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The Monitor: The conflict in Lebanon. The US racial wealth divide.
ALI ABUNIMAH on the conflict in Lebanon

Ali AbuNimah

 Mark Bebawi will discuss background and context of the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah with our guest, Ali Abunimah.  He is a full-time researcher in social policy at the University of Chicago.A writer and commentator on Middle East and Arab-American affairs, Abunimah’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Jordan Times, Lebanon’s Daily Star and Ha’aretz, among others. He is a frequent guest on local, national and international radio and television, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the BBC, PBS and many others. Abunimah lectures frequently at colleges in the United States.

He was born in the United States and grew up in Europe. Both of his parents are originally from Palestine. He received his BA from Princeton University and MA from the University of Chicago. Abunimah travels often to the Middle East.  

His recent book contributions include “No Justice, No Peace,” in “The Anti-Capitalism Reader,” edited by Joel Schalit. New York: Akashic Books, 2002; “The US Media and the New Intifada” (with Hussein Ibish) in “The New Intifada,” edited by Roane Carey. New York: Verso Books, 2001; “The Palestinian Right of Return” (with Hussein Ibish), Washington, DC: ADC, 2001; “The Media’s Deadly Spin on Iraq” (with Rania Masri) in “Iraq Under Siege” edited by Anthony Arnove. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2002 (Updated Edition).

Visit Electronic Lebanon, Electronic Intifada and Electronic Iraq to stay up to date with Ali’s latest articles.

BETSY LEONDAR-WRIGHT discusses the US racial wealth divide


co-host Pokey Anderson welcomes Betsy Leondar-Wright back to the show, to continue our discussions of wealth disparity and class in America.  Betsy has co-authored a new book, “The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide.”Betsy has been communications director at United for a Fair Economy for nine years. A long-time economic justice organizer and researcher, she is also the author of Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists (New Society Publishers, 2005.)  She is a co-author of UFE’s report, “The State of the Dream 2005: Disowned in the Ownership Society,” and co-editor of The Wealth Inequality Reader (Dollars and Sense, 2004).  She lives in Boston.

“The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide,” by Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson, with United for a Fair Economy
“Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists,” by Betsy Leondar-Wright

United for a Fair Economy
“‘ America is a meritocracy’, my father always told me. The harder he worked, the more money he got: clear cause and effect. But my father had a legacy that he couldn’t see, a legacy he only got because he is white. He was a World War II-era veteran, and bought his first house with a Veterans Administration mortgage, which almost all veterans of color were denied. His parents got Social Security old-age benefits when the program excluded domestic and agricultural workers, which meant that most people of color did not qualify. Of course effort and talent make a difference in climbing the staircase to prosperity. But for most white men, the staircase has been an escalator powered by public assistance. Historically, for people of color, the escalator has been broken or has run backwards.”     — Betsy Leondar-Wright

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