June 23 - Obama's Announcement of a Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan; An Analysis of the Middle East Following the Arab Spring Revolutions; An Update on the Financial Crisis in Europe

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We start off by discussing the president’s announcement yesterday regarding a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, in effect, the un-surge of the extra 30,000 troops Obama deployed. To get an analysis of the beginning of the end of this decade-long, losing war, we are joined by AfPak expert, Christine Fair, who served as a United Nations political officer in Kabul and is a senior fellow in the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
 
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Then we get a broader analysis of the Middle East, shaken by the Arab Spring revolutions, and assess the successes and failures while focusing on the counterrevolutionaries, in particular the contra of contras, Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich, reactionary feudal state that fuels religious medievalism and abhors democracy. Anouar Boukhars, an expert on the Middle East and in particular Morocco, where the Moroccan king is doing exactly what the Saudi King is urging and trying to bribe him not to do, joins us.
 
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Then, finally, we have an update on the financial crisis shaking the Eurozone with concerns over Greece defaulting on its stifling debt, and Portugal and Ireland staggering under the weight of their debt. Steven Hill, the author of “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope for an Insecure Age,” joins us from a conference of European leaders in Spain where these issues are being discussed, debated and presumably dealt with. Steven Hill

 

June 21 - Afghanistan Troop Pull-Out(?) in Perspective; Defend Muslims, Defend America; Nuclear Power Now

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The former Vice-Chair of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA who served as CIA Station Chief in Kabul Graham Fuller joins us to discuss the President's address on Afghanistan tomorrow where he is expected to announce the withdrawal of 10,000 troops from a war the American people increasingly see as a lost cause. Graham Fuller  

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Azziz Huq who wrote an op-ed in Monday's New York Times "Defend Muslims, Defend America" joins us to discuss the racist paranoia behind the ludicrous rash of bills in State Legislatures banning Sharia Law, following the lead of Oklahoma. In addition to the obvious insult to American core values and a violation of the First Amendment, we examine the consequences of these discriminatory laws in terms of their adverse effect on national security. Aziz Huq  

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With two Nebraska nuclear plants threatened by the rising Missouri River, we will look into nulear safety in the U.S. following the recent disasters in Japan and an expose by the AP accusing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of weakening safety rules to keep America's aging reactors operating. The president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Arjun Makhajani joins us. Arjun Makhijani  

June 20 - Huntsman and Romney; The High Cost of the Death Penalty; Ask a Mexican!

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Rocky Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, who knows both Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman well, joins us to assess the man who many see as the most formidable and electable candidate Obama could face. We discuss the inconsistencies between the former Jon Huntsman and the latest candidate to enter the Republican race for the presidential nomination. Rocky Anderson  

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Laurie Levenson, professor of Law at Loyola Law School joins us to discuss the just-released study, “Executing the Will of the Voters: A roadmap to mend and end the California Legislature’s multi-billion dollar death penalty debacle.” Laurie Levenson  

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Gustavo Arellano joins us. He writes the syndicated column, “Ask a Mexican,” and we talk to him about what he sees as a shining example of the Tea Party’s idea of a political paradise where taxes are low, there is no Obamacare and the rich are free to get richer and richer. The Tea Party’s perfect country, large areas of which are government free and ruled by those with the most money and guns, is of course, Mexico. Gustavo Arellano  

Jun 19 - Syria's Uprising and Its Regional Effects; The World Market for US Arms; For-Profit Colleges

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Los Angeles Times Middle East correspondent Borzou Deragahi who has been reporting on the revolution next door in Syria where there is a press blackout.  With more demonstrations across Syria on Friday, in spite of murderous brutality from the Muhabarat, the secret police, and military intelligence officers, the unarmed Syrian people continue to challenge the callous and corrupt family clan who claim Syria for themselves. Borzu Daragahi  

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Jeff Abramson, the deputy director of the Arms Control Association joins us to discuss the boom in overseas sales for U.S. arms manufacturers who, faced with proposed defense cuts at home, are gearing up to sell their wares abroad, in spite of recent examples in Tunisia, Egypt and Bahrain where some of this lethal hardware ends up being used against the defenseless people.    

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David Halperin, Director of Campus Progress at the Center For American Progress joins us to examine the Obama administration’s sell-out to lobbyists representing the for-profit college and university racketeers who live off your federal dollar that they charge back to unsuspecting students who end up with a worthless education and under a mountain of debt from student loans that, nationwide, now surpass all credit card debt. David Halperin  

June 16 - Juan Cole, CIA Target; The Weiner Resignation; The Last Mountain

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Juan Cole talks about the New York Times revelations that he was the target of the Bush White House, who according to a CIA whistleblower, ordered the CIA to smear and discredit him to silence the uncomfortable truths his criticism of the Iraq war was exposing. Juan Cole

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Longtime Washington investigative reporter Mark Feldstein, the author of "Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the rise of Washington's scandal culture", puts the Anthony Weiner scandal into historical perspective. Mark Feldstein

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Director, producer, and writer Bill Haney talks about his powerful and important new documentary feature film, The Last Mountain, which exposes the big lie of "clean coal" and shows the best and worst of America. Bill Haney