Politics

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/08/2009

Is the Obama  presidency more  of the "same old, same old"?  Or does it offer new political horizons for progressives?  This program looks at the new administration from several perspectives.  In honor of International Women's Day, we learn about Clara Zetkin, founder of this commemoration, and Peggy Seeger who brought a left feminist politics to folk music.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The foxes are still in charge of the financial henhouse, says Bill Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.  

51:45 minutes (29.61 MB)

The New Obama Coalition

program date: 
Sun, 03/08/2009

The Obama presidency is opening up significant new political space for  the left, says Linda Burnham, co-founder and former executive director of the Women of Color Resource Center.

Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what progressives can do in this new climate.   Read her Znet article on this topic here.  

15:25 minutes (8.83 MB)

Flashpoints on 03/13/09

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Flashpoints
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Fri, 03/13/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Financial consultant Catherine Austin Fitts on Bernie Madoff, the permanent war economy and new revelations about a Bush Administration executive assassination ring, former CIA operative Ray McGovern on APAC and it's attack on Chas Freeman, and an interview with a leading human rights attorney from Haiti.

Radiozine on 03/13/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 03/13/2009 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Robert Jensen: The Heart of Whiteness

Robert Jensen discusses and challenges the three pillars of our society: Racism, Patriarchy, and capitalism. He talks about the need for men to overcome patriarchy and the need for white folks to grasp the culture of white supremacy to bring.

From Global Voices for Justice, a non-profit media organisation based in Los Angeles, Ca.

Presswatch on 03/12/09

Program: 
Presswatch
Air date: 
Thu, 03/12/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Theresa Mitchell speaks with professor Paul Zarembka, author of "The Hidden History of 9-11."

Zarembka will be lecturing and signing his book on Saturday, March 14th at 2PM at Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th Ave, Portland Oregon

Zarembka addresses the question of how much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9/11. Also, how compromised is the evidence against alleged hijackers because of serious authentication problems with a key Dulles Airport videotape? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings that day? How inseparably connected are Western covert operations to al-Qaeda?
How is Islamophobia used to sustain US imperialism?

Paul Zarembka is professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Editor since 1977 of Research in Political Economy, this series of twenty-four annual volumes addresses economic and political issues from the perspective of the social classes involved. He is the author of Toward a Theory of Economic Development and editor of Frontiers in Econometrics. Daniel McFadden’s chapter in the latter was a cited motivation for McFadden’s 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics. Zarembka is coeditor of Essays in Modern Capital Theory. He has been a senior researcher at the International Labor Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, a Fulbright-Hayes lecturer in Poznan, Poland. Currently working within the Marxist tradition on a book on the accumulation of capital, he been a union president on his campus and is currently its grievance officer for academics. The Hidden History of 9-11-2001 first appeared in 2006 as part of the Research in Political Economy series.

Flashpoints on 03/12/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 03/12/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Israel continues attacks on Gaza and carries out mass arrests in the West Bank. And a report on the rising level of child homelessness in the U.S.

Roberto Rodriguez on Holding the Bushies Accountable

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 03/10/2009

 Hosted by: Barbara Bernstein

Now that the Bush Administration is history, how do we hold Bush and his advisors, and their cronies in the financial sector who melted down the economy, accountable for high crimes and misdeamors?

53:50 minutes (24.65 MB)

Concerned over Central City Concern; Also Marching for Peace

Central City Concern, with a $33 million annual budget and 23 buildings, is the city's biggest nonprofit landlord in downtown Portland. Some of the nonprofit's tenants, however, say their landlord has let apartment buildings fall into disrepair and disregarded tenants'demands for action or even a chance to speak to Central City Concern's board about the problem.

Voices from the Edge on 03/12/09

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Thu, 03/12/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Concerned over Central City Concern; Also Marching for Peace

Central City Concern, with a $33 million annual budget and 23 buildings, is the city's biggest nonprofit landlord in downtown Portland. Some of the nonprofit's tenants, however, say their landlord has let apartment buildings fall into disrepair and disregarded tenants'demands for action or even a chance to speak to Central City Concern's board about the problem.

Locus Focus

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 03/11/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Now that the Bush adminstration is history how do we hold Bush and his advisors and their cronies in

The Bush administration is now history but its legacy continues to tear the world apart. Senator Patrick Leahy wants to create a Truth and Reconciliation Commision, modeled after ones in South Africa and Latin America - to probe the potentially criminal actions of this administration but many people are calling for stronger measures to hold these culprits accountable for the pain and destruction they have caused. A couple weeks comedian Bill Maher suggested executing a couple bankers who "poisoned our financial markets with tainted investments" as a warning to other greedy financial captains. A more serious proposal has been offered in an commentary for New American Media by today's Locus Focus guest Roberto Cintli Rodriguez.

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