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.

 

mohsen milani

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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.

neema milani

 

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.

manuel pastor

 

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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.

andre

 

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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November 18 - The Islamic State's Use of the Media; Endangered House Democrats and a Possible Republican Shutdown; FIFA's Flagrant Corruption

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We begin with an analysis of the media strategy of the Islamic State in terms of their displays of brutality on television and their choice of sites for executions that have significance in end-of-times Islamic prophesies. An expert on the Arab media, Marwan Kraidy, the Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture at the Annenberg School of Communication and a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, joins us to discuss the obvious attempt by the jihadists to bait the U.S. and the West into sending troops into Islamic lands for an apocalyptic showdown, and whether the disciplined ritual of mass slaughter they just conducted will recruit more fighters or turn off the larger Muslim audience.

 

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Then, with the reelection of Nancy Pelosi as the top Democrat in the House following the worst route of the Democrats in recent history where they now have their lowest numbers in the House since World War 11, we speak with a long time senior House and Senate staffer Mike Lofgren, the author of “The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted”. We discuss how the Democrats could possibly revive their fortunes and whether the Tea Party will drag the Republicans back into intra-party fratricide resulting in another government shutdown.

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Then finally we examine the flagrant criminality and corruption inside of FIFA, the governing body of the soccer World Cup, whose recent internal report investigating payoffs from Russia and Qatar to get the World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022, were declared a clean bill of health and case closed by FIFA’s controversial head Sepp Blatter, even as the author of the report declared it contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of facts and conclusions”. The only reporter banned from Sepp Blatter’s press conferences, investigative journalist Andrew Jennings, the author of “Omerta! Sepp Blatter’s FIFA Organized Crime Family”, joins us to discuss the possibility of the German Football League and the English Football Association uniting to boycott the next World Cup. 

 

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November 17 - The Site for the Latest TV Beheadings;Maziar Bahari, the Subject of the New Film by Jon Stewart, "Rosewater"; How Much Went Missing of the $200 Billion for Military Contracting in Iraq & Afghanistan;The National Disgrace of Homeless Children

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We begin with the latest TV beheadings and get an analysis of why Dabiq, the small Syrian town near the Turkish border, was chosen by the Islamic State as the location for the atrocity. Nicholas Heras, a Middle East researcher at the Center for a New American Security who has extensive field experience in all regions of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, joins us to discuss the jihadist’s use of Dabiq as the site of Islamic apocalyptic prophesies for an end-of-times showdown between Muslims and their enemies.

 

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Then we get an ironic insight into the minds of killers and torturers who are sanctioned by religious fundamentalism and operate as political instruments of extremist theocrats. Maziar Behari, a Canadian/Iranian journalist who was arrested and imprisoned in Iran in 2009 while covering the presidential elections for Newsweek between the hardline incumbent Ahmadinejad and the reformer Mousavi, joins us to discuss his detention and torture which was a result in part of his appearance on The Daily Show. His imprisonment without trial and torture is the subject of the new film by Jon Stewart, “Rosewater.”

 

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Then, as military contractors salivate at the prospect that a third Iraq war will be another blank check for them, we examine the difficulty that U.S. government prosecutors are having getting their hands around the massive fraud from the earlier Iraq war and Afghanistan from which the Commission on Wartime Contracting estimates, private contractors have received $200 billion of U.S. taxpayer money, out of which up to $60 billion has been lost to waste and fraud. Laura Dickinson, a Future of War Fellow at the New America Foundation and author of a recent report “Outsourcing War and Peace”, joins us.

 

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Then finally we speak with Carmela DeCandia, the Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Research Institute’s Health and Social Development Program, about her new study “America’s Youngest Outcasts” that finds 2.5 million American children were homeless in 2013.

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