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Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.
Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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"Nov. 22, 1963: A Turning Point for America," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 22, 2013
"Demanding Action on Fukushima," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 18, 2013
"Fukushima -- A Global Threat," by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 4, 2013
"Impeach Obama," by Reginald Johnson, Sept. 5, 2013
"America Attacks Again," by Reginald Johnson, Aug. 28, 2013
"Keeping WBAI Alive," by Reginald Johnson, Aug. 21, 2013
"WBAI in Crisis," by Reginald Johnson, July 25, 2013
"Restore the Fourth!" by Reginald Johnson, July 10, 2013
"Sustainable Business Models: A Third of All States Have Benefit Corporation Laws," by Anna Manzo, June 30, 2013
"Making War on Syria," by Reginald Johnson, June 14, 2013
"Syria in the Gunsights," by Reginald Johnson, May 9, 2013
"Curbing Gun Violence," by Reginald Johnson, April 4, 2013
"Fighting the Pipeline," by Reginald Johnson, March 26, 2013
"Downgrading Ed Schultz," by Reginald Johnson, March 17, 2013
"Rand Paul: Making a Point," by Reginald Johnson, March 8, 2013
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Posted July 27, 2011
Interview with Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, conducted by Scott Harris
Although the multiple failure of nuclear power reactors at Fukushima, Japan is one of the worst nuclear accidents in world history, corporate press outlets have cut back on most of their coverage of the disaster triggered by the March 11 earthquake and Tsunami. Since the early days of the crisis, three of Fukushima’s six nuclear reactors melted down and spewed radioactivity into the atmosphere and nearby ocean. Although a 12-mile exclusion zone was imposed around the stricken plant, many radioactive hot spots outside the zone have caused the local population to be concerned about the negative health effects -- especially among children. In response, Fukushima’s prefectural government will conduct thyroid cancer testing on all residents who were 18 years old or under when the accident occurred, and repeat examinations every two years until the age of 20 and then every five years. The affected population is estimated to be 360,000.
Radioactive contamination of Japan’s food supply, including beef, produce and seafood, has moved the government to launch a plan to purchase and destroy all tainted beef and other tainted food items. Medical research has found prolonged exposure to radiation in the air, ground and food can cause leukemia and other cancers.
Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, who provides an update on the continuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, and the response thus far by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to safeguard America’s nuclear power plants.
For more information about the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, visit www.ieer.org.