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Entries for June 2011


The president has ordered a partial withdrawal of combat troops from Vietnam Afghanistan. Of course popular sentiment figures into the decision, but what does it really mean for US presence in the region? Newseek/Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky offers his analysis. And for the last segment, we hear from young Afghanis for Peace.

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Greece is in crisis. Economist Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, looks at the causes and potential solutions. And on the second half, Christina Chauvenet, of Survival International, looks at what's happening with the few remaining uncontacted tribes and what it says about the edge of imperialism.

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What do former Reagan US Secretary of State George Schultz, Federal Reserve Chirman Paul Volker, the former presidents/prime ministers of Colombia, Mexico, Switzerland, and Brazil all have in common? They were all part of the just concluded Global Commission on Drug Policy, which recognized the abject failure and tremendous damage caused by the drug war. Guest on this show is a former commander in the war on drugs, James Gierach.

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As the former secretary of state begins a book tour, he won't be going to Spain or France, where there are warrants out for his arrest. More Americans are calling for his prosecution for crimes against humanity. Today's guests are Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait,
Joyce Horman, whose murdered husband Charlie Horman was the subject  of the movie "Missing, and Tom Keough, who organized the protest against Kissinger when he appeared at New York's 92nd St Y.

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In opposing the four year extesnion of the so-called Patriot Act, Senator Mark Udall said, "Americans would be alarmed if they knew how this law is being acrried out," and Sen. Ron Wyden said, "When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they will be stunned and they will be angry." Listen to this interview with the ACLU's legislative counsel Michelle Richardson and you'll see what they mean. Problem is, it was all done quietly.

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Fixing elections was something from the old days of Tammany Hall and Mayor Daley, right? We'd all like to think election results can't really be messed with anymore. But they can and are. Jonathan Simon is Executive Director of the Election Defense Alliance, and he has ample reason to believe our democracy is being hacked, regularly.

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