Hosted by: David Barsamian
Jeremy Scahill - Blackwater: Mercenary Army (Lecture) A hidden story of the U.S. war on Iraq has been the use private contractors, a shadow force almost as big as the American army. The major company operating in Iraq and raking in millions of dollars in taxpayer money is Blackwater. The well-connected North Carolina-based firm is the elite Praetorian Guard of the so-called war on terror. Blackwater and other private armies apparently operate with no supervision or oversight. Their crimes go unpunished. Gen William Caldwell, the top spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, said: "Contractors are out of our lane, and we don't comment on them." Jeremy Scahill is the author of the bestseller "Blackwater: The Rise
Interview with Jean-Pierre Dessou about poverty and homelessness in
Togo, West Africa, and an interview with Brian Lindstrom, documentary
film maker working on Alien Boy, a film telling the story of
Jim Chasse, focusing on his last day, when Portland police stomped him.
They believed he was a drug dealer when he was a person dealing with
schizophrenia who in his earlier life had been a musician of local
note. Interesting juxtaposition of the lack of social stigma of
poverty in Togo and the police beating of Jim instigated in large part
by his appearance. Togo knows community. Portland's police don't.
Hosted by Luz María Gordillo, this show is about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) life and culture. Bill Resnick inteviews historian Estelle Freedman about the meaning of the sexual revolution. The Movie Moles review D.E.B.S., a lesbian-spy spoof. Luz María talks with multidisciplnary artist, writer and performer Adelina Anthony. The featured music is by Kate Reid, and who is also interviewed. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. The hear individual segments, follow the links below:
Today’s program features Kate Reid, a charming and in-your-face songwriter whose music is full of great story-telling, humor, and political commentary. Luz María Gordillo will interview her. Luz María will also talk with Adelina Anthony a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, originally from San Antonio, Texas. Her work addresses many issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities. The movie moles will review a Lesbian spy spoof/satire called "D.E.B.S." All this plus a Bill Resnick interview with professor of women's history and feminist studies Etstelle Freedman.
We will speak with Reed professor Darius Rejali, author of "Torture and Democracy"; Princeton Theological Seminary professor George Hunsinger, author of "Torture is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims and People of Conscience Speak"; and Kevin Finney of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and an organizer of "An Interfaith Forum on the Ethics of Torture and Human Rights" that will take place in Portland, Eugene, and Bend later this month.
Host Ariel Gore speaks with Matthew Diaz, the former Navy officer who disclosed the names and serial numbers of the prisoners in Guantanamo, for which he was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison. He won the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. (www.friendsofmattdiaz.com)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the prisoners in Guantanamo had the right to a hearing in Federal court. this was one of the most important Human Rights cases ruled on by the court in decades. Twice the Bush Administration and the Congress had tried to put these prisoners outside the reach of the courts.