BTS 5/4/09: May Day in France; Bush-Cheney torture program

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May Day (the first of May) was the scene of major demonstrations around the world. In France the day was historic as the two rival trade union federations united with other unions and the left to confront the Sarkozy government on behalf of workers in face of the deepening economic crisis. We talk to Michael Löwy.

And the torture investigations deepen as more call for the Obama administration to hire a Special Prosecutor to look into the Bush-Cheney torture program. Gary Kern, expert on Stalinist spies and torture, unearths some crucial missing arguments in the torture program.

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1. Michael Löwy is a French-Brazilian sociologist and philosopher. He is presently emeritus research director in social sciences at the CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research) and lectures at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS; Paris, France). Author of books on Karl Marx, György Lukacs, Walter Benjamin and Franz Kafka, he received in 1994 the Silver Medal of the CNRS. He is also co-author, with Joel Kovel, of the International Ecosocialist Manifesto.

2. Gary Kern is the author, most recently, of The Kravchenko Case: One Man's War on Stalin. He has taught Russian and world literature at the University of Rochester, the University of California (Riverside) and the University of Southern California. He has also published widely on Russian literature and history, and worked in Riverside, CA as a writer, translator and radio broadcaster.