BTS 4/30/10: AZ Boycott; Plunder; Disposable Soldiers; British Elections

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On tonight’s program we begin with Los Angeles Councilman Ed Reyes, who coauthored a proposal for Los Angeles to join the boycott of Arizona after Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed the new anti-immigrant legislation that gives that state its own Nuremburg or Pass Laws that discriminate against immigrants.

We then turn to the continuing economic crisis. The Senate hearings on Goldman Sachs are galvanizing support for financial reform. Danny Schechter says the financial crisis is a crime story – and we should consider jail-outs, not bail-outs. He has a new film, “Plunder” and joins us today.

Then Joshua Kors joins us to talk about his new story showing how the Pentagon is cheating wounded vets. it is in the Nation and he calls it “Disposable Soldiers.” Joshua Kors earned national attention for his work uncovering the veterans benefits scandal – his two part series in the Nation showed how military doctors are purposely misdiagnosing soldiers wounded in Iraq, labeling them mentally ill in order to deny them medical care and disability pay.

We’ll also talk to Paul Mason about the British General Election on May 5.

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1. Ed Reyes is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 1st district (Northeast Los Angeles). Reyes was re-elected in 2005 to serve a second Council term, capturing 78 percent of the votes. Reyes serves as vice-chair of the Public Safety Committee, Chair of the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management committee, and chair of the Metro Gold Line Authority. Councilmember Reyes attended UCLA where he earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree from UCLA's Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

2. Paul Mason is BBC Newsnight's Economics Editor. He is the author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed (Verso 2009). His blog on the financial crisis is www.meltdowntheendoftheageofgreed.com and he also blogs at Idle Scrawl. He is also the author of Live Working or Die Fighting, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Paul won the 2003 Wincott Award for business journalism for reports from China covering the economic and political transition there; was named Workworld Business Journalist of the Year in 2004 and won the Diageo African Business Reporting Award 2007 for his acclaimed film on how mobile phones are changing Africa.

3. Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," has produced and directed many TV specials and documentary films, including the internationally distributed and award-winning WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception), an expose of the media's role in the Iraq War. The Emmy-winning former ABC News and CNN producer's new hard-hitting documentary investigates why so many Americans are being strangled by debt, In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts, and is author of the book Plunder.

4. Joshua Kors is a freelance journalist based in New York. He earned national attention for his work in the Nation uncovering the veterans' benefits scandal.