2010 Program Archive

2010 Program Archive

Background Briefing - Sunday, November 28, 2010

Today we will look into a number of stories and issues in the news. We will begin in a moment and talk about the tense situation between the two Koreas with Kyung Moon Hwang who is a professor of History at the University of Southern California. Following last Tuesday's artillery barrage on a South Korean island and as the U. S. and South Korea conduct naval exercises, we will assess the apparent change in South Korea attitudes towards the North in the aftermath of this latest incident and try to understand the motives of the secretive regime in the north that is undergoing a dynastic transition.

Then, since there is a widespread assumption that China holds the keys to moderating North Korea's behavior, we will speak with Sue Mi Terry who is a National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations specializing in North Korean issues and North Korean/ Chinese relations. We will also look into leadership succession and North Korea's evolving nuclear strategy.

Then we will cover the elections going on in Haiti today with a former member of the Haitian parliament Guy Metayer who knows a lot of the candidates running for President in a crowded field in a race that has excluded the popular singer Wylef Jean and candidates for the most popular party of the deposed leader Aristide who is in an imposed exile in South Africa.

Then finally we will cover the elections in Egypt today for the parliament with Bruce Rutherford, a professor of Political Science at Colgate University who is a specialist on Egypt. Although it is almost certain that the ruling party of President Hosni Mubarak will win, and there are widespread reports of the media and monitors being denied access to the polls, we will examine the future of the ruling party's grip on a country where the opposition is both stifled and seething.

Background Briefing - Monday, November 22, 2010

Hello and welcome to The Daily Briefing, I'm Ian Masters and today we will look into a number of stories and issues in the news. We will begin in a moment and go to Tokyo, Japan, to speak with Steve Clemons, who directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and founded the Japan Policy Research Institute, along with Chalmers Johnson, who passed away on Saturday and whose legacy we will discuss. Uniquely prescient in warning that our democracy is in the process of being lost as the Republic struggles to survive the Empire, Chalmers Johnson made the reverse journey of the neocons, from a champion of the Vietnam war to the author of such important books as Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, Nemesis and Dismantling the Empire. We will assess the impact today and tomorrow of this American original, Chalmers Johnson.

Then, following a report from Bloomberg News cited in Monday's New York Times lead editorial of unprecedented amounts of money from health insurance companies laundered by the Chamber of Commerce, we will talk with an insurance company insider on what the insurance giants want to retain in the new healthcare reform bill and what they want the new Republican Congress they helped elect to repeal. Wendell Potter, the former head of PR for CIGNA and Humana joins us to explain their strategy and talk about his new book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out On How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.

Then finally we will discuss the $100 billion EU/IMF bailout of Ireland with David Lynch the author of a new book, When The Luck Of The Irish Ran Out: The World's Most Resilient Country and its Struggle to Rise Again. A senior writer with Bloomberg News in Washington DC, he focuses on the intersection of politics and economics, twin crises the Irish government and economy are now beset by as other economies in the Eurozone, Portugal and Spain show signs of catching the contagion