WBAI-FM Program Highlight
Of General Interest


Monday, January 27, 2014   3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

From the World Economic Forum, which began officially January 22nd.
On our weekly roundtable panelists discuss the World Economic Forum now underway in Davos Switzerland. This year's theme is The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business. 

Business and world leaders who have gathered for the annual meeting are said to be concerned that the growing inequality gap worldwide will result in political unrest. Pope Francis sent a message to the Forum reminding them to prioritize care for the poor. Will we see a shift away from austerity to what Davos meeting participants are calling inclusive growth? Meanwhile the appearance of the President of Iran caused a stir in Davos as he continues efforts to break Iran's isolation. 

And Geneva II, the so-named peace talks on Syria, move to Geneva for more serious negotiations. It seems that comments from US Secretary of State John Kerry indicates that there may now be an opening for Iran's participation. Earlier in the week controversy broke out when the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon under pressure from the US and its allies invited and then uninvited Iran to the talks. What's at stake? What other regional conflicts are parts of the back story?

A new bill in Congress takes on the gap left by the US Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act, and a just issued report from a Presidential Commission attempts to resolve other holes in the US voting system. Do they go far enough? Why were controversial voter ID laws not tackled? What are the implications?

Panelists are: Jackie Goldberg, Tom Hayden and Dr. Clarence Lusane, political science professor and writer on US foreign policy, international relations and race politics.