3:35pm ET - Last year, New York
University opened a campus in The United Arab Emirates, and at the time serious
questions were raised about the conditions and exploitation of the migrant workers used for the construction as well as many other projects for Western
Institutions being built in the country.
Then on Monday, Andrew Ross,
a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, who is a
longtime activist and open critic of the labor conditions in the monarchy
learned that he had been barred from returning to the country as he was about
to board a plane at Kennedy International Airport to continue his research on
labor conditions there. Professor Ross joins
us today to talk about labor conditions and academic freedom in the UAE.
4:35pm ET - California, Maine, Massachusetts, and most recently New York, are among 18 states that have passed measures decriminalizing marijuana. The law, which helps first time offenders avoid jail time or a criminal record, treats possession of small amounts of marijuana as nothing more than a traffic violation. But amending the law only protects citizens from future crimes, not ones they've previously committed. However, earlier this week, a groundbreaking case in Connecticut, could move the U.S. one step closer to offering amnesty for people with criminal records as a result of marijuana convictions. Joining us today to discuss this case and the growing movement to offer amnesty to potheads is Abby Haglage, a reporter at The Daily Beast who covers diseases, drugs, and comedians. You can also follow Abby on twitter.
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