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9/11 and the Rise of Neoconservative Foreign Policy. For this 14th anniversary 9/11 special program, co-hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips speak with Media Roots journalist and filmmaker Robbie Martin about his new film "A Very Heavy Agenda." The film looks in depth at the Kagan family and the rise of neoconservative foreign policy prior to and since the events of 9/11. Tune in for a detailed discussion about the development of the US policy driving American Empire.

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Authors Mark Pilisuk and Jennifer Rountree discuss their new book, "The Hidden Structure of Violence: 
Who Benefits From Global Violence and War." They contend that organized violence is not an inescapable 
part of human existence, but is organized and carried out by the dominant social order to enhance its own power.  
In the second half of the program, Tara Dorabji joins in to explain how violence and social control are wielded in 
two of the world's occupied lands, Palestine and Kashmir, and the role women play in preserving life and culture 
in those areas, despite the occupiers' brutality.
Marc Pilisuk teaches at Saybrook University; Jennifer Rountree works at the National Indian Child Welfare Association; 
Tara Dorabji works at Youth Radio and is a contributor to the forthcoming Project Censored 2016.
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Peter Phillips  and Mickey Huff co-hosts for the Project Censored show provide an update on human rights abuses in Mexico funded by US; they speak with researcher/journalist Laura Carlsen in Mexico City.  The remainder of the program focuses on the impacts of nuclear technology on the enviroment and society. Ken Buesseler and Tim Mousseau summarize their scientific research about the ongoing consequences of the Fukushima disaster, for Japan and for the Pacific. The program concludes with a rebroadcast of a Project Censored interview with investigative journalist and nuclear-energy critic Karl Grossman.

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In a remarkable case study of censorship, author and political cartoonist Ted Rall recounts how he was dropped from the Los Angeles Times, purportedly for giving an untrue account of a 2001 encounter with an LAPD officer, who cited Rall for jaywalking. As he refutes the 'evidence' behind his dismissal, Rall also points out links between the Times, the LAPD, and the police union, raising questions about how decisions are made at one of the "big three" U.S. newspapers.

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This week's program offers two perspectives on global capitalism and permanent war. Sociologist William Robinson makes the case that the present state of capitalism may be a "systemic crisis," something not seen in centuries. Then peace advocate Kathy Kelly relates her experiences from Afghanistan to US prisons, and refutes the notion of"humanitarian war."
William Robinson teaches Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. Kathy Kelly is the founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. 
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On the Project Censored show Peter Phillips with California Green Party activist Laura Wells as co-host interview professor Peter Mathews regarding his book “Dollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some,” regarding key issues including the decline of the middle class, inequality in  education, health care, the collapse of the environment, and what needs to be done. The conversation addresses issues from GMO labeling to California's Proposition 13 to the runaway Pentagon budget; Matthews' underlying theme is that most contemporary political problems  can be traced to the super-rich controlling the electoral process through campaign contributions.

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