January 19 - Responsibility for the On-Going Slaughter in Iraq; The Supreme Court Takes up Obama's DAPA Immigration Initiative; Comparing Katrina With the Man-Made Disaster in Flint, Michigan

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We begin with the devastating report by the U.N. on how Iraqi civilians are suffering “staggering violence” with at least 18,800 civilians killed and 36,245 wounded between January 2014 and October 2015 along with 3.2 million people displaced internally over the same period. An Iraqi/American political analyst and blogger Raed Jarrar who worked as the country director for CIVIC Worldwide conducting the only door-to-door civilian casualty survey in Iraq, joins us to discuss the continuing suffering of the Iraqi people since the Bush/Cheney invasion and occupation in 2003 and the indifference and lack of responsibility the Bush Administration and the neoconservative architects of the war appear to have in even acknowledging the humanitarian catastrophe they have caused.

Part 2

Then we look into the Supreme Court’s decision to address whether President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration reform violates the “take care” clause of the U.S. Constitution “that the laws be faithfully executed”. Wendy Young, the Executive Director of KIND, Kids in Need of Defense, joins us. She served as Chief Counsel on Immigration Policy in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees and we discuss the court’s move to take up the contentious issue of DAPA, the Deferred Action of Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents while the court is not addressing the other Obama Administration program DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has more than 600,000 children who have been granted deferred deportation status, now facing deportation.

Part 3

Then finally, with the Mayor of Flint, Michigan at the White House today and the Obama Administration appointing a “czar” as the point person for Flint’s toxic water crisis, we will speak with Benjamin Davis a Professor in digital journalism at California State University, Northridge who has an article at The Huffington Post, “Flint and Katrina: Poor People, Poor Treatment and Water”. We discuss the shameful wakeup call exposing America’s indifference to the poor and black that Katrina was, compared to the man-made disaster in Flint that was not caused by a natural disaster but by the decisions of two men, Michigan’s Governor Snyder and the all-powerful emergency manager Snyder appointed.

 

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