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Monday, May 7, 2012

  • "A Political Implosion": Anti-Austerity Parties Win Historic French and Greek Elections

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    Voters in Europe have supported anti-austerity candidates in landmark victories. In France’s presidential election, François Hollande was elected as the first Socialist to lead France in 17 years. Greek citizens rejected two parties in parliamentary elections that had pledged to enact harsh international bailout measures. Meanwhile, Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party could enter parliament for the first time. "Just like after 1929, when you start with a Wall Street collapse, which then spreads throughout the breadth and width of the world capitalist economies, similarly, after 2008, we have an economic crisis that shook the foundations of the eurozone," says Yanis Varoufakis, professor of economic theory at the University of Athens in Greece. "The political class, just like in the 1930s, has failed spectacularly to mount a response to this economic crisis, and now there is a political implosion." [includes rush transcript]

  • ExxonMobil’s Dirty Secrets, from Indonesia to Nigeria to Washington: Steve Coll on “Private Empire”

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    We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Coll, author of the exhaustive book, "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power." He examines the controversial role ExxonMobil has played in Afghanistan and Indonesia, where it operated lucrative gas fields amidst a bloody war for independence. Coll also discusses the corporate giant’s involvement in the controversial natural gas drilling process known as "fracking" and the role its lobbyists could play in the upcoming U.S. election. Click here to see part one of this interview. [includes rush transcript]

  • On Strike: Quebec Students Boycott Classes for 12 Weeks to Protest Proposed Tuition Hikes

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    For the past three months, students across the Canadian province of Quebec have waged an unprecedented strike against rising tuition. On Friday, more than 100 students were arrested in Victoriaville. One protester reportedly lost an eye after being shot by a police projectile. The future of the strike is now up in the air. Over the weekend, the government proposed an offer to end the strike, but student leaders say they are refusing to recommend the deal to student protesters who will vote on the offer on 150 campuses over the next three days. "We are at 170,000 people in strike in our province here," says Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, spokesperson for CLASSE, the main coalition of student unions involved in the student strikes in Quebec, Canada. "So it’s really an historical mobilization, an unprecedented mobilization by the Quebec students, on the specific issue of tuition fees." [includes rush transcript]