Endemic corruption and cronyism in the awarding of reconstruction contracts to US firms in Iraq has gotten a fair amount of coverage. Yet similar misdeeds in Afghanistan are less well known. Afghan American investigative journalist Fariba Nawa and CorpWatch’s Pratap Chatterjee discuss a new report that sheds light on profiteering in Afghanistan.
Against the Grain
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In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.
On May Day and in the context of the mass strike/boycott in support of immigrant rights, a look at the challenges, as well as enormous potential, of organizing immigrant workers and how connecting their movement to the left as a whole could reinvigorate the latter. With Victor Narro, of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, and … Continued
A look at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, 20 years on, as well as how close nuclear power plants in the US have come to similar meltdowns. With Paul Gunter of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and Jim Riccio of Greenpeace USA.
Set in India and New York City, Kiran Desai’s extraordinary new novel "The Inheritance of Loss" explores issues of class and caste relations, the post-colonial mentality, and struggles for political autonomy.
The debate over immigration, even on the left, seems to be lacking in essential information about the economics of migration. Nigel Harris, professor of economics at University College London, and Mexican economist Julio Huato discuss migration, labor solidarity, and the complete removal of immigration controls.
KPFA historian, Matthew Lasar talks about his latest book, Uneasy Listening: Pacifica Radio’s Civil War.
What is the significance of the student-worker alliance that brought millions out into the streets of France to protest the government’s youth labor law? Rick Woolf talks about the activist victory against neoliberalism. And later Sydney Levy of Media Alliance discusses the concerns his orgaization has with the successful Google/ Earthlink bid to create a … Continued