March 30, 2009 Geithner's Oligarchs
F. Wiliam Engdahl, economist, author, and risk consultant speaks
to Paul Jay about Tim Geithner's plan to rescue the financial institutions
United States. Engdahl says the plan doesn't address the concentration
of financial power in the United States, that is based in five major
financial institutions. He says his plan is like a "band aid for
a bad hemorrhage."
March 27, 2009 DEA Raid Contradicts
Obama Medical Marijuana Stance
On Wednesday, March 25, the DEA raided a medical marijuana collective
in San Francisco. This action took place a week after AG Eric Holder
announced that the Department of Justice would no longer target such
if they were operating in accordance with state law.
March 26, 2009 Rep. Barton on Global Warming: Find Some Shade
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) makes remarks at a House Energy & Commerce
Committee hearing on adaptation to climate change. "Adaptation to
shifts in temperatures is not that difficult," Barton said. "Adapting
is a common, natural way for people to ... to adapt to their environment.
When it rains, we find shelter. When it's hot, we get in the shade.
cold, we find a warm place to stay."
March 25, 2009 Iran Mulls Death Penalty for Offensive Bloggers
The number of state-sanctioned executions almost doubled last year. A
report by Amnesty International shows Iran, Saudi Arabia and China as
being responsible for 90 per cent of all executions in 2008. Now, Iran
is proposing a new law that could see the death sentence imposed on
internet bloggers who post offensive material on the web. Al Jazeera's
March 23, 2009 Capitol Hill: Parties All the Time
ANP senior producer Harry Hanbury set
out to visit every Congressional fundraising party on Capitol Hill
in a single day. He met a cast of characters
in the process, encountered more worthless spin than could fit into
a one-hour press conference, and ended up wondering if fundraising —
legislating — was the true work of Washington.
March 19, 2009 Historic Power Shift in El Salvador
Just over 17 years since the 1992 Peace Accords brought an end to El Salvador's
vicious civil war, the country has seen its first peaceful transfer of
power. V for victory hand signs and red flags were paraded throughout
the country's streets as the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front,
FMLN, won the presidency; thereby bringing to an end 20 straight years
of rule by the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance, ARENA. El Salvador
will be governed from the left for the first time since gaining its independence
from Spain in 1821. The face of the victory was that of former television
journalist Mauricio Funes, a political newcomer and the first FMLN leader
to not have fought in the country's horrific 12-year civil war.
March 10, 2009 Many Killed in Sri Lanka Bombing
At least 14 people have been killed and many more injured in a suicide
bomb attack near a mosque in southern Sri Lanka. The blast itslef was
caught on film. Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports on the attack, which
government officials were quick to blame on the country's Tamil Tiger
March 9, 2009 UBS: Washington's Old Friend Becomes New Foe
Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, has long been a generous donor American
lawmakers. Last year alone, the bank spread over three million dollars
across hundreds of U.S. election campaigns. That kind of money wins
lots of friends on Capitol Hill, but with the economy now in a tailspin,
money banks like UBS squirrel away in tax havens is getting unprecedented
attention and the once cozy relationship between UBS and U.S. politicians
has soured. When a top UBS executive was hauled in front of a Senate
subcommittee recently to explain his company's actions, remarkably few
up to grill or defend their erstwhile friend.
March 6, 2009 A Talk With Susie Bright
Josh Marshall talks with Susie Bright, author of The Sexual State of
the Union and editor of X: The Erotic Treasury. She blogs at Susie Bright's
Journal and podcasts every Friday about sexual politics on Audible .
3, 2009 Why is Obama leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq?
Gareth Porter says Obama's speech at Camp Lejeaune, which was supposed
to explain the Presidents' plan to end the war in Iraq is "not doing
what it said it's doing." Porter says the speech creates the, "rationale
for a longer term U.S. engagement in Iraq." Responding to Obama pledging
a residual force of 35,000-50,000 non-combat troops, Porter says that, "they
are combat troops to a great extent... What we're really talking about
is what has been referred to as a "rapid reaction force," says
Porter, explaining it will consist of, "one, maybe two or more
combat brigade teams."
2, 2009 Richard
Nixon on Archie Bunker & Homosexuality
In the middle of a discussion on how to fashion their public relations
in regard to what the "average man" cares about, President
Richard Nixon and his aides White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman
Domestic Advisor John Ehrlichman discuss the new television show, All
in the Family. The episode that Nixon watched dealt with homosexuality.
This leads Nixon into a larger discussion of homosexuality.