Protest and action

Flashpoints on 04/02/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 04/02/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

A report on protests at the G-20 Summit in London, financial consultant Catherine Austin Fitts on the economic crisis, and a report on the new right wing government of Israel.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2009

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Sun, 03/29/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show features a discussion of the politics of urban planning and its effect on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland.  We also hear a eulogy for the late labor song folklorist Archie Green; a critique of the press's treatment of the Rihanna - Chris Brown violence case; and a discussion with a  leading Marxist about openings for socialism in the current economic crisis.  To hear the whole show, click the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Leo Panitch and Bill Resnick discuss the economic crisis and the prospects for socialist solutions.

53:11 minutes (30.43 MB)

Socialism and the Crisis

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Sun, 03/29/2009

Leo Panitch is a Marxist political scientist at York University.  In this interview, he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current crisis of capitalism  and what opportunities for socialism can be found.  He is the author of many books and articles, most recently Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination

 

18:53 minutes (10.81 MB)

The History of Mexican - U.S. Relations

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Mon, 03/30/2009

 Host Joe Uris discusses the history of the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. in celebration of the birthday of the late leader Cesar Chavez.  Joe will talk about the Mexican-American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the "Zoot Sui

56:03 minutes (25.66 MB)

Flashpoints on 03/31/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 03/31/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dennis Bernstein interviews Marjorie Cohen, President of the National Lawyer's Guild, about a Spanish judge targeting members of the Bush Administration for war crimes. Later Dennis speaks with former CIA operative Ray McGovern about President Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan.

Flashpoints on 03/27/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Fri, 03/27/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Today Flashpoints presents journalist Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada on Gaza, what's happening there and what are the possibilities for the future. Abunimah was recorded this week in the Bay Area.

State Secrets and the Obama Administration

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Wed, 03/25/2009

The Bush administration hid behind the state secrets privilege to spy on the American people. President Obama promised change but recent court battles suggest the threats to our civil liberties will continue.  Will the Obama administration continue to use the privilege of the presidency to hide unconstitutional actions from the public?   We The People talked to Portland attorney Tom Nelson earlier this week to discuss how a local case of illegal spying could shed some light on the future of government surveillance on Americans.

58:24 minutes (40.11 MB)

Alternative Radio

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Arundhati Roy - Terrorism: No Easy Answers (interview)

Host David Barsamian speaks with Arundhati Roy, the celebrated author of "The God of Small Things" and winner of the prestigious Booker Prize. "The New York Times" calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence." Howard Zinn praises her "powerful commitment to social justice." She is the recipient of the Lannan Award for Cultural Freedom. Her latest books are "The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile," a collection of interviews with David Barsamian, and "An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire."

There are myriad types of terrorism. But the focus is highly selective. 200,000 Indian farmers killing themselves because of debt or 4,000 children dying everyday around the world because of no access to clean water are not considered. Nor are massacres of Muslims in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra or of Sikhs
in New Delhi.  Nor are the tens of thousands of Kashmiris killed by the Indian military. The attention and emphasis is overwhelmingly on car bombings, 9/11 and Mumbai type of attacks. Massive state terrorism is not up for discussion unless the state is a designated enemy of Washington's such as Iran and Syria. America and its allies
such as Israel and India get a free pass. Can you imagine Charlie Rose or Wolf Blitzer asking Kissinger or Rice or other apparatchiks of the empire about state terrorism? Maybe when pigs fly.

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

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Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of "Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent." Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Canada now produces more oil than Texas or Saudi Arabia. Canadian tar sand oil is dirtier and more environmentally destructive than conventional oil. 

In his recent book Tar Sands: Diry Oil and the Future of a Continent, Nikiforuk critiques the oil industry, oil-friendly bureaucrats, and petrol-guzzling North Americans for contributing to the problem. Nikiforuk will speak on Tuesday March 31st at 7-9 PM at the First Unitarian Church at SW 12th and Main. This is a KBOO co-sponsored event.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2009

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Sun, 03/22/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.  

To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  "Give Them All Pitchforks!" -- Well-read Red Laurie Mercier on the popular outrage about AIG.

2.  Fred McKissack from Rethinking Schools talks with Bill Resnick about "merit" pay for teachers.

51:28 minutes (29.45 MB)
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