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The Gary Null Show – 01.12.16

Dr. Jack Rasmus is a professor of political economics at St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University in California. Prior to teaching, he was an economic analyst for several global corporations and an organizer, negotiator and business representative for several labor unions. At one time he was elected at the National First Vice President of the National Writers Union. In addition to his economic profession, Dr. Rasmus is a playwright and author of fictional works dealing with social struggles, and the owner of Kyklos Productions. He is the author of several books, most recent being “Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy” which explores why mainstream economic analysis repeatedly fails and why we have been incapable of producing a sustainable recovery and economy. Jack also hosts a radio program “Alternative Visions” on the Progressive Radio Network every Friday at 3 pm Eastern time. His website is JackRasmus.com

Here were some of the topics Gary and Jack spoke about:

Bank holdings of derivatives – 247 Trillion total – vs. actual assets
Law approving bail-ins – this was warmed about back in 2013 thanks banks could grab deposits without warning in order to blunt future failures
There have been reports that governments and central banks want to move towards a cashless society. Why is this being pushed by central banks and is it even possible (an article in May’s issue of MIT’s Technology Review claims it would not be possible)
What is government NOT doing to spur economic recovery and establish a new course towards growth?
BOOK: “Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy”

RADIO PROGRAM: “Alternative Visions” on the Progressive Radio Network every Friday at 3 pm Eastern time.

WEBSITE: JackRasmus.com

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The Gary Null Show – 01.06.16

Dr. Gareth Porter is an award-winning historian, an independent investigative journalist and policy analyst who specializes in US geopolitics and national security issues. During the Vietnam war, he was Dispatch News Services Bureau Chief in Saigon and later a co-director for the Indochina Resource Center. In addition to being a specialist in Vietnamese and Cambodian affairs, he has been reporting on the Middle East, including the chemical gas attacks reported in Syria, for the past decade. His numerous articles can found in Foreign Affairs, Al-Jazeera, Huffington, Counterpunch, Truthout, Consortium News and others. For the past 9 years he has been investigating US and Israeli tensions with Iran and US intelligence operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gareth has an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University. He has published five major books dealing with Vietnam and Cambodia. His most recent is “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare” published last year, which debunks the myths regarding Iran as a nuclear threat.