Coleman’s splendid performance as Queen Anne is the best thing about “The Favourite,” an over-directed period piece that plays like an 18th century version of “All About Eve.” Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are also fine as two ladies of the court who employ Machiavellian means as they vie for the queen’s favor. It’s a nasty battle of wits and wills.

“Mortal Engines” is an oddball cinematic spectacular based on Philp Reeve’s sci-fi novel. In a steampunk post-apocalyptic future, a movie gets swallowed whole by its own gargantuan production design. There isn’t a moment in this spectacle that is the least bit interesting. “Mortal Engines” is the first novel of a quartet. Let’s hope they leave this overwrought opus a solo.

Also opening this week, “The Mule” is the latest drama from filmmaker Clint Eastwood. He stars in the true story of a 90-year-old man who becomes an unwitting drug runner. “Once Upon a Deadpool” is a PG-13 re-edited version of this year’s earlier R-rated Marvel hit, “Deadpool 2.”

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