Dennis Bernstein

Dennis Bernstein is a host of “Flashpoints” on the Pacifica radio network. You can access the audio archives at www.flashpoints.net. You can get in touch with the author at dbernstein@igc.org.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Another Police Killing in Oakland, CA
This weekend, police killed another man at the same rail transit station in Oakland, California, where 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back last year, a case that resulted in violent clashes this month when the police officer responsible was convicted of only involuntary manslaughter. On Saturday, Oakland and Bay Area Rapid Transit Police shot and killed 48-year-old Oakland resident Fred Collins, a reportedly Hispanic "looking" man near the Fruitvale station in Oakland.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Who Goes to Jail? BP CEO or Shrimper
On June 17, after watching BP's oil blowout pollute the Gulf of Mexico for nearly two months, environmental campaigner and fourth-generation Texas shrimp boat captain, Diane Wilson, had had more than enough. So Wilson seized the only opportunity she may ever have to confront BP chief executive, Tony Hayward, eye to eye, about his "criminal activities" as top dog at the oil giant.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010
BP Ruined a Mississippi Way of Life
Eleven weeks into the BP oil catastrophe, millions of gallons of thick black crude continue to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. According to one native ship captain who grew up "on the water" and whose family harkens back several generations to the 1930s, the situation has gone from a disaster to an apocalypse.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Mississippi Gov. Barbour Fronts for BP
Louie Miller, state director of the Sierra Club in Mississippi, is burning up. And its not the sweltering heat typical of Mississippi summers that's getting to him: It's Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his kid-glove treatment of BP over its oil blow-out disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. "I don't know how to express the level of frustration and disgust and contempt that we have for this whole episode and the havoc that it is wreaking on our coastline," said Miller, a native of Mississippi.
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Saturday, July 03, 2010
Video Captures Another Border Killing
It's a muddy cell phone video, taken from a difficult angle, but the audio recorded on the modest device, is both revealing and chilling: the contents cast doubt on claims by the U.S. Border Patrol, regarding the death of a Mexican national who died in custody after being beaten and electric-shocked by federal agents on May 28.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Witness: US Agent Aimed at Mexican
An eyewitness to the June 7 shooting death of a 14-year-old Mexican youth said a U.S. Border Patrol agent took aim at the boy for several seconds after the boy emerged from behind a pillar of a bridge on the Juarez side of the border near El Paso, Texas. The witness, Juan Raul Flores Cadena, told a human rights coordinator for the government of Chihuahua, Mexico, that the youth, who was identified as Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka, had been part of a group that had earlier tried to run across the border before retreating when U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Witnesses of Border Killing Dispersed
At dusk on June 7, Bobbie McDow and her husband were heading south across the busy Paso Del Norte foot-bridge, which connects El Paso, Texas, to Juarez, Mexico. In the sweltering heat, McDow asked her husband if they could pause for a moment so she could catch her breath. That brief pause made McDow one of many eyewitnesses to the killing of a 14-year-old junior high school student from Juarez, named Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka. He was gunned down by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired his weapon from the El Paso side and hit the boy on the Mexican side.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
El Paso 'Cat and Mouse' Turns Fatal
It was a blistering Monday evening in El Paso. The heat had jumped past 95 degrees and it was about to get a lot hotter in this militarized border town, with checkpoints and helicopters flying over head. Pedestrians, who were crossing the Paso del Norte International bridge that links El Paso, Texas to Juarez, Mexico, had stopped to watch a real-life drama play out in the dried waters of the Rio Grande just below the bridge - a dangerous drama that occurs more and more in this highly militarized region of the Southwest U.S.
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Saturday, June 05, 2010
Gaza Boat Activists Deny Israeli Story
With a bloody raid on the "Freedom Flotilla," Israel has demonstrated, once again, its willingness to kill innocents in order to sustain its punishing blockade on the Gaza strip, even when doing so raises more and more questions about nuclear-armed Israel's national sanity.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
Is Israel's Gaza War a New War Crime?
The use of the internationally banned substance white phosphorus in highly densely populated areas of the Gaza Strip gives new meaning to the phrase "white power." White western supremacy enforced by latest advanced weaponry. And not only white phosphorus, but also the latest in bunker buster bombs, unmanned drones, not to mention U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, etc.
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