Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Feb 28th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Karyn Strickler of Climate Challenge Media guest hosts this episode, featuring: Distinguished Professor of History at American University Allan Lichtman.  He discusses his system for predicting Presidential elections, "The Keys to the White House," a model with 100% accuracy.  Listen for his prediction on who will be the next President of the United States.  We will also discuss Lichtman's book, "White Protestant Nation:  The Rise of the American Conservative Movement," which explains that conservatives are not about limited government, fiscal responsibility or state's rights, but rather support their own form of intrusive, big government.  And finally, we'll discuss Lichtman's upcoming book, "FDR and the Jews," giving the real story of what Roosevelt did and did not do to aid the Jews of Europe during the Nazi era.

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Feb 21st, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Tonight's Guest: Whistle-blower Hugh Kaufman, senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

As the nation approaches the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and the massive oil spill that followed, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) takes a closer look at the worldwide use of so-called “dispersants" by Big Oil to "clean up" the environmental damage caused by oil spills. SLV is joined in this pursuit by EPA whistle-blower and environmental defender Hugh Kaufman, a forty-year veteran of the EPA, who gained notoriety in the spring of 2010, after speaking out about the BP cover-up in the Gulf  -- and exposing the toxic and environmentally damaging nature of "Corexit," a dispersant used by BP after the disastrous 2010 "spill."

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Feb 14th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Guest: Phil Rockstroh

Tonight Sandy LeonVest pays tribute to deposed Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, with news, analysis and audio clips of what is now widely being considered a coup. The coup took place exactly one week ago today, when the Maldives' first democratically elected president was removed from office at gunpoint by police and military authorities. Maldivian authorities say Nasheed was deposed for what they describe as “criminal behavior,” but supporters believe that the story of the rise and fall of their idealistic young (ex) president has only begun to be told. Many believe that the Maldivian military and police, who remained loyal to the islands’ former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, had planned the coup for months in advance of February 7th, when they carried out their "forced removal." Tonight, after a weekend of diplomatic talks in the Maldives with US and European officials, the political crisis there continues, and supporters of the now-deposed President Nasheed are promising to continue protesting until he is reinstated.

During the second half of the show, poet, lyricist, journalist and master of political satire Phil Rockstroh joins SLV to reflect on the meaning of Valentines Day -- how love, inspiration and transformation play out in an era of destruction and decline. By the end of the segment, SLV feels a little better about it all ... She hopes you will too.

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Feb 7th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) talks to author, journalist and consumer advocate Nomi Prins, about the US "economic recovery," in the context of the European monetary crisis and austerity measures in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and other countries. They discuss the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the evisceration of capital at the hands of a criminally corrupted global banking system.

Nomi Prins turned in her credentials as an investment banker (with, among others, Goldman Sachs), to advocate for transparency and accountability in the financial industry. Today, she spends her time spreading the word about the global financial cartel, and explaining how a small group of financial elites managed to hijack the world's wealth to fill their own coffers. Her work in the area of corporate accountability has been widely acknowledged as groundbreaking. Nomi Prins is the author of, among other books, "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street" and “Black Tuesday.”
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