We begin with the release of 13.4 million secret files of hidden offshore accounts by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists whose previous release of the Panama Papers caused consternation amongst the global elite of billionaires, oligarchs and kleptocrats. This time it is the Paradise Papers that has everyone from members of Trump’s cabinet to the Queen of England ensnared in tax-dodging schemes along with giant corporations like Nike and Apple. Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Michael Hudson, a senior editor for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists joins us to discuss the price average citizens around the world pay because of the $10 trillion hidden offshore by the wealth defense industry of lawyers, accountants and lobbyists, in collusion with politicians, which pushes the tax burden onto everyone else below the super-rich, starving governments of funds for health, education and welfare. We also examine the impact of this expose on the on-going investigations into Trump’s ties to the Russians given how much Trump’s Secretary of Commerce and his son-in-law are swept up in the Paradise Papers scandal.

Then we look into the role of domestic violence, the gun culture and lax guns laws that played a role in the latest gun massacre which the Governor of Texas is calling “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history with 26 dead and 20 wounded, 10 in critical condition. Robert Jensen, professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of the new book, just out “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men”, joins us to discuss the links between guns and masculinity in American culture.

Then finally we examine the presidential trip underway in Japan where Donald Trump is urging the Japanese to buy American weaponry to shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky”, pressing his hosts to buy more U.S. military hardware to lower the trade deficit. Takako Hikotani, a Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Columbia University and author of an article at Foreign Affairs “Trump’s Gift to Japan: Time for Tokyo to Invest in the Liberal Order”, joins us to discuss Trump’s summit with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe.

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November 6, 2017

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Why Russians Do Not Believe Putin is Corrupt
We begin with the fallout from the publication of the “Panama papers” in Russia by the only independent newspaper that the Kremlin does not control, Novaya Gazeta, and speak withDr. Pavel Felgenhauer, a defense analyst and regular commentator on Russian domestic and foreign policy with Novaya Gazeta, which the Kremlin is threatening to shut down. We discuss why the Russian people support Putin and do not consider him corrupt even though his best friend, a humble cellist, has $2 billion stashed offshore in Panama added to which are the revelations in the Panama papers that the wife of Putin’s spokesman Dimitri Peskov, registered an offshore shell company in the British Virgin Islands.

The Pope’s Call for Love to Prevail Over Judgement
Then we speak with a former priest, civil rights worker, antiwar activist and community organizer, James Carroll,11 a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and author of a number of best-sellers the latest of which is “Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age”. We discuss his latest article at The New Yorker ‘The New Morality of Pope Francis” and Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation “The Joy of Love” that is more of a call for love to prevail over judgement than a change in the Catholic church’s rules, many of which the laity ignore, as it welcomes divorced couples back while turning no one away.Â

Greece as the Holding Pen for Desperate Refugees
Then finally we get an update on how the new rules on returning refugees agreed to by the E.U. and Turkey are turning Greece into a holding pen for asylum seekers who are becoming increasingly desperate as they face deportation back to Turkey. Daryl Grisgraber, who heads Refugees International research and advocacy related to the Middle East and North Africa dealing mainly with the Syrian displacement crisis, joins us to discuss the human cost of the E.U. Turkey deal and how the lack of an overall European refugee policy poses a greater danger to the E.U. itself.

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The Impact of Voter Suppression in Wisconsin
We begin with the critical elections in Wisconsin that may result in a blunting of Donald Trump’s momentum toward the Republican presidential nomination and give a renewed impetus for Bernie Sanders to stay in the race against Hillary Clinton. Mary Bottari, the Deputy Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, who worked in Washington for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and in the Wisconsin State Senate, joins us to discuss the impact of Governor Scott Walker’s voter suppression efforts on voter turnout in today’s primaries and what plans the Koch brothers have to prevent the political comeback of Russ Feingold as well as ensuring that Paul Ryan become the Republican presidential nominee.

Exposing the World’s Super-Rich
Then, now that the spotlight from the release of the Panama papers is shining on the hidden money of the global elite of glamorous celebrities, business moguls and politicians co-mingled with dirty money stolen by dictators, criminals and kleptocratic leaders, we speak with Chuck Collins, the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Program on Inequality and the Common Good. The co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good and the Patriotic Millionaires, he joins us to discuss his article at The Nation “Panama Papers Expose the Hidden Wealth of the World’s Super-Rich”.

How the Republicans Hobble the IRS
Then finally with this massive global corruption scandal unfolding that is soon to embroil the United States, we will look into the implications of the revelations from the Panama Papers on the middle class and working American taxpayer who in a little over a week from now will be filing taxes while the rich and famous are getting away with avoiding paying theirs. Edward Kleinbard, a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California‘s Gould School of Law who served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, joins us. 

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