BTS 1/8/07: Escalation in Iraq; 10 Steps for Dems in Congress; Russia - 15 Years After Collapse

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We begin tonight’s program with the proposed escalation of the war in Iraq, following on the heels of the botched execution of Saddam Hussein – in which it appears the US delivered a secular tyrant to the religious tyrants we now support in the messy civil war. Tom Hayden sees it as the beginning of the 2008 Presidential campaign and joins us to explain.

We then look at the Dems in charge of Congress – Jonathan Tasini joins us with his ten-step program he hopes they adopt.

And finally on tonight’s BTS we turn to Russia, now 15 years since the collapse and look at its increasing repression, assassinations and ask whether Putin has failed and is simply trying to halt the further disintegration. Hillel Ticktin joins us.

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1. Tom Hayden, the Nation Institute's Carey McWilliams Fellow, has played an active role in American politics and history for over three decades, beginning with the student, civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s. Hayden was elected to the California State Legislature in 1982, where he served for ten years in the Assembly before being elected to the State Senate in 1992, where he served eight years.

He is author of over 175 measures ranging from reform of money in politics, worker safety, school decentralization, small business tax relief, domestic violence, lessening gang violence in the inner city, stopping student fee increases at universities, protecting endangered species like salmon, overhauling three strikes laws, and a measure signed into law that will assist Holocaust survivors in receiving recognition and compensation for having been exploited as slave labor during the Nazi era.

Hayden is the author of eleven books, including his autobiography, Reunion; a book on the spirituality and the environment, Lost Gospel of the Earth; a collection of essays on the aftermath of the Irish potato famine, Irish Hunger (Roberts Rhinehart) and a book on his Irish background, Irish on the Inside: In Search of the Soul of Irish America (Verso).

2. Jonathan Tasini is the president of the Economic Future Group, a national consulting group. He is also the president and executive director of the Creators Federation. He is a strategist, organizer, activist, commentator and writer, primarily focusing his energies on the topics of work, labor and the economy. He is a former president of the National Writers Union and is President emeritus now. He blogs at workinglife.org.

3. Hillel Ticktin, Editor of Critique, author of hundreds of articles on the political economy of Russia and the former Soviet Union, the history of socialism, the nature of finance capital, Marx, Trotsky and more. He is Professor Emeritus of the Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements and the Institute of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow.