The Muslim World and the US: KPFK Wed. 7/14

How Obama should engage the Muslim World: historian JUAN COLE says the Muslim world is not a bloc but rather is full of close allies or potential allies; Al-Qaeda is not a mass movement but rather a small political cult; US  “energy independence” is impossible — we will need Islamic oil for the rest of the 21st century.  Juan writes theblog “Informed Comment”; his book Engaging the Muslim World will be out in paperback in Sept.

Also: How a new form of slavery was imposed on hundreds of thousands of African-Americans after the Civil War: DOUGLAS BLACKMON found that tens of thousands of southern blacks were arrested, often for “vagrancy;” unable to pay their fines, they were sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries and farm plantations. His book Slavery by Another Name won 2009 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction; it’s out now in paperback.

Plus: Is Dick Cheney now the leader of the Republican Party? BART GELLMAN of the Washington Post talks about Cheney’s past — his hidden role in the Bush administration’s most fateful choices: shifting focus from al Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting “cruel and inhuman” methods of interrogation.  Bart Gellman’s book ANGLER, out now in paperback, won the L.A. Times Book Prize for Nonfiction for 2009.  Watch Bart Gellman on The Daily Show HERE.
show originally broadcast 5-6-09.