Eight Years of Guantanamo
Monday, January 11 was the eighth anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, and on January 22, it will be exactly one year since president Obama issued his executive order to close the prison within a year. We get an update on Gitmo, where some 200 men remain detained. Meanwhile, there are more than 600 detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, in a similar state of legal limbo. Last week, a federal appeals court heard arguments in the first U.S. court case brought by Bagram detainees. Ramzi Kassem, who argued that case on behalf of three Bagram prisoners, joins us.
Ramzi Kassem is assistant professor of law at the City University of New York, where he directs the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic. With his students, he's represented prisoners at Guantanamo, Bagram, and other detentions sites.
Poverty Wages at the Mall?
Elmhurst’s massive Queens Center Mall is one of the busiest and most profitable malls in the country, but most of the workers who staff its stores and restaurants earn no more than $7.25—the federal minimum wage. Now a new campaign is out to change that and bring living wages to the mall. With Jeff Eichler of the RWDSU—the retail workers union--and Seema Sabnani of Queens-based South Asian Youth Action.
Jeff Eichler is with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, which represents more than 100,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada. Eichler has coordinated the RWDSU's Retail Organizing Project since 2004.
"Punjabi Wedding Song (Balle Balle)" by Red Baraat (More info...)
The Value of Nothing
How much does a Big Mac cost? How about $200? That’s the true cost of a burger, according to a new book about how our market-driven society sets prices that have nothing to with the real value of things. Tune in for a wide-ranging discussion of free market ideology, the crisis in our political system, and global workers’ movements. With Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing, just out from Picador.
Raj Patel has worked for the World Bank and the World Trade Organization and has protested against them on four continents. He is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies and a fellow a the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. His previous book, Stuffed and Starved, analyzed the world food crisis.
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