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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Tonight, Political Analysis presents part two of its series on the Global Water Crisis ... Joining Sandy and Steve for the entire hour to talk about the global significance of Bolivia's successful popular rebellion against water privatization -- aka "water wars" -- and what communities here in the US can learn from the struggle of the  Bolivian people, founder and director of the Democracy Center (in Cochabamba, Bolivia), Jim Schultz. 

Jim is the author of the acclaimed book, Dignity and Defiance: Stories From Bolivia's Challenge to Globalization. The book has received rave reviews from, among others, author Naomi Klein, who wrote: 

“{Dignity and Defiance} forces the abstract and sanitized theory of globalization to get down and dirty in the real world: in the oil spills, the coca fields, the border crossings, the political massacres. This is the little-known story of a people that has dared to fight back against the most powerful economic forces on the planet, told by writers with the courage to dig relentlessly for the truth and the humility to stand back and let their subjects speak for themselves.Enraging, unsparing, inspiring.”

—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

Jim Schultz was the only American reporter to remain in Bolivia during the entire time of Cochabamba's now-famous "water wars"





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Just hours before the thirteenth anniversary of 9-11, in what the Wall Street Journal called "the anti-terrorism speech that history required of his predecessor after September 11, 2001," President Barack Obama announced that the US would (in essence) re-up, revamp and reinvigorate what the world has come to know as the "war on terror."  He made the announcement in a publicly televised speech, delivered on September 10, 2014. In it, the president declared that the US and its allies would "degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL." This Thursday, September 11, Sandy and Steve will be joined on PRN by investigative historian Allen Ruff to discuss the state of US foreign policy on this13th anniversary of 9/11 -- and the significance (and implications) of a newly revived (and expanded) "war on terror." Allen Ruff's work has appeared in Z Magazine, Against the Current, TruthOut and Counterpunch. He hosts a weekly radio talk show on radio station WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, WI and is author of the books "We Called Each Other Comrade: Charles H. Kerr and Company, Radical Publishers" and "Forward! A History of Dane: The Capital County."


Tonight on Political Analysis, Steve and Sandy present: "Tipping Point: From Ferguson to Palestine: The People Take a Stand.” From the occupied territories of Palestine to the streets of Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Brazil -- and countless other countries -- the outrage over what can best be described as a systemic, institutionalized form of oppression — or, in many cases, Apartheid — is becoming palpable across the globe. As an increasingly dark picture emerges of what some still call the “New World Order,” the connections between war, energy, the economy, accelerating climate change and the draconian militarization of policing — once considered the purview of “radical journalists” or even “conspiracy theorists” — seem to have finally gotten the world's attention. Sandy and Steve discuss whether we may be seeing the beginnings of a "world solidarity movement?"


Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy and Steve present WAR, WAR EVERYWHERE --Climate Crisis, Criminal Connections and Corporate Complicity.  From the occupied territories of Palestine to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the outrage over what can best be described as a systemic, institutionalized form of oppression -- or Apartheid -- is becoming palpable across the globe.   As an increasingly dark picture emerges of what some still call the "New World Order," the connections between war, energy, the economy, accererating climate change and the increasingly draconian militarization of policing -- once considered the purview of "radical journalists" or even "conspiracy theorists" -- now scream at us to take notice.  This Thursday, August 21, Steve and Sandy talk about those connections -- and much, much more.

Aug 14th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 9:22 pm

Tonight on Political Analysis, Steve Horn and Sandy LeonVest are joined during the first half-hour by Steven Donziger, the controversial attorney for the plaintiffs in the Ecuadorean lawsuit against Chevron. During the second half of the show, San Francisco (Treasure Island) resident and Treasure Island Health Network founder Kathryn Lundgren updates listeners on her epic struggle with the "powers that be" (which include the US Navy and Treasure Island's business and political establishments) to get justice for the residents of Treasure Island, who have been exposed to chemical and radioactive toxins for years, and are now either being unceremoniously displaced, ignored or forced (by economic necessity) to stay on the island. 


Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy Leon Vest and Steve Horn present part one of a series we are calling (exactly what it is): THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS. Right now, the planet on which we all depend for our survival is at the precipice -- quite literally, on the verge of a catastrophic water shortage. Worse still, what remains of the world's water supply is rapidly being poisoned, polluted and contaminated with everything from industrial waste, fertilizers, fracking (and other) chemicals to radioactive waste and toxic algae. Sandy and Steve are joined by world-renowned Hydrologist and lecturer Dr. James Famiglietti and journalist/activist Michael Leonardi to talk about the unequivocal urgency of preserving and conserving (what's left of) our global water supply.

Jul 31st, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:39 pm

Today's guest will be the author of the book "Fit For Consumption," Jennifer Smith Maguire.


On tonight's Political Analysis, disaster preparedness expert Chuck McCune joins Sandy for what could be the most important hour you'll ever spend ... Here's why: In the 21st century, most of us understand that we live in treacherous and unpredictable times. While every generation of humans has certainly had its challenges, we (those of us living through the 21st century) are the first to experience the "critical mass" of converging forces -- including too few resources, too many people and too many weapons -- that today threatens all living species. Those of us who are not delusional or exercising "willful denial" understand that increasingly we are on a very short fuse.

We know that a natural or human-caused disaster -- or a convergence of disasters -- could come at any moment, with little or no warning, changing all of our lives irrevocably and forever. Yet few Americans are even modestly prepared for the very real threats that characterize these perilous times. The current "fossil fuel boom" -- including hydraulic fracturing -- is plagued with a host of problems.

Among these, air and water pollution, contamination of food and/or water sources, oil, gas and chemical spills, explosions and fires. All of these made worse by a lackluster regulatory environment, agencies that often work on behalf of the same industries they are charged with regulating (as opposed to the public they are charged with protecting) and an appalling lack of security. Then there's nuclear power (and radioactive contamination), runaway climate change, earthquakes, global geopolitical turmoil, and an aging, poorly maintained power grid. And, with sabotage and acts of terror on the uptick worldwide, all of these potential crises threaten to leave Americans "powerless" at the worst possible time. As we saw with Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, FEMA and other federal and state agencies charged with insuring the public safety have, for the most part, been ineffectual when faced with major disasters. And every disaster now threatens to turn into a major crisis.

Chuck McCune brings his (more than) two decades of experience and research to the table in this hour-long special on crisis survival strategies for perilous times. He briefs listeners on short and long term planning for disasters ranging from the most remote to the most likely. During the course of the hour, he offers specific guidelines for surviving a major disaster -- or even a "worst case scenario" -- along with a practical and affordable list of survival tools that no one should be without in these perilous times.


Guests: Journalist/Author Paul M. Barrett and Biologist/Activist/Author Dr. Sandra Steingraber 

It’s a matter of public record that Chevron and other Big Oil companies are environmental criminals – no question about that. But, tonight’s guest on Political Analysis-- journalist and author Paul M. Barrett - argues that the story behind Ecuador's (now more than two-decades-old) lawsuit against Chevron is not quite as cut and dry as the progressive media would have us believe. PM Barrett has poured over court documents and countless other materials related to the Ecuador v Chevron case, all of which have lead him to conclude that the plaintiffs -- including leading New York attorney Steven Donziger -- may be exploiting the people of the Ecuadorian rainforests for their own reasons. On tonight's Political Analysis, Paul M. Barrett joins Sandy LeonVest and Steve Horn for the first half hour, to discuss Chevron in Ecuador -- and the tort suit filed more than two decades ago by attorney Steven Donziger. PM Barrett has a fiercely independent and unique point of view about Ecuador's case against Chevron -- one that, while not popular with progressives, is well-researched, scupulously documented -- and has a ring of truth to it that should not be minimized or ignored. PM Barrett is author of the book "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun," as well as a soon-to-be-published book titled, "Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win." He is assistant managing editor and senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek and a former editor and legal affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Later in the hour, Activist/Author Sandra Steingraber joins Steve and Sandy to discuss (among other things) LNG, fracked gas AND her July 25th speaking engagement in Berkeley, where she will address the damaging impact of fracking on human health.  


Jul 10th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:26 pm

Guests: Rose Bridger and Bill Powers  

Bridger is author of the new book "Plane Truth," which is about the ecological and climate justice impacts of the aviation industry. She was the guest for the first half of the show.  For the second half of the show, Powers talked about the shale gas bubble and the role of the US Federal Reserve in giving the frackers 0% interest loan "junk debt" since 2008, how that could come to an end in 2015 and what that means for the future of fracking.  Powers is author of the book "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth." He is the former editor of the Powers Energy Investor, the Canadian Energy Viewpoint and the US Energy Investor.