On tonight's Progressive Commentary Hour, Gary talks with three guests about the topic of Fake News scandal - The rise of a new McCarthyism in journalism, news reporting and free speech.

Yves Smith is the founder of the influential financial and news blog Naked Capitalism, and is the author of “ECONNED: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism” – an important investigation into how the symptoms associated with our economic crisis take precedence over the more important cause for economic collapse which resides in the unquestioned role of economists as policy makers.  For over thirty years, Yves has been a Wall Street veteran as an investment banker with major firms such as Goldman Sachs, and a corporate finance advisor. Her articles also appear in the Bloomberg, Politico, Slate and Christian Monitor. Naked Capitalism’s website is NakedCapitalism.com – its daily news email provides important resources for analysis on the important issues that concern us most.

 Professor Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.  His research has focused on many diverse progressive social issues including race relations, foreign policy, feminism, post modern masculinity, the media and others. He is a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center and a national organization Culture Reframed.  He has authored many publications including his forthcoming “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.”  Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully”  and  “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue.” Robert is the co-producer of a documentary film on the life and philosophy of longtime radical activist Abe Osheroff. His articles appear in Truthdig, Counterpuch, YES Magazine, Resilience, and many others.  His website is RobertWJensen.org

 BOOK:  “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.”  Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully”

WEBSITE:  RobertWJensen.org

Rob Kall is an American journalist and founder of the progressive, liberal news site Oped News, which was launched in 2003. In addition to being a long time anti-war activist, Rob is also an inventor and an early inventor of technology that has gone into biofeedback science. Mediate has noted Rob as one of the top 200 print/online columnists and Opednews received the first media award for the Pillar Human Rights Reward for International Persons of Conscience and his support of whistleblowers. Opednews is also among those news and opinion sites listed in the Washington Post’s blacklisting of so-called fake news.  Rob also hosts the Bottom Up Radio show on WNJC near Philadephia, which airs as the Rob Kall Show, at 8 pm every Wednesday on the Progressive Radio Network. Their website is opednews.com

 WEBSITE:  OpedNews.com

 

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In the first part of the program Gary talks with Rocky Anderson about Post Election analysis from the Justice Party. Rocky Anderson was the 2012 presidential candidate for the national Justice Party, which he was instrumental in founding. He is a former two-term mayor of Salt Lake City, having served from 2000 to 2008, and is the executive director for the organization: High Road for Human Rights.  A former member of the Democratic Party, Rocky left over its evisceration of the Constitution and it having morphed into a poor alternative to the GOP.  He is highly critical of both the Bush and Obama administrations, and now with the election of Donald Trump and his cabinet nominations.  Prior to entering politics, Rocky practiced law in Utah for 21 years and was listed among the Best Lawyers in America.  Business Week listed him as one of the top 20 activists on climate change and he has received many awards from various environmental organizations.  His websties are RockyAnderson.org  and the  Justice Party’s website is JusticePartyUSA.org In the second half of the show Gary talk about the death of Castro and the state of cuba. 

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On Tonight's Progressive Commentary Hour Gary Null and his producer Richard Gale chat about the president elect Donald Trump and how he is going about picking his cabinet and more insight on these people. 

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A look at the 2009 UBS scandal, banking fraud, corruption and the funding of illegal activities and why such nefarious activities among global elite matter


Bradley (“Brad”) Birkenfeld is an American investment banker and whistleblower whose disclosures led to an investigation into massive fraud among he uber-rich by the world’s largest bank – with over $2 trillion in assets, the Swiss firm UBS and other banks. He is accredited with being one of the most important whistleblowers in American history. The uncovering of this financial secrecy, which has included corruption and even terrorist activities,  resulted in a $780 million fine and long overdue changes in banking laws, federal tax codes and international tax treaties. The US Treasury also recovered $15 billion in back taxes. In 2009 Brad himself was sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison for abetting and advising wealthy clients about tax invasion and creating offshore companies. Brad had a lucrative fast track career in Credit Suisse and Barclays Bank and eventually UBS and later Union Charter economic advisors.  Today he is committed to philanthropy in support of whistleblowers and other endeavors. He holds a degree in Economics from Norwich University in Vermont and an International MBS from the American Graduate School of Business in Switzerland. His first book – “Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy” has been officially released today by Greenleaf Books.  Brad’s website is LucifersBanker.com
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CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS

What we might expect from a Hillary Clinton White House and a look at truth behind America’s aggression against Vladimir Putin and Russia

Danny Sheehan is one of our nation’s most important and influential Constitutional and public interest lawyers.  During the past 45 years he has handled such public interest cases as the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate Break In, Iran Contra and the Silkwood murder case.  He has represented victims of he Three Mile Island nuclear disaster and fought against the American Nazi Party on hate crimes. He is the founder of the Christic Institute and the Romero Institute, the latter being a nonprofit public policy center in Santa Cruz California. Danny has his law degree from Harvard University and later returned to study at the Harvard Divinity School.. He is the author of “The People’s Advocate: The Life and Legal History of America’s Most Fearless Public Defence Lawyer,”   And his websites are DanielPSheehan.com   AND   RomeroInstitute.org

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The Climate Change tipping points and the failure of the US and developed nations to address its full impact and threats to human existence.


Dr. Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  He has specialized in forest resources, energy decline and climate change and its economic consequences. In the past he has also taught at Texas A&M and University of California at Berkeley. Having become disillusioned with the American university environment and academia, and after attempts by university officials to silence his outspokenness about the human causes of climate change, Guy abandoned his tenured position as a full professor for ethical reasons of conscience. He is the author of several books, the latest co-written with Carolyn Baker entitled “Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind.”  He is also the co-host of the radio program Nature Bats Last heard every Tuesday evening at 3 pm Eastern time on the Progressive Commentary Hour.  His website is  GuyMcpherson.com
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The real Syrian Narrative – what is really happening in Aleppo – and cutting through the American mainstream misinformation and lies


Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian justice activist, freelance journalist and a founding member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, which advocates for a sovereign Syria against foreign intervention.  Since 2008, Eva has been reporting from the war zones in Syria and Gaza. In 2008, she sailed on the third Free Gaza Movement boat from Cyprus and then spent the next 3 years writing about Israeli attacks, accompanying Palestinian medics to report on the use of white phosphorous and other war crimes. Since 2014, Eva has entered Syria four times to report on acts of terrorism on Syrians in different camps, including visiting Aleppo on several occasions and villages such as Zahra, Nubil, Palmyra, Jableh, Massloula and others that have either been under seize by terrorist groups, were scenes of horrific bombing or where massacres have occurred. Her articles appear in Global Research, Russia Today, Signs of the Times, Dissident Voice among others.  Her article Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria is especially noteworthy.  Her website, which includes all her writings, is InGaza.wordpress.com
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The real Syrian Narrative -- cutting through the American mainstream misinformation and lies


Dr. Henry Lowendorf is on the Executive Board of the US Peace Council – an pro-worker, anti-imperialist, peace organization founded in 1979 and committed to social justice and the elimination of weapons of mass destruction. The Council is an NGO member of the United Nations under its affiliation with the world’s largest peace organization, The World Peace Council. He is the Chair of the Greater New Haven Peace Council, a position he has held since 1985 and held a career as Associate Director of technology assessment and research at Yale University for over 20 years. Dr. Lowendorf has   He holds degrees in Cell Biology from University of Michigan and a doctorate in Biology from Case Western University.  His organization’s website is USPeaceCouncil.org which has many news announcements and articles about the war and conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Gerry Condon is the Vice President for the Executive Committee of Veterans for Peace – an international non profit composed of military veterans, their families and allies dedicated to building a culture of peace and to expose the true costs of war and conflict.   He is a Vietnam era veteran and also a war resister who spend six years in Sweden and Canada for refusing orders to fight in Vietnam. Gerry has a long history of veterans peace activism having organized the first veteran delegations to revolutionary Nicaragua in 1983 and 84. From 1993 to 1994 he worked for Pastors for Peace to organize humanitarian aid and political solidarity caravans to Cuba. For the past dozen years, he has been on the front lines supporting war resisters in Canada, Germany, the US and elsewhere from going to Afghanistan and Iraq.  The website if VeteransForPeace.org
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Disrobing the deception behind the enormous public relations and propaganda network supporting the Big Chemical Agricultural Industry such as Monsanto and Dupont  


Stacy Malkan is the co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which seeks to remove harmful chemicals from the beauty products and which followed her award winning book “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.”  She is currently the co-founder and director of US Right To Know and was the media director for California Right to Know. Earlier Stacy was spearheaded the communications for Health Care Without Harm which succeeded in having mercury removed from hospitals and closed down medical waste incinerators around the world. She has appeared in the Human Experiment produced by Sean Penn and other films. Experience Life Magazine listed her as one of the five visionaries leading the charge to better health.


Gary Ruskin is the co-founder and executive director of US Right to Know, a non profit organization with the mission to bring transparency and accountability to our nation’s food and GMO industries and expose corporate failures that threaten the public’s health. In 2012, he was the campaign manager for California Right to Know (Proposition 37) and earlier directed the Congressional Accountability Project for 14 years, which opposed corruption in the U.S. Congress. For nine years, Gary was executive director and co-founder of Commercial Alert and also served as the director for the Center for Corporate Policy. He has often been quoted in major newspapers across the country and has appeared scores of times on national TV news programs. He received his undergraduate degree in religion from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  US Right to Know’s website is USRTK.org


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CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS

The theological deification of capitalist market,  the secular quest for prosperity and why we should be deeply concerned. .

Professor Harvey Cox is one of America’s most preeminent theologians and the Hollis Research Professor emeritus at Harvard Divinity School, the oldest professorship at Harvard going back to 1721. Prof. Cox has been called one of the most important liberal theologians during the last half century and a leading trend spotter in American religion.  He has also been a prominent civil rights and anti-war activist throughout his career. His book, The Secular City published in 1965 remains one of the most read theological books in the nation and predicted much of what we now witness unfolding as dogmatic religious beliefs become stronger and secular values take on higher spiritual value and meaning. Forty years ago, Prof. Cox viewed this as a maturing of humanity and a divine gift, rather than a threat to religion. Now at 87 years old, Prof. Cox has published another text – “The Market as God” (Harvard University Press) – which lays down the argument along with Pope Francis’ observation that the capitalist market has been deified and has reached divine status in post modern civilization and consequently our ethical problems dealing with rampant inequality, climate change and global poverty are more difficult to solve. 

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