BTS 10/01/07: Iraq War Deaths; Morality and Politics; GM-UAW Labor Contract

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This evening, we'll be presenting 2 classic interviews from past editions of Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman.

First, Suzi speaks with Les Roberts, who co-authored the Lancet study published in 2006, that scientifically estimated Iraqi deaths at 650,000. She asks him about the methodology used, why it was dismissed by both media and the government, and whether it can be extrapolated and updated for now.

Then, we'll feature Suzi's recent interview with Richard Lichtman on the corruption of morality in politics - and its systemic underpinning, as well as the corrosive legacy that could survive for use by future administrations if left unchallenged.

Finally, at the end of the hour we'll hear a live update on the situation at General Motors, from former United Auto Workers executive board member Jerry Tucker.

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1. Les Roberts, an epidemiologist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Health, became prominent in the news just before the 2004 U.S. presidential election, for his study estimating that 100,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed in the Iraq war, at a time when official U.S. government estimates were much lower. In October 2006, an expanded follow-up study was released that gave a point estimate of 651,000 deaths having occurred, within a 95 percent confidence interval from 300,000 to 900,000.

2. Richard Lichtman is a professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, author of books on critical theory, (The Production of Desire), psychoanalysis and Marxist theory, and Dying in America. He is a founder of the journal Socialist Revolution. He is the Director of a new graduate degree program in critical theory at the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento.

3. Jerry Tucker is a former International UAW Executive Board Member, a founder of the New Directions Movement, and currently a co-convener of the new Center for Labor Renewal and coordinator of the national Solidarity Education Center.