BTS 5/21/07: Palestine and Lebanon; Immigration Debate; Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate

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On tonight’s Beneath The Surface we begin with the escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence – at least five Palestinians and an Israeli woman were killed today. We talk to Hisham Ahmed about the Fatah-Hamas turmoil and the Palestinian authority’s political crisis, and mark the coming one year anniversary of Israel’s war on Lebanon looking at the conditions for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

We then turn to the emotional immigration debate taking place in the Senate and ask Vanessa Cardenas what is in the deal.

And finally, we talk to Michael Yates about his new book, Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate, an Economist’s Travelogue that the chamber of commerce doesn’t want you to read – going beneath the surface, Michael Yates shows how people live in the places we visit, the underside of the beautiful places.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Hisham Ahmed, formerly Associate Professor of Political Science at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, is now a professor of Politics at St. Mary's College in California. He is the author of a 1994 book on Hamas, “From Religious Salvation to Political and Social Transformation.”

2. Vanessa Cárdenas is the Director for Ethnic Media at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. Prior to American Progress, she worked as a Policy/Communications Associate and Outreach Coordinator at the National Immigration Forum where she helped bridge the policy, communications and grassroots advocacy world to disseminate the Forum’s message and work. At the Forum, she participated in numerous local and national organizing and legislative campaigns such as the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, the campaign to defeat Proposition 200 in Arizona and the establishment of the We are America coalition.

3. Michael D. Yates is associate editor of Monthly Review. He was professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He is author of Longer Hours, Fewer Jobs: Employment and Unemployment in the United States (1994), Why Unions Matter (1998), and Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global System (2004), all published by Monthly Review Press.