Archive for November 2012

Special on Domestic and Global Economic Austerity

Catherine Austin Fitts is the president of Solari Inc. and the publisher of the Solari Report, which provides investment consultation for shifting wealth away from financial institutions without acting on our best interests. Earlier, Catherine served as a managing director and a member of the board of directors for the Wall Street investment bank Dillon Read, and was the Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development during the first Bush administration. After leaving the Bush Administration, Catherine founded The Hamilton Securities Group, Inc., an investment bank and financial software developer. in 1996, she and her successful company became targets of a vicious, longlasting "qui tam lawsuit", that resulted in the closing on Hamilton Securities. Fitts was ultimately successful in Court of Claims litigation asserting that the government had no right to withhold monies owed to Hamilton.

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Mar Vorpahl is a seasoned union steward, Latin American solidarity and anti war activist. He is an investigative journalist for Workers' Action- a workers organization dedicated to defending and improving the standard of living and to create a more just and economically viable economy. Marks essays and commentaries frequently appear in Counterpunch, Truth Out and other progressive news and oped sites.

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Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan. Over the last 25 years, he has developed a new approach to political economy that rejects the economic determinism typical of most schools of economics. He has written many books and numerous articles, his latest book being "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism", which probes the root causes of the economic crisis.

The many ways government has increased surveillance of American citizens

Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of the anti-war feminist organization Codepink and a co-founder of the international human rights organization Global Exchange.  For the past 20 years she has been an advocate for social justice. In 2005 she was among exemplary women nominated to receive a collective Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to promote peace.  She is the author of the recent book:  “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control” which goes into detail about this stealth weaponry, and deals with the dramatic rise of domestic use of drone technology to spy upon citizens.

Chase Madar is an attorney in New York and a member of the National Lawyers Guild, a public interest association of lawyers dedicated to progressive change in our economic, legal and political system and support for human rights over property interests. He is the author of “The Passion of Bradley Manning”, and a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, Le Monde Diplomatique, American Conservative Magazine, and CounterPunch.

Hanni Fakhoury is a Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who writes and speaks on issues surrounding the intersection of technology and criminal law, privacy, and free speech. He has argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on warrantless cell tracking, The Foundation is an international digital rights advocacy and legal organization devoted to civil liberties associated with technology, the internet and telecommunications and supports litigation to preserve and protect the First Amendment in the face of rapid electronic communications.

What consequences can we expect from the choices that were made by the electorate?

Gerald Celente is one of today’s pioneers in trend strategy. He founded the Trends Research Institute and is the publisher of the Trends Journal that has been in operation since 1980. He has since been one of the nation’s most sought after diagnosticians and forecasters on domestic and international events.

Gerald’s insights have been sought for by major networks, PBS and BBC, Russian TV, and publications such as the Economist and major newspapers.

Taking on the issue of Hurricane Sandy and the debacle of FEMA, addressing several questions concerning their response, with guest James Petras.

James Petras is Binghamton University, New York Professor Emeritus, a noted figure on the left, a distinguished Latin American expert, and longtime chronicler of the region's popular struggles.

He's also a consummate scholar and prolific writer of hundreds of articles and dozens of books, including his latest titled, "The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack."

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