Economic imperialism

Flashpoints on 03/05/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 03/05/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

A new report challenges plans for a genetically engineered revolution in African agriculture, Catherine Austin Fitts on why President Obama wants Americans to invest in the stock market, and towns in Northern California continue their fight against military recruiting in the schools.

Dear Leader

 So, as we will discuss on the show tomorrow, Washington is in the throes of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. This is an event where the purest of the ideologically pure gather to congratulate themselves on having ascended to the pinnacle of Western civilization.

Predictably, hilarity ensues.

But this year, something strange happened when Rush Limbaugh delivered his much-anticipated speech the other night. Granted, Limbaugh constitutes a strange event in and of himself, but that's not what I mean. On Saturday, Limbaugh spoke for about 90 minutes, all of which was broadcast without commercial interruption on three different networks -- CNN, CSPAN, and FOX News. So he could, you know, talk about how he wants the president to fail:

 

‘It doesn’t matter to me what his race is. He’s liberal, and that’s what matters.’

‘The racism in our culture was exclusively and fully on display in the Democrat primary last year,’ Limbaugh said. ‘We didn’t ask if he was authentically black. What we were asking, was, ‘Was he wrong?’ We concluded, ‘Yes.’ ‘

‘The racism, the sexism, the bigotry that we are all charged with ... doesn’t exist on our side,’ he added. ‘We want everybody to succeed.’

 

What, I'm wondering, is so earthshaking about Rush Limbaugh that he deserves 90 minutes of uninterrupted time on commercial TV? Can anyone think of an analogous figure on the left that has ever been granted such a boon? Anyone?

Limbaugh is clearly the leader of the Republican Party. Newly-elected GOP chair Michael Steele is the latest luminary to be forced to issue an abject apology to El Rushbo. Conservatives cross this guy at their peril.

The good news is that if Rush is calling the tune, the party will soon be over. Could there be any clearer evidence of the fact that the GOP is now a rump party, with solid support only in the South?

-A

Teabaggin'

 So, in response to President Obama's stimulus plan and new budget, a handful of "spontaneous" conservative demonstrations have sprung up around the country. Billing themselves as "tea parties," these heartfelt outpourings of right-wing pathos are intended to channel the revolutionary spirit of the original Massachusetts rebels.

... Leading, of course, to witty sentiments like this:

... and this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At such a meeting of the minds, who knows what may have happened? Certainly there was a brisk trade in bootleg Pat Boone albums.

-A

If You Love This Planet on 03/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

 

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Dr. Marcia Angell about drug companies.

What influence do pharmaceutical companies have on medical professionals and the health industry in the US?
This is the topic addressed by author Dr Marcia Angell in her book The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, published in 2004 by Random House.

Angell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In this important interview with Helen Caldicott she explains how drug companies propagate the myth that they are 'educational institutions', and explores the topics of medical ethics, health policy and the relationship between industry and academic medicine.

The Case against Private Jets and How Israel got Nukes

program: 
Presswatch
program date: 
Wed, 02/25/2009

On the February 26 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell "with the news you're not supposed to know," states the case for leveling the wealth.   What?  No more private jets?  And what's this about 50,000 trips to remain indefinitely in Iraq?  And a look at Israel's hypocrisy--how they got their nukes.

23:46 minutes (10.88 MB)

Marty Hart-Landsberg on the economy (part 1)

program date: 
Thu, 02/05/2009

Marty Hart-Landsberg is Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong.  This is Part 1 of two shows. Hear part 2 at http://kboo.fm/node/12256.                                                                         

52:16 minutes (8.98 MB)

Positively Revolting on 02/06/09

Air date: 
Fri, 02/06/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Melodie Silverwolf and Crystal Leighty speak with Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong. This is part one of a two-part conversation, which continued on February 20th.

Pratap Chatterjee on our Privatized, Outsourced Military

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 02/24/2009

 Pratap Chatterjee (CorpWatch) talks about why the privatized, outsourced military Barack Obama has inherited from the Bush administration will prove a done deal.  Pratap Chatterjee's article, "The Military's Expanding Waistline, What Will Obama Do with KBR?," appears at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175036

54:07 minutes (24.78 MB)

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 02/25/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

An examination of U.S. hegemony and the use of celebrities in the Congo and a new look at the government's response to the global economic crisis.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 02/25/09

Air date: 
Wed, 02/25/2009 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Short Description: 
Wednesday Special: 15th anniversary of the Hebron massacre

Wednesday Special: 15th anniversary of the Hebron massacre
In this special, we look at the Israeli settler movement, and some of its more extreme elements.  February 25th, 2009 marks the 15th anniversary of the Hebron massacre, in which 29 Palestinians praying in a mosque were gunned down by an Israeli settler named Baruch Goldstein, who was a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane.  That massacre, which took place soon after the Oslo peace accords, which were supposed to bring peace, shattered the possibility of the peace process actually working.  Soon after the Hebron massacre, the first Palestinian suicide bomber entered Israel to kill Israeli civilians.

And since that 1994 attack, the Israeli expansion of settlements in the West Bank increased exponentially, with over 300,000 Israelis now living in new developments that the indigenous Palestinian population whose land was expropriated to build them.

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