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835: Graftwork Shows
- Economist Mark Weisbrot explains what Syriza’s victory means for democracy and economics across Europe.
- Former guard Joseph Hickman gives an eyewitness account of chaos, abuse and secret facilities at Guantanamo Bay.
- Anthropologist Frances Larson explores the long, strange history of Western fascination with severed heads.
- Writer Rick Perlstein explains how Rahm Emanuel bought into a plan to sell off Chicago wholesale.
- Valerie Bergeron reports on a court case that could shift the balance of power in the fight for First Nations land rights.
- Jeff Dorchen expounds on the assertion in his recent popular Facebook post that “elitism is not for everyone.”
Mark Weisbrot: “What you’re seeing with the election of Syriza is a kind of slow-motion democracy. Twenty governments have fallen because of the mess they created, and finally you have a government that has a mandate to stand up to European authorities.”
Economist Mark Weisbrot talks about the Greek election, imposed austerity and the slow motion return of democracy to Europe.
Mark writes about the Greek election in How Greece Could Change the Future of Europe for Vice and Greece: ECB Kicks Syriza in the Face; Syriza Turns the Other Cheek for Huffington Post.
Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Valerie Bergeron: “It modifies the entire balance of power between the government and the aboriginal community. It also forces local populations to accept aboriginal rights.”
Live from Quebec, Valérie Bergeron reports on the background of a land rights case that could shift the balance of power between aboriginal people and the Canadian government.
Valerie explains the ramifications of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the case Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. British Columbia.
Valérie Bergeron is studying law at Université Laval, Québec city, Canada. She is currently working as a research assistant on aboriginal law.
Joseph Hickman: “They would have had to tie their hands and feet together, stuff rags down their throats to the point of gagging, put a mask over their face, haxng the noose from the ceiling, jump into that noose while they were tied and gagged and masked, and hung themselves for over three hours without a guard noticing.”
Former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman recounts the chaos, abuse and the covered up murder of three detainees at Camp Delta.
Joseph is author of the new book Murder at Camp Delta: A Staff Sergeant’s Pursuit of the Truth About Guantanamo Bay.
Joseph Hickman is a former soldier and currently an independent researcher and Senior Research Fellow at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Policy and Research.
Frances Larson: “A severed head is the ultimate trophy and proof of conquest. No other part of your body can prove simultaneously your identity beyond doubt, and the fact that you are dead beyond doubt.”
Anthropologist Frances Larson considers the lives of severed heads, from political trophies to objects of fascination and disgust.
Frances is author of the book Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Found.
Frances Larson a writer, anthropologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Durham.
Rick Perlstein: “Who makes up the consortium the runs Chicago’s parking meters? JP Morgan, Alliance, which is a German investment bank, and the sovereign wealth fund of… Abu Dhabi. Every time you shove double the money you used to shove into those machines, it gets shipped off to this petro-state in the Middle East.”
Historian Rick Perlstein gives a tour of privatized Chicago, from kindergarten test score futures markets to the international policy entrepreneurs draining city assets.
Rick joins Chuck in-studio to talk about his In These Times article How to Sell Off a City.
Rick Perlstein is a historian and journalist. He is the author of three huge books on American conservatism.
Jeff Dorchen: “If everyone applied themselves 1000% to making nothing but money, which will never and should never happen, you still couldn’t have billionaires and war criminals without poor people and victims. The whole point of being rich is that there are people who are not.”
A tender moment between Code Pink, John McCain and Henry Kissinger causes Jeff Dorchen to reconsider free market predestination.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.