A year ago I was freezing on Mall with a few million others, watching the inauguration of a new President. Today I’m sweltering in my unnaturally hot office, fearing the inauguration of a new movement.
In the wake of the failed underpants bombing attempt, new airport security rules have been added, and discussion has ramped up of the use of full-body scanners and other invasive technologies. We ask Liliana Segura of AlterNet and Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent if we can scan ourselves to safety, or if this is just more security theater designed to get us to give up our civil liberties.
There is another side of the story — the mouse that’s not allowed into the room on Wall Street. Throughout this year of crisis small banks and community banks have fared much better. Why? Because they had a closer relationship with their clients. They weren’t too big to care. And, in general, the 8,000 regional and community banks in the United States have remained healthy.
The hearings on the financial crisis are getting underway, but what good will it really do? Will regulation fix the system, or do we need to radically rethink it? We ask Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and the new The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation and of the book Meltdown, and Daniel Gross, Newsweek columnist. Join us live on the Web at 12:30!
OK, so I’ve been a feminist against marriage for as long as I can remember but I will if you will.
Monday, January 11, marks eight years since the Bush administration transferred the first prisoners to the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. Ever since, human rights groups have pushed for the closure of Guantánamo and they’re pushing harder now for the Obama administration to implement its plans to transfer or release detainees and shut the place.
The Washington Post ran an impassioned editorial January 7, condemning the anti-homosexuality law being considered in Uganda.
We saw a lot of bad death penalty-related news last year—the probable execution of innocent men in Texas, the attacks by a prosecutor on the Medill Innocence Project students at Northwestern University, and the horrific failed attempt at an execution in Ohio.
New year, new symbol? The Burj Dubai fits. The 1 billion-pound building unveiled in downtown Dubai this week is the world’s new tallest tower. More than half a mile high, more than two Empire State buildings tall, the Dubai tower boasts 169 stories, the world’s highest swimming pool, the world’s highest place of worship, and the world’s tallest mountain of denial.
The year is almost over, and it’s certainly been an eventful one. We’ve seen a new president, some huge bank bailouts, a dramatic election season and we’re closer than we’ve ever been to national health care reform–whether that’s a good thing or not.
It’s also about to be 2010 and the end of a decade that Time magazine suggested might’ve been the worst ever. Hyperbole? We’ll discuss the year that was and the decade that was with a roundtable of our favorite guests, including Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Mark Green of Air America, Danny Schechter of News Dissector, Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah, Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion, Faye Wattleton of the Center for the Advancement of Women, and Nancy Giles of CBS News Sunday Morning.