July 5, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Hillary Clinton Cleared by FBI Director

    We begin with the Director of the FBI’s announcement that “we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges” against Hillary Clinton for using private email servers, stating that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case”. Frances Kissling, the former president of Catholics for Choice who serves on the advisory board of the Journal of Feminist Ethics, joins us to discuss the extent to which the decades-long project of Republican plutocrats and their hired character assassins to tar the Clintons with scandal, whether it is real or not, has succeeded in creating a public perception that the Democratic candidate for president is untrustworthy. We also explore whether the taint of scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton will be lifted by today’s announcement and why the excitement at the possibility of America having its first female leader seems to have fallen flat.

  • Segment 2:

    Trump's "Careless" Use of Anti-Semitic Imagery

    Then following the FBI Director’s rebuke that Hillary Clinton was “careless” with her use of an email server, we will look into how “careless” Donald Trump has been in tweeting an image of Hillary Clinton in front of raining money and a Star of David which is widely seen as an anti-Semitic image that Trump quickly took down and replaced with a circle and a new hashtag #AmericaFirst, another “careless” reference to the movement founded by the pro-Hitler white supremacist Charles Lindbergh. Brian Levin, the Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, who previously served as Associate Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Klanwatch/Militia Task Force, joins us to discuss the repetitive nature of Donald Trump’s “accidental” misstatements which he disavows but which excite and mobilize the white supremacist community.

  • Segment 3:

    Bombings in Saudi Arabia Challenge the Ruling Family

    Then finally we speak with Dr. Ali Alyami, the founder and director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia about the three suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia which have been linked to the self-declared Islamic State. We discuss the direct challenge that these terrorist acts pose to the ruling family’s role as custodians of the holy shrines of Islam, and since one of the bombers was from Pakistan,  the growing discontent within the expatriate community who are essentially the Kingdom’s slaves without rights but make up more than one third of the country’s population.