November 25 - The Prosecutor Acting as Officer Wilson's Defense Lawyer; Was the Fix in from the Beginning in Prosecuting Officer Wilson?; Glenn Greenwald and James Risen Discuss Press Freedom and the National Security State

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We begin with a legal analysis of the case put forth by the prosecutor who declined to indict Officer Wilson for killing the unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Gabriel Chin, a Professor of Law at the U.C. Davis School of Law joins us to discuss how the prosecutor appeared to be acting more as a defense attorney for Officer Wilson while putting Michael Brown on trial, along with the media, social media and witnesses whose testimony might have been inconsistent. We will examine the likelihood that Officer Wilson was enraged after his altercation with Michael Brown and in a blind fury, fired twelve shots at an unarmed teenager, six of which struck the victim in the front.

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Then we examine further the sham and charade that was presented by the prosecutor whose job was to indict but whose apparent aim was to exonerate. Vernellia Randall, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and author of “Dying While Black”, joins us to discuss how much the fix was in from the beginning to make sure that Officer Wilson would not be held liable. We assess what the prosecutor meant when he implored society to make sure this never happened again when his findings claim that nothing happened, there was no case and that Officer Wilson did nothing wrong.

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Then finally we hear from two of the most prominent journalists engaged in challenging the national security state and the terrorist industrial complex that has burgeoned after 9/11 into a multi-billion dollar gravy train for government contractors feeding off the so-called war on terror. Glenn Greenwald, the first reporter along with the Ewen MacAskill from the UK Guardian, who was given access to the trove of information provided by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, discusses press freedom with the reporter the Obama Administration is threatening to jail, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Risen, the author of “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War”. The full interview is available at The Intercept

 

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November 24 - The Firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; Anticipating the Verdict in the Police Shooting of Michael Brown;The History of Police Shootings of African Americans

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We begin with the resignation or firing of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and speak with a former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, the author of “A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction”. We discuss how one of the most qualified Secretaries of Defense in decades fell out of favor with the increasingly insular and amateurish national security team in the White House and whether Hagel was thrown under the bus because of the White House’s strategic incoherence in Middle East policy as the U.S. military gets more involved in the wars in Syria and Iraq.

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Then we try to anticipate the local reaction in St. Louis, Missouri to the verdict expected in the shooting death of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown who was shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Garrett Duncan, a Professor of Education and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri joins us to discuss the likely decision by the grand jury of nine whites and three blacks not to indict Officer Wilson and the mood in the racially divided city and suburbs of St. Louis after months of often-violent demonstrations against the largely white police force in the predominately black community of Ferguson which has a history of police brutality and harassment of African-Americans.

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Then we get an analysis of the possible verdicts against Officer Wilson and whether there is an appearance of justice or whether justice is being served in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Kenneth Nunn, a Professor of Law and the Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the University of Florida joins us to discuss the anticipated verdict in the context of the history of police shooting of African Americans and the verdict in the killing of the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin that exonerated a vigilante in the state of Florida that has a "stand your ground" law.

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November 23 - The P5+1 Deal with Iran is Better Late Than Never; The Former Commissioner of the INS on Obama's Immigration Overhaul; Why Reform of the NSA Failed

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We begin with an analysis of the last-minute efforts by the P5+1 to make a deal with Iran over its nuclear program ahead of the November 24 deadline. Mohsen Milani, the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida and author of “The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolution”, joins us to discuss what happens if the talks fail to conclude by Monday’s deadline and provide an assessment of the conflicting forces inside Iran between so-called moderates and hardliners that might explain why the U.S., Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany failed to make a deal with Iran.

 

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Then we get an appraisal of President Obama’s recently-announced Immigration overhaul from Doris Meissner, the former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. She joins us to discuss how the new rules of deporting felons, not families, will be enacted by the INS and whether there will be a reduction in the funding for border security which is now at a record level of 20% higher than the combined total of all spending of all federal law enforcement agencies combined.

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Then finally we examine the recent failure of the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act that was meant to reign in the abuses of bulk collection of private data on all Americans following the revelations by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Neema Guliani, a legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office joins us to discuss why the bill was killed in spite of lobbying by a coalition of civil liberties, libertarian and powerful Silicon Valley companies like Google and Facebook and why Senator Rand Paul, who earlier conducted a Senate filibuster against NSA abuses, voted against the bill.

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November 20 - An Analysis of Obama's Immigration Reforms by Executive Action; How Obama's Immigration Proposals Will Impact the 11 Million in the Shadows; Obama on Solid Legal Ground; Massive Demonstrations Against Impunity and Corruption in Mexico

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We begin with an analysis of President Obama’s address to the nation outlining his executive actions on immigration reform.  Kamal Essaheb, an Immigration Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, joins us to discuss the scope of the president’s actions and how they will be implemented, as well as how many immigrants from the 11 million living in the shadows, will benefit from Obama’s just-announced initiatives and how much opposition these proposals will face from the Republicans who are already angry at what they see as executive overreach.

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Then we analyze the president’s proposals further with Martha Arevalo, the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARACEN) who specializes in immigration advocacy work, community outreach and Latino strategic communications. She joins us to discuss the likely impact of Obama’s initiatives on the community she serves and what the reaction is so far from those who might benefit from immigration reform and those who will be left out.

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Then Dr. Manuel Pastor, a Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and author of “Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future” joins us to discuss how President Obama has carefully shaped his initiative to comply with the law in anticipation of heated Republican opposition.

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Then finally we go to Mexico City for an update on the massive demonstrations coinciding with National Revolution Day in which hundreds of thousands have taken to the street to protest the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of a drug gang allied with a local politician. Dr. Andre Dorce Ramos, a researcher at the Communications Sciences Department in the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico and the ombudsman for Public Broadcasting Channel 22, joins us to explain how Mexicans have reached the breaking point in their anger and frustration at rampant corruption and the culture of impunity among Mexico’s political elite, highlighted by the recent appearance on Mexican television of the president’s wife, a soap opera star, indignant that she should have to explain the inside deal she got from a crony of her husband’s on a seven million dollar mansion.

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November 19 - Obama's Expected Immigration Reform Proposals; Is the U.S. Reaping What it has Sowed in Honduras?; U.S. Responsiblity for Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras Becoming Narco-States

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We begin with a preview of President Obama’s expected executive actions on immigration reform due to be announced on Thursday. Angela Maria Kelly, the Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center For American Progress, joins us to discuss the extent to which Obama can push the envelope through executive action on immigration reform in the face of an obstructionist Congress whose inactivity on the issue of our broken immigration system has led to the current impasse. We will assess what reaction and retaliation the Republicans might take amid threats of impeachment and shutting down the government again.

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Then, with the discovery of the body of a Honduran beauty queen who was due to fly to London to represent Honduras in the Miss World contest, we examine the roots of violence in this tiny impoverished country that has the highest homicide rate in the world. Adrienne Pine, a Professor of Anthropology at American University and a self-described militant medical anthropologist who as worked in Honduras, joins us to discuss the extent to which the U.S. is reaping what it has sowed in Honduras by supporting the 2009 military coup that has turned the  country into a narco state.

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Then finally we will speak with Alexander Main, the Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research whose research focuses on U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and the Caribbean and U.S. security and counter-narcotics assistance in Central America. We discuss the extent to which the decades long war on drugs has failed to stop Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala from turning into narco states and the how much the recent flight of unaccompanied minors to the United States is the direct result of a lack of security and safety for the citizens of Honduras and El Salvador who appear to be collateral damage in failed the war on drugs.

 

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