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so when you're picking out your bananas at the grocery store terrorism is probably the last thing on your mind but apparently banana giant chiquita has a bone to pick with the victims of nine eleven as the corporation has spent upwards of seven hundred eighty thousand dollars just over the last year to lobby against a piece of legislation aimed to help nine eleven victims and their families now i know what you're thinking what the hell does the world's premier banana company have to do with nine eleven here's the thing the bill in question is called the justice against sponsors of terrorism act and goes after and d's that have aided and abetted anyone designated a terrorist group by the u.s. and once you dig into your kiddos sort of past these seemingly unrelated dots began to connect to the banana company has maintained a political and commercial presence in colombia for over one hundred years newsmax reports that quote the company pled guilty to making over one hundred payments
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totaling one point seven million dollars in one thousand nine hundred seventy to the right wing paramilitary group the united self-defense forces of colombia a terrorist organization that's responsible for the deaths of thousands of people now as a result the company was fined twenty five million dollars by the justice department back in two thousand and seven but still maintain that the cash contributions work store payments made to protect the company's employees from the group now even if this were true it doesn't change the fact the company has now made it a high priority to influence congress and is striking down a bill that nine eleven victims have pushed for only because it can make to keep us subject to civil liability. however chiquita's influence in washington as well as in developing countries should come as no surprise keep in mind that thanks to a recent merger with another banana conglomerate chiquita has once again become a global leader and banana sales amending its grip over agricultural policy. and
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historically it has been involved in d.c. stabilizing latin america for over a century most notably under its previous name united fruit and honduras the company was responsible for co-opting political campaigns manipulating government officials and even financing girl role of fighters in neighboring guatemala chiquita provided support for the overthrow of the arbenz government in one nine hundred fifty four and was rewarded with huge amounts of rich agricultural land to grow its bananas for crying out loud dole and chiquita is the reason that puppet nations across latin america were dubbed banana republics in the early twentieth century but it's not just the fact that you kiddos turn entire countries into commercial enterprises it's also its effort to squash the unions and exploit labor's on their farms it's the monopoly over the market as they hide behind local fruit producers which they also own but on top of chiquita's to run a coal. business practices the company uses pesticides all over central america
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that have been banned for decades in the u.s. canada and the e.u. and get this one of the chemicals banned in the u.s. for good reason was used across chiquita's plantations and directly linked to the masterless asian of forty thousand workers and if all of this isn't enough it's also worth mentioning that seven chiquita banana ships were found smuggling in one ton of cocaine back in one thousand nine hundred seven. so look at my telling you to stop eating bananas no i just want you to keep in mind that that dancing fruit basket queen stuck to your fruit is really a drug smuggling slave labor supporting pesticide peddling land grabbing monster. anyone for nine eleven knows how different the world is now a never ending war on terror the rise of the security state and the expansion of
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mass surveillance are all changes we've been forced to adapt to but for younger generations this is just the way things have always been and privacy almost seems like an archaic concept my next guest however is only sixteen years old yet he's an extremely outspoken activist calling to halt the surveillance state here is confronting congresswoman nancy pelosi about just that. why do you support the necessary legal then you get what is due to election. well i i you know i've questioned said that the method of data collection that they were collecting unless they are really censored you said you did to vote for a bill to continue funding for the n.s.a. that. was i don't think we should not on the securities and they demanded be honest in their communities violation of the fourth amendment now some of what they should but they do should be subjected to scrutiny and some of them. i was and you're demeter sixteen year old reporter and filmmaker earlier he joined me on the show to
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discuss his conversation with full of c. so i was in washington d.c. because i had won a competition a documentary competition that c.-span annually host calls called student and so c.-span flew in the top five winners of that competition myself included and then one of the events on the itinerary for being in d.c. was meeting with palosi so that's it i was kind of the climax of the of the the of . it isn't and you obviously caught her guard with your questions what do you think about what she said about the n.s.a. should be scrutinized but that they do a lot of great things to andrew yeah i was kind of confused on that abbi because she said the n.s.a. does all these great things but she couldn't really seem to elaborate on what those things were so i found that kind of kind of troubling and i also found it funny how she diffused the responsibility from the obama administration to the bush administration although the bush administration has been you know out of office for
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six years now and i'm not a supporter of the bush administration on the libertarian but for her to diffuse responsibility like that when the patriot act the bush side was essentially the precursor to the n.s.a. now and she said she didn't support the bush administration but now she supports the n.s.a. it's completely hypocritical you know you're growing up in kind of the post nine eleven era where privacy is already gone andrew why do you care about it. right that was even one of the talking points on the builder berg agenda in copenhagen it was should privacy exist and i think what benjamin franklin said a while ago you know a man willing to trade liberty for security is deserving of neither so i think it's something that we really need to focus on not only as the youth but also you know humanity as a whole why do people put pass codes on their smartphones why do they put curtains on their windows why do they put up no trespassing signs privacy is just something that humanity should have whether you have anything nefarious to hide or not you should be able to you know be comfortable in the privacy of your own home or in the
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privacy of your own thoughts i like you just said that because we wouldn't just relinquish our pass codes and keys to a stranger on the street so why are we doing it to an entire government agency you're also filmmaker your reporter you just mentioned you're in d.c. for the film we the people genetically modified mazing tell us a lot more about the film and how you became interested in g.m.o. this in the first place. yeah i became interested in primarily because of food inc a great documentary on netflix and it really woke me up to not only genetic modification also the food supply as a whole the horrors that is the meat industry really but i created we the people genetically modified like i said before for a c.-span documentary competition and why i got really interested well i just think food's so so vital to choose humanity as a whole you know everybody relies on food it transcends all boundaries everybody requires food no matter what religion culture you're
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a part of so i mean it's seems like this elephant in the room really it's right under our noses but people are completely unaware of what they're eating on a daily basis is the shame and you have a you tube channel called teen take you cover the type of stories that you're not going to see on the corporate press i doubt you're hearing about this at schools so where are you learning about them. you know i really don't know i mean it's just i mean at large it's been part of part of the advent of the internet really i mean ten twenty years ago this this wouldn't be viral viable by any stretch of the imagination but now with the advent of the internet the advent of technology you know having the power of information in the palm of your hand literally and being able to stream video live on the internet and get good information as it's happening i think that's been really helpful and influential in my awakening as as many call it a lot of people out there are frustrated about many issues what advice would you give to young people getting involved and working people find out more about your
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work. i'd say you know just just nose dive right into it there's really nothing to it just pick up your cell phone that you'd otherwise be using abbi to look at cat pictures on the internet and use that go out on the street just talk to some people one of my favorite ways to communicate and make videos is to do man on the street interviews it's one thing to do the armchair activism that i myself do as well but it's an it's another thing to get up get off your feet or get on your feet rather and look people in the eye open up the dialogue and get them thinking really and for me personally people can find out more about me you can go to youtube dot com slash team take and you can also go to www dot com jem'hadar is d e e t e r it really is going to take us getting active going out there and finally meeting people face to face and find out how we can get our thoughts on the same page and fight together andrew damager filmmaker reporter with teen take amazing have you on shank's for having me on abby. coming up we'll talk about an amazing new technology
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luk. who. are legal terms of total outlay. for all but i will only react to situations i have read the reports and look for those you know i will leave them to the state department to comment on your point
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of the month to save lives if the security at a car is on the docket. no more weasel words when you have a direct question be prepared for a change when you approach one should be ready for a. printout of speech and down the freedoms of costs. yes. every so often a technology comes around that has the ability to radically transform the day to day life of humanity i'm talking about inventions like the printing press antibiotics internet and now solar roads if you haven't yet heard about the invention that could utterly change transportation as we know it then listen up so over the past few months
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a company called solar roadways has burst on the green energy scene promoting a product that could turn america's streets and highways into a solar powered grid system that helps solve every problem from traffic accidents to carbon emissions and what first seemed like a purely fantastical ideas caught on in a huge way the company just surpassed two million dollars in its crowd funded any gogo campaign over a million dollars more than it originally sought and it's no wonder why over forty five thousand backers and counting believe that solar roadways may be the start of a very real and legitimate infrastructure revolution and it's not just individual backers the government is paying attention as well since two thousand and nine the u.s. department of transportation has issued two rounds of funding to assist with the company's efforts to build a prototype parking lot made up of one hundred hexagonal solar panels and according to inventor scott bruce saw these same solar panels can replace all paved rolled
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roads they withstand two hundred fifty thousand pounds of weight four times the legal limit of a semi truck i'm sorry the legal weight of a semi truck and as the traction to stop a vehicle moving at eighty miles an hour now corner the energy information administration solar energy was only responsible for point eleven percent of all u.s. energy generation in two thousand and twelve meaning that there's an enormous energy avoided at these roadways could fill. even one as as far. same with over twenty thousand square miles of paved services in the u.s. alone we crunch numbers and there would be three times more electricity than the nation uses all switched to solar roadways wow but the contribution that solar roadways could make to the renewable energy sector is just the beginning of the potential applications check this out the panels are also better but leave the lights which would allow programmers to mark roads and signage however they wished this means warning signs concerning upcoming obstacles could be
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flashed directly onto the street not to mention that of paneling was installed in parks basketball courts be turn of the tennis courts or any other recreational facility at the flick the switch the panels are also heated in that snow and ice would automatically be melted away drastically reducing the risk of car accidents and traffic fatalities now unfortunately as exciting as this technology is there still a long way to go before it's viable on a large scale level primarily the cost of an endeavor the size could be in the trillions of dollars although since the product is still in the midst of transitioning from the prototype to manufacturing stage and matter what any media outlet says no one including the company can currently give an accurate assessment of the project's true costs then there are the technological barriers to overcome putting everything on how to keep the roadways clean to hooking up remote roads of electricity grid but with more research and development these factors can hopefully be solved but despite whatever obstacles exist this is an idea that has limitless
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potential if society determines that our future is worth the investment. amidst all the talk of revolution and resistance there's perhaps one group that can teach us more than any other is that the taste as it's now the true. the year of the zapatista civil resistance movement which is made up primarily of indigenous mexicans and led by the zapatista army of national liberation and while the movement is characterized by leftist philosophies members reject any political classification seeking only indigenous autonomy over their land and resources what recently the mexican government sanctioned murder of teacher jose luis solis lopez better known as company. and the decision by zapatista leader subcomandante marcos to step down from his role has sent shock waves to the movement and once again has
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brought attention to the continued struggle for indigenous rights in mexico and how they go over the story in a larger context of the zapatista movement i was joined there by boss carson carr a founding editor of the magazine jacobin i first asked him about how the zapatista movement got on the scene. this f.a.q. says first really emerged with the decline of the. initial ruling party in math and mexico that it p.r.i. which is ruled mexico it's a mexican revolution and it really emerged in the context of the decline of the force there i mean also the institution of nafta and other free trade agreements that really had an impact on the rule or small farmers either other pennies proprietors and shoppers than i was where in mexico what is it about nafta that have driven such a strong revolt particularly from the indigenous community. well not only is. regulated free trade so i'm going to carry out what hurt the most vulnerable and
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society in the u.s. we didn't even have real free trade if we had something you could worse were u.s. farmers and other people receive subsidies from their government same time imposing a regime on mexican farmers and other indigenous farmers and i and other people forced to relinquish subsidies so not only were they now can. getting with an even wider world market they were doing so on a very i mean you can train so beyond that you can have it but it meant in the capital that u.s. farmers had they were given no support or having support stripped away almost overnight so it was really really i've dislocating i think there's been a lot of disinformation about the zapatistas here in the u.s. and i wanted to get a sense from you on the the definition of the ideology that the group has i mean we know that there counterforce neo liberalism but how would you just to find their ideology. right so i would call the zappa to used as autonomy marxist at some point
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i don't marxists is a word that would scare a lot of people but essentially they're not hierarchical or the very least they question and resists higher fees they're structured in such a way where they do have a an organizational structure but they strive to make their interactions within the movement and also the directions where the community as open and transparent as nonhierarchical as possible. they aim for the collectivization of basic social goods they fought for the recognition of indigenous rights and passenger and suffering but also just very basic bread and butter thing is they want to literacy they want proper sanitation and water they want the government a tension of them so i you know logically have it's put them in an ad or a marxist cab for one address to live or close and it has them in that you know these people weren't trying to seize the mexican state and employers and sort of
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sorts of us dictatorship they were really more narrow the focus on these local concerns and they really were were. attempting to make sure that their demands were rooted in the needs of the indigenous larger indigenous communities in which they were the movement initially emphasise the necessary of armed struggle it's changed quite a bit sense and i was one if you can outline how that's involved i would say to their rejection of armed. tactics is more a tactical thing rather than some sort of moral or ethical rejection of it you know they weren't going around bombing buildings these are urban terrorists going that far from you know the shining path in and and through or other forces in the region i've been in the past in the seventies and eighties and the right often used to carry it to them without merit. really eat their initial arms stagers more of a some bollix thing they were they were seizing local building as they were making
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a big display of themselves they made sure of the army and as a result mexican society and large paid attention of their demands now and conditions today it makes sense for them but i don't think there's been a major major shift in order i think that much guys for their initial early years they weren't going around killing people and something else notable about the movement is its inclusion of women i was going to talk about the zap it seems to be on women's rights and the role that women play in the group. but something about the pieces which is very interesting is that even though some common down time marker was his mask and many others that the teesta is where the the striking male figure is and figure out markers is that it was often commented on how can see why he was wearing a mask maybe it was a strong job or something but despite this romanticism which really was similar to remap the citizens around chicago who are either live the american flag or as
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american as they really placed a big emphasis on being diverse and. not only rhetorically advocating for the needs of our local indigenous women and then in favor of you know things like access to reproductive rights and so on but also from gliding many female members of this epic used as and i think that's something that is below. the american left needs to do more of and this app uses are really a good example of a generational shift in the right direction let's talk about these autonomy as municipalities this is amazing they built thirty two autonomy as a polity is not recognized by the government give us a sense of how they were able to do this second speaking of occupy look at what happened here how did this happen in mexico and how do they currently operate i do think of one group is that if you see it did very well which is the example of this is they slowly built some port in their communities which means they were embedded
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many of them are missions that used to leadership or at least some prominent members were actually from chapters they were left is through came out of movements around mexico city in the sixty's and seventy's and slowly made their way to japanese doing various organizing and other work where they made sure that they were building consensus and majority support for their actions and building a popular base so that means a paladin's we kind of see them as something can just happen overnight or sometimes even interpret it occupy that way as encampments is right out overnight nobody really stops and reflects on this love glorious work building a long term organization and building structures propagating and going to support really educating people about radical views so the old old line and i have twentieth century socialism was educate organize educate i feel like to some extent the last day has kind of looked at her and it's become agitated and you can't i've
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is advertised as a very gentle remember the first two parts of that equation chris hedges recently wrote an article entitled we must all become zappa t. says i want to read you a quote where he said the zapatistas from the most and form excuse me the most important resistance movement of the last two decades they understand that corporate capitalism has launched a war against us they showed us how to fight back do you agree. he would have his assessment here and what can the zappa to teach the rest of the world. well this might be a bit ironic coming from a strong supporter of his app uses but i actually completely disagree with chris hedges that i think that dialogue going to his appetite is they being tapped into local conditions they're rooted in their communities they adapted their tactics to the situation they were in so i think where you draw inspiration from is that if you still get some some vague sense in the same way we get drives aeration from the chicago teachers union or from other. forces but even to say we should be
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used as i think bats actually getting into i behind us is a nation of that near the aesthetics or persona that sometime come at a market i was talking about so i actually think that one of the most important things from the left in america and a lot of the rest of the developed world is to consider the unique situation that we're dealing with and das kapital countries in the figure out how to route our critiques in that the material needs of working class people and how to take them from where they are now to a direction where they recognize that the problem isn't just. crony capitalism it isn't just going sachs the problem is deeper and more structural it's a system that a private people autonomy and forces them to exploit themselves in the workplace for other people's profits so obviously it is obviously good agree with that side but tactically i think we have solidarity to offer them we have we have things we
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do to help them in their struggles and there's things they can do to help us in our struggles but i wouldn't say that there's any more relevant started today organizing thank you is so much cars and car a really really appreciate your insight. thank you. so that's our show you guys before i go make sure to follow me on twitter abby martin thanks for watching and drive again tomorrow when i break the sad all over again. and. placed series of call lisa tried to clear. up people are going to be good news for you and your life for the story changing
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