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    Our full 30-minute conversation marking the 25th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Panama featuring historian Greg Grandin, former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.
    December 23, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    This month marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Panama. On December 20, 1989, President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Just Cause to execute an arrest warrant against Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, once a close U.S. ally, on charges of drug trafficking. During the attack, the United States unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped with highly sophisticated weaponry and aircraft against a country with an army smaller...
    December 23, 2014 | Story
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    The controversial carbon trading scheme known as REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, has set off protests not only in Africa, but also in South America, especially in the Amazon region. We speak to Chief Ninawa Huni Kui, president of the Federation of the Huni Kui, an indigenous group in Brazil. He has traveled to the U.N. climate summit in Lima to voice his opposition to REDD.
    December 10, 2014 | Story
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    "The carbon market is a mechanism to keep polluting if you’re able to pay," says Pablo Solón of the global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under negotiation at the United Nations climate summit in Lima, Peru.
    December 09, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    We are broadcasting from the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima, Peru, where more than half of the country is still covered by tropical rainforest, which plays a crucial role in absorbing carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. A new report reveals more than 20 U.S. companies have imported millions of dollars in illegal wood from the Peruvian Amazon since 2008. We speak to Julia Urrunaga, Peru programs director for the...
    December 08, 2014 | Story
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    In a holiday special, we spend the hour with Isabel Allende, one of Latin America’s and the United States’ greatest novelists. Just this week she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Allende is the author of 20 books, including "The House of the Spirits," "Paula" and "Daughter of Fortune." Her latest is a mystery novel titled "Ripper." Her books have been translated into 35...
    November 28, 2014 | Story
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    Amidst outrage in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students, we look at the U.S. role in the country’s violence. According to the Center for International Policy, the United States has spent approximately $3 billion to fund the so-called war on drugs in Mexico. Since the war on drugs began under President Felipe Calderón in 2006, more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence. U.S. support includes $2.4 billion in...
    November 13, 2014 | Story
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    Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, describes his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said world leaders should move away from a failed prohibition paradigm and militarized drug war to focus more on legalization, prevention and treatment.
    September 10, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux performs some of her songs and talks about the political themes behind them. Tijoux was born in France in 1977 to parents who were jailed and later fled Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. "Hip-hop is the land of the people that don’t have a land," she says.
    July 10, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    We look at a case that is being called the "trial of the century" in how poor countries repay sovereign debt. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Argentina over its $1.5 billion debt in a ruling critics say validates predatory behavior by so-called "vulture funds." The case involves hedge funds that bought up Argentina’s debt at bargain rates after its financial crisis more than a decade ago....
    June 19, 2014 | Story