November 18 - The Haves Renege on the Have-Nots Over Climate Change; The Real Crisis in Libya; A Future Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party

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We begin with the UN Climate Convention underway in Warsaw, Poland where the pleas from the representative of the Philippines for the rich industrial countries to take responsibility for the damage that climate change is doing to the poorer countries are being ignored, as Australia, Canada and Japan renege on previous  commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Janet Redman, the Director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies joins us to discuss the moral and legal movements backwards by the have’s at the expense of the have-nots.

 

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Then we look into the increasing chaos is Libya, that has been the focus of a Republican obsession over the phony “Benghazi” scandal, while the larger issues of a country falling apart and a government running out of money are being ignored. Wayne White, a former State Department Intelligence Analyst on Libya, joins us to discuss the downward spiral of the already weak central government that is running out of oil revenues to pay off the militias to keep them loyal because of the chaos caused by these same  marauding militias, some of whom are taking over the country’s oil and gas facilities.

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Then finally, with progressive groups pushing for Elizabeth Warren to enter the 2016 presidential race to challenge the presumptive candidacy of Hillary Clinton, we speak with Princeton historian Julian Zelizer about his article at CNN.com “Elizabeth Warren versus Hillary Clinton is a False Choice”. We discuss the possibility of a left versus center war among Democrats and the role of money in determining who will win the future battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.

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