BTS 11/10/08: For Obama - Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Economic Policy

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On tonight’s program we look at the hope and promise of an Obama administration – examining his options and proposals for foreign policy, Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Economic Policy.

We begin with Stephen Cohen. He criticized the candidates during the campaign for failing to address the importance of Russia and the terrible state of US-Russian Relations – and now that the mainstream media admits it got the story wrong on Georgia, we’ll ask Stephen what policy direction he’d like to see Obama take.

We then talk to Michael Ratner from the Center for Constitutional Rights about Obama’s plans to close the torture-prison camp at Guantanamo. We’ll ask him what else we can expect from Obama on the issues of torture, habeas corpus, the surveillance state -- all from the Bush-Cheney attack arsenal on civil liberties and human rights.

And finally on tonight’s Beneath The Surface we turn to the economy. James K. Galbraith – a self-described unreconstructed Cambridge Keynesian – joins us to talk about what an Obama New Deal could look like, and he insists that the policy proposals are more important than the personalities who will implement them. Stay tuned for some radical policy proposals – our guests believe they are all realizable and possible.

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1. Stephen F. Cohen, professor of Russian studies at New York University, is the author of several books, including Rethinking the Soviet Experience: Politics and History Since 1917, Buhkarin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938, Voices of Glasnost: Conversations With Gorbachev's Reformers (with Katrina vanden Heuvel) and, most recently, Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia (Norton). He has a new book coming out in April - Soviet States and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, Columbia University Press.

2. Michael Ratner is a human rights lawyer and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is author of Guantanamo: What the World Should Know among many other writings. He is the recipient of the Columbia Law School's Medal for Excellence, the university's highest award to its alumni. His latest book is The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld (New Press).

3. James K. Galbraith teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He has co-authored two textbooks, The Economic Problem with the late Robert L. Heilbroner and Macroeconomics with William Darity, Jr. He is the author of Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future (1989), Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay (1998), Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View , Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire (Palgrave-MacMillan), and his latest book, The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.