CrossTalk: Barack H. Bush

Is there a difference between George W. Bush and Barack Obama? If there is no difference, why is this the case? What is it about American politics that changes politicians once they are in high office? And, in light of the Obama presidency, will history now look more kindly upon Bush Jr.?


Kennedy murder still mystery to most Americans

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago in Dallas, Texas. Police charged Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot by Jack Ruby on live television two days later. The official investigation concluded that Oswald acted alone, conspiracy theories persist. In fact, polling consistently shows that over 60 percent of Americans do not believe the “lone gunman” theory. RT’s Ameera David sits down with “Breaking the Set” host Abby Martin to discuss the various conspiracies about JFK’s death, from who caused it to who covered it up and more.

Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s speech “The Problem is Civil Obedience” (November 1970)

Are you one of the obedient?

Matt Damon, a lifelong friend of Howard Zinn and his family, read excerpts from a speech Howard Zinn gave in 1970 as part of a debate on civil disobedience.

This performance was part of “The People Speak, Live!” with Matt Damon and Lupe Fiasco at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, produced by Voices of a People’s History ( in collaboration with Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival.

Your time in Iraq makes you a threat to society: Andrew Chambers at TEDxMarionCorrectionalSalon 2013

Speaking from prison, Iraqi war veteran Andrew “Sarge” Chambers tells the story of how he got there. As the judge told him when he sentenced Chambers to 10 years at Marion Correctional: “Your time in Iraq makes you a threat to society.” Chambers reminds us of the sacrifices that linger with soldiers — and simply asks us to listen.