June 24 - Critical Elections in Turkey; Conditions in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico Are the Source of Our Border Crisis; An Independent Russian Journalist on the World Cup

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We begin with today’s snap elections called by Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian leader Erdogan who is seeking more power but now faces the biggest threat to his 15 year rule.  Asli Bali, the Director of UCLA’s Center for Near East Studies and a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law joins us to discuss the results of today’s critical election as they come in which will decide the fate of democracy in that divided country and whether Turkey remains a credible member of the NATO alliance. We will discuss Erdogan’s tough challenger the center-left candidate Muharrem Ince who has revived Turkey’s demoralized opposition which is forced to operate under a state of emergency with little access to the media dominated by Erdogan and his ruling Islamist party. With Turkey’s economy in a steep downturn since Erdogan called for the election he expected to win, we will assess how the Kurdish vote for their candidate who is in prison is key but subject to government repression, in a country polarized between Kurds and nationalists and the religious and secular. And with six journalists jailed for life, according to press monitoring groups, Erdogan’s Turkey has become the world’s biggest jailer of journalists.

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Then we investigate the source of the immigration crisis on our southern border which stems from the lack of personal security, the rule of law and citizen-based governance in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, countries rife with corruption and beset by narco traffickers and criminal gangs.Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the author of “Los Zetas Inc: Criminal Corporations, Energy and Civil War in Mexico” joins us to discuss her study at The Wilson Center “Trafficking in Persons, irregular immigration and Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico”.

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Then finally we  go to Moscow to speak with an independent journalist Alexey Kovalev, who writes about propaganda, fake news and Russia State media. He joins us to discuss his article at The New York Times “The World Cup is Fun. Except for the Russians Being Tortured” and how Putin, who has unleashed the FSB secret police on so-called dissidents, is using the popular success on the World Cup among Russians who are welcoming foreign guests as a cover for introducing unpopular pension reforms.

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June 21 - Trump's Cynical Ploy Disguised as Compassion; Inside Our Immigration Prison System; Merging the Labor and Education Departments is a "Solution in Search of a Problem"

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We begin with what appears to be a cynical move by President Trump disguised as an act of compassion in reversing his policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border. The former Commissioner of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service under President Clinton, Doris Meissner, joins us to discuss how Trump’s executive order is designed to do away with the consent decree known as the Flores agreement which Doris signed in 1997 that protects immigrant children in federal detention, placing them in the least restrictive conditions for no more than 20 days with guarantees of food, water, medical treatment in facilities subject to inspection. Working on two tracks through the courts to undo the Flores agreement and via the Republican bills in the House which Trump has loaded up with money for his wall, it is unclear whether Trump will have the children join their parents in jails or the parents join their children in detention. But what is emerging is the grim prospect of indefinite detention for these families and a mendacious raid on the treasury for politically-connected contactors to build prisons and detention facilities for growing numbers escaping violence in Central America who could instead be given ankle monitors and be housed with relatives pending their appearance in immigration court.

 

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Then we examine our immigration prison system about to be gifted with a bonanza of pork-barrel by Trump and speak with Christina Fialho, the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Freedom for Immigrants, a non-profit advocacy group seeking to abolish immigration detention. She joins us to discuss her article at The Los Angeles Times “Don’t stop with family separation. End the whole immigration prison system” and describe conditions inside the existing facilities that are about to be overrun with more detainees held for indefinite periods.

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Then finally we look into plans by the Trump Administration to merge the Department of Labor with the Department of Education and speak with Seth Harris, a Distinguished Scholar at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations who served over four years as Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor and six months as Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor. We discuss what Seth describes as a “solution in search of a problem” and Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee Senator Patty Murray’s response that Mick Mulvaney’s plan is “unrealistic, unhelpful and futile”.

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June 20 - A Global Report on the Refugee Crisis; Trump, Haley and Pompeo Hand Human Rights to China and Russia to Define; The Real Message in the Bible About How to Treat Refugees

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On World Refugee Day we  begin with the report just out from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees “Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2017” and speak with Chris Boian, the spokesperson for the UNHCR. After so much media attention focused on the plight of refugee children separated from their parents by the Trump Administration, today President Trump reversed his cruel policy of ripping crying children from their mothers’ arms at the southern border.  But across the world the refugee problem is worse than it has ever been since World War II, so we look at the wider global landscape in which 68.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2017, with 44,500 people forcibly displaced every day. With one out of every 110 people in the world displaced, 20% are Palestinians and the remaining two thirds come from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. And while nativist sentiments against refugees have been stirred up and exploited by President Trump and his advisors, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant policies with overtly racist overtones are on the rise not just in the U.S., but across Europe too.

 

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Then we speak with Barbara Crossette, the U.N. correspondent for The Nation and the senior consulting editor and writer for Pass Blue, which provides independent coverage of the U.N., where she has an article “As Expected, the U.S. Quits the UN Human Rights Council”. She joins us to discuss how much the Trump Administration’s close ties to Israel influenced the decision, given the ridiculous number of times the UN criticizes Israel, and the expectation that in abdicating America’s traditional role as the main champion of human rights, the vacuum on the council will be filled by China and Russia and others who will reshape human rights according to their definitions.

 
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Then finally with the leading champion of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration, Jeff Sessions, using the Bible to justify a state policy of child abuse, we speak with the Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, the Co-Chair with the Reverend William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign, a national Call for Moral Revival. She joins us to discuss her article with the Reverend William Barber at The Guardian “Jeff Sessions got the Bible wrong. We care for strangers, not rob their rights” and how the real message throughout the Bible is reflected in Isaiah 10: “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed”.

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June 19 - The Mental Health and Childhood Development Consequences from Separating Children at the Border; The Infliction of Childhood Trauma as National Policy; Inside the Corrupt Deal That Brought the World Cup to Russia

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We begin with the growing outrage at the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their immigrant parents at the southern border who have made a dangerous journey to the U.S. from Central America seeking political asylum. We first speak with Doctor Julie Linton a pediatrician in Winston-Salem North Carolina who is the Co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Immigrant Health Special Interest Group and the lead author of the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics policy on detention of immigrant children. She joins us to discuss the medical issues involved in ripping young children away from their mothers in terms of the consequences for mental health and childhood development. We also examine the effects of detention on the physical health of these immigrant children since many of these make-shift facilities have been hidden from the public and the press as plans are underway to create tent cities on the grounds of Federal Prisons, some in the desert where temperatures soar above 100 degrees.

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Then we look further into the medical aspects of childhood trauma the infliction of which has become national policy as a result of the cynical pandering by Trump, Sessions, Kelly and Miller to their anti-immigrant base with Trump tweeting out an outrageous charge that the Democrats don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants like MS-13 to pour into and infest our country because they are seen as potential voters. Dr. Dawn Garzon-Maaks, a clinical professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing and President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners joins us to discuss how these traumatized infants and children crying out for their mothers cannot be comforted by those holding them in detention, adding insult to the injury being done to them by Trump in the name of the American people.

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Then finally we speak with Ken Bensinger, a journalist with The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed News whose latest book, just out is, “Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal”. With the World Cup underway in Russia we discuss Ken’s article at The New York Times “Did Russia Steal the World Cup” and investigate the corrupt deal which got Russia the World Cup in the first place and the role of Christopher Steel of the infamous Steele dossier in bringing down the criminal reign of FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.

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June 18 - In Resisting Trump "We Lose Only When We Get Quiet"; How Propaganda is Working for Trump; An Update on the World Cup in Russia

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We begin with the relentless nature of the Trump Administration’s government by stunt and spectacle and Trump’s constant assault on our political, legal, economic, cultural and social structures in a tyranny of the minority which is demoralizing the outraged majority, making us numb and weakening our resolve to fight back. Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about the courts and the law for Slate Magazine and hosts the podcast Amicus, joins us to discuss her article at Slate “It’s All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care”. With growing signs of outrage as two thirds of Americans now disapprove of Trump’s cruel border policies separating young children from their mothers, we discuss the warning by the head of the Poor People’s Campaign the Reverend William Barber that “We lose only when we get quiet”. And since Republican women like former First Lady Laura Bush and even Melania Trump (with a conspicuous silence from women’s and children’s advocate Ivanka Trump) are speaking out against the callous inhumanity Trump, Sessions, Kelly and Stephen Miller are displaying in the name of the American people, there are signs that truth and justice will prevail in the end.

 

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Then we speak with Jason Stanley, a Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of “How Propaganda Works” whose forthcoming book is “How Fascism Works”. He joins us to discuss the extent to which Donald Trump has weaponized the advice of the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to “Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it”. Amid signs that Trump’s campaign to discredit the Mueller investigation is working with 36% now having an unfavorable opinion of Mueller and just 32% approving of the inquiry, we will discuss how, thanks to Fox News and other pro-Trump propaganda outlets, propaganda is working for Trump and America is getting closer to fascism.

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Then finally we look into the FIFA World Cup underway in Russia and the surprising defeat of the soccer powerhouse Germany by Mexico, a victory undermined by Mexican fans chanting a homophobic slur which FIFA is now investigating. Andrei Markovits, Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan and author of “Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism” and “Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture”, joins us for an update on the world’s most-watched sporting event.

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