Episode: 11-14-11: Counterpoint host Scott Harris discusses the campaign to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline; the European economic crisis; the recent IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program & Occupy Wall Street's international outreach
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
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz , director of the international program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses their ongoing campaign to stop the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would cross the continent from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico - and their reaction to the Obama administration's announcement of a 12-18 month review of the environmental impact of the project, that will effectively delay any decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 presidential election.
Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research assesses the causes and proposed solutions to the Eurozone's current economic crisis, discussing the deflationary effect of deep cuts in government spending, the shrinking of the public sector and the possibility of indebted nations such as Greece, moving to drop the Euro as their currency.
Darryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, who analyzes the recently released report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which provides information on Iran's nuclear program and new details on what they say is that nation's development of nuclear warheads. Kimball will discuss the likely reaction from the U.S., Europe, Russia and China, as Israel and some GOP presidential candidates call for military airstrikes against Iranian nuclear research facilities.
Nathan Schneider, editor of the online journal Waging Nonviolence, talks about his recent trip to Athens where he attended a meeting between an Occupy Wall Street organizer and a number of Greek activists involved in neighborhood assemblies in that nation which is actively resisting European Union-imposed austerity policies. His reporting offers a unique perspective on the new global movement that is emerging, as well as a possible preview of how the U.S. Occupy movement might look a year or two down the road.
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