War & Peace

Terrorism: Motive & Solidarity

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Clayton Morgareidge, for the Old Mole Variety Hour, January 4, 2010

 In a violent world, where violence provokes more violence, there are enemies everywhere. Powerful nations create enemies among the less powerful and among their people. Thus our war on, and of, terror. 

There are two very different ways of thinking about our enemies – about people who want to do us in. One way is the way we treat garden pests: figure out how to identify them and then how to either fence them out or destroy them. In the case of human enemies, we can also hope that our methods inspire enough fear to deter them from doing what they want to do. This approach is energized by hatred because killing people comes more easily to us if we hate those we are killing. Then our killing is a natural part of how we feel – angry and afraid.   We don’t have to understand the motives of our enemies: it’s enough to call them evil or crazy. 

Terrorism: Motives & Solidarity

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Mon, 01/04/2010

Examining the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the young Nigerian man who tried set off an explosion on a plane from Amsterdam as it approached Detroit on Christmas day, Clayton Morgareidge suggests that terrorist acts can result from the frustration of the democratic desire for solidarity.   For the text of this commentary and links to sources, go here.  

7:12 minutes (4.13 MB)

Life During Wartime Top 10's 2009

Our Top Ten Records decided at 2 am after a show... don't hold us to it, but we have good taste!

Wasted Time – Futility
Destino Final – Atropados
Needles – Disastre
Marked Men – Ghosts
Iron Lung/Walls/Pig Heart Transplant - Public Humiliation
Condominium 7” ‘s
Reigning Sound - Love and Curses
Fy Fan 7"
Complications
Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans


Demos
Frozen Teens - From Minneapolis
Semen - From Basque Country
Manipulation - From Chicago
Arctic Flowers - Locals
Me Das Asko - From LA

Reissues
Zero Boys
Raincoats
The Ex
The Fems
The Nixe
Social Unrest
Die Kreuzen
The Rats
Eddie and the Subtitles
Government Issue
 

Voices from the Edge on 12/31/09

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Thu, 12/31/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A look at the best and worst of the year and decade in Portland

A look back at the best and the worst of the year and decade.

 

A 12-year-old girl shot by police with a beanbag, failed attempt to recall the mayor, new community journalism, solving Portland's gang problem, race and recession...these are just some of the issues Voices from the Edge covered during 2009. This week well be taking a look back the lows and highs in the Rose City the last 12 months as well as memorable moments earlier in the decade: remember Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Mayor Katz's River Renaissance, or Columbia Villa?

The Decade In Review: Call in with your Best and Worst of the Decade

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Tue, 12/29/2009

 Hosted by Joe Uris

Today's show will be The Decade In Review...  Joe will seed the discussion with some of his own observations, then ask for yours.

57:40 minutes (26.41 MB)

Palestinian Christians speak in Portland

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Thu, 12/24/2009

Christians around the world are gathering to prepare for Christmas. But in Bethlehem, where the Christian religion began, the population lives under a military occupation, and surrounded by a Wall.

Two Palestinian Christians, one from Nazareth, and one from Bethlehem, spoke recently at the Portland Central Library about their lives.
 
This hour, we will listen to the stories of these two Palestinian Christians - Hala Gores and Saed Bannoura.
49:13 minutes (45.07 MB)

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 12/30/09

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Wed, 12/30/2009 - 9:00am - 8:00pm
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Israel's Gaza Invasion - one year later

Israel's Gaza Invasion: One year later

After a devastating Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip from Dec. 27, 2008 - Jan. 20, 2009 which resulted in over 1400 Palestinians killed by Israelis and 5 Israelis killed by Palestinians, the population of Gaza has been unable to rebuild the 20,000 destroyed homes and buildings due to an ongoing Israeli-imposed siege.  A year after the attack, we look at what role the US has played in the ongoing assault on Gaza, the solidarity marches which will be arriving at the Gaza border as we speak, and examine the history of the refugee population of the Gaza Strip.  Tune in from 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, December 30th, for our all day special on Gaza.

Activists challenge robotic warfare and growth of drone industry in Columbia Gorge

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 12/23/2009

The manufacture of unmanned drones for the military is a growing industry in the Columbia Gorge, with Boeing/Insitu now employing nearly 700 people.

27:34 minutes (12.62 MB)

December 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/21/2009

 This show, hosted by Tom Becker,  asks whether higher taxes in Oregon on corporations and wealth individuals would help the economy;  whether  the latest healthcare bill is worth supporting; and what  are the political impications of the military's use of the  label  "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder".

54:01 minutes (30.91 MB)

Health Care Reform, and Citizen Soldier's Study on the Mental Health of our Soldiers

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Tue, 12/22/2009

Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

It's an end-of-the-year grab bag as Abe and Joe toss around a number of hot topics, and then hand them off to callers. On the docket are the health care 'reform' bill, a study from Citizen Soldier on the mental health of our soldiers, and a friendly note from a listener.

 
 

 
59:13 minutes (27.11 MB)
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