The Military Industrial Complex is now building stuff to be aimed at Americans. We talk with The Nation Institute’s Todd Miller who has researched and written about U.S.-Mexican border issues for more than 10 years. Todd has worked on both sides of the border for BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona, and Witness for Peace in Oaxaca, Mexico. He now writes on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its blog “Border Wars,” among other places. He’s completed his first book, Border Patrol Nation, for the Open Media Series of City Lights Books.
For 20 years Israelis and Palestinians have engaged in on and off again negotiations to resolve their dispute over Palestine. It’s been three years since Palestinians and Israelis sat across from each other, but this week Secretary of State John Kerry jump started talks between the two parties. For more on this Ben Armbruster who is National Security Editor for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund joins us. On today’s episode we talk about peace in the Middle East. Also Rick Overton and Janie Haddad Tompkins. David Weiss and David Feldman have written portions of our broadcast.
Just when you thought it was impossible to hate Big Banks any more than you could, now we can blame the rising cost of beer on Goldman Sachs. Since the beginning of the Great Recession, the Federal Reserve has lent money to banks at about near zero interest rates hoping these banks would stimulate the economy by lending that money to small businesses or Americans trying to buy a home. But this week we learn the banks are using this cheap money to buy up commodities like aluminum and energy driving up prices, making a fortune while making it harder for the rest of the world to do business. For more on this Deputy Economic Policy Editor for Think Progress Alan Pyke joins us.
Russia grants political asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden so we discuss relations between Russia and the United States with The Nation Magazine’s Russia correspondent Alec Luhn who talks to us from Moscow. Also June Foray, Paul Dooley, Mark Thompson and Rick Overton.
The G20 summit meeting is scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Russia. But now that Edward Snowden has been granted political asylum, President Obama is said to be reconsidering his visit to Russia, especially a planned summit with President Vladimir Putin.
Why did Putin grant asylum to Snowden, and what is the relationship between Snowden and Russia’s secret police?
After nearly 25 years of calm between the two nations, where are the potential flashpoints on the world stage between the United States and Russia?
Also, next year Russia hosts the Winter Olympics while enforcing some of its toughest laws against their LGBT community in recent memory. Much of the world’s LGBT community calls for a boycott on Stolichnaya vodka. Should they also be calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics? What’s in store for LGBT athletes when they gather next winter to compete in Russia?
We go to Moscow to talk about all this and much more with The Nation Magazine’s Russia correspondent Alec Luhn from Moscow. One note, our conversation was conducted only hours before Russia granted Edward Snowden political asylum.
Guy Nicolucci and David Feldman have written portions of today’s program.