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Former State Dept. Officer Peter van Buren on Obama’s War in Iraq, Syria


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"What's the point?" asks Peter van Buren at the culmination of this discussion of the new perpetual war in Syria and Afghanistan. We talk about the "allies" of America that each have conflicting agendas, and failed efforts to establish client states in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Continue reading Former State Dept. Officer Peter van Buren on Obama’s War in Iraq, Syria

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Cornell’s Eli Friedman Adds Important Context to Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests


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Eli Friedman is an assistant professor at Cornell University, focusing on international and comparative labor. He adds an important dimension--economic inequality--to the forces driving the growing protests led by students and Occupy Central. Continue reading Cornell’s Eli Friedman Adds Important Context to Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

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Fresh From Ukraine-Russia Border, We Debrief Pando Reporter Yasha Levine


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Pando reporter Yasha Levine, whose roots are in Ukraine, just returned from a month on the border with Russia. He provides candid comments on the situation, cutting through layers of propaganda. Continue reading Fresh From Ukraine-Russia Border, We Debrief Pando Reporter Yasha Levine

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As Crucial Vote Nears on Amendment to Fix Campaign Funding, Law Professor Tim Kuhner and Public Citizen’s Jonah Minkoff Zern Urge Action

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On September 8, the Senate is scheduled to vote on a resolution for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance.  We talk with author and law professor Tim Kuhner, and Jonah Minkoff Zern of Public Citizen.... Continue reading As Crucial Vote Nears on Amendment to Fix Campaign Funding, Law Professor Tim Kuhner and Public Citizen’s Jonah Minkoff Zern Urge Action

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Iraq Expert Dahr Jamail Expects Drawn-Out Struggle for Iraq, Syria

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Dahr Jamail, now a staff reporter at Truthout, covered the invasion and occupation of Iraq and now believes the US is the biggest obstacle to ending the wars in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading Iraq Expert Dahr Jamail Expects Drawn-Out Struggle for Iraq, Syria

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NYU Prof. Mark Crispin Miller Introduces “The Forbidden Bookshelf”

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Activist, author, professor and book lover Mark Crispin Miller returns to invite you to connect with important books on his new Forbidden Bookshelf. Continue reading NYU Prof. Mark Crispin Miller Introduces “The Forbidden Bookshelf”

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Harvard Law Prof. Larry Lessig on Mayday Project to Elect People to Fix Corrupt Campaign Funding

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Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law talks about his Mayday project, using a SuperPAC to elect candidates who will work for real campaign finance reform. Continue reading Harvard Law Prof. Larry Lessig on Mayday Project to Elect People to Fix Corrupt Campaign Funding

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Middle East Expert Mohammed Ayoob Talks About Iraq, Gaza, and the Impacts of the Arab Spring

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Michigan State's Prof. Mohammed Ayoob comments on Obama's military action in Iraq, the renewed fighting in Gaza, and his new book, Will the Middle East Implode? Continue reading Middle East Expert Mohammed Ayoob Talks About Iraq, Gaza, and the Impacts of the Arab Spring

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Blockbuster Exclusive: Investigative Reporter Beau Hodai Reveals Much About “Stingray” Surveillance

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Investigative journalist Beau Hodai returns to share his detailed report on "Stingray" cell site simulators that scoop up call data on thousands of innocent Americans, and are used in ways that appear to violate the Constitution and deceive judges, prosecutors and defendants.   Continue reading Blockbuster Exclusive: Investigative Reporter Beau Hodai Reveals Much About “Stingray” Surveillance

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Prof. Juan Cole Analyzes Israel-Gaza War, and Talks About His Book, “The New Arabs”

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Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan, respected Middle East commentator, goes in-depth on the Israeli war on Hamas, and talks about his fascinating new book, The New Arabs: How the Millenial Generation is Changing the Middle East. Continue reading Prof. Juan Cole Analyzes Israel-Gaza War, and Talks About His Book, “The New Arabs”