This week on NOW:
Bill Moyers interviews Jessica Tuchman Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP). It was the CEIP that put forth the idea of coercive inspections the proposal for a more muscular approach to inspections, including the use of selective force if necessary as the course to be taken instead of pre-emptive regime change. Dr. Mathews discusses the impact that a war with Iraq would have on the future of the United Nations, the situation in Iraq and the throughout the Middle East, and the role the U.S. plays within the international community.
Dr. Marc Siegel, assistant professor of medicine at New York University and practicing internist since 1990, comments on what he sees as a disturbing change in the medical profession in the last five years. Pharmaceutical companies have had most of their restrictions lifted on the way that they can advertise, and there has been a five-fold increase in spending on ads aimed directly at patients.
Bill Moyers interviews John Brady Kiesling, career diplomat most recently in the post of political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. Kiesling was the first diplomat to resign in protest over U.S. policy toward Iraq. His letter of resignation to Colin Powell garnered worldwide attention.
Bill Moyers pays tribute to Fred Danback, who, along with the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association, convinced the U.S. Attorneys’ office to take Anaconda, the wire company that was dumping industrial waste into the Hudson River, to court in 1971. Danback risked his livelihood to testify against his employer, resulting in a landmark environmental case.