Old Mole Variety Hour
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Jan Haaken and Alan Wieder talk about South African politics and his recent tour there promoting his book "Ruth First and Joe Slovo: the war against apartheid". Jan asks Alan how he took it upon himself to tell the story of a contested history of political struggle. He talks about how the socialist revolution in South Africa, supported by the Soviet Union, never really turned into a socialist revolution; how after the fall of apartheid that the capitalist state reproduced itself; and Nelson Mandela's political historical significance.
Alan will be talking about his book and experiences that inform it at Broadway Books on August 20th from 7-8pm.
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Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and hear:
- Bill Resnick talks with Peter Bratsis about human nature caught between self-interest and democracy
- Iven Hale reflects on the origins and legacy of political slogan "the personal is political."
- Joe talks with Jeff Shantz about Especifismo and anarchist organizing
- Jan Haaken and Alan Wieder talk about South African politics and his recent book-tour there
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- Length: 57:24 minutes (52.55 MB)
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The US is again promoting peace talks between the Israeli government and Palestinian leaders. Is there a way beyond the current impasse? Roane Carey is the author of The New Intifada and The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the prospects and many obstacles to peace. Carey is also managing editor of The Nation.
What can we in Portland do to end the continuing forms of racism identified by Michele Alexander in her book The New Jim Crow? Cara Dugas reports on last week's meeting sponsored by the Portland International Socialist Organization and The Portland Campaign to End the New Jim Crow -- also available on Facebook.
The history of community radio in the US has a long history going back to the late 1940s, and is woven into the political context of its changing times -- from the Cold War and McCarthyism to Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the anti-nuke movement of the 1970s and the Occupy Movement of 2011-12 -- and more. Paul Roland uses archival material to tell some of this story which includes the origins and history of KBOO's political activism.
For more, check out these links:
Opening and closing song: Fishbone, "Modern Industry"
"KPFA On the Air" documentary produced by independent filmmaker
Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood, 2000. Available through
www.selverproductions.com. Information about the film also available
at California Newsreel ("Film and Video for Social Change since 1968")
Information on the history of Pacifica available at kpfa.org.
Molly Stentz, WORT news facilitator, spoke at the National Conference
on Media Reform in Boston in 2011. More about the conference at
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Mole, dealing with the upcoming US sponsored Israeli-Palistinian talks, what's happening in Portland to confront "the new Jim Crow," and some history of community radio including KBOO.
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Chris Toensing of the Middle East Report talks with Bill Resnick about the recent overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government elected a year ago in Egypt. Arguing that Morsi's government continued a number of Mubarak's neoliberal economic policies that are repressive to labor, and that it failed to provide needed order and services, Toensing suggests understanding Morsi's ouster as a kind of democratically-popular coup, and a continuation of the popular calls that began three years ago for bread, freedom, and social justice. But for the US government to recognize the events as a coup would entail a change of US policy toward Egypt.
After the interview, we hear a clip of electro-cha3bi music from the Cairo Liberation Front.
Joe Clement discusses a movie mole review of the documentary Shift Change on worker-owned cooperatives, and talks with Adam and Daisy about their plans for a collectively-owned and -run pub in Portland.
For more information or to make suggestions, attend a potluck in Laurelhurst Park on Friday July 26th; games, food, and beer will be available starting at 4 pm.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Susanna Moore's novel The Life of Objects. It's about WWII seen through the eyes of a poor young Irish woman who is invited to the home of a wealthy German family to make lace. It begins in 1938. The family (though previously politically influential) retreats from Nazi politics, and in fact, retreats to a country estate where most of the book takes place. Having refused a foreign ambassador position under the Nazi's, the male landowner is under increasing scrutiny. Larry finds it to be a wonderful novel about how German resisters lived through the war and how they were treated as Russian and American forces entered Germany. A sad and lovely story about the loyalty she comes to feel for this family and their attempts to protect her in what becomes a hostile country.