BTS 11/20/06: Iraqing Iran; Repositioning the Box; Naked Imperialism

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We begin tonight’s Beneath The Surface with Iran, as the neo-conservatives who brought us Iraq ratchet up the talk about using force in Iran. Ali Javadi joins us.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meet tomorrow to consider a Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke’s motion to substantially modify the current practice of up-front disclosure of prior criminal violations – a practice that practically assures recidivism, and no second chance for offenders who’ve paid their dues. We have covered the CORI campaign in Massachusetts with Horace Small extensively on this program. Supervisor Burke joins us, with attorney Margaret Richardson, to discuss the Los Angeles version – “repositioning the box.”

And finally, on tonight’s Beneath The Surface, we have an extended conversation with Monthly Review’s John Bellamy Foster about his recent book Naked Imperialism, that looks at the political and economic roots of the transformation of US global policy and ideology – and how the politics of fear plays a role.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Ali Javadi is the president of New Channel TV, which is a 24 hour satellite television program. New Channel has millions of viewers all over Europe, Iran and the Middle East. Ali Javadi is a leading political figure in Iranian opposition, holds a PhD in applied mathematics, and currently is a professor at the University of California.

2. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke is serving her fourth four-year term as Los Angeles County Supervisor for the Second District. During this time she has served as the Chair of the Board of Supervisors from 1993–1994, 1997–1998, and 2002–2003. She was also the first African American woman elected to the California Legislature in 1967, the first African American Woman elected to the U.S. Congress from California in 1972, and the first to serve as Chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in 1993, and served as Vice Chair of the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

3. John Bellamy Foster is Professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Naked Imperialism, Marx’s Ecology and Ecology Against Capitalism (Monthly Review Press), and is co-editor of Monthly Review (