January 17 - Stopping SOPA; "Europe's Transition From Social Democracy to Oligarchy"; What Holds Jordan Together?

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Part 1

We begin with an update on SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act that Wikipedia is protesting by going dark tonight at midnight for 24 hours. James Losey, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative joins us to discuss the dire implications to Internet freedom if this bill passes. He has an article at Slate.com “The Internet’s Intolerable Acts.” losey


Part 2

Then Michael Hudson joins us, he is the President of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Professor of Economics and an economic advisor to governments worldwide including Iceland, Latvia and China on finance and tax law. We discuss the downgrading of a number of European countries and the on-going Euro crisis as well as Michael Hudson’s article in a major German newspaper “Europe’s Transition From Social Democracy to Oligarchy”.

michael hudson


Part 3

Then finally with President Obama hosting Jordan’s King Abdullah today at the White House, we examine why Jordan has not gone the way of other countries as the “Arab Spring” sweeps the region. The Editor of The Middle East Report, Pete Moore, who a Professor of Political Science at Case Western University joins us to explain how the Kingdom, that has the same socioeconomic grievances as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria, is holding together.

pete moore
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