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Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:11
Ilya Matveev
Russia's destructive war on Ukraine
Ilya Matveev on this critical juncture for the key, pivotal event of the 21st Century: Russia’s destructive war on Ukraine, 220 days in. Putin has annexed four regions of Ukraine after apparently holding farcical referenda, a clear and dangerous escalation in areas that are not completely under Russian control. Putin has also warned that any attacks on these areas are attacks on Russia – and that he would ‘protect’ these territories by all means necessary, including tactical nuclear weapons. This was preceded on September 21 by Putin’s call for a “partial mobilization” -- or draft -- of some 300,000 men, in itself a tacit admission that Russia is losing the war and needs more troops. But the mobilization is in shambles: about the same number called up are fleeing the country, and give the lie to Putin’s 6 month propaganda effort to call Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a ‘special military operation,’ not a war. With this draft, Putin is reigniting the anti-war movement, despite draconian penalties for anti-war activities. These moves have further isolated Putin, they mean even tougher sanctions that further devastate the Russian economy and Russian capital – and Putin’s nuclear blackmail increases danger in the world. We get Ilya Matveev's perspective.
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Sunday, September 25, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:11
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Sunday, September 18, 2022 10:00 am 0:58:54
Nelson Lichtenstein, Anatoli Ulyanov
Rail Strike & Deal; Superfluous People of Eastern Ukraine
UPDATED FILE - UCSB labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein on the impending rail strike and the tentative deal reached to prevent it by labor leaders, the government and the freight rail companies. The workers are demanding paid sick days and more predictable and humane schedules, but they weren’t at the table forging the tentative agreement. They are, however, the ones who will decide whether or not to ratify or reject the deal. Nelson says rail workers are shaking up labor once again: his title for the LA times op-ed (Sept 15) was “We need a railroad strike!” Nelson explains.

Ukrainian writer and documentary filmmaker Anatoli Ulyanov on “The Superfluous People of Eastern Ukraine,” in LeftEast. Anatoli addresses a crucial question about what happens once the war ends, however that may turn out, when the question of reintegrating the Donbas -- not just territory but people -- becomes primary. He extends his analysis to include all those who will be strangers in their own country.
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Sunday, September 11, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:12
Pablo Abufom, Oscar Mendoza
Chileans Reject New Constitution
Pablo Abufom Silva and Oscar Ricardo Mendoza join us with their analysis of the monumental defeat in Chile last Sunday, September 4, when Chileans went to the polls to approve or reject a new progressive Constitution, born in response to the massive social protest movement and revolt in October 2019. The demand that grew out of that movement was for a new Constitution to replace the reactionary Pinochet constitution imposed in a fraudulent plebiscite in 1980. A Constituent Assembly was elected, representing the most diverse sectors of the population, and specifically excluding the traditional political class. Sadly it was rejected, in fact trounced. Pablo Abufom and Oscar Mendoza each analyze the scope and meaning of the ‘rechazo’ or rejection, and look at what happens next.
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Sunday, September 4, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:12
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Sunday, August 7, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:12
Robert Brenner
Inflation, interest rates and this strange economy
Economic historian Robert Brenner in conversation on this strange economic moment. What makes it strange? Inflation has dampened spending, the economy is shrinking, and many call it ‘shaky.’ Yet profits are strong and soaring, especially in the energy sector, in part because of Russia’s war on Ukraine. And job growth continues. Despite wage increases, workers’ wages overall are still lagging, but CEO pay is skyrocketing -- and the Fed continues to raise interest rates to curb inflation. Are they trying to induce a “mild” recession, avoid one, or just what? The moment is unique because of the pandemic, supply chain blockages and shortages, and Russia’s war wreaking havoc on the world economy. We get Robert Brenner’s analysis.