Five years after Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2 billion bond measure and a countywide sales tax hike to raise another estimated $355 million annually to solve its homelessness problem, there are more people living and dying on the streets than ever before. Many of these men and women are both frequent targets and perpetrators of violence.
Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), who did not respond to our interview request, has partially blamed this failure on the pandemic, which slowed new housing construction and limited shelter capacity. It’s true that COVID caused a surge in homelessness, but the city’s plan was already failing.ReasonTV
At 6:08pm on 4th August 2020, 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port of Beirut. The huge shock wave destroyed large parts of the city. 200 people died, over 6,500 were injured and hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless…One year after the explosion, its exact cause has still not been explained. It’s also unclear who bears responsibility for the catastrophe. The whole government under Lebanese prime minister Hassan Diab had to step down – but is still in office in a caretaker role. No one has yet been held accountable. The film is an attempt to reconstruct the events.DW Documentary
Who’s paying the real price for the cheap food in our supermarkets? We investigate the conditions under which three staples – bananas, vegetables and fish – are produced. In Italy, illegal workers from sub-Saharan Africa live in appalling conditions, working long hours under the control of omnipotent ‘caporalatos’. In Cameroon, the banana industry stands accused of appropriating land, polluting the environment and bribing local politicians. Meanwhile in Guinea, fish stocks are plundered by foreign fleets. The African workers on these ships are often exploited and abused.ENDEVR Documentary
As the U.S. continues to deal with the fallout from devastating the opioid epidemic that has killed over 500,000 people in the country since 1999, we speak with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, whose latest documentary, “The Crime of the Century,” looks at the pharmaceutical industry’s methods in promoting and selling these powerful drugs. “I realized that the big problem here was that we had been seeing it as a crisis, like a natural disaster like a flood or a hurricane, rather than as a series of crimes,” says Gibney. “You had these terrible incentives, where the incentive is not to cure the patient. The incentive is to just make as much money as possible.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says U.S. drug overdose deaths skyrocketed to a record 93,000 last year — a nearly 30% increase. It is the largest one-year increase ever recorded, with overdoses rising in 48 of 50 states.Democracy Now
In Paris, protesters and police clashed during a march against France’s so-called health pass. The pass requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test to enter many public venues. And lawmakers are now debating making it even stricter, in the hope that it will persuade more people to get the jab. But the demonstrators say the measures breach their civil liberties.DW News
Georgia Representative Hank Johnson, Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and Francys Johnson from the New Georgia Project were among 10 men arrested by Capitol Police outside the Hart Senate Office Building today during voting rights protests.Roland S. Martin
President Biden addressed many Americans’ concerns during his CNN’s town hall event in Cincinnati. Among the array of topics attendees questioned the president about, one of the most sought-after answers was his outlook on the filibuster and the protection of voting rights. A Black couple asked President Biden what he plans to do to reassure Black people the vaccine is safe. That conversation led to a discussion about U.S. citizens’ general mistrust in the system and what the Biden administration can do to fix it. When asked about increasing the passage of police reform legislation, President Biden spoke on the state of policing in the nation. He also addressed inflation of prices and what he will do to protect the poor and middle class from its effects.Roland S. Martin
Listen up and listen well Pres. Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi … If African Americans don’t have the ability to vote because our voting rights have been trampled and decimated by Republicans, your agenda is sunk and as Dr. Wes Bellamy, Chair of Advocacy, 100 Black Men of America, Inc said on #RolandMartinUnfiltered, “You deserved to get sacked.”Roland S. Martin
As the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war, what is America leaving behind? An on-the-ground report from Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi on the Taliban’s advance, fears of civil war, and Iran’s growing influence.FRONTLINE
The following video is a biblical examination of Zionism. The purpose of the video is to provide understanding of the agenda of Zionism for the purpose of understanding whether or not there is a connection between Zionism and Christianity, and its affects on Christians.
Producers Marcela Gaviria and Nick Verbitsky and correspondent Martin Smith trace how state governments have withheld pension contributions to cover shortfalls and waged risky bets on Wall Street. Smith goes inside the volatile fight over pensions in Kentucky, a state whose once-flush pension system for its police, firefighters, teachers and other public workers became one of the worst-funded in the nation.FRONTLINE
“…The Times synchronized and mapped thousands of videos and police audio of the U.S. Capitol riot to provide the most complete picture to date of what happened — and why.”
The New York Times
As part of a six-month investigation, The Times synchronized and mapped thousands of videos and police audio of the U.S. Capitol riot to provide the most complete picture to date of what happened — and why.The New York Times