June 28 - What the Endless Republican Benghazi Circus Covers Up; Electoral Discontent in the UK and the US; Blowback For Erdogan's Previous Arming of ISIS

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the 9th investigation of Benghazi with the House Republican report issued today concluding, like the eight previous investigations, that there is no evidence of wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Melvin Goodman, the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy and a former senior analyst at the CIA whose latest book is “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism”, joins us to discuss how the two-year long 800 page $7 million report misses the point of what the U.S. was involved in in Benghazi, which had everything to do with the CIA not the State Department. We discuss how the continuing media circus that the Republicans have created has prevented the public from knowing about the extent to which the consulate in Benghazi was diplomatic cover for an intelligence operation and that the CIA failed to provide adequate security instead relying on a Libyan Intelligence unit which abandoned Ambassador Stevens and ran when the first shots were fired.  

Part 2

Then with demonstrations in London today against the recent “Brexit” we speak with Thomas Ferguson who is just back from the U.K. and has an article at Jacobin ‘”Defying the Investors: How voter alienation from corporate candidates produced this year’s dizzying election results”. Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, he joins us to discuss the electoral discontent in the U.S. and the U.K. because of the split-level reality of a dual economy which rewards the finance, technology and electronics sectors while abandoning the rest of the economy comprised mostly of low-paid service sector jobs.

Part 3

Then finally we examine the terrorist bombings at the Airport in Istanbul that appears to be a suicide attack by ISIS which is the latest addition to the many crises that Turkey’s authoritarian President Erdogan has brought upon himself having made enemies of the Syrians, the Kurds, the Russians, the E.U. and the Pope, who again condemned Erdogan’s denial of the Armenian genocide. David Phillips, the Director of the Peace-Building and Rights Program at Columbia University joins us from Greece to discuss the blowback from Erdogan’s previous arming of ISIS and the reaction in Greece to the “Brexit” vote. 

Profile Image

 

mp3audio: 

June 27 - SCOTUS Strikes Down Sham Texas Anti-Abortion Law; Turkey and Israel Restore Relations; CIA Arms For Syrian Rebels Up On the Black Market

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the Supreme Court’s 5 to 3 ruling striking down a restrictive Texas abortion law H.B. 2 that in the name of women’s health was denying Texas women the right to a safe abortion, a fact not lost of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who noted in the majority opinion that “It is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions”.Sarah Slamen, a pro-choice advocate who was forcibly removed from the Texas legislature while testifying after State Senator Wendy Davis had filibustered an anti-abortion bill three years ago, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold abortion rights and end the sham that Texas Republicans were forcing the shutdown of clinics in the state in the name of protecting women’s health.

Part 2

Then we go to Istanbul to look into the announcement today by Turkey and Israel that they were restoring relations that were broken off in 2010 after Israeli forces killed Turkish activists aboard a “freedom flotilla” headed for the besieged Gaza Strip. Henri Barkey the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars who was a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, joins us to discuss how Turkey’s President Erdogan buried in the joint announcement with Israel, that Erdogan had apologized to Putin in offering condolences to Russia and the family of a downed Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with an expert on Syria and Jordan, Nicholas Heras, a Middle East Researcher at the Center for a New American Security about reports in The New York Times that Jordanian Intelligence officials had stolen CIA arms meant for the Syrian rebels and sold them on the black market. We discuss the long-standing relationship between the CIA and Jordan’s powerful General Intelligence Directorate or G.I.D. which is largely underwritten by the U.S. taxpayer, and brazen Russia attacks on the American-backed Syrian rebel bases on the Jordanian border. 

 

mp3audio: 

June 26 - "Brexit" Unleashes Uncertainty in the E.U.; Will the UK Build Partnerships in the Future?; The Upsurge of Buyer's Remorse Following "Brexit"

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the “Brexit” hangover in the U.K. and the uncertainty that has gripped the E.U. with elections in Spain today that are expected to further rattle the fraying political center as the contagion of populist insurrection spreads from the U.K. to Spain and possibly France too. Charles Grant, the Director of the Center for European Reform in London joins us to discuss his article at the BBC, “Brexit throws uncertain E.U. off balance” and the path of disintegration as opposed to integration that Europe appears to be on since the upset “Brexit” vote in the U.K. We also examine the conflicting messages from the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker who is calling for more power for European institutions while Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, is warning against more centralization noting that that the elite failed to notice that ordinary people, the citizens of Europe, do not share Brussels’ Euro-enthusiasm.  

Charles Grant

Part 2

Then we speak with Cleo Paskal, a fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, who is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, NATO and the OSCE. She joins us to discuss her article at The Guardian “Post Brexit, U.K. will build partnerships of its choice” and how the seismic shift in the British political landscape with Prime Minister Cameron resigning and a revolt within the Labor shadow cabinet, as well as the possibility of a second Scottish referendum, does not mean that the U.K. is without options to form other blocs while staying in the E.U. could mean that the U.K. would be subsumed into an increasingly dysfunctional Europe.

Cleo Paskal

Part 3

Then finally we look into an apparent upsurge of buyer’s remorse and a growing movement called “Regrexit” that has three million signatures already on a petition to re-do the referendum to stay in the E.U. Toby Miller, a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University joins us to discuss the collateral damage consuming the political establishment while people are taking a second look at the dubious political winners Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and the role of media baron Rupert Murdoch whose influence was enormous in swaying the “leave” vote while his motives remain opaque.

 

mp3audio: 

June 23 - A Congresswoman Who Was a Victim of Gun Violence on the House Sit-In; An Update on the Brexit Vote; SCOTUS Blocks Obama's Immigration Plan; Immigration Lawyers on Our Broken Immigration System

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the historic sit-in last night by House Democrats trying to force a vote on gun reform that after nearly 26 hours, ended with a fiery and determined speech by Representative John Lewis who led the sit-in and vowed to continue the fight to stop recurring gun slaughters, concluding “it is a struggle and we are going to win the struggle”. Congresswoman Jackie Speier who serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and herself was shot five times trying to rescue constituent from the Jonestown compound in Guyana in 1978, joins us to discuss the Democrat’s strategy going forward to break the grip that the NRA has over Republican lawmakers and force them to go on the record in favor of allowing terrorism suspects on the no-fly list to buy assault rifles and explosives.

Part 2

Then we go to London for an update on the Brexit vote that is expected to be close and is still being counted. With the real possibility of a narrow victory for the leave vote, there is great anxiety, not just in the U.K., but in the E.U. and the U.S. Economist Stephany Griffith Jones, Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, joins us to discuss the the spasm of racist xenophobia stirred up by populist demagogues and inflamed by Rupert Murdoch’s press, that has gripped the normally tolerant British public ahead of Prime Minister Cameron’s self-inflicted political wound the Brexit vote, from which he may not recover.

Stephany Griffith-Jones

Part 3

Then we speak with Angela Maria Kelley, the Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress who was formerly the Director of the Immigration Policy Center and Deputy Director at the National Immigration Forum.  She joins us to discuss the deadlocked Supreme Court vote that blocks President Obama’s immigration plan and Obama’s rebuke of the Republicans for not just creating gridlock in the legislative branch, but also for migrating it to the judicial branch with the holdup of Judge Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

 

Angela Maria Kelley

Part 4

Then finally we speak with a father and son team of immigration lawyers Michael Wildes, a former Federal Prosecutor, and Leon Wildes who was John Lennon’s lawyer throughout his deportation proceedings in 1972. Having been working in the trenches for decades, they offer their perspective on our broken immigration system.

 

June 22 - Occupy the House; Democrats Stage a Sit-In; IMF Warns of Poverty in America; The Return of Rubio in a Critical Race to Decide Who Will Control the Senate

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives by Democrats who are demanding a debate and vote on curbing gun violence in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Orlando. John Lawrence, a visiting professor at the University of California Washington Center who served as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff, joins us to discuss the open-ended sit-in led by civil rights icon Representative John Lewis and the “No Bill, No Break” strategy the Democrats are using to force the House Republican leadership to vote on gun control legislation instead of offering moments of silence and prayers for the growing numbers of Americans routinely slaughtered by mentally disturbed loners and wanna-be terrorists who find it easy to obtain military-style assault weapons, even if they are on the no-fly list of terrorism suspects.

Part 2

Then we examine the embarrassing rebuke the U.S. received from the International Monetary Fund which warned today in its annual assessment of the economy about America’s high poverty rate with one in seven Americans living in poverty, 40% of whom are working. Stephen Pimpare, the author of “A People’s History of Poverty in America” joins us to discuss the IMF’s call for the U.S. to urgently deal with its growing poverty and increasing inequality, recommending a raise in the minimum wage as well as the need to offer paid maternity leave and childcare to help poorer Americans get jobs.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Dr. Susan MacManus, the Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida and co-author of “Florida Politics”. She joins us to discuss former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s reversal on his repeated insistence that he would not pursue another term in U. S. Senate. We look into what is likely to be a critical race in Florida to determine which party controls the next senate that now has Rubio ahead in the polls while the Democrats appear divided between a centrist preferred by the party establishment Congressman Patrick Murphy who faces a challenge from a wealthy liberal opponent Congressman Alan Grayson.

Susan  MacManus

 

mp3audio: