Human rights

End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

-A

Naomi Wolf Live: Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, PT 2

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Wed, 10/29/2008

Naomi Wolf, author of Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries is interviewd for We The People by contributor Linda Olson-Osterlund.  She talks about what she calls a coup by the Bush administration.

In Part 2 she answers calls from Kboo listeners and talks about actins taht can be taken to restore democracy in the United States.

For more information see http://naomiwolf.org

 

29:23 minutes (26.91 MB)

Guess Who's Coming to Radio??!! playlist for 10/29/2008

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10/29/2008

this is about the elections, condolences, and purpose..  RIP to levi stubbs!

Ban The Box

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 10/26/2008

Prison Pipeline presents another CR10 report. The subject - Ban the Box - Portland's own Patty Katz from Partnerships for Safety and Justice speaks a the workshop in California and tells her story of crime, incarceration and now her crusade with PS&J to "Ban the Box" from employment applications that require telling "YES" convicted of a felon.

25:25 minutes (23.27 MB)

End game

 We knew it would come down to this.

The Republicans can't win on the issues. The well of fear-mongering has run dry. Most Americans now realize that Barack Obama is, in fact, black.

So they're trying to steal it, like we knew they would. The long-expected voter purges have begun, and the GOP -- in the name of God and country, no doubt -- are trying to disenfranchise thousands of Americans. We're lucky here in Oregon, in that our vote-by-mail system is largely immune to this garbage. But in places like Georgia, Ohio, and Florida, the game is afoot.

To me, it doesn't get much dirtier than this -- if it looks like you're gonna lose the election, do your level best to make sure only the Right Kind of People vote.

-A

Radiozine

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Tue, 10/28/2008 - 10:00am - 10:30am

October 27th marks the second anniversary of the murder of independent journalist Brad Will in Oaxaca, Mexico.  The Mexican government has marked the occasion by arresting a number of activist leaders and charging them with Brad's murder.

Interview: Andy Worthington talks about the Presidential Election & Guantanamo

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Radiozine
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Sun, 10/26/2008

Andy Worthington Author of The Guantanamo Files: The stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison talks with host Linda Olson-Osterlund about the most recent developments at Guantanamo and what difference the upcoming Presidential election will make to the prisoners there. www.andyworthington.co.uk/

30:13 minutes (13.84 MB)

Civil Liberties Watch: Transgender Federal Court Victory

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Evening News
program date: 
Sun, 10/19/2008

Diane Schroer a former commander in the US Army Special Forces won a landmark sex discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress for rescinding a job offer when they were informed she was transitioning.

For more information see the ACLU website

4:04 minutes (3.72 MB)

One Land, Many Voices - Joel Kovel, author of OVERCOMING ZIONISM, and Deborah Rohan, author of THE OLIVE GROVE ...

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program date: 
Thu, 10/23/2008

Program hosts Hala Gores and William Seaman talk with Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, and Deborah Rohan, author of The Olive Grove: A Palestinian Story.

58:22 minutes (20.04 MB)

Movie Moles: "Considering Democracy"

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Sun, 10/19/2008

Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the documentary "Considering Democracy." 

What does the rest of the world think of U.S. domestic and foreign policy? While the U.S. is perceived as a beacon of democracy, how does it compare to other democratic nations? Americans are continually told through their media that freedom and democracy are supported abroad, but is it true?  This  one-hour film takes us  around the world to see what people think. 

 

9:40 minutes (5.54 MB)
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