2011 Program Archive

November 3 - An Update From the G-20; Rumors of War With Iran; The "Malworm" Inside Iran's Nuclear Program

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We begin with an update on the G-20 summit in Cannes from a specialist on European economies, Amy Verdun, the Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.  We discuss the day’s activities that were overshadowed by the Greek crisis provoked by a call for a referendum that the Greek PM has since retracted.

Amy Verdun

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Then we examine the latest rumors of war about the long-standing possibility that Israel will attack Iran, as well as recent signals that the U.S. might attack Iran next year. Investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss joins us to examine these rumors which he disputes in an article currently in the Nation. But we explore these scenarios as tensions have been recently heightened over an assassination plot and a forthcoming report from the IAEA about Iran’s nuclear program.

Robert Dreyfuss

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Then to get another perspective on these rumors of war, we speak with Richard Sale who has reported on intelligence since the late 70’s and has an article at Truthout “U.S. and Israeli Tech Teams Develop ‘Malworm’ to Take Down Iran’s Computer Software”. We discuss the extent to which sabotage has slowed the Iranian nuclear program and why a military attack would be necessary, not to mention counterproductive.

Sale

 

Music: Sharon Jones &The Dap Kings - Money; Beach House - Silver Soul; MGMT - Pieces of What; Vampire Weekend - The Kids Don't Stand A Chance

 

 

November 2 - The Real Herman Cain Scandal; Iraq and the U.S. in Decline; "Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It"

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We begin with the Washington Bureau Chief for Alternet, Adele Stan, who has uncovered the real dark side of the Republican presidential front-runner Herman Cain, not his payoff to women who claimed he sexually harassed them, but Cain’s connection to the Koch brothers political machine that has employed his campaign manager Mark Block and illegally finances Cain"s campaign through Koch-funded tax-exempt front groups. Adele Stan

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Then we discuss the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq with Senior Research Scholar at Yale University, Immannual Wallerstein, who considers the December 31st pullout of American troops a U.S. defeat comparable to the loss of the Vietnam war. With the likelihood that the remaining police advisors in the Green Zone will need a lot of protection by security guards who will not have immunity, and that Muqtada al Sadr will emerge as Iraq’s main power broker, Wallerstein argues we are witnessing the U.S. in a serious decline, a new reality that only fringes of the American left refuse to see. Immanuel Wallerstein

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Then finally, with 6 U.S. Senators calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, we speak with Lawrence Lessig about his new book “Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – And a Plan to Stop It”.  He argues that corruption is the common enemy of the left and the right in America and that until the citizenry stands up and cleans house in Washington, our money-driven electoral and campaign system will continue to serve only the 1% at the expense of the remaining 99%. Lawrence Lessig
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November 1 - A Greek Grenade Blows up the Eurozone; Throwing Money at the Supercommittee; U.S./Pakistan Relations From a Pakistani Perspective

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We begin with the Greek crisis that has rattled global financial markets following the surprise announcement by the Greek Prime Minister of a referendum on a second bailout to contain the country’s crippling debt. Costa Panayatokis, professor of sociology at the City University of New York joins us to explain why this bombshell was dropped and whether it will lead to the very disorderly default that the European leaders has just made an agreement with the Greek government to avoid. Costas Panayotokis

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Then we discuss the piles of money being thrown at the members of the Congressional super committee by the defense industries who are trying to avoid across the board cuts to the bloated defense budget. Mary Boyle, the Vice President of Communications at the campaign finance watchdog group Common Cause joins us to describe how the super committee has become a magnet for money, with lobbyists flocking to it like moths to a flame. Mary Boyle

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Then we are joined in the studio by Javed Jabbar, a former Pakistani Senator and Federal Minister who since 1992 has been a member of the longest-running Pakistani/Indian Track 11 peace process known as the Neemrana dialogue. We discuss the vexed relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. as well as Pakistan’s long-standing and seemingly intractable standoff with India. 

Javed Jabbar
  MUSIC: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues; The Shins - Saint Simon; Born Ruffians - Badonkadonkey; Hadiqa Kiyani - Nishta Nishta  

 

October 31 - The Bizarre Rise of Herman Cain; Palestine Moves Closer to Statehood and a U.S. Veto; The Seventh Billion Baby Arrives Today

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We begin with the rise of Herman Cain who is leading the pack of Republican presidential candidates in spite of charges of sexual harassment that resulted in two five figure settlements paid to the women involved. Herman Cain spoke at the National Press Club where he denied the charges and offered the Clarence Thomas defense that the liberal Press is out to lynch him. Jacob Heilbrun, a Senior Editor at the National Interest joins us to discuss how such bad performance art could dominate the presidential stage as the bizarre antics of Herman Cain seem to suggest he is not a serious candidate, yet more and more Republican voters appear to be taking him seriously. Jacob Heilbrun

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Then we discuss the UN vote to admit Palestine into UNESCO which was greeted by the US cutting funds to the UN agency best know for protecting world heritage sites. A former Palestinian negotiator Leila Hilal joins us to assess the future of Palestinian statehood that will be voted on next month in the UN Security Council leading to a likely veto of Palestinian statehood by the United States. Leila Hilal

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Then finally, as the seventh billion person enters the world today, we analyze the impact on the planet of population growth that, since the first billion was reached in 1804 and the second billion in 1927, has rapidly grown exponentially in the last few decades. John Bongaarts, the Chairman of the panel on Population Projections at the National Academy of Sciences joins us. John Bongaarts
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October 30 - Assad Warns the Region Will Burn; Glenn Greenwald on our Two-Tiered Justice System

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We begin with an update on Syria where the Assad dictatorship has just warned that the region will go up in flames if the regime is threatened by what it calls Western interference. A specialist on Syria, James Gelvin joins us to assess where the real opposition, the Syrian people, are heading in terms of armed resistance supplanting peaceful protest since thousands of unarmed citizens have been killed by a regime that is prepared to cling to power at any cost.

James Gelvin

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Then we are joined by former constitutional and civil rights litigator and contributing writer to Salon, Glenn Greenwald, the author of “With Liberty and Justice for Some; How the Law is Used to Destroy and Protect the Powerful”.  We discuss the two-tiered system of justice in this country that protects the powerful and punishes the powerless, and how the uprising by the 99% is the first step in reversing a complete takeover of America by oligarchs.

Glen Greenwald

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