BTS 8/7/06: Mexico Recount; Vietnam War Crimes; The Jewish Century

Listen: Laura Carlsen - Nick Turse / Deborah Nelson - Yuri Slezkine

There will be no re-count of all the votes in Mexico, more than a month after the presidential election there produced a virtual tie, with the PAN’s Felipe Calderon less than a point ahead of the PRD’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The Federal Election tribunal on Saturday issued its ruling refusing the vote by vote recount that was called for by Lopez Obrador’s supporters who have been protesting in huge numbers throughout the city. We ask Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas program of the International Relations Center for her analysis.

We then talk to Nick Turse and Deborah Nelson whose spectacular LA Times story on Sunday shows that hidden war crimes from the Vietnam War went far beyond My Lai, and were unpunished. They join us to discuss what they found in the newly declassified documents and why they are important as we get bogged down in Iraq.

Finally, on tonight’s program we talk to Yuri Slezkine, author of The Jewish Century, a book that shows how in the 20th Century, we all had to become literate, urban, mobile and occupationally flexible -- in other words, we all had to become Jewish. In the process anti-Semitism grew and produced the Holocaust and more. You won’t want to miss the story.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Laura Carlsen is Director of the Americas Program at the International Relations Center. She has published numerous articles and chapters on social and political aspects of Mexico, and most recently co-edited a collection entitled Enfrentando la Globalización: Respuestas sociales a la integración económica en México and co-authored El café en México, Centroamérica y el Caribe: Una salida sustentable a la crisis. Before joining the IRC, Laura worked as a freelance writer and collaborator with the Center for the Study of Rural Change in Mexico (CECCAM).

2. Nick Turse is a doctoral candidate at the Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He writes for the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice and regularly for Tomdispatch on the military-industrial-entertainment complex.

3. Deborah Nelson is investigative editor/Washington for the Los Angeles Times. She has been an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Seattle Times. She has co-authored series that won top national honors from the Overseas Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In Seattle she launched a series on HUD's Indian program that won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. She is past-president of Investigative Reporters and Editors and teaches investigative reporting at the University of Maryland.

4. Yuri Slezkine is a professor of Russian history at University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Jewish Century (2004). He holds a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin.