The Alyona Show: Latin America Goes Left
The attempted overthrow of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is igniting claims that the US is still in the business of “putting in and taking out" presidents across Latin America. From Venezuela, Haiti to Honduras coups involving the United States might not seem like anything new to some people. Jihan Hafiz explained the explosive and vibrant campaigns that you don’t see in America. She reveals details of the latest coup and the massive political movements.
Then, two years ago today, Congress passed the 700 billion dollar bank bailout also known as TARP. Most economists will agree the program saved the country from a complete financial collapse. But it's easily become one of the most hated government actions in the minds of average Americans, who continue to struggle. The White House tried to cheer Americans up, by telling them that the real costs are much lower than expected, but will that change any minds or is it too little too late? Nomi Prins, author of, "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street" explained that there are reasons to make things look better than they really are, especially with the upcoming elections. Prins said TARP is only a small portion of what was given out by the government.
The Commissioner for Human Rights had released a comprehensive report, detailing findings regarding the May 10th Israeli flotilla attack that found much of the Israeli force was "unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate, and resulted in wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers". Dr. Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist on US national security policy explained this is an example where political interests trump human interests. He revealed details that the media and government haven’t.
Next, Facebook, the movie, hit theaters today. So why should we care about "The Social Network"? Facebook has become both a blessing and a burden, as the lines between what is public and private become increasingly blurred. So is Facebook our friend, or will it one day, become our enemy? Former MTV host and former Rolling Stone editor Kurt Loder, who is a contributor at Reason Magazine said even though he’s not on Facebook it’s become a phenomena he cannot ignore. Loder gave a preview of what you can expect from this ‘human’ story.
It’s Friday, and time for the Slutsky Brother Mash-up. We covered everything from Osama Bin Laden the environmentalist, to a good show of what your congress sees as priorities, before going on recess. And, there’s a gory PSA out pushing for reducing carbon emissions but shows a teacher blowing up little kids. Plus a slideshow of inventions that remind us just how creative Americans can be, when it comes finding new ways, to be lazy.