11/19/07: French Strike Wave; UN and War; Fox News Porn

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We begin our program tonight with a look at the strike wave in France. Transport workers are in their sixth day of a strike that is a test over President Sarkozy’s attempt to push through pension reforms – and also union strength and support. Sebastian Budgen joins us from Paris and says it isn’t only transport workers who are striking -- and this may be a showdown for Sarkozy’s Presidency.

We then turn to Jan Kavan, longtime activist and leader of the student movement during the Prague Spring in 1968. After the Velvet Revolution, Kavan became Foreign Minister and then Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. In 2002-2003 Kavan was President of the United Nation’s General Assembly when the Bush administration tried unsuccessfully to win UN support for the invasion of Iraq. We’ll ask Jan Kavan what lessons were learned from that experience and what can be done to prevent a similar scenario unfolding in the run-up to bombing Iran.

And finally, we talk to Director-Producer Robert Greenwald about his new project on Fox News porn – yes you heard that right, and it’s even too hot for YouTube.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Sebastian Budgen is the editor of Historical Materialism, Acquisitions editor of Verso and Editorial Director of Verso in Europe. He is also editor of the book Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth, published by Duke University Press.

2. Jan Kavan is a longtime activist and democratic socialist. He was one of the student leaders of the Prague Spring movement in 1968, and lived in exile in Britain from 1969-1989. Kavan returned to the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, and served as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and member of the Czech Senate until 2006. Jan Kavan was elected and served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2002-2003 at the time the Bush Administration tried unsuccessfully to win UN support for the Invasion of Iraq.

3. Robert Greenwald is the director/producer of Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004), a documentary exposing the right-wing bias of Fox News. He is also the executive producer of a trilogy of "Un" documentaries: Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002), Uncovered: The Iraq War (2003), Unconstitutional (2004), and Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005). In addition to his documentary work, Greenwald has produced and/or directed more than 50 television movies, miniseries and feature films. Greenwald is the recipient of awards and honors for his political work by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; the L.A. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; Physicians for Social Responsibility; and the Office of the Americas.