Monday, February 18, 2019

Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Vote, Legalizing Marijuana, Women Working, Democracy Promotion, Checkpoint Alert

By Adam Dick - February 18, 2019 at 09:41AM

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted is out. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:

In 1953, the CIA, which is one of three principal parts of the national-security branch of the federal government, secretly initiated a regime-change coup in Iran, one that not only ousted from power the democratically elected prime minister of the country, Mohammed Mossadegh, but also destroyed Iran’s experiment with democracy. That’s ironic, of course, given that U.S. officials are always reminding people how enamored they are with “democracy.”
Hornberger also describes in his article what followed in Iran — a description that provides a warning for people thinking a US-backed overthrow of the Venezuela government will help Venezuelans. Hornberger writes in part:
For the next 25 years, the Shah and the CIA-trained and CIA-supported SAVAK ruled Iran with a brutal and oppressive iron fist. Indefinite detention, brutal torture, kangaroo trials, and executions were hallmarks of the Shah’s regime.
Issue five.

Joe Setyon reported last week at Reason that the New York City Police Department has informed Google that the police department “will pursue all legal remedies to prevent the continued posting” of so-called drunk driving checkpoints’ locations by individuals using the Waze application. The police department says in a February 2 cease-and-desist letter to Google that “posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving.” Setyon wisely counters that posting such information is “a help to any sober driver who wants to avoid the delays and hassle that these Fourth Amendment–shredding checkpoints impose.”

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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