December 19 - A New Presidential Candidate; The "Dear Leader's" Successor; Arming an Iraq Allied to Our Enemy

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We begin with a new candidate running for President of the United States in the 2012 election representing a newly-formed party, the Justice Party. The former mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson, joins us to lay out his populist, progressive third party platform that does not rely on corporate money or the mainstream media, but instead plans to energize grassroots people power that has emerged with the occupy movements. Rocky Anderson

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Then we look into the dynastic communist succession in North Korea, with the death of the “dear leader” and the ascension of his youngest son Kim Jong-Eun to head the world’s most isolated country which managed to develop nuclear weapons while a tenth of its population died of starvation. Christine Ahn, the Executive Director of the Korea Policy Institute joins us. She has participated in several peace and humanitarian delegations to North Korea and we discuss whether a recent thaw in U.S./North Korea relations will be sidetracked by tensions surrounding this leadership transition. christine ahn

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Then finally we look into political rifts already emerging in Iraq following the recent final exit of U.S. troops. David Phillips, the author of “Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco” joins us. He is the Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Project on the Future of Diplomacy. We discuss the scope of the strategic setback for the U.S. as Iran emerges as the winner of the Iraq war, and the wisdom of selling F-16’s and laser-guided bombs to a corrupt Iraqi regime that appears to be allied with America’s enemies. david philips
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