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Obama’s west point doublespeak, Detroit in decay & murder on the border

In this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks about an independent investigation by the Arizona Republic, highlighting the number of people detained by CPB agents on the US Mexico border since 2005, a statistic the agency has tried to keep secret. Abby then goes over President Obama’s speech at the West Point military academy, looking at the conflicting rhetoric regarding the Afghanistan withdrawal, the justification for using drones and the dangers of the notion of ‘American Exceptionalism’. Abby then speaks with Jaha Dukereh, the author of a petition for the US government to commission a report on Female Genital Mutilation, discussing the prevalence of the practice and the need to end it. Abby then goes over the state of infrastructure in the city of Detroit, examining the failing efforts to revitalize the city, and the overall bleak state of urban decay that haunts the town. Abby also talks with labor and employment attorney, Benjamin Dictor, about the International Trade Union Confederation’s annual global workers index, which highlights the best and worst countries in the world for workers. They discuss why countries like Denmark and Uruguay are leaders in workers’ rights, while the US falls behind in systematic attacks against unions. BTS wraps up the show with a tribute to the late poet and social justice activist, Maya Angelou.

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