The Slow Death of the American Dream
Program #SKLH001. Recorded in Ames, IA on April 14, 1991.
Holly Sklar writes for The Nation, Z, USA Today, and other journals and newspapers. She’s the author of Trilateralism, Streets of Hope, and Chaos or Community?: Seeking Solutions, Not Scapegoats for Bad Economics.
The Warfare State
Philip AgeeFormer CIA officer Philip Agee contends that U.S. foreign policy is driven by the need for crises in order to justify military spending thus creating a warfare state. The spector and threat of overseas enemies and turmoil is a method, Agee argues, of preventing genuine democracy and reform of the domestic system.
The Battle for Saudi Arabia
As'ad AbuKhalilSaudi Arabia is a most unusual country. Its oil reserves are the largest in the world. It is run like a privately owned business operated by the Saud family. Hundreds of princes and their hanger ons preside over a nation without a constitution. Patriarchy, misogyny, oppression, censorship, religious intolerance characterize this feudal regime. Since Saudi […]
The Attack on Women & Welfare
Mimi AbramovitzThe burden of welfare reform falls overwhelmingly on poor women of color, yet discussions in Washington, state capitals and in the media scrupulously avoid mentioning gender, race and class. The public is told that support for the needy is dangerous and corrupting and furthermore there is no money for such programs. The new welfare law […]
From Death Row
Mumia Abu-JamalMumia Abu-Jamal is the most well-known death row inmate. In 1982 he was sentenced to death for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. Numerous efforts, based on new and suppressed evidence, to secure Abu-Jamal a new trial have thus far failed. His case has sparked demonstrations and the formation of support groups throughout the world.
The CIA and Cuba
Philip AgeeThe island of Cuba occupies a big place in the imagination and politics of the United States. The powerful anti-Castro lobby has greatly influenced U.S. policy toward the Caribbean nation. The landscape of U.S./Cuba relations is dotted with the missile crisis, blockades, embargoes and boat refugees. Few know the details of the extensive CIA operations […]
Preventing Nuclear Apocalypse
Lilly Adams, Bruce AmundsonYou may know Apocalypse as a Marvel Comics supervillain. It is a word of Greek origin, meaning the catastrophic final destruction of the world. The use of nuclear weapons would be apocalyptic. It is difficult to imagine extinction. Understandably, most people would rather not think about it. The term nuclear war is misleading and false. […]