Episode: 06.13.11: Counterpoint host Scott Harris discusses hedge funds & food price increases; the winner of Peru's presidential election; passage of a paid sick day bill in CT and a new flotilla that will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza
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
Anuradha Mittal, founder and director of the policy think tank the Oakland Institute, discusses her group's recent report on the links between commodity speculation, rising food prices and global food security issues.
Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C., discusses the recent victory of Ollanta Humala in Peru's presidential election-- solidifying the left's hold on power in a majority of nations across South and Central America.
A representative of the Working Families Party of Connecticut talks about their victory in passing the statewide paid sick leave bill, effecting a specific set of private sector employers, the first such legislation in the U.S. The discussion will also focus on the nuts and bolts of successful progressive campaigns and the realities of CT politics.
Gale Courey Toensing, a Palestinian-American activist and journalist from Canaan, CT talks about her decision to join a flotilla of boats bound for Gaza later this month -- where a small international solidarity navy will challenge the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory. Nine passengers aboard a Turkish vessel were killed -- and dozens were injured by Israeli troops, when a similar effort was undertaken in 2010.
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