As Christians around the world prepare for the annual Christmas holiday, Christians who live in Bethlehem say that their plight has been neglected and forgotten. Christian Palestinians have lived in Bethlehem since the time of Christ, but have faced dislocation and repression since Israel was created in 1948.
This hour, we examine the situation of Bethlehem today, including a report on al-Wallaja village, which is a Christian Palestinian village located just outside of Bethlehem, produced by Ghassan Bannoura and Hazem Jamjoum; an interview with Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh of Bethlehem University; and a report on solidarity ‘From Brooklyn to Bethlehem’.
On a special edition of Flashpoints, Nora Barrows-Friedman brings us the keynote speech by Ali Abunimah from last week's Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment conference at Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts. Ali Abunimah is editor and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, and author of the book One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Fourteen Oregonians died last month in five murder-suicides and one attempted murder suicide. Why this sudden outbreak now of men using guns to murder their spouses, ex-spouses and themselves when domestic violence homicides in Oregon have been on the decline? In 1997, 22 domestic violence homicides took place in Multnomah County alone. In recent years, the state average has been eight murder-suicides a year. Is it the economic climate, a lack of social services, or deep-rooted cultural issues?
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Jennifer Warren, LCSW, a counselor with Portland's Men's Resource Center/Women's Counseling Center since 1998. She specializes in domestic violence intervention and recovery, and has worked extensively with men and women arrested for domestic violence. Join us in this discussion about what's behind domestic violence murder-suicides, how the problem is being addressed and what needs to be done to stop the violence.
Lisa Loving hosts a discussion about race, class and urban planning. Her guest is Dianne Riley of the Coalition for a Livable Future, talking about recent trends toward “racial isolation” in area schools and neighborhoods. Gentrification, segregated schools, poverty – do we have the tools to fix them?
Jo Ann and Dave talked about the recent demonstration by the Portland Police Association, in which the association expressed a vote of no confidence in Chief Sizer and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman following the latter's decision to suspend Officer Chris Humphreys for excessive use of force against a 12-year-old girl.
Vietnam Redux -- Abe and Joe examine President Obama's fateful decision to escalate the War in Afghanistan.
Like LBJ before him in Vietnam, President Obama plans to escalate the War in Afghanistan. Abe and Joe examine the lessons of history, and opine as to how the president's choice may impact the remainder of his time in office.
Featuring Special Guests: Dr. Darrell Millner Professor of Black Studies and Max Rameau from Take Back the Land
For our fifth installment, we are joined in the studio with two special guests. Scholar, historian, and professor Dr. Darrell Millner from Portland State University and Max Rameau from Take Back the land join us in studio! The topic for today, gentrification.
Intro Song: Open Letter to a Landlord Living Colour
This week the guests are Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and Zahi Damuni, co-founder of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. The topics are the escalation of evictions and house demolitions in East Jerusalem, and the Palestinians uprooted from Iraq following the 2003 US invasion.
KBOO interviews Dhoruba bin Wahad, who is speaking from a hotel in Jordan after being detained and then denied entry into Palestine by Israeli authorities. bin Wahad is a former political prisoner in the US who was charged in 1971 with the murder of two police officers, but was vindicated nineteen years later when a judge ruled that the FBI had fabricated evidence in order to frame bin Wahad of a crime he didn't commit.
As an African-American, on his way to a conference on political prisoners convened by the Palestinian Authority in the city of Jericho, bin Wahad feels that he was racially profiled, along with his travelling companion Naji Mujahid - the only two African Americans on a busload of white tourists.