BTS 1/23/06: Chile's New President; SF Victory on Hiring Discrimination; Iran Crisis

Listen: Raul Sohr / Peter Kornbluh - Linda Evans / Susan Burton - Dariush Zahedi

Chile has a new President, Michele Bachelet. She is a socialist, a feminist, a pediatrician, a divorcee with three children by two husbands, a former political prisoner who was tortured during the Pinochet dictatorship, a former exile, and the Minister of Defense during the Lagos government. Her election coincides with the Pinochet case coming closer to trial. What can we expect from her as President? Raul Sohr and Peter Kornbluh join us to discuss what is possible and probable from President Bachelet.

We then turn to a victory just won in San Francisco, where the Board of Supervisors voted to end hiring discrimination against people with past convictions, something we’ve been following on this program in a similar campaign in Mass. We’ll talk to Linda Evans and Susan Burton of the All of Us or None organization that led the campaign.

And finally we turn to the developing crisis with Iran: US plans to invade Iran were quite advanced until the war in Iraq turned into a quagmire and public opinion turned on Bush’s war. Iran’s new President Ahmadinajad has turned up the temperature with statements against Israel, denying the holocaust, and continuing to develop nuclear power. Bush is restrained for the moment, realizing he has no troops to commit to what could be a much larger and more dangerous conflict, but moderate presidential contenders like John McCain and Hillary Clinton are making very hawkish noise. Dariush Zahedi joins us to sort out complicated developing crisis.

Read More for info on tonight's guests.

1. Raul Sohr is a journalist and political scientist, novelist, film maker and international analyst in Chile.

Peter Kornbluh directs the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, a public interest research center located at George Washington University (Washington, DC). His most recent book is The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability (New Press).

2. Linda Evans is an organizer with All of Us or None in San Francisco, as well as a staff member of Prisoners with Children.

Susan Burton is also an organizer with All of Us or None (in Los Angeles), and founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project.

3. Dariush Zahedi is the author of The Iranian Revolution Then and Now: Indicators of Regime Instability (Westview Press, 2000-paperback edition 2001) and the editor of Iran in the New Millennium: Opportunities and Challenges (2001). His recent op-ed pieces on Iranian-US relations in crisis have recently appeared in both the LA and NY Times.