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Christian Parenti: Geography of Violence in the Global South

Climate change tends to focus on what individuals can do to prevent their carbon footprint, or on what businesses are not doing. But the devastating impact of climate change on developing countries is rarely discussed. The global south is both more socially and environmentally vulnerable, not to mention often politically unstable. According to Christian Parenti, contributing editor for The Nation and author of Tropic of Chaos, this is a lethal combination that will have global repercussions.

Parenti joined the Leonard Lopate Show today to discuss the release of his new book, and to explain how easily climate change translates into political violence.

Anna Lekas Miller

Christian Parenti: Confronting Global Warming's 'Tropic of Chaos'

Climate change is not just "bad weather." In fact, it fuels ethnic strife, religious violence and resource wars. Hundreds of thousands of people in already politically vulnerable places are increasingly also refugees of climate change, displaced by "natural" disasters which can then translate into violence. 

The Nation's Christian Parenti joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! this morning to discuss his new book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. For more on global warming's violent side effects, read Parenti's article in this week's issue, Pakistan: One Year After the Floods.

—Anna Lekas Miller

Should Wisconsin's Justice Prosser Be Removed?

Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is currently being investigated for grabbing a liberal colleague and holding her in a chokehold during a heated argument over Governor Scott Walker's infamous anti-union legislation. Under Wisconsin state law, it is a felony to touch a judge, making it quite possible that David Prosser (who has been accused of verbally assaulting other colleagues) will be forced to resign.

To explain the possible outcomes of this incident for Prosser and for the state's politics, The Nation's John Nichols joined Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor on the Ed Show. 

Anna Lekas Miller

Chris Hayes: Are Republicans Deliberately Tanking the Economy?

The Republicans have an Obama complex. Historically, they have liked certain ideas—pay as you go budgets, cap and trade, raising the debt ceiling—until Barack Obama endorses them. The minute Obama tries to compensate in his quest for the ever-elusive “purple politics,” the Republicans immediately back-pedal. How can he possibly trust their “goodwill and good faith” to negotiate economic issues?

All of which boils down to the question: is the GOP deliberately trying to tank the economy for political purposes? The Nation’s Washington correspondent, Chris Hayes, joins Rachel Maddow to explain why the Republicans are such fickle legislators.

Anna Lekas Miller

Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives: Tracking the WikiLeaks Haiti Cables

Recently-released WikiLeaks cables reveal that Haiti's self-appointed guardians—the US, EU and UN—supported an election in the country despite obvious evidence that it was severely flawed. Although one party was shut out of the running entirely—the equivalent of the Republicans banning the Democrats—the United States government still funded the election. This is just one of the many injustices a trove of diplomatic cables obtained by the transparency-advocacy group have revealed as they have been released over the past several weeks. 

In an exclusive two-part conversation on Democracy Now! this morning, The Nation's Dan Coughlin and Haïti Liberté's Kim Ives explore this and other revelations from the WikiLeaks Haiti cables. Click here to watch the first part of this interview, and here to watch the second.

Anna Lekas Miller

Are Voters Who Elected Republicans Suffering Buyers' Remorse?

Just six months after they took office, a new set of polls show that conservative governors' job approval ratings have dropped to record lows. 

The Nation's John Nichols argues on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews that Republican governors have alienated the public with their destructive budget-cutting and brutal attitudes toward public sector unions. Voters, Nichols says, are more interested in jobs and economic recovery than in demonizing public employees. 

Kevin Donohoe

Next Steps Against Wal-Mart After Supreme Court Defeat

Monday's Supreme Court decision to de-certify the gender discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart was a loss for workers and women everywhere—and a major victory for large corporations afraid of being sued. 

On Democracy Now!, Nation Contributing Editor Liza Featherstone explains how Wal-Mart systematically discriminates against women, resists unionization and underpays its workers. While Wal-Mart won the day in court yesterday, Featherstone says the company is facing increasing pressure to change from organized labor, community activists and a weak economy. 

For more, read Featherstone's article, "Dukes v. Wal-Mart and the Limits of Legal Change."

Kevin Donohoe

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Time to Abandon Our 'War-Footing' Mentality

We are spending two billion dollars per week on the war in Afghanistan alone, and the politicians are finally catching up with the American people in questioning our involvement in the country. Are Republicans starting to take a more "isolationist" stance overall, or is war-weariness instead starting to influence both parties' policies? War hawks have fallen noticeably silent; now is the time for Obama to announce a viable exit strategy. 

Katrina vanden Heuvel joined Morning Joe today to argue that our country needs to abandon the "war-footing" mentality we've been in since George W. Bush's presidency and disengage from the endless unlawful, unwinnable wars that have characterized our nation's recent history.

Anna Lekas Miller

What the WikiLeaks Diplomatic Cables Reveal About Haiti

US administrations may change, but US interests don't. A recent leak of 1,918 WikiLeaks cables related to Haiti reveals the known—but rarely acknowledged—corrupt US dealings with Haiti. Despite a distracting veneer of red cross assistance and earthquake relief volunteers, it seems that a new cold war is developing, this time between the north and south of the western hemisphere.

The Nation's Dan Coughlin and Haïti Liberté's Kim Ives join The Leonard Lopate Show to explain the cables and the picture of manipulation and interference they paint of US involvement in Haiti. Read the latest in the series of articles on Haiti, "The Post-Quake 'Gold Rush' for Reconstruction Contracts."

Anna Lekas Miller

Is Weinergate a Distraction?

After more than three weeks of media scrutiny and daily revelations of new "indecent and lewd" conduct, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) resigned this morning as a member of Congress. Senior Democrats had been calling for Weiner's departure for days, insisting that the media frenzy around Weinergate had become a national distraction that had crowded out coverage of the Republicans' radical congressional agenda. 

On her Sound Off segment on MSNBC, Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Perry argues that Weinergate is not a distraction, but a reminder that we need to elect politicians not just based on their policy positions, but also because we trust their judgment, honesty and integrity as well.

—Kevin Donohoe

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