September 25 - Are Islamophobes Trying to Incite a Pre-election Crisis?; How Corporate America Robs Us Blind; "The U.S. and Iran on a Dead End Path to War?"

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Part 1

We begin with the President’s speech today to the U.N. where he urged world leaders to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism, pointedly saying in reference to the killing of American diplomats because of an obscure, bigoted film, that “there is no speech that justifies mindless violence”. Juan Cole, a professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Michigan joins us to discuss today’s activity at the U.N. and his latest article at Truthdig, “Muslims Are No Different, or Why Bill Maher’s Blood Libel is Bigotry”. juan cole


Part 2

Then we speak with Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston about his new book “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind”. And since David has been called “the de-facto chief tax enforcement officer of the United States”, we also discuss Mitt Romney’s latest tax return and the ones he has refused to release, in particular 2009.

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Part 3

Then finally with Obama telling the U.N. that the U.S. would “do what we must” to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons, and Ahmadinejad calling Israel “a fake regime” that would be “eliminated”, we examine the gradual elimination of policy options to avoid war between the United State and Iran. Dr Trita Parsi, the President of the National Iranian American Council, joins us to discuss the three ways a war could begin. He has an article at “The U.S. and Iran on a Dead End Path to War?

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