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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Oct 31st, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 11:59 am

Steve was joined for the first 35 minutes by Brandon Garrett, a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and author of the new book, "Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations." They discussed what he means by "too big to jail," how the heck corporations and executives got "too big to jail" to begin with, why lack of corporate accountability matters, the online research database he created as an appendix of sorts for his book on corporate crimes and lack of federal prosecutions and if he thinks tort lawsuits and private litigation can act as a remedy to lack of U.S. government prosecution of corporation, among other related issues. For the last 20 minutes of the show, Steve talked with Paul Street, an independent journalist, policy adviser, and historian. He is author of the new book "They Rule: The 1% vs. Democracy," and also authored the books, "Crashing the Tea Party" and "The Empire's New Clothes." They discussed what he means by "they rule" and also went into depth on some of the contents found within the book including financialization, the deep state and solutions to shifting the balance of power away from the 1%.

Sandy and Steve are joined for the first half-hour byJoel Dyer, editor at the Boulder Weekly, an alternative online publication out of Boluder, CO. They talk to him about fracking politics, and why the fracking battle in Colorado is both illustrative of the bigger fracking battle and key to winning the "fracking war." They also talk about Joel Dyer's recent piece (co-authored with Matt Cortina and Elizabeth Miller), titled, "Who Killed the Vote on Fracking? -- Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures were not supported by Democrats and environmental groups." Dyer's work has been published in a host of publications, including Vanity Fair and Mother Jones.

During the second half-hour, Steve and Sandy are joined by anti-fracking activist Carolyn Harding. Among other issues, they talk about why the "community rights-based" initiatives cropping up across the country are so important, and why the anti-fracking movement and the anti-nuclear movement are a "natural alliance." Carolyn is a Columbus, Ohio-based grassroots activist working to pass a Community Bill of Rights there, with the help of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). The initiative would ban fracking waste injection within city limits, on the basis that safe air, water and food are a human (or community) right. She also works with Radioactive Waste Alert, a grassroots group in Columbus.

Oct 17th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 12:52 pm

First Segment:


Medical Apartheid, “Bioeconomic Warfare” and Neoliberalism

 Sandy is joined for the first half-hour by author, activist and scholar Dr. Horace G. Campbell, Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University in New York. 

Dr. Horace Campbell is the author of numerous books, his most recent, Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1583674128/counterpunchmaga), published in 2013, has been met with wide acclaim from the academic press and progressives alike. 

Among other issues, Dr. Campbell talks about how the "progressive left" is failing to connect the dots with respect to racism and the militarized response to Ebola (and everything else) in West Africa -- and the continent at large. He makes an impassioned plea for progressives to take on the issue of systemic, globalized racism and the "debasing" of black Africans, whom, to this day, suffer profoundly from ongoing colonialism and neoliberal policies, as illustrated by West Africa's devastated healthcare infrastructure.

He talks about bio-economic warfare, medical apartheid and his recent piece published last week at Counterpunch (http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/10/ebola-the-african-union-and-bioeconomic-warfare/)  

From his early years in Jamaica, Dr. Campbell has been involved in the Black Liberation Struggle and in the struggle for peace and justice, and he's been an influential force all over the world, lecturing and offering alternatives to the hegemonic ideas of capitalism. 

While at the University of Dar es Salaam, he was the Secretary of the Liberation Support Committee. As a member of the Dar Es Salaam school he was active in debates on the transition beyond colonialism. At Syracuse University, he is the Director of the Africa Initiatives and  works in the wider Syracuse Community as a peace activist. He is a board member of the Syracuse Peace Council.

Second Segment:


Big Coal's Last, Gigantic, Mountain-Swallowing Last Gasp

During the second half of the show, Sandy is joined by Head-On Radio's Bob Kincaid and activist Bo Webb. They discuss Big Coal and the ongoing practice of “mountaintop removal,” which continues to devastate communities in and around the Appalachian Mountains. They also talk about the ACHE Act, which Bo Webb describes as "elegant," in that it demands that the health and welfare of communities be absolutely assured before any other mountaintop removal projects go forward. 

The ACHE Act (HR 526) establishes a moratorium on new mountaintop removal mining permits while the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences initiates comprehensive studies into the health effects of the mining on people in surrounding communities. It would halt new or enlarged mountaintop removal permits unless and until the federal government completes a definitive health study determining that the process does not harm residents’ health.

The two activists explain why the ACHE Act is so important, and why the battle against Big Coal isn't over yet.

Resources for tonight's show:

First half-hour:

Ebola, medical apartheid, neoliberalism and militarized response in Africa:








http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10367 (Emira Woods on Obama and the militarization of Africa)


Second half-hour:


What is the ACHE Act: http://media.wix.com/ugd/257771_3da6c49419844d9c921530644d2f73d5.pdf


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FvtNyzp-P34 (Bo Webb)




https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=twOziMkQnXo (Bo Webb)


Sottile and Horn discussed oil price volatility, LNG and oil exports, corporate interests in the Ukraine conflict and oil interests underlying the Islamic State conflict in the Levant for the first two-thirds of the show. Tempus and Horn then discussed issues surrounding climate change and sea-level rise and what -- and what not -- big cities are doing to prepare for what's to come. They also unpacked the oft-used euphemism, "resiliency." 

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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