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Episode 1051

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Apr 13 2019

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Max Zirngast

Many things are unclear: Erdoğan, Erdoğan’s opposition, capital and crisis in Turkey.

From Ankara, journalist Max Zirngast reports on a new, narrow opening against the fascist slide in Turkey - as president Erdoğan's AKP party suffered key losses to neoliberal reformists in March's tight municipal elections, a fracturing of the elite consensus provides space for a genuine democratic alternative based on mass struggle.

Max is co-author of the article Daylight in Turkey? for Jacobin.

Listen to Max's pre-election report on Turkey's political and social crises here.



Glen Ford

We must have a demand: Towards a transformative, Black-lead reparations movement.

Writer Glen Ford explores the possibilities of reparations, and the limits of the Democratic party's racial politics - as 2020 presidential hopefuls advance insufficient reparations schemes to court Black voters, only a radical, Black-driven demand to redress the crimes of slavery can be acceptable, and it must come from Black people seeking justice, not politicians seeking votes.

Glen wrote the article Reparations Means Global Social Transformation for Black Agenda Report.



Shireen Al-Adeimi

There are no red lines: Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen is America's war on Yemen.

Writer Shireen Al-Adeimi examines the bloody US hand in the ongoing atrocities in Yemen - after 4 years of Saudi warfare with US weapons, training, intelligence and political support, a challenge to the establishment that enables and prolongs the slaughter of the Yemeni people must be mounted here and now.

Shireen wrote the article As War on Yemen Hits the 4-Year Mark, Here’s a Brief History of U.S. Involvement for In These Times.



Jeff Dorchen

A limited time offer in this time of infinite promise and zero fulfillment!

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen rolls into town with a crate of late capitalist snake oil, and promises infinite benefits - eternal youth! omniscience! non-poisoned water! - for the low price of a couple hundred million dollars, a little bit of suffering, and faith, all the faith you got. Deal of a lifetime. Limited supply. No refunds.

Read the transcript here