2011 Program Archive

December 22 - The Congressional Dysfunction; A Closer Look into the Housing Scandal; The Pentagon Owns Up to Pakistan

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We begin with an analysis of what is behind the House Republicans political brinkmanship. American University historian Allan Lichtman, the author of “White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement” joins us to explain the source of the dysfunction on Capitol Hill which appears to be the blind and unbridled ambition of Eric Cantor who wants to become the next speaker.   Allan Lichtman

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Then we look into the appalling foreclosure scandal that has millions of Americans homeless while millions of homes sit empty. William K. Black joins us. He was the chief litigator who put hundreds of bank fraudsters in jail after the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980’s and we look into the effort by the Obama Administration and State’s Attorneys Generals to indemnify the banks involved in the recent sub-prime housing fraud that almost tanked the global economy. With the Attorney Generals of California, New York and Delaware still resisting this trillion dollar slap on the wrist, we attempt to find out why people who could pay a fair price for housing are kept out of empty and abandoned homes they once occupied. bill black

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Then finally we assess whether there will be a change in the dismal state of deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, following the announcement by Pentagon that mistakes were made by NATO that resulted in the recent deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers. Shuja Nawaz, the author of “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army and the Wars Within” joins us to address the tensions between the two erstwhile allies and the warnings by Pakistan’s Prime Minister that “conspirators are plotting to bring down Pakistan’s civilian government and there can be no state within a state”, obvious references to the military and its powerful intelligence service the ISI.
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December 21 - Eric Cantor's Reckless Power Play; Syria on the Brink; Obama Poised to Sign Away the Bill of Rights

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We begin with the standoff in Washington as the House refuses to go along with a Senate compromise that will extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million working Americans as well as unemployment insurance for millions out of work. With Republican leaders worried this fiasco could help re-elect President Obama, Craig Holman the legislative representative for Public Citizen joins us to talk about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s role in this latest legislative intransigence and his efforts to block the Stock Act that would prevent the Congress from engaging in lucrative insider trading. craig holman

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Then we examine the latest massacres in Syria and the regime’s acceptance of the Arab League observers that the Syrian opposition considers a ploy by the ruling Assad clan. Dr David Lesch, an expert on Syria who has interviewed many top Syrian officials including Bashar al-Assad, joins us to discuss how a civil war can be avoided without the removal of the Assads who promise reform while they ruthlessly murder their own citizens david lesch

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Then finally we analyze the threats to civil liberties in the National Defense Authorization Act the President is about to sign into law. Human Rights First’s Daphne Eviatar, who investigates and reports on U.S. national security programs and practices and their human rights implications, joins us to discuss the militarization of our judiciary as a result of this new law. Senior officials in the national security community, along with civil libertarians opposed it, yet in spite of the bill’s dire threat to the Bill of Rights, the NDAA is about to become the law of the land. daphne
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December 20 - The House Plays Poker; The Real North Korea; The Man Who Conned America Into War

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We begin with an analysis of the latest deadlock in Washington as House Republicans refuse to go along with a bi-partisan Senate bill passed 89 to 10 that would extend the payroll tax cut for two months. Washington Post columnist and executive editor of “The American Prospect” Harold Meyerson joins us to explore the motives of House Republican who once again will not accept compromise unless all of their demands are met. meyerson

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Then, with our intelligence community knowing very little about North Korea’s leadership, and uninformed speculation continuing in the Press, we get a very different analysis of North Korea from B.R. Meyers who is a professor of International Studies at Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea and the author of “The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters”.  He argues that the dynastic dictatorship in North Korea is not a far left communist regime, but is in fact more of a right wing fascist monarchy like Imperial Japan was under Emperor Hirohito. meyers

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Then finally we look into what the Iraq war was all about and how one foreigner who was all the while working for America’s most ardent enemy, conned the world’s greatest power into a war that it will always regret and continue to lose.  Richard Bonin a five-time Emmy award-winning producer for “60 Minutes” and author of “Arrows in the Night: Ahmad Chalabi’s Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq” joins us to tell the tale of the real architect of the Iraq war who the neocons championed as he manipulated America into an unnecessary and counter-productive war that only he and his Iranian masters benefited from. richard bonin
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December 19 - A New Presidential Candidate; The "Dear Leader's" Successor; Arming an Iraq Allied to Our Enemy

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We begin with a new candidate running for President of the United States in the 2012 election representing a newly-formed party, the Justice Party. The former mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson, joins us to lay out his populist, progressive third party platform that does not rely on corporate money or the mainstream media, but instead plans to energize grassroots people power that has emerged with the occupy movements. Rocky Anderson

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Then we look into the dynastic communist succession in North Korea, with the death of the “dear leader” and the ascension of his youngest son Kim Jong-Eun to head the world’s most isolated country which managed to develop nuclear weapons while a tenth of its population died of starvation. Christine Ahn, the Executive Director of the Korea Policy Institute joins us. She has participated in several peace and humanitarian delegations to North Korea and we discuss whether a recent thaw in U.S./North Korea relations will be sidetracked by tensions surrounding this leadership transition. christine ahn

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Then finally we look into political rifts already emerging in Iraq following the recent final exit of U.S. troops. David Phillips, the author of “Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco” joins us. He is the Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Project on the Future of Diplomacy. We discuss the scope of the strategic setback for the U.S. as Iran emerges as the winner of the Iraq war, and the wisdom of selling F-16’s and laser-guided bombs to a corrupt Iraqi regime that appears to be allied with America’s enemies. david philips
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December 18 - An Iraqi Perspective on the U.S. Withdrawal; Mugging the Middle Class; Unrest in Kazakhstan

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We will begin with an Iraqi perspective of the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi political analyst and blogger joins us to analyze why Iraq, with enormous oil resources and a greater national income than Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan combined, who have four times Iraq’s population, has a lower standard of living than its neighbors. raed jarrar

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Then we will examine the political dysfunction in Washington as the House appears ready to reject the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut for two months. Lawrence Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute who is the author of the authoritative study of the American workforce, “The State of Working America” joins us to discuss the implications for working Americans if this tax cut is taken away by House Republicans who appear determined to protect tax cuts for the one percent by holding an extension of a modest boost in the family income for most Americans hostage to an oil pipeline.

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Then finally we will look into the unrest in Kazakhstan where oil workers have been on a seven month strike against a State oil Company half-owned by Chinese interests. William Fierman, a professor of Central Eurasian Studies and Political Science at Indiana University joins us to explain the source of the violence that has left many dead and dampened the celebration of the 20th anniversary of independence for this former Soviet Republic that has had the same corrupt leader before and since its independence. william fierman
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