Economic imperialism

Radiozine

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Thu, 11/13/2008 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng interviews Charlie Stephens, a former Senior Policy Analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy, Mr. Stephens created Oregon’s Sustainable Building Tax Credit Program and is a leading expert on sustainable community development, energy efficiency strategies and new technologies.

The Decider

 Apropos of my post below, Obama is planning to review the plethora of onerous executive orders issued by President Bush:

President-elect Barack Obama is poised to move swiftly to reverse actions that President Bush took using executive authority, and his transition team is reviewing limits on stem-cell research and the expansion of oil and gas drilling, among other issues, members of the team said Sunday.

Clearly, much more needs to be reviewed besides the issues mentioned above, but for a guy who's more than a month from taking office, this is a very encouraging start.

-A

Back from the brink

 While I'm still processing the full import of Obama's win -- I'll blog about it more later -- one very, very encouraging item that's popped up is his intention to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. From Spencer Ackerman:

 

Less than a week after his election, and more than two months before he takes office, Barack Obama is signaling that this monstrosity is coming to an end. This, I submit -- to my uncle and anyone else --  is change you can believe in. The AP, via Time:

"President-elect Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice."

 

The news that the Guantanamo prisioners will come to the United States to stand trial is, by any measure, outstanding news. The illegal dentention of War on Terra prisoners has been a long-standing affront to our collective humanity, it's beneath us, and it's high time that it comes to an end. The "creation of a controversial new system of justice" referenced above is, I think, a bit of hyperbole from the AP -- the judicial power of the United States, after all, is "vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

So the Constitution already provides for the establishment of courts as necessary, and really, U.S. law already provides ground on which to deal with the people in Guantanamo and the crimes for which they are accused might eventually be accused. That they have been detained as they are, and that they have yet to be chanrged with crimes, is one of the Bush administration's more egregious legacies. Good on Obama for already signaling that Guantanamo will be closed.

-A

Buscando America

Program: 
Buscando America
Air date: 
Fri, 11/07/2008 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Entrevista sobre el Plan Mexico

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End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

-A

Radiozine

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 10/31/2008 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Marianne Barisonek speaks with James R. Norman, author of "The Oil Card: Global Economic Warfare in the 21st Century." He makes the case that oil pricing and availability have a long history of being employed as economic weapons by the United States.

Positively Revolting on 10/17/08

Air date: 
Fri, 10/17/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Host Crystal Leighty asks callers, "How is the current financial crisis affecting you, and how are you responding in your own life?"
Guest Marsha Meyers shares her thoughts on "The Real Wealth of Nations," Riane Eisler's recent work on creating a caring economics.
 

Locus Focus on 10/15/08

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 10/15/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Guest host Per Fagereng speaks with Njoke Njehu, Co-coordinator of Africa Jubilee South, based in Nairobi, Kenya,
Njehu says "Governments are bailing out the banks...Meanwhile, the debt crisis has continued to devastate life
around the world."

Njoki Njehu on Locus Focus

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 10/14/2008

 Host Per Fagereng interviews Njoki Njehu from Africa Jubilee South about the current financial meltdown and bail-out, propagated by rich people at the expense of the entire world's poor.

55:06 minutes (25.23 MB)

Positively Revolting on 10/24/08

Air date: 
Fri, 10/24/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Ani is joined in studio by Per Fagereng, to interview Antonia Juhasz, author of The Bush agenda, and

Ani is joined by Per Fagereng for a great discussion with Antonia Juhasz.

Juhasz is a policy-analyst, author of several books including "The Bush Agenda", and her latest work, "The Tyranny of Oil: the World’s Most Powerful Industry, and What We Must Do To Stop It"

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