2012 Program Archive

December 11- Is the HSBC Bank too Big to Indict?; The Increasingly Bitter Republican Civil War; The Bad News in the Global Trends 2030 Report

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We begin with the two billion dollar fine the Justice Department settled for with the international British bank HSBC for money laundering and other charges. Russell Mokhiber, the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter joins us to discuss the double standard in American justice where ordinary citizens can go to jail for petty offenses but Wall Street criminals get off with fines because their banks are too big to indict. mokhiber

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Then we look into the increasingly bitter civil war between Republican power brokers and opinion makers with Jacob Heilbrun, a senior editor at the National Interest where he has an article, “Does the GOP Need a New William F Buckley Jr.?” We discuss the bind that Speaker Boehner is in, caught between the warring factions of the moderates and the pragmatists on one side who want to make a deal, and the Tea Party radicals who want to bring down the government.

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Then finally we examine the new global forecast by the National Intelligence Council on what the world will look like in 2030. We focus on the Global Trends 2030 report’s warning of 15 countries with a high risk of state failure, in particular Pakistan, and the possibility of a nuclear showdown between Pakistan and India. Michael Krepon, the founder and president emeritus of the Henry L. Stimson Center who specializes in South Asia and arms control, joins us.

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December 10 - The Right to Work for Less Money: Succession in Venezuela; Europe Gets a Nobel Prize (not for economics)

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We begin with the president’s speech today in Michigan where the Republican governor is about to sign a bill to make Michigan the 24th right to work state, prompting the president to remark that the bill amounts to “the right to work for less”. Zack Pohl, the Executive Director of Progress Michigan joins us to discuss how and why the Republicans are making gains in a state that voted overwhelmingly Democrat in the last election. zack pohl

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Then we examine the latest indication that Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez is gravely ill, forcing him to name his foreign minister as a successor. Javier Corralles, a professor of political science at Amherst College joins us. He is the author of “Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chavez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela.” We discuss Venezuela’s foreign policy that is unpopular at home for its support of Qaddafi, Ahmadinejad and the Assad regime in Syria.

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Then finally we examine the award of the Nobel Peace prize to the European Union and speak with Steven Hill the author of “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope for an Insecure World”. We discuss how in spite of a faltering economy, most Europeans enjoy a higher standard of living and quality of life than their American counterparts whose very limited social safety net is likely to be cut soon in the name of reducing the deficit to avoid the “fiscal cliff”.

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December 9 - An Apocalyptic Endgame in Syria?; A View from Palestine; The Empty-Handed U.N. Climate Conference

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We begin with an overview of the tormented Middle East as turmoil in Egypt continues and a possibly disastrous endgame involving the use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria looms. Egyptian-born veteran New York Times and Wall Street Journal Middle East correspondent Youssef Ibrahim joins us to discuss the demise of democracy and the rise of fundamentalism as the “Arab Spring” is now being referred to as the “Arab Winter”. youseff

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Then we go to Palestine and talk with Mark Danner who is a journalist and professor and a long-time writer for The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books where he has an article in the last issue “The Politics of Fear” and an article in the latest issue “How and What Obama Won”. We discuss the triumphant return of the Hamas leader to Gaza and the upcoming reconciliation talks with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

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Then finally we speak with Anne Petermann who is the Executive Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project who has been attending U.N. climate conferences since 2004 but was banned from the U. N. Climate Conference in Doha that just ended. We discuss the scant progress made where the Kyoto Protocols were extended to 2020 but no reduction in greenhouse gasses was agreed to in spite of the desperate pleas from the island nations who are disappearing as a result of global warming.


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December 6 - The Fatuous Theatrics of the "Fiscal Cliff"; The "Dark Genius" Roger Ailes; Paralysis and Polarization in Egypt

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We begin with an update on the political wrangling over the so-called “fiscal cliff” and get some clarity on the real economic situation, not the fatuous theatrics the Press is fixated on. Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research joins us to discuss how the people who caused our economic troubles are trying to exploit a phony crisis to enrich themselves further. dean baker

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Then we look further into Roger Ailes, the power behind the throne of right wing politics in America, whose emissary was caught on tape offering the recently-disgraced General Petraeus the presidency. Dr. Kerwin Swint, the author of “Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes” joins us to discuss the latest effort to corrupt our Democracy by the mendacious Murdoch empire.

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Then finally we speak with the former head of the Political Science Department at American University, Cairo Sheila Carapico, about Egypt’s embattled new leader and his power grab that has resulted in paralysis and polarization. We will examine the likely outcome of next week’s referendum on a new constitution that the opposition is boycotting, making it likely to pass since the fundamentalist block of Muslim Brotherhood voters are sure to show up in lockstep.

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December 5 - The Kingmaker Fox News Tries to Recruit Petraeus for President; Why is Obama's FCC Rewarding Murdoch?; Egypt's Revolution Takes an Ugly Turn

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We begin with the extraordinary tape revealed by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post in which an emissary of Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, offers General Petraeus the presidency bankrolled by Rupert Murdoch. Investigative journalist Karl Grossman, who knows the emissary involved, joins us to discuss how the owner of the “Pravda” of the Republican Party, became the king maker in the U.K. and now in the U.S.A. karl grossman

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Then we look further into the malignant effect of the Murdoch empire on journalism and politics with Timothy Karr, the Senior Director of Strategy for Free Press who is trying to prevent Obama’s FCC from removing the cross-ownership rules preventing media moguls from owning Newspaper and Television monopolies in the same markets. In spite of Murdoch’s and Fox News’s efforts to deny Obama a second term, the Obama Administration appear to be rewarding Murdoch, allowing him to buy the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

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Then finally we look into escalating street battles in Egypt between the secular young revolutionaries who toppled Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood who ended up capturing political power. Juan Cole, professor of Modern Middle Eastern and South Asian History at the University of Michigan and author of “Engaging the Muslim World” joins us to discuss the growing polarization of Egyptian politics as the new fundamentalist leader grabs more power.

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