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2 Feb, 2019 07:20

US foreign intervention, growing protest movements, eat less meat for the climate

On Redacted Tonight this week, Lee breaks down American foreign intervention and how a developing nation can avoid being the target of a US-led operation to free a country of its valuable resources. Over the last week, a political drama unfolded in Venezuela as a political leader from a right-wing party declared himself interim-president a day after speaking to US Vice-President Mike Pence on the phone. Since this attempted power-grab, US officials have revealed that the goal of this operation is to gain control of Venezuelan oil. Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Then, Lee covers developments in the French Yellow Vest protests, and the international climate-change protest movement named Extinction Rebellion. He also discusses the recently launched presidential campaign of Senator Kamala Harris from California. She’s a former district attorney with a controversial record on criminal reform.

In the second half of the show, John F. O’Donnell and Lee go over a recent report claiming that reducing your meat consumption is one of the most effective ways for a person to reduce their personal impact on climate change. Then, Natalie McGill uncovers how slashed budgets at the IRS have made it so that the taxes of poor Americans receive more scrutiny than those of billionaires. Lawmakers directed the IRS to refocus their efforts on people who receive the earned income tax credit after budget cuts meant the agency lost experienced staff who could audit the taxes of billionaires and corporations.

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