This week on Truthdig Radio: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she's a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate's Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.
“Democracy Now!” hosts a round-table discussion Friday on the crisis in Ukraine with Anton Shekhovtsov, a Ukrainian citizen and researcher specializing in far-right movements; Jonathan Steele, former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian; and Keith Gessen, an editor at n+1 magazine who covered the 2010 Ukraine elections for The New Yorker.
Scholar, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky kicks off this talk filmed last month with a simple, provocative premise: “Let’s pose that for some perverse reason that we were interested in ruining an economy and a society.” Now, who would want to go and do a thing like that?
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists explore whether Crimea’s vote to leave Ukraine for Russia is like Scotland’s referendum, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the debate over the Republican future at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
An NSA official writing under the pen name “Zelda” advises spies on everything from “co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas being stolen from shared fridges, [and] supervisors not responding to emails,” Peter Maass reports at The Intercept. But the most interesting exchange involves a staffer who complains his or her boss continuously spies on employees.
According to “Fox Business” commentator Todd Wilemon, the U.S. will slowly slip into Third World status thanks to the Affordable Care Act, so “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi set out to see what will happen to the “best health care system in the world.”
In exposing the identity of a man persuasively argued to have invented the virtual currency, Newsweek’s deciders also reported that he likely has $400 million stashed away somewhere. Then they told everyone how to find him.
Chemotherapy administered in the last months of life—which offers a boon to profit-seeking drug companies (one month’s supply can cost $10,000 or more)—significantly increased the odds that a cancer patient would require intensive treatment in the last week of life, late referral to hospice care, and death away from their preferred place, an investigation has shown.
In a second program Friday, “Democracy Now!” hosts a debate on who is protesting in Venezuela and why. Margarita López Maya, a Venezuelan historian and political analyst with the Center for Development Studies at the Central University of Venezuela, engages Roberto Lovato, a writer with New American Media who recently returned from reporting in Caracas.