Episode

4/26 Biden Admin Failing Haiti; Turkish Elections w/ Amy Wilentz & Djene Bajalan

April 26, 2023

It’s Hump Day! Sam and Emma host Amy Wilentz, Professor of Literary Journalism at the University of California Irvine and contributing editor at The Nation, to discuss her recent piece in The Nation entitled “Haiti, April 2023: Soon There Will Be No One Left to Kidnap.” Then, they’re joined by Djene Bajalan, professor of history at Missouri State University, to discuss the upcoming Turkish elections. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Kevin McCarthy’s impending austerity bill, the nomination of Julie Su, John Roberts’ ethics crisis, Fox’s opposition file on Tucker,  and Bernie’s Biden endorsement, before diving into a former Tucker producer’s testimony on what’s been coming out of Fox News. Professor Amy Wilentz then steps back to walk through the impact of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake in cementing the US-backed rule of Ariel Henry over a country with devastated infrastructure that was falling more and more into the hands of capitalists and gangs, before analyzing the complete neutering of Haiti’s governmental forces, be they military or police, the connections between the cops and the criminals, and how these elements bolstered the rise of gangs and human trafficking in the country, leading to its current moment of intense upheaval. Wrapping up, Amy, Sam, and Emma explore what solutions are even viable, and why an election might only serve to reinforce the current moment of chaos. Djene Bajalan then dives into the nationalist discourse ahead of Turkey’s election, before walking through the role this election plays in Erdogan’s path to supreme power. After tackling the impact of the Turkey-Syria earthquake earlier this year and Erdogan’s fascistic response, Sam, Emma, and Djene wrap up the interview by tracing the political movements that have existed alongside Erdogan’s reign, and what to expect from their post-election check-in.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover the attacks on Kevin McCarthy’s austerity from the right, the silencing of Zooey Zephyr on the Montana house floor, Candace responding to Crowder with infinitely more grit than he provided, and the importance of building new housing.  Cade from Washington dives into the importance of engaging local politics on an individual level, and Kyle from LA starts a long conversation on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the predication of violence, plus, your calls and IMs!

Check out Amy’s piece here: https://www.thenation.com/article/world/haiti-gangs-ariel-henry-biden/

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