March 9 - The Economic Hits Russia is Taking Now and Could Take in the Future; The Granddaughter of the Soviet Leader Who Gave Crimea to Ukraine; Exposing "The Deep State"

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We begin with an analysis of the economic fallout from Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea that has caused the Russian stock market to plummet and the rouble to lose 10% of its value. Paul Sullivan, a professor of economics at the National Defense University and a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists where he specializes in global energy and resource threats, joins us to discuss the economic hits Russia is taking now with much more to come if the situation escalates.

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Then we speak with the granddaughter of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev who gave Crimea to Ukraine is 1954, Nina Khrushcheva, a professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School. We discuss rising nationalist fever in Russia inflamed by the Putin-controlled media’s propaganda that Ukrainian rightwing nationalists are threatening Russian-speakers in Ukraine and that the new government in Kyiv is controlled by neo-Nazis and Anti-Semites, even though Ukraine’s new Prime Minister Yatsenyuk is Jewish.

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Then finally we speak with Mike Lofgren, a 28 year veteran House and Senate senior staffer who just wrote an essay published at BillMoyers.com, “Anatomy of the Deep State”, which outlines a hybrid of Corporate America and the national security state which is out of control and unconstrained. We discuss the “Deep State” as the thread that runs through the history of the last three decades, explaining how we have deregulation, the financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion of civil liberties and perpetual war.

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