Episode: 05.30.11: Counterpoint host Scott Harris discusses the debate on Medicare and the federal debt; funding for food security and the g8 summit in France; Veterans for Peace views on Memorial Day 2011 and post-coup repression in Honduras
Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris heard every Monday on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00-10:00 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archives at http://wpkn.org
Damon Silvers, AFL-CIO policy director and David Moberg, senior editor at In These Times magazine, discuss the Progressive Congressional Caucus' proposed People's Budget, related to the recent defeat of the GOP budget proposal to dismantle Medicare and Medicaid, and the political fallout seen in the Democratic candidate's victory in last week's special election in New York's 26th Cong. Dist. and beyond.
Neil Watkins, Director of Policy and Campaigns at ActionAid USA, discusses the demands of protesters at the G8 summit in France - and the work of the International Jubilee network on debt relief.
Leah Bolger, vice president of Veterans for Peace who joined the U.S. Navy in 1980 and retired as a Commander after 20 years of active duty service. She discusses the group's campaigns to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, reduce the Pentagon budget and advocating for a fair trial for alleged WikiLeaks source U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
Dana Frank, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Labor Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of many books, including "Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America," and "Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism." She talks about the current post-coup status of the Honduran government's repression of progressive organizations -- and the response of the Obama administration.
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