The Alyona Show: Okinawa vs. Obama

This week, the Japan-US Citizens for Okinawa Network and the Network for Okinawa have paid for a full page ad to run in The Washington Post. The ad reads: "Would you want 30 military bases in your backyard?" and, "Tell the Obama Administration: We don't need this base in Okinawa." So why is it exactly that Okinawans are so upset? Alyona discusses the rising tensions with John Feffer from the Institute for Policy Studies who works in coordination with the Japan-US Citizens for Okinawa Network.

Some say the rising tensions over Okinawa are signs of an internal battle, a government that's failing it's people. A new Nikkei newspaper poll says that 2 out of 3 people in Japan disapprove of the job their prime minister is doing. This includes 59 percent of people that feel he should resign if he fails to solve the issue of the air base. But is there a deeper shift at play here? Is Japan wanting to ditch their Western allies and align with a growing Asian League, including China? Alyona and Josh Rogin from Foreign Policy Magazine discuss.

Then, President Barack Obama is hosting a two-day entrepreneurship summit designed to improve relations with the Muslim world. Attending are more than 250 entrepreneurs from over 40 countries, most of which are majority Muslim. But will a business summit, with 250 already established entrepreneurs, really fix anything when it comes to the perceptions of ordinary Muslims? Or do we call this a summit of the elite? Alyona discusses with Walid Phares, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense Of Democracies.

Later, people in the US are up in arms over Arizona's new law that allows police officers to question the immigration status of people at any time, probably, opening the door to racial profiling, and persecution. But have you heard anyone here talking about the growing movement to ban the burqa in Belgium and France? The European battle is based on wanting to free women from a repressive religion that inhibits their freedoms. But does that just lead to militant secularism? And in that
sense, would the US, a so-called puritanical nation, ever go that far? Alyona and Walter Rodgers former CNN International Senior Correspondent discuss.

Finally, men that call themselves patriots have been coming out with guns to protest the current government, and call for revolution, because they feel that their civil liberties are being trampled. But
when you put it into perspective like one of our favorite websites, Alternet, did, if a group of black or Arab or Latino men and women were to do the same thing, the media would portray them as anything but patriots. They'd probably be called violent, or dangerous thugs. So what if the Tea Party were black? Alyona and Georgetown Professor Christopher Chambers discuss.