Human rights

Guests Diana Buttu and Bernard Sabella talk about the seige in Gaza and emigration of Christian Arabs from the Middle East.

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Thu, 12/25/2008

In this program, hosts Hala Gores and William Seaman discuss the siege in Gaza, and other topics, with Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and former negotiator Diana Buttu. Further along in the program they discuss the issue of emigration of Christian Arabs from the Middle East with Professor of Sociology at Bethlehem University, Dr. Bernard Sabella.

58:28 minutes (20.08 MB)


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Tue, 01/13/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Linda Olson Osterlund interviews Siddarth Kara, author of "Inside the Business of Modern Slavery." Sex slaves form the backbone for one of the world's most profitable illicit enterprises. Kara has investigated the mechanics of the global sex trafficking business across four continents and assesses its devastaing human toil.


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Fri, 01/09/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Coverage of conflict in Gaza with live reports from journalists within the area and an interview with Richard Becker from the Answer Coalition.


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Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Updates from Gaza and an interview with a journalist leading a protest at the Israeli Consulate in Toronto where several protesters were arrested.

Circle A Radio

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Wed, 01/07/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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we discuss Hawaiian Sovereignty with Portland Author Elinor Langer, and Dr. Kekuni Blazedell, conven

Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She was deposed by opposition forces who called themselves the Committee of Safety,  with the help of the U.S. Marines.
On January 17, 1893, Queen Liliuokalani yielded her authority:
. . . Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.


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Tue, 01/06/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Reports from Gaza and an interview with noted journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about Israel and Palestine.

Books to Prisoners

Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 01/04/2009

Jonathan Farbowitz and Alex Fish from Books for Prisoners gave us an update about the program.

Books to Prisoners

P.O. Box 11222

Portland, OR 97211

Volunteer Nights are Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30-8pm. at 1112 NE Morton St.

Prisoners should sent request books from:

Seattle Books to Prisoners

c/o Left Bank Books

92 Pike St. Box A

Seattle, WA 98101

Book Donation Drop Boxes are located:

In Other Words Books

Roccos Pizza

Hollywood Theatre

Laughing Horse Books

Red & Black Cafe

Blackrose Bookstore

28:17 minutes (25.89 MB)

Index of leading asshattery indicators

 I love Harper's Index.

For those of you not familiar with it, Harper's Index appears near the front of every edition of Harper's magazine. It presents a sort of snapshot of current affairs by way of assembling a bunch of seemingly obscure, but ultimately telling, statistics. The index can really help break an issue down to irrefutable numbers in a way that cuts through ideological trappings.

Take the current iteration of Harper's Index, for example. It's all about the legacy of the Bush years, the whole fucking war-ridden, corrupt, incompetent, greedy, murderous, filthy lot of them. Here's just a few choice nuggets:


Percentage of Bush’s first 189 appointees who also served in his father’s administration: 42

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

Date on which the GAO sued Dick Cheney to force the release of documents related to current U.S. energy policy: 2/22/02

Number of other officials the GAO has sued over access to federal records: 0

Number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African men detained in the U.S. in the eight weeks after 9/11: 1,182

Number charged with an immigration violation: 762

Days since the federal government first placed the nation under an “elevated terror alert” that the level has been relaxed: 0

Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50

Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069


... and on and on. It's an itemized chronicle of catastrophic mis-government. Read the whole thing, and then print it off and give it to your Republican co-workers.


Guess Who's Coming to Radio??!! playlist for 01/01/2009

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dedicated to the folks going through war in the middle east, and all over...  also, this was a show in honor of the life of freddie hubbard.


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Fri, 01/02/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Luke Walden, co-author of The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts. The book tells the story of The Narcotic Farm, a federal hospital/prison for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky that opened in 1935 and closed forty years later.

Luke Walden is a documentary film cameraman and editor whose most recent credits include a film about UN peacekeeping in war-torn countries.

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