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The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same, Ralph Nader

While the liberal intelligentsia was swooning over Barack Obama during his presidential campaign, I counseled “prepare to be disappointed.” His record as a Illinois state and U.S. Senator, together with the many progressive and long overdue courses of action he opposed during his campaign, rendered such a prediction unfortunate but obvious.

Now this same intelligentsia is beginning to howl over Obama’s transition team and early choices to run his Administration. Having defeated Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primaries, he now is busily installing Bill Clinton’s old guard. Thirty one out of forty seven people that he has named so far for transition or appointments have ties to the Clinton Administration, according to Politico. One Clintonite is quoted in the Washington Post as saying – “This isn’t lightly flavored with Clintons. This is all Clintons, all the time.”

Obama’s “foreign policy team is now dominated by the Hawkish, old-guard Democrats of the 1990,” writes Jeremy Sca…

Pacifica Radio Archives’ Campus Campaign: Celebrating Chomsky’s 80th Birthday

We spend the hour with the internationally renowned American linguist, author, political commentator, and philosopher Noam Chomsky, whose decades of analysis and insight are preserved in the Pacifica Archives. Noam Chomsky is a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is known in the academic and scientific community as the father of modern linguistics. Since the 1960s, he has become known more widely as an anarchist-leaning political dissident, and libertarian socialist intellectual. Beginning with his opposition to the Vietnam War Chomsky established himself as a prominent critic of US foreign and domestic policy. He expressed his opposition to the Vietnam war in his February 1967 essay, “The Responsibility of Intellectuals” which was published in The New York Review of Books. In 1968 he spoke at a Town hall meeting against the draft in New York City in a speech that was broadcast on Pacifica stations and is now preserved in the Archives. I…

The Silk Road, 1980, NHK (Japan) and CCTV (China)

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01 Glories Of Ancient Chang An

02 A Thousand Kilometers Beyond The Yellow River

03 The Art Gallery in the Desert

04 The Dark Castle

05 In Search of the Kingdom of Lou-Lan

06 Across The Taklamakan Desert

07 Khotan-Oasis of Silk and Jade

08 A Heat Wave Called Turfan

09 Through the Tian Shan Mountains by Rail

10 Journey Into Music: South Through the Tian Shan Mountains

11 Where Horses Fly Like the Wind

12 Two Roads to the Pamirs