BTS 8/15/05: Gaza Pullout; Iraqi Constitution; Housing Bubble; CORI Victory in Massachusetts

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On tonight’s BTS we begin with the withdrawal of the Israeli settlements in Gaza. The deadline for the settlers to leave was midnight last night. Roane Carey joins us to discuss the difficulties and larger significance for Israeli-Palestinian relations and Palestinian statehood.

We then turn to the problems of drafting a constitution in Iraq under conditions of occupation and the US pressure to finish, despite the significant disputes between Sunni, Shia and Kurds in Iraq. To discuss the insurmountable problems facing the writers of the Constitution. Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi architect and blogger based in Amman, joins us.

Turning to the US economy, we talk to Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington about how the housing bubble is propping up the US economy and what danger may lay ahead.

And finally we celebrate a victory – in Massachusetts the CPRO laws – a new form of discrimination that makes getting a job, a college loan or a house near impossible – are going to be reformed, thanks to the efforts of the union of minority neighborhoods and the coalition it leads: Massachusetts Alliance to Reform CORI (MARC). We talk to Horace Small, Executive Director of UMN to get the details.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Roane Carey, Senior Editor at The Nation and Editor of The New Intifada (Verso) joins us to look at what has been accomplished and the difficulties that loom.

2. Raed Jarrar was director of the Iraqi Civilian War Casualties Survey, which set out to build a record of Iraqi civilian casualties in the first 100 days of the war. He is an Iraqi architect and blogger currently based in Amman. His blog can be found at : http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com

3. Dean Baker is a macroeconomist and Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University.

4. Horace Small, an African American and the Executive Director of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, has been organizer for 30 years and was the National President of the National Federation of Black Organizers and Activists for a two-year term and founder of the Philadelphia Community School, which trained hundreds of activists in the skills of organizing and citizens empowerment.