2015 Program Archive

2015 Program Archive

January 4 - The Man Caught in the Middle: NYPD Chief William Bratton; The Republican Ruse Disguise the Impact of Tax Cuts; Nigeria's Inability to Deal with Boko Haram

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We begin with the latest display of disrespect towards the mayor of New York from members the NYPD at the funeral of a police officer killed in the line of duty. Joe Domanick, an award-winning investigative journalist, author and Associate Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Law joins us to discuss the man caught in the middle between an embattled mayor and angry rank and file, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, who is profiled in Joe Domanick’s new book “Blue: The Ruin and Redemption of the LAPD” and who had asked his officers to show respect for Mayor de Blasio at Sunday’s funeral of the fallen Officer Wenjian Liu.

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Then we look into the top priority of the new Republican Congress which is to change the way how the government measures the impacts of tax cuts on federal revenues, thus allowing Republican lawmakers to reward their wealthy backers with tax cuts whose real impact on the federal deficit will be shielded. The author of “We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money”, Edward Kleinbard, a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California and a former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, joins us to discuss the hypocrisy of the deficit hawks and their apparent intention to bankrupt the government in order to destroy social programs, as well as his article in The New York Times "A Republican Ruse to Make Tax Cuts Look Good”.

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Then finally we examine the reasons behind the rout of a multinational force which fled from a Nigerian army base on the border with Chad and abandoned the civilian residents of the town of Baga in the face of an attack from Boko Harum. Aniedi Okure, the Executive Director of the Africa Faith and Justice Network joins us to discuss the inability of the government of Goodluck Jonathan to address the growing threat from Boko Harum and the Nigerian military’s apparent lack of morale and motivation.

 

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January 1 - A New Year's Retrospective on Foreign Policy Issues in 2014 and the International Landscape Ahead in 2015

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Today on this New Year’s holiday we examine the important foreign policy political issues and global trends in 2014 and look ahead to what might emerge on the international landscape in 2015. Roger Morris, who served in the United States Foreign Service and on the Senior Staff of the National Security Council under both Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, until resigning over the bombing of Cambodia, and is the author of “Between the Graves: America, Afghanistan and the Politics of Intervention” and “Kindred Rivals: America, Russia and their Failed Ideals”, joins us to analyze the foreign policy challenges ahead as well as assessing the year 2014’s headlines in international relations. We will discuss the most dangerous country in the world, Pakistan and the most intractable issue the Israel/Palestine standoff, as well the possibility of a new Cold War emerging over the continuing confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine. We will also look into the implication of China having the world’s biggest economy that is stuck somewhere between communism and capitalism and the difficulties of dealing with a criminal regime in Russia and other kleptocracies throughout the world who account for why almost a half of global financial activity is hidden in the world’s black economy.

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