Journalist Reese Erlich, recently back from Iran, talks about what's happening in the streets and co
The post-election political struggle in Iran is no longer front page news, but that doesn't mean that it has ceased to be important. Journalist Reese Erlich was in Iran for the elections, He’s now back in the states, closely monitoring events in Iran as they continue to unfold.. He joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to talk about the political movement that burst forth during and after the Iranian elections in June.
This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and its topics include the global politics of climate change, the history and role of Bitch Magazine, the right to be irate when being arrested, healthcare workers' fight for their own union, and a set of short stories about women, men, and cats.
Seven months into a new administration and the nation still finds itself embroiled in two Asian wars. Many Americans would have difficulty explaining how the Obama administration's conduct of these wars differs from the last administration's. They're certainly not being helped by policymakers and pundits who are working overtime to marginalize arguments for American withdrawal from the region. With the economy now people's foremost concern, how does the peace movement change the national conversation about war and peace?
As recent events in Iran have shown, technology has given ordinary people the power to inform neighbors down the street and strangers halfway around the world about important events regardless of government censorship or corporate media indifference. "Community media" - citizen-operated print, broadcast and digital technologies - is filling the information needs of a growing number of Americans. The Alliance for Community Media's 2009 international conferencerecently took place in Portland, where hundreds of media activists discussed new concepts in community media and challenge old ones.
Leading authority on Middle East politics, Dr. Jamal R. Nassar and Professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies, Steve Niva, talk about prospect for peace and the Obama administration's conflict with the Israeli government over settlements.
The emergency we are faced with is corporate rule. We are ruled by multinational corporations.
Here are some of the symptoms:
The war industry keeps our legislatures like concubines. Contributions for just last year amount to nearly $24 million, and 59% of that went to Democrats. You know, the rational, liberal party that's going to get us out of the wars? That one. fifty-nine percent. and it works. In past years the lions' share went to the Republicans. It's not a matter of ideology. It's whoever is in power.