On the day that the White House announced it is recognizing the government of Cuba with plans to reopen the US Embassy that was shut down back in October 1960, host Dave Lindorff interviews Nalda Vigezzi, co-chair of the National Network on Cuba, an umbrella organization of groups that have for decades been pushing for an end to the US policy of hostility to and subversion of the Cuban government. i Vigezzi talks about the Cuban Five -- Cuban intelligence operatives who have been jailed in the US for over 14 years for their efforts to try and stop right-wing Cubans from bombing hotels in Cuba and other acts of terror, who have now been traded for several Cuban prisoners. She also discusses socialist Cuba's future, as relations with the capitalist US begin to open up.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee's just released report on torture by the CIA and military at US "dark sites" around the world and in Afghanistan was the topic of December 10th's "This Can't Be Happening!" program. Host Dave Lindorff interviews University of Illinois Law School professor Francis Boyle, an expert in international law, about the crimes of the Bush/Cheney administration, and of the Obama administration. Boyle has filed war crimes and torture charges against Bush, Cheney and a host of underlings including former Assistant Attorney General John Yoo at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Boyle says that while not much new came out of the Senate committee's report, the fact that the Senate put its imprimatur on the torture charges could put considerable pressure on the judges at the ICC to accept the case against Bush and Cheney & Co