KBOO news reporter Michael Gene Horowitz quizzes moderate aristocrat, Hon. Luani, and bar association president Laki Niu about a compromise proposal to inaugurate democracy in the Kingdom of Tonga, recently floated by Luani's Political Reform Committeee in Parliament.
Per Fagereng interviewed Raed Jarrar about the new Bush-Malaki agreement and more. Jarrar, who was born and raised in Iraq, is Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee.
He says: "While the agreement gives lip service to protecting Iraqi sovereignty and democracy, it in fact undermines these very things. It is a major step in the attempt to make permanent U.S. domination of Iraq, thus undermining any real sovereignty. And it attempts to circumvent any democratic process whereby the Iraqi people or parliament have a say over agreements like this.
An emergency rally to stop the expansion of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was held in Portland. Organized by a number of local groups, the rally was held outside the Federal Building on Southwest Third.
One of the speakers was Centolia Maldonado Vasquez, a Mexican community leader.She spoke with KBOO reporter Linda Olson-Osterlund today:
And the City Council postponed its vote on whether to change the name of Interstate Avenue to Cesar Chavez Avenue.The item was originally scheduled for this morning’s city council meeting, but will now be voted on tomorrow at 3 pm at City Hall.
With all the controversy surrounding the renaming, KBOO news would like to take a short moment to give a little background as to who Cesar Chavez was.
At today’s city council meeting in Portland, local activist Jeff Cook spoke to the council challenging a new rule that prevents citizens from speaking to the council without signing up in advance.Here’s part of his testimony from this morning’s meeting.
Twenty-five thousand people gathered last weekend at fort Benning, Georgia, for the 18th annual vigil to close the School of the Americas – now known as the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Studies.
The school has been documented to be a training ground for central and south American military officials, many of whom have engaged in torture and attacks on civilians after being trained at the School by U.S. Military officials.