September 16 - Islamophobia Strikes a 14 Year-Old Inventor in Texas; The Future of People Power in Guatemala; Trump and America's Emerging Form of New Totalitarianism

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Part 1

We begin with the arrest of a 14 year old Muslim boy who is a member of the Robotics Club at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. He brought a home-made digital alarm clock to school that a teacher decided was a bomb and young Ahmed Mohamed soon found himself handcuffed and fingerprinted by police who ignored his pleas that he had built an alarm clock, insisting “so you tried to make a bomb?” Mike Ghouse, the Executive Director of the American Muslim Institution in Washington D.C. and the former President of the Together Foundation in Dallas, Texas joins us to discuss this overwrought example of Islamophobia that has provoked outrage with Facebook’s head Mark Zuckerberg tweeting “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep Building.” And has President Obama tweeting, “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”

Part 2

Then Victoria Sanford joins us in the studio to do a follow-up on people power in Guatemala, following the popular uprising that ousted Guatemala’s corrupt president who is now in jail. We will examine how a young generation of activists using social media, are challenging the oligarchical power structure whose long history of being in league with a brutal military in bed with drug traffickers, has turned Guatemala into a narco-democracy. We look into whether the upcoming election could end the loss of 30% of the country’s budget to corruption and deal with the shameful fact that 50% of Guatemalan children suffer from chronic malnutrition in a country with Central America’s biggest economy.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Henry Giroux, the current Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada and the co-author of “Disposable Future: Violence in the Age of Spectacle”. We will discuss his article at Truthout “Political Frauds and Ghosts of Totalitarianism” and the lack of civic literacy in the U.S., combined with celebrity worship in the Press, that has led to a casino-capitalist’s terrifying rise to the top of the GOP in what is an emerging form of new totalitarianism.