War & Peace

eyeless in gaza

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Before I talk about the war on Gaza, I’d like to present a little background information.

 

 

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Updates from Gaza and an interview with a journalist leading a protest at the Israeli Consulate in Toronto where several protesters were arrested.

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Coverage of conflict in Gaza with reports from journalists within the area.

Radiozine

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Thu, 01/08/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Dave Mazza interviews Leuren Moret, geoscientist and international expert on depleted uranium, who speaks at the Friends Meeting House on Sunday, January 11th.

Radiozine

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Tue, 01/06/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with former South Dakota Senator James Abourezk about issues of Israel and Palestine.

Circle A Radio

Air date: 
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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we discuss Hawaiian Sovereignty with Portland Author Elinor Langer, and Dr. Kekuni Blazedell, conven

Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She was deposed by opposition forces who called themselves the Committee of Safety,  with the help of the U.S. Marines.
On January 17, 1893, Queen Liliuokalani yielded her authority:
. . . Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 5, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

Tom Becker hosts the first Old Mole show of 2009.  Topics include

Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow at the top of the page.  Hear individual pieces by following the links above, where you can also find links to more information.

 

51:28 minutes (29.46 MB)

Insane War in Gaza

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program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects."  So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker.  You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.

6:10 minutes (3.53 MB)

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 01/06/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Reports from Gaza and an interview with noted journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about Israel and Palestine.

Index of leading asshattery indicators

 I love Harper's Index.

For those of you not familiar with it, Harper's Index appears near the front of every edition of Harper's magazine. It presents a sort of snapshot of current affairs by way of assembling a bunch of seemingly obscure, but ultimately telling, statistics. The index can really help break an issue down to irrefutable numbers in a way that cuts through ideological trappings.

Take the current iteration of Harper's Index, for example. It's all about the legacy of the Bush years, the whole fucking war-ridden, corrupt, incompetent, greedy, murderous, filthy lot of them. Here's just a few choice nuggets:

 

Percentage of Bush’s first 189 appointees who also served in his father’s administration: 42

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

Date on which the GAO sued Dick Cheney to force the release of documents related to current U.S. energy policy: 2/22/02

Number of other officials the GAO has sued over access to federal records: 0

Number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African men detained in the U.S. in the eight weeks after 9/11: 1,182

Number charged with an immigration violation: 762

Days since the federal government first placed the nation under an “elevated terror alert” that the level has been relaxed: 0

Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50

Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069

 

... and on and on. It's an itemized chronicle of catastrophic mis-government. Read the whole thing, and then print it off and give it to your Republican co-workers.

-A

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