Democracy Now! October 4, 2002

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Democracy Now! October 4, 2002
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U.S. Preemptive Strike & Assassination Plans from Cuba to Iraq: JFK s legal counsel Ted Sorensen debates Cuba historian Jane Franklin; Will Lula win? The barons of international finance hold their breath as Brazilians go to the polls

9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:09 Excerpt from a new documentary film called Fidel by Estela Bravo, which will open in New York City on October 18th at the Quad Cinema and in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 9:09-9:20: Would a U.S. unilateral invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein mark a radical break in US foreign policy? In a recent Reuters article titled Iraq Invasion Would Reshape US Foreign Policy, reporter Alan Elsner argues that launching aggressive first strikes against potential future threats marks a stark change from the U.S. Cold War doctrine of deterrence and containment In a speech made at West Point in June this year, President Bush outlined his plans for a pre-emptive strike doctrine. He said: Our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives. What impact will Bush s preemptive strike doctrine have on foreign policy and US relations with the UN, and other nations? How does it compare to Washington s plans against Cuba a generation ago? In October 1962, Washington pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war, in what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. The events brought to a head the ongoing attempts by the US to overthrow the Cuban government. At a White House meeting on November 3, 1961, Kennedy authorized the development of a new program designed to destroy the Cuban Revolution. The project was code-named Operation Mongoose. Phone Guest: Ted Sorensen, Policy advisor and Legal Counsel to President John F. Kennedy Studio Guest: Jane Franklin, Historian and author of Cuba and the United States: A Chronological History 9:20-9:21 One minute music break 9:21-9:32 CUBA TO IRAQ CONT D 9:32-9:34 Talk back to War: Democracy Now listeners share their comments 9:34-9:35 One Minute Music Break 9:35-9:45: Brazilians will cast their votes for a new president this Sunday and Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva of the Workers Party is leading in the polls by a large margin. Lula, as he is known by Brazilians, is a former labor leader who has run for president in the past but lost by small margins to various center-right coalitions. He has been highly critical of the IMF and World Bank policies but has toned down his criticism recently, some say in response to pressure from the business sector and international financial institutions. The mainstream media throughout the world has been attributing the collapse of the Brazilian real to a panic among investors over the change in the Presidency. But the crisis in neighboring Argentina indicates that it is IMF lending policies which have led to huge unmanageable debts in Latin America. Guest: John Williamson, Economist and former advisor to the World Bank and the IMF and currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics Guest: Andre Singer, Spokesperson for Brazilian Worker s Party Guest: Mark Weisbrot, Co-founder of the Center for Economic & Policy Research Links: Institute for International Economics: http:// Center for Economic & Policy Research: http:// 9:45-9:46 One Minute Music Break 9:46-9:58 BRAZIL CONT D 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits

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October 4, 2002
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October 4, 2002
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59 min.
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