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Counterpoint December 5, 2022

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Many Counterpoint interviews are excerpted for broadcast on the nationally syndicated “Between The Lines” radio newsmagazine at Btlonline.org

Israel’s Dangerous New Ultranationalist Government Could Provoke Violence

Interview with Melvin Goodman, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, adjunct professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University, conducted by Scott Harris

The Wider Impact of Elon Musk’s Devolution of Twitter

Interview with Nora Benavidez, senior counsel and director of digital justice and civil rights with FreePress.net, conducted by Scott Harris

Venezuela Government & Opposition Start New Talks with Focus on 2024 Election

Interview with Steve Ellner, a retired professor at Venezuela’s Universidad de Oriente and currently an associate managing editor of Latin American Perspectives, conducted by Scott Harris

Biden, Congress Block Railroad Union Strike, Workers Lose

Interview with Maximillian Alvarez, editor-in-chief of The Real News, conducted by Scott Harris

Last Week on Counterpoint

New Memoir Traces the Life of Veteran Social Change Activist George Lakey

George Lakey talks about his new book, "Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice."Lakey has led over 1,500 social change workshops on...

The Devolution of the Republican Party into a White Supremacist Authoritarian Movement

John Nichols, author of more than a dozen books, will discuss issues raised in his recent post-election articles including lessons learned from the 2022...

Activists Push for Urgent Action to Address the Unfinished Business of COP27 Climate Summit

Tefere Gebre assesses the outcome of the COP 27 International Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, President Joe Biden's climate policies and the...

Long Island Sound Report Card Finds Some Critical Areas of Improvement Have Stalled

Peter Linderoth will discuss the group's recent "2022 Long Island Sound Report Card." The report raises concerns for the future, finding that trends towards...

Special Feature

‘The Right-Wing Is Going All Out to Unravel Our Democracy’

Resistance Roundtable panel interviews Adam Eichen, executive director of Equal Citizens, about his recent article in In These Times, "The Right Wing Is Going All Out to Unravel Our Democracy."
Panel: Ruthanne Baumgartner, Richard Hill and Scott Harris

Trump Org continued to evade taxes during the first two years of the his presidency. You know who was treasury secretary at the time? Steve Mnuchin. You know, the guy who protected Trump’s tax returns. Coincidence?
Teaching that many Jews were killed during the Holocaust doesn't teach a thing about antisemitism except for where it inevitably leads.

Teach about what leads to holocausts, pogroms, mass shootings. Teach about fascism. Teach about other forms of bigotry and how they connect.
Does anyone really believe Trump will ever face consequences for his numerous crimes against the citizens of this country? I’m beginning to have my doubts.
Notice how German police arrested people for plotting to overthrow the government *before* they actually tried it.

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Ukraine: the History, the Context

Henry Lowendorf, director of the Greater New Haven Peach Council, dlscusses the war in Ukraine and provides the history and context that is absent...

Do Labor’s Recent Victories Portend a New Era of Worker Militancy?

The Roundtable panel interviews labor historian and economist Michael Zweig about the successful union organizing campaigns at Amazon, Starbucks and various universities. Professor Zweig...

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Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris, is heard every Monday night on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00 – 9:30 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archive at http://wpkn.org

1) Professor Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky professor of philosophy at Yale University and author of “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” talks about the Republican Party's embrace of "white replacement theory," WRT’s fascist origins, why Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has become a role model for much of the GOP -- and the dangerous rise of rightwing extremist political violence in the US.

2) Cody Hounanian, Executive Director of the Student Debt Crisis Center discusses his group's response to President Biden's announced plan to address student loan debt, which includes forgiving up to $20,000 for millions of borrowers and extending the payment freeze one final time until the end of the year.

3) Jenna Grande, Press Secretary with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) discuss CREW's recent article, "Big Oil Has Given $1 Million to Fuel Seditionists," and related issues of Big Oil's influence on US energy, environment and climate policy.

4) Liz Dupont-Diehl, Associate Director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group discusses her group's recent reporting on CT based health insurance companies that are requesting double-digit premium increases for individuals and small businesses, as they spend billions on stock buybacks and excessive executive salaries, and lobbying.

Some segments featured on Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio news magazine. Visit their web site at http://www.btlonline.org for free subscriptions to mp3 - podcast audio files, program summaries and interview transcripts. An archive of current and past Counterpoint interviews are accessible for free at our Counterpoint Radio web site: http://counterpointradio.org The full 2-hour unedited program can be accessed for a 2 week period after the show, at the WPKN Radio archives: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/search/counterpoint
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
"The details contained in an affidavit and related memo underscore the high stakes and unprecedented nature of an ongoing criminal probe into whether Trump and his aides took secret government papers and refused to return all of the material — even in the face of repeated demands from senior law enforcement officials.

The affidavit suggests that if some of the classified documents returned from Mar-a-Lago to the National Archives in January had fallen into the wrong hands, they could have revealed sensitive details about human intelligence sources, or how spy agencies intercept the electronic communications of foreign targets."
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
This week's Between The Lines radio newsmagazine podcast

• Investigative reporter and author Greg Palast: New Georgia GOP Voter Suppression Scheme

• Assistant professor of labor studies at Empire State College in New York City: Starbucks Engages in Lawless National Anti-Union Campaign

• Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont: Healthcare Program and Climate Policies

• Bob Nixon's Under-reported News Summary
- Chinese military ship docks in Sri Lanka over India, U.S. objections
- DRC journalist remains behind bars after release of U.S. reporter
- Defense contractor Lockheed Martin's recruiting on college campuses

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Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
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Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris, is heard every Monday night on WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT between 8:00 – 9:30 pm ET. Webstreaming and audio archive at http://wpkn.org

1) Greg Palast, known for his investigative reports for The Guardian newspaper, Democracy Now and author of several New York Times bestsellers including "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," talks about his new film, "Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman," produced by Martin Sheen, which is scheduled to be released soon.

2) Eric S. Tars, Legal Director with the National Homelessness Law Center talks about his group's research into the criminalization of homelessness across the U.S., as discussed in NHLC's recent "Study of State Laws Criminalizing Homelessness."

3) Jeff Schuhrke, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies at State University of New York's Empire State College in New York City. He'll talk about his recent Jacobin magazine article, "Starbucks Is on a National Union-Busting Crime Spree," as well as assessing the new energy and victories in union organizing across the U.S.

4) Pilar Marrero, Disinformation Monitor for the Algorithmic Transparency Institute and Associate Editor for Ethnic Media Services. Pilar, an independent journalist and author, discusses political misinformation targeting the Latino community ahead of this November's midterm election campaign.

Some segments featured on Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio news magazine. Visit their web site at http://www.btlonline.org for free subscriptions to mp3 - podcast audio files, program summaries and interview transcripts. An archive of current and past Counterpoint interviews are accessible for free at our Counterpoint Radio web site: http://counterpointradio.org The full 2-hour unedited program can be accessed for a 2 week period after the show, at the WPKN Radio archives: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/search/counterpoint
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
This week's Between The Lines

• Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security President Joseph Gerson: Rising Tensions Between U.S. & China Over Taiwan Risks Miscalculation or Accident

• Author and World Mental Health Coalition President Dr. Bandy Lee: Donald Trump and Republican Party’s Dangerous Embrace of Political Violence

• Adirondack Voters for Change memberPhyllis Sinclair: Activist Group Launches Campaign to Educate Voters on NY Rep. Stefanik’s Extremist Voting Record

• Bob Nixon's Under-reported News Summary

- Pro-democracy activists in Brazil fear possible Bolsonaro coup
- Conservation of UNESCO sites has forced evictions of Indigenous peoples
- Secretive GOP attempt to convert minorities into Republicans
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
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