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843: Retropolitan Shows
- Writer Bécquer Seguín traces the roots of Europe’s resurgent left back to Latin America.
- Historian Miguel Tinker Salas provides a deep history of Venezuela’s oil and Chavez years.
- Live from Stockholm, Mikael Mikaelsson considers the challenges to top-down climate reform.
- Journalist Matthieu Aikins reports back from Baghdad, and the bloody fight for control of Iraq.
- Live from Montreal, Valerie Bergeron explains why Quebec’s students are back on the streets, fighting austerity.
- Attorney Flint Taylor talks about the Jon Burge case, and the difficulties of policing the police.
- Jeff Dorchen celebrates Passover with Joni Mitchell and America’s racial narratives.
Bécquer Seguín: “Latin America had been suffering the wrath of the World Bank and IMF for quite some time, and Iglesias and others found out very quickly that Spain would endure the same wrath very soon. So they felt a kinship with places in Latin America, and with the popular movements that these countries were trying to construct.”
Writer Bécquer Seguin explores the connection between Podemos and a generation of leftist politics in Latin America, and explains how the party is reclaiming ideas of populism and national unity from the dark legacy of Francisco Franco.
Bécquer Seguín is a doctoral candidate in romance studies at Cornell University.
Mikael Mikaelsson: “There is the significant need for increased funding for research and development, and climate mitigation measures. One way of shoring up the funding is at the expense of fossil fuel subsidies. For every one dollar that is being invested in renewable energy, seven dollars are subsidizing fossil fuels.”
Energy policy adviser Mikael Mikaelsson explains why fighting climate change requires new models of economic growth, how policy decisions can prioritize renewable technology over fossil fuels, and what mistakes environmentalists make when talking with a skeptical public.
Mikael Mikaelsson is currently working for the UK Government, covering bilateral policy engagement in science and innovation between the UK and the Nordic countries. He lives in Stockholm.
Miguel Tinker Salas: “The US is omnipresent in Venezuela – culturally, socially – as a model for a way of life. What we’ve seen in the last few years is a breaking from that tradition, from that orbit, seeking something different and actually privileging social programs to try to eradicate poverty.”
Latin America scholar Miguel Tinker Salas places President Obama’s declaration of Venezuela as a threat to national security into a larger historical context of US diplomatic aggression towards the country, and explains why the real threat Venezuela poses is to American economic hegemony.
Miguel is author of the book Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Miguel Tinker Salas is Aramont Professor in Latin American History and Professor of History and Chicano/a Studies at Pomona College.
Matthieu Aikins: “The root causes of the war are an alienation of the Sunni population from the government – which they view as being dominated by Shiites and wanting to destroy communities they live in. So by sending in militias that are doing exactly that – looting, burning, killing, committing what amounts to ethnic cleansing – they’re only going to drive people more into the arms of ISIS.”
Journalist Matthieu Aikins reports back from Baghdad, and Iraq’s battle against Islamic State, where armed militias and sectarian conflicts threaten the stability the country is fighting to reclaim.
Matthieu’s newest writing for Rolling Stone is Inside Baghdad’s Brutal Battle Against ISIS.
Matthieu Aikins is a journalist who has been reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq since 2008.
Valerie Bergeron: “This is the big different – in 2012 it was a student strike, in 2015 we are protesting austerity measures. We’re looking much more towards Greece, towards Spain, towards Europe in general. We are protesting against austerity here in Quebece, but we are protesting against the idea of austerity as a project for society.”
Live from Montreal, Valérie Bergeron reports on a resurgent student protest movement, explains why its goals have expanded since the initial 2012 marches, and speaks honestly about the challenge of communicating the movement’s goals to a larger audience, while facing violent repression from the government.
Valérie Bergeron is studying law at Université Laval, Québec city, Canada. She is currently working as a research assistant on aboriginal law.
Flint Taylor: “The assassination of Fred Hampton told the people how far the police would go to deal with an important and charismatic radical leader. In the same way, torture by Burge told the community ‘this is what we’ll do to you.”
Attorney Flint Taylor explains how racism by the police manifests itself in large-scale policies like stop and frisk and individual instances of brutality, all with the same goal – to intimidate black citizens.
Flint just wrote the In These Times piece To Catch a Torturer: One Attorney’s 28-Year Pursuit of Racist Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.
Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago.
Jeff Dorchen: “Ladies of all the canyons, ladies with holes in your stockings – let yourselves go! Let your puppets go! Let my people go!”
Jeff Dorchen attends a Seder, sound-tracked by the 1979 Joni Mitchell album “Mingus” and the unfulfilled expectations of famous people from the 1960s,
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.