The Alyona Show: Julian Assange Targeted by US
The Obama administration is lashing out over the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, accusing them of endangering US troops. But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argues that the disclosures do more good than harm. Former CNN senior pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre and Pratap Chatterjee, the managing editor of CorpWatch discussed what kind of war these leaks create.
Then, Obama’s proposed $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia should have been front and center in the fear mongering debate over the dangers of Islam. But it wasn’t. Islamophobia is a pretty selective disease. Bill Egnor, the editor of The Seminal at firedoglake.com weighs in.
Omar Ahmed Khadr, a Canadian prisoner in Guantanamo Bay has pleaded guilty to killing an American soldier while he was a young teenager, as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid a war crimes trial. Kristine Huskey, a law professor at the University of Texas and a Gitmo attorney, discussed the questionable system of prosecuting children.
And, TV shows are glorifying wealth from the “Real Housewives” series, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” to “Gossip Girl.” As the wealth gap widens, people are taking a back seat to politics and tuning in to their favorite shows. Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks explained it’s hard to hold big banks accountable when people are distracted by entertainment.