The Alyona Show: The World as a War Zone

On April 29, Congressman Denis Kucinich, along with journalists and anti-war activists, held a teach-in on Capitol Hill. The idea of the event was to discuss plans and strategies for ending U.S. wars abroad, and ending wars is a beautiful idea. But at the same time, we have ads on TV promoting the military-industrial complex. Defense contracts worth hundreds of billions keep the machine pumping, and Obama isn't neccessarily helping to stop it. In fact, the ACLU just wrote a letter to him with the message: "The Entire World Is Not A Warzone." But is it too late for us to stop treating it like one? Alyona and Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, discuss.

Warren Buffet is changing his tune and lobbying for Congress members to exempt derivatives contracts from being forced onto exchanges. And that's because his company owns $63 billion worth of them. Will congress just listen to self-interested CEOs and investors? Will no one save us from impending doom? Alyona and The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur discuss.

Then, on January 1, four students embarked on a journey from Miami, Florida to Washington, DC. They are four immigrants who moved to the United States at a very young age with their families. In their own words, "this is the only country they have ever known as home."  And yet they have lived here all that time as illegal aliens. Alyona interviewed them during the journey and wanted to catch up with them now that they have made it to Washington to fight for their cause.

Later, it's your right to choose your elected representatives and vote for certain local and state laws. But what if that right became a requirement? It would mean that the 50 percent of voting-age Americans who never vote would be forced to have a say. Should people be forced to vote?Alyona discusses with Matt and Peter Slutsky, the Co-Founders of DoubleSpeak Media. 

Finally, fresh on the heels of Obama's Nuclear Security Summit here in Washington, next week the UN will begin it's eighth review conferrence for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. And guess who wants to be on the guest list? That's right: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmdinejad, who was shunned from the Washington summit, has requested a visa so that he can come to New York. So will his visa be approved? Alyona and RT Correspondent Marina Portnaya discuss.