War & Peace

Flashpoints on 03/05/09

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Flashpoints
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Thu, 03/05/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

A new report challenges plans for a genetically engineered revolution in African agriculture, Catherine Austin Fitts on why President Obama wants Americans to invest in the stock market, and towns in Northern California continue their fight against military recruiting in the schools.

Flashpoints on 03/04/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 03/04/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Marjorie Cohn of the National Lawyers' Guild talks about recent documents that implicate many officials in the Bush administration in crimes of torture.

Dear Leader

 So, as we will discuss on the show tomorrow, Washington is in the throes of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. This is an event where the purest of the ideologically pure gather to congratulate themselves on having ascended to the pinnacle of Western civilization.

Predictably, hilarity ensues.

But this year, something strange happened when Rush Limbaugh delivered his much-anticipated speech the other night. Granted, Limbaugh constitutes a strange event in and of himself, but that's not what I mean. On Saturday, Limbaugh spoke for about 90 minutes, all of which was broadcast without commercial interruption on three different networks -- CNN, CSPAN, and FOX News. So he could, you know, talk about how he wants the president to fail:

 

‘It doesn’t matter to me what his race is. He’s liberal, and that’s what matters.’

‘The racism in our culture was exclusively and fully on display in the Democrat primary last year,’ Limbaugh said. ‘We didn’t ask if he was authentically black. What we were asking, was, ‘Was he wrong?’ We concluded, ‘Yes.’ ‘

‘The racism, the sexism, the bigotry that we are all charged with ... doesn’t exist on our side,’ he added. ‘We want everybody to succeed.’

 

What, I'm wondering, is so earthshaking about Rush Limbaugh that he deserves 90 minutes of uninterrupted time on commercial TV? Can anyone think of an analogous figure on the left that has ever been granted such a boon? Anyone?

Limbaugh is clearly the leader of the Republican Party. Newly-elected GOP chair Michael Steele is the latest luminary to be forced to issue an abject apology to El Rushbo. Conservatives cross this guy at their peril.

The good news is that if Rush is calling the tune, the party will soon be over. Could there be any clearer evidence of the fact that the GOP is now a rump party, with solid support only in the South?

-A

Peace Activist Rebecca Griggin, Explains Why Moving Aditional Troop to Afghanistan is a Mistake

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Evening News
program date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009

President Obama’s decision to send aditional troops to Afghanistan has raised the ire of the peace activist community.  
One such organisation, Peace Action West, feels that sending the supplemental seventeen thousand soldiers contradicts Obama’s promise of more diplomacy and less force.  
Rebecca Griffin, Political Director of Peace Action West, explains why she feels this new surge is a mistake.
 

2:36 minutes (2.39 MB)

War Crimes and Impunity

program date: 
Wed, 02/25/2009

The Rule of Law.  The idea that the will of the Rulers can be bound by laws. Since the Magna Carta, It's seemed like a pretty good idea.

This show addressed War Crimes and Impunity. Should the Bush administration be held accountable for possible war crimes?  What is the obligation of the Obama administration to restore the rule of law? 

We interviewed Chuck Sudetic co-author of "Madame Prosecutor: Confronting Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity" and Francis Boyle, University of Illinois law professor and internationally recognized expert on international law and human rights.

Post your comments and questions here. Just because the President does it, doesn't mean it's not illegal.

58:40 minutes (40.29 MB)

Flashpoints on 02/26/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 02/26/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

An interview with Dr. Mads Gilbert, one of the doctors allowed into Gaza to give emergency medical aid, on the effects of the DIME bombs used by Israel in the recent raid of Gaza.

Interview; Chuck Sudetic on Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations With Humanities Worst Criminals

program: 
Radiozine
program date: 
Thu, 02/19/2009

Madame Prosecutor: Confronting Humanities Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity is the memoir of Carla Del Ponte, former Chief Prosecutor for the  International Criminal Tribunals on Yugoslavia and on Rawanda. As the current Ambassador to Argentina for Switzerland she has been banned from talking about her own book due to its' allegedly inflammatory contents.   In her job as chief prosecutor over the first International War Crimes Tribunals since WWII, she confronted the culture of impunity that allows leaders to incite and commit acts of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing without fear of being held accountable.

29:07 minutes (26.66 MB)

Positively Revolting on 02/06/09

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Fri, 02/06/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Melodie Silverwolf and Crystal Leighty speak with Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong. This is part one of a two-part conversation, which continued on February 20th.

Ray McGovern Calls on the Obama Administration to prosecute Bush Officials for War Crimes

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Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2009

Ray McGovern is a 27-year veteran of the CIA.  He spoke on KBOO's Evening News about his call for criminal prosecution of the Bush administration.

9:30 minutes (4.35 MB)

One Land Many Voices on 02/27/09

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Fri, 02/27/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Host Hala Gores speaks with attorney Tom Nelson, who just returned from Gaza as a member of a National Lawyers Guild delegation of 8 attorneys who went to Gaza to assess the effects of the recent attacks on the Palestinian people, and to determine what, if any, violations of international law occurred and whether U.S. domestic law has been violated as a consequence. She also speaks with Bill Corcoran, President of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), who also just returned from a visit to Gaza. ANERA was incorporated in 1968 to help ease the suffering of Palestinian refugees after the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. It has become one of the largest American non-profits working solely in the Middle East for 40 years. In fiscal year 2008, ANERA delivered more than $50 million worth of donated medicine and medical supplies into Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

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