Friday, March 25, 2011

Patt Morrison for Monday, March 28, 2011


Monday, March 28, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

Educated and contributing to society, but not good enough: illegal status takes a toll

Elían González caused quite a stir in 2000 when he arrived in Miami. This boy, an illegal immigrant, was subjected to the intense politics of immigration. Eventually he was returned to Cuba. However, the debate caused by this event still is relevant today: what is the place of immigrant children in American society? There is the hard-line approach: the idea that an illegal immigrant is illegal, and should be deported. However, some people take a different stance on children. Since many believe children are the future, and can learn and be useful to society despite their illegal status, are they a special case? Today we will discuss the story of Ruben Vives, a boy who was almost sent away as an illegal immigrant, but managed to stay in the U.S., get an education, and is now contending for a Pulitzer Prize.



Ruben Vives, reporter for the Los Angeles Times



Shawn Hubler, columnist who wrote a profile of Ruben Vives for the Orange Coast magazine




2:06 – 2:19




2:21 – 2:39

You have the right to remain silent—unless you’re a terrorism suspect

When Barack Obama was elected president his most liberal supporters were hopeful that he would make the reversal of several Bush-era terrorism laws a priority—from the Patriot Act to Guantanamo Bay, candidate and President Obama said he would implement a new approach to the rule of law, even for terrorism suspects.  Two years into his term, President Obama has disappointed many of those liberal supporters by affirming and carrying on the Bush-era terror rules, and last week he took one rule even further than his predecessor.  A memorandum from the Obama Department of Justice further whittled away Miranda rights (you have the right to remain silent, etc.) for terrorism suspects, allowing investigators to hold suspected domestic terrorists longer than others without reading their rights.  The new rules give interrogators more latitude and flexibility to define what counts as an appropriate circumstance to waive Miranda rights.  Is this a necessary step for national security or an erosion of personal liberties?



Steven Engel, partner at the law firm Dechert LLP; former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel for the Department of Justice during the Bush administration



Stephen Saltzberg, professor of law & co-director of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program at George Washington University


-         Thinks the Obama administration is beginning to align closely with Bushs policies.

-         He is a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Terrorism & the Law & the ABA’s Advisory Group on Citizen Detention & Enemy Combatant Issues.



2:41 – 2:58:30

Joseph Nye's The Future of Power

In a world where China and India are growing in influence, what is the place of the perennial superpower the United States? Nye, an international relations theorist, works on answering this question in his book The Future of Power. In this book, he focuses on applying his theory of ‘smart power’ to explain past historical events. Rather than merely outlining the uses of soft power (i.e. diplomatic power and cultural influence) and hard power (military force), he looks at the historical uses of power relative to the goals of a nation. This book then helps analyze the future of American power, and again Nye pushes for the future of soft power and his vision of ‘smart power.’



Joseph Nye, former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School and originator of the term "soft power." His latest book is The Future of Power


-         Nye served in the Carter and Clinton administrations in the state and defense departments, respectively.

-         Nye's written about the changing nature of power in the global information age—particularly the US's future prospects against the rise of China, India and other countries (he's optimistic), cyberpower and security, and the voice that the internet has given non-government organizations in world politics.  Mr. Nye … cast[s] doubt on the idea that America is in precipitate decline.


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