August 28 - Three Presidents Honor MLK; The Organizer of the "March on Washington", Bayard Rustin; The Latest Cyberattack by the Syrian Electronic Army

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We begin with the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the “March on Washington” for jobs and justice at which three U.S. presidents spoke. Gerald Horne, Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston joins us to discuss today’s spending priorities on the eve of another war and the enduring “guns and butter” argument that Martin Luther King addressed as the war in Vietnam robbed Americans of a victory in the war on poverty. gerald horne

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Then we speak with Michael Long, a professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies and the author of a new book “I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters”. We discuss this gay, pacifist and consummate organizer Bayard Rustin who, because of homophobia, was denied credit as the principal organizer of the “March on Washington” fifty years ago and his belated recognition by President Obama who will soon posthumously award Bayard Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Then finally, following cyber attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army that disrupted Twitter and The New York Times website, we look into this shadowy group of hackers who claim they have no ties to the Syrian government, even though Assad referred to them as “a real army in a virtual reality”. Alan Paller, a leading expert on cyber security, joins us to discuss how these hacking attacks are organized and the role of organized crime in cyberspace.

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