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Britain cuts foreign aid budget, the US’ draconian mass incarceration prison system (E1021)

We firstly speak to Nick Dearden. He discusses Boris Johnson’s cutting of the foreign aid budget, the use of British aid to fuel privatisation and big business, the need for the UK to pay reparations to countries which have been the victims of the British Empire, how UK foreign aid has been used for soft power and inappropriate ventures, the need for global wealth redistribution, and how foreign aid needs to be reformed globally to stop funds being used only to benefit big business and promoting neoliberalism, vaccine apartheid and the disparity between the global south and global north, how big pharma is making life and death decisions on who lives and who dies in the coronavirus pandemic, the failure of COVAX and much more!

Finally, we speak to Victoria Law, author of Prisons make us safer and 20 other myths about mass incarceration’. She discusses the history of mass incarceration with Democrats and Republicans competing to be tough on crime since the civil rights era, Joe Biden’s past as an architect of mass incarceration and his policies on crime moving forward, the media frenzy over crime despite the fact that violent crime has halved, the increased detaining of women, LGBTQ+ people, and other minority groups, the unfairness of the bail system, the myth of black people committing more crimes than white people and much more!

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