December 13 - Rethinking our 30 Year-Long Failed Iran Policy; The Senate's Rejectionist Block of Isolationist Ignoramuses; Closing Offshore Tax Loopholes for U.S. Corporations

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We begin with the forthcoming P5+1 talks with Iran which many see as a last chance for the U.N. Security Council plus Germany to make a deal with Iran before their elections begin. Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann, co-authors of the new book “Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran” join us to discuss the need for the U.S. to rethink its 30 year-long failed policy towards Iran.

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Then we speak with former New York Times U.N. correspondent Barbara Crossette who now covers the U.N. for The Nation where she has an article “Once Again, Senate Republicans Reject Human Rights”. We discuss the growing number of treaties on the rights of children, women and the disabled that the U.S. has signed but failed to ratify due to the rejectionist block of ignorant and isolationist Republican senators who see U.N. treaties as a plot by foreigners to impose a vast gay, feminist, socialist conspiracy on American life.

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Then finally we speak with Eric LeCompte, the director of the Jubilee USA Network which focuses on development in relation to the international debt crisis. We discuss the need to close corporate offshore tax loopholes that deny the U.S. Treasury $150 billion a year which is a lot more than the automatic spending cuts that will take place in 2013 if Congress fails to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff”.

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