Nicole Sandler joins the world in mourning the loss of David Bowie, who succumbed to cancer last night. Denis Campbell of UK Progressive joins in to talk politics on both sides of the pond, and Jason Leopold weighs in on the 14th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay's prison camp. Plus the Golden Globes and more.
Today, Nicole talks with Bayan Rahman, Kurdistan's Representative to the US to learn more about the Kurdish people, their challenges and their relationship with the US & their Middle Eastern neighbors. Plus, we check in with Sandra Manis from Athens, Greece, who takes issue with how the US media is portraying their debt crisis. We end the week with a Flashback Friday session from Ben Folds Five from 1995.
Nicole talks about the Greeks' rejection of more austerity measures and the rest of the news. Media strategist/trainer Joel Silberman joins in to discuss the latest proof of the Shock Doctrine in action, Hillary's press problems and more. "FOIA Terrorist" Jason Leopold tells us about the first batch of Hillary Clinton's emails, released in response to his FOIA requests.
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By now, no one should be surprised that President Barack Obama is trying and trying and trying to appease the Republicans who so despise him by offering them everything including cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits, but the lack of surprise doesn't stop the sting. President Obama will release a budget next week that proposes significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security and fewer tax hikes than in the past, a conciliatory approach that he hopes will convince Republicans to sign onto a grand bargain that would curb government borrowing and replace deep spending cuts that took effect March 1. Obama will break [...]
Paul Simon's American Tune aptly sums up my feelings this morning... And I don't know a soul who's not been battered I don't have a friend who feels at ease I don't know a dream that's not been shattered or driven to its knees But it's all right, it's all right We've lived so well so long Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on I wonder what went wrong I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong We've been seriously misused. We elected a president who we thought would at least stand up for [...]
You might remember during the Egyptian revolution, I called and spoke to a number of regular Egyptians - from hotel clerks, to Marwa Rakha, a woman who dispenses relationship advice online (and just gave birth to her son, Adam. on May 3 - a great day to have a kid. It happens to be both my daughter's and my mother's birthday too!). Today, I reached out to Kaswar Klasra, a young man born and raised in Pakistan, he works as a journalist for The Nation (Pakistan). Although it's difficult at times to understand what he's saying due to his accent, [...]