2013 Program Archive

December 10 - Iran from an Enemy to an Ally?; Mark Danner on "Rumsfeld's War and its Consequences Now; The Volker Rule and the $300 Trillion Domestic Derivatives Market

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We begin and go to the U.K. to speak with David Patrickarakos, a journalist and a fellow at the Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews.  We discuss the possibility of reintegrating Iran into the international fold and a strategic realignment in the Middle East following the nuclear deal with the P5+1, as well as David Patrikarakos’ recent article in The New York Times “Iran, From Enemy to Ally”.

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Then we speak with writer, journalist and professor, Mark Danner, about his provocative and widely-read article in the New York Review of Books, “Rumsfeld’s War and Its Consequences Now” and the new film about Rumsfeld by Errol Morris.  Mark Danner teaches at the University of California Berkeley and at Bard College and is the author of “The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War’s Buried History” and “Torture and Truth: America’s Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror”.

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Then finally, after months of unnecessary delay, financial regulators today voted to finalize the Volcker rule, a key provision required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Micah Hauptman, the Financial Policy Counsel at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division joins us to discuss the Volker rule’s implementation after fierce lobbying by the banks and whether or not the five big banks who dominate the $300 trillion domestic derivatives market, will be reined in or find ways around the new law.

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December 9 - The Open Letter From Tech Giants to Rein in the NSA; The Latest Leak From Inside The Secret TPP Negotiations; Talks to Unblock Supply Routes Out of Afghanistan

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We begin with the full page ad from the giant tech companies in Monday’s New York Times and Washington Post calling on the president and Congress to reign in the NSA. Marc Rotenberg, the President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), joins us to discuss the call for tighter controls on government surveillance in an open letter from AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo, and the international blowback from NSA spying that is hurting American business.  

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Then we look into the growing backlash against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the latest internal memo leaked by someone in one of the 12 governments involved in the secret negotiations. Lori Wallach, the Founder and Director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen joins us to discuss leaks on trade standards that would grant unprecedented powers to corporations, increase the cost of medications and weaken banking regulations. We also look into whether an agreement on the TPP can be reached by the end of the year as international support for it appears to be waning.

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Then finally, with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Pakistan threatening to cut military assistance if local officials continue to block supply routes extracting heavy equipment from Afghanistan, we speak with Michael Krepon, the co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Center and director of its South Asia and Space Security Program. We discuss the role of the former cricket star turned party leader Imran Khan who is threatening to unleash mass protests to block the NATO supply routes in retaliation against U.S. drone strikes.

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December 8 - Mandela's Legacy and the Challenges Ahead; The Latest Koch Brothers' Front Group; Unseating Congressman Paul Ryan

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With 60 heads of state planning to attend the memorial for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, we will begin with the global outpouring of tributes from both those who Mandela helped free and those who resisted freedom, democracy and majority rule in South Africa. Dr. Mueni Wa Muiu, a professor of Political Science at Winston-Salem State University and author of “The Pitfalls of Liberal Democracy and Late Nationalism in South Africa” joins us to discuss the economic and social challenges that remain to be addressed in the new South Africa.

 

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Then we examine the latest front group funded by the Koch brothers, a tax-exempt charity, the State Policy Network, which is a so-called “free market think tank” campaigning to cut public sector wages and pensions, eliminate income taxes, replace public education with vouchers while opposing Medicaid and efforts to combat global warming. Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy joins us to discuss the role of the Kochs, Kraft Foods and Searle Pharmaceuticals in appearing to promote local interests while funding a national template to radically alter government.

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Then finally, with this week's one year anniversary of the Newtown school massacre, Amardeep Kaleka joins us in the studio to discuss the lack of progress on gun control and legislation to reduce hate crimes and mass shootings. The son of the president of the Sikh Temple who was murdered along with five members of his congregation by a white supremacist, Amardeep Kaleka is running for Congress to unseat Representative Paul Ryan in whose district his father was shot.   

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December 5 - A Report From the Front Line of Fast-Food Worker's Protests; The Growing Economic Feudalism in the United States; As Mandela Dies, So is the Central African Republic Dying

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We begin with President Obama’s pledge to dedicate his remaining time in office to raising the minimum wage and reverse the “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” in America. Joining us from one of the many demonstrations across the country by fast food workers, union organizers and community supporters is Kendall Fells, the President and Organizing Director for Fast Food Forward, a movement of New York City fast food workers demanding living wages and worker’s rights. We  discuss the struggle of fast-food workers who the president mentioned “work their tails off and are still living at or barely above poverty”.

 

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Then we hear from Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at U.C. Berkeley who researches family budgets, low-wage labor markets, inequality and minimum wages. We discuss what the president calls “the defining challenge of our time”, the growing gap between the rich and poor, and look into the plight of bank tellers who do not make a living wage while banks are enjoying record profits, a sign that we are fast declining into what Warren Buffett warned we are in danger of becoming, “a plantation economy.”

 
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Then finally, although the death of Nelson Mandela should remind us of all of what he stood for in terms of racial justice, human rights and reconciliation, we are obliged to cover what is going on in the middle of Africa in the Central African Republic where a military coup installed a Muslim leader in a predominately Christian country, leading to sectarian massacres and counter- massacres, mostly against innocent civilians. The United Nations Director at Human Rights Watch, Phillipe Bolopion, who was recently in the Central African Republic, joins us to discuss the danger of one of the poorest nations on Earth becoming the latest killing fields and a haven for armed groups. 

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December 4 - Detroit's Bankruptcy Ruling and its Consequences; Public Banks Can Replace Wall Street to Finance Municipalities; The Author of "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel"

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We begin with the ruling by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge that Detroit is eligible to enter bankruptcy and can impose cuts to its municipal pension obligations.  We  speak with G. Marcus Cole, a professor at Stanford University’s School of Law who specialized in bankruptcy and discuss the fate of pensions that were previously considered inviolable, as public employee are now being scapegoated for the financial mismanagement of elected officials.   

 

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Then we discuss the role of public banking as an alternative to Wall Street, which is how municipalities around the world raise funds, and speak with Marc Armstrong, a business development and communications consultant and the Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute. We discuss how the state of North Dakota finances public infrastructure through its public bank and Marc Armstrong’s article at occupy.com, “How America Can Replace Wall Street Financing with Public Banks”.

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Then finally, a leading Israeli journalist, columnist for Haaretz and commentator on Israeli public television, Ari Shavit joins us in the studio to discuss his new book “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel”. We talk about the existential fear Israel has from the outside and the moral rot its occupation policy causes on the inside, and discuss today’s threats from the E.U. to cut off funds to the Palestinians if peace talks fail as Secretary State Kerry meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu and begins the latest effort by to revive the peace process. 

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