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It's mentioned here, but Dem Now really didn't give mafia don Reagan's Drug (turf) War it's due this week. this is the last installment with yesterday's tacked on the bottom.  Nor did they squeeze in what all was happening at the top superfluously rich end of society that impoverished so many. As they say below, homelessness was negligible in the 70's, began booming when Reagan took office.  But how much did this have to do with Raygun's arms race into hyperspace "Star Wars" (against what threat?), setting up for escalation when by the end of his term he should have scaled back, setting up for the peace dividend that should naturally followed the end of the Cold War? So Dem Now should at least tackle the natures of the Drug War and Star Wars. Star Wars gives an open end apparatus for capitalist growth that puts an end to life on Earth by its nature. It also is the cause of nuclear proliferation that we've learned is at unprecedented levels as the world rushes to protect itself.  They
 say Saddam's problem is he didn't have WMD's and they knew it:

Headlines for June 11, 2004

- Iraqis Fear New Gov't is a CIA Front
- Bush Refuses to Rule Out Torture Was Allowed
- U.S. Bars Sadr From Political Office
- U.S. Sgt. Jailed For 14 Months For Refusing To Fight
- Kabila Opponents Attempt Coup in Congo
- Charges Dropped For Boston Abu Ghraib Protester

 Reagan and Race: "He Maintained A System Of Rich And Poor, A System Of Black And White"

We take a look at Reagan's policies on race and civil rights with the Rev. Graylan Hagler, discussing the former president's assault on affirmative actions and social welfare programs and the rise of the crack epidemic in African American communities.  Reagan and the Homeless Epidemic in America

Reagan's budget cuts and overhaul of tax codes led to an explosion of homelessness in the U.S. during his 8 years in power. We speak with Carol Fennelly, a leading activist on homeless issues during the Reagan presidency.  Reagan, Class and Organized Labor: "One Of The Most Damaging Presidents In American History"

We speak with Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers of America and Francis Fox Piven, one of the country's leading sociologists, about class and organized labor during Reagan's presidency.  Allied with Apartheid: Reagan Supported Racist South African Gvt

Throughout his presidency, Reagan supported the apartheid government in South Africa and even labeled Nelson Mandela's African National Congress a notorious terrorist organization. We speak with South African activist Father Michael Lapsley who lost his hands, one eye and was burned severely in an assassination attempt under the De Klerk government. 


Thursday, June 10th, 2004
Ghost Wars: How Reagan Armed the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan

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During Reagan's 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported jihad against the Soviet Union. We take a look at America's role in Afghanistan that led to the rise of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. [Includes transcript]

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