articles tagged "policy"

Can The Police Limit Speech In The Wisconsin State Capitol?

Monday, 29 April 2013 | buzz

  The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the state Department of Administration to task in federal court. The Capitol Police have been arresting protestors who were peacefully singing in the state capital. So is the Wisconsin Capitol truly a public forum? Can the police limit what people say? The Progressive’s Rebecca Kemble tells us more.       more »

Donald Gross: The China Fallacy

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | buzz
The China Fallacy

On Tuesday December 4, host Aaron Perry speaks with Donald Gross, author of The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War. Donald Gross has a background in government and politics: In 1992, he joined the White House Staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, then became a Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and from there became the Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.   Donald speaks about his book, “I had a lot of experience dealing with the Chinese government diplomatically during my experience in government. During the Clinton Administration, especially, we were successful in improving relations with China, and bringing China into the World Trade Organization… it’s the largest growth market in the world for exports of U.S. goods and services.”   Donald explains the two major fallacies about China that he deals with in the book: the inevitability of war with China, and the harm the U.S. is experiencing as a result of a growing China. “On economic grounds I strongly believe that U.S. prosperity will increase as a result of improved U.S.-China relations, it will generate hundreds of thousands more U.S. jobs… On the security side, we all have to recognize something that’s not well known, that the U.S. has an overwhelming military superiority over China in both nuclear and conventional forces.” Aside from addressing the military and economic aspect of U.S.-China relations, Donald also speaks on the humanitarian aspect, “the most effective measure an authoritarian regime can use to justify internal repression of human rights is external threat from a foreign country. When U.S. ramps up military pressure against China, the internal police use that as a justification to legitimize their repression of democratic movements, of human right advocates in China.”   Learn more about Donald Gross and his book on his official website. Read related articles about this issue here. Listen to the interview here: more »

Cora Currier

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | buzz
Cora Currier, of ProPublica

On Wednesday, November 28, our host Jan Miyasaki speaks with Cora Currier, an investigative reporter at ProPublica, about her latest piece: “Why the U.S. Won’t Allow a Dying Iranian Sociologist to Join His Family.” Iranian sociologist Dr. Rahmatollah Sedigh Sarvestani, who is suffering from terminal cancer, wishes to join his family in the U.S., but is unable to because his visa request was denied. The rejection was due to “activity relating to espionage or sabotage,” a claim to which the family is shocked. It was only in the 1970s that the doctor was involved in pro-Iranian demonstrations; since then, he has actually voiced his protest against the government. It is uncertain as to why Dr. Sarvestani’s visa has been denied at this point, since he has been allowed into the U.S. since the 1970s.   Cora has been conducting research, examining Dr. Sarvestani’s activities since the 1990s. She explains, “In the 70′s he was political, and participated in pro-Khomeni/anti-Shah demonstrations. The group that he belonged to, the Muslim Students Association Persian Speaking Group, was a group that was watched closely by FBI officials and likely still is. So that’s one area that could be a red flag on his record. In the more recent years in Iran, he has turned very critical of the administration of the Iranian movement… he kept a blog that was openly critical. In Iran he was almost found too pro-Western.” Cora explains that she is searching for the red flags that could have prompted the visa rejection, but the actual reason is still a mystery.   She says, “From my perspective as a journalist, this is a story that still has a lot of unanswered questions, but what seems clear about it is that there is a systemic issue here, in which we don’t know on what grounds somebody is being denied entry.”   Read Cora Currier’s article at ProPublica here.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Steve Hiniker: 1000 Friends of Wisconsin

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | buzz
Thousand Friends of Wisconsin

On Wednesday November 21, guest host Liz DiNovella, filling in for Jan Miyasaki, spoke with Steve Hiniker, executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, a member agency group of Community Shares of Wisconsin. 1000 Friends of Wisconsin is a state wide membership-based non-profit organization that promotes healthy communities through good land use policies and smart transportation investments.   Steve explains that a huge focus of his group is transportation: they are working towards getting the state money collected from gas taxes and car registrations to be distributed more towards local transit uses, rather than expanding freeways. Steve says that although a small part of the gasoline tax we pay goes towards fixing local roads, the majority of it is allocated towards freeways and major roads. “The cities are getting less and less money each year. So actually, 80% of the cost of the repairs of the streets in Madison doesn’t come from the gas tax, but the property tax.” According to Steve, the driving rate in Wisconsin has not increased in the past 8 years; “we’ve flattened out and actually gone down. People are actually driving less, but we are still spending more money to expand our freeways….The road builders have equipment that only works on big highways, and so they want to use those machines, and they get a lot of money for that.”   Steve also speaks about public transportation. He says that bus rider-ship in Madison is at an all time high, and that the transportation system works very well, “the problem is the state keeps on giving less and less money. So the city is faced with a conundrum: they are facing an increased demand, but are getting less money from the state.”   For more information about 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, visit their website here.   Listen to the full interview here: more »

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