​Starving in America, the Soft bigotry epidemic & Africa as a military proxy playground

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the White House’s announcement of a 10-year military contract with the East African country of Djibouti which includes doubling the US military fee to rent out a base there to $63 million every year, with no explanation as to why. Abby then goes over the most recent data highlighting how 49 million Americans suffer from food insecurity, outlining 11 countries where over 100,000 children are hungry, and Congress’s reluctance to address the issue. Abby then speaks with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, about the historical context of racist criminal justice policies such as “Stop and Frisk” as well as the distorted media portrayal of black crime. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Thom Hartmann, host of The Big Picture and author of “Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception” about the enormous rise of diagnoses of ADHD among American children, and his research into the origin of the perceived disorder as an evolutionary adaption instead of a disorder.

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