BTS 5/7/07: French Elections; SNP in Scotland; May Day Police Violence

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On tonight’s BTS we begin with the crisis in the LAPD. Outnumbering protestors 15-1, the police in riot gear violently dispersed the legal rally on May Day, shooting foam bullets into the crowd, beating media members and protestors alike. Joe Domanick, expert on the LAPD and Senior Fellow in criminal justice at the USC Annenberg Institute joins us, back on KPFK.

We then turn to elections in Europe – the French in a massive voter turn out elected the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy with 53% to Segolene Royal’s 45%; and in Scotland the Scottish nationalists unseated Scottish labor – and – the main issue was Labor’s support for Bush and Blair’s war in Iraq. We talk to Hillel Ticktin in Scotland, and then Sebastian Budgen looks at the meaning of the French result.

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1. Joe Domanick, an award-winning investigative journalist and author, is the Senior Fellow for Criminal Justice of the Institute for Justice and Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. His latest book is Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America’s Golden State. His previous book, To Protect and Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams, won the 1995 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. Domanick's feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared everywhere -- The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Magazine, California Magazine, Washington Journalism Review, Playboy, Ms., Spin, Good Housekeeping, Buzz and the LA Weekly.

2. Hillel Ticktin, Editor of Critique, author of hundreds of articles on the political economy of Russia and the former Soviet Union, the history of socialism, the nature of finance capital, Marx, Trotsky and more. He is Professor Emeritus of the Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements and the Institute of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow.

3. Sebastian Budgen is the editor of Historical Materialism and author of many articles. He lives in France and was active in the protests against the law that would eliminate job security for young people – which was withdrawn by President Chirac in a huge upset for his prime minister Dominique de Villepin, who had championed the First Job Contract or CPE.