War & Peace

Fight the Empire

Short Description: 
Connecting history with the latest world events
with Per Fagereng

We live in an empire that began 500 years ago with the European conquest of the Americas. This program looks at how the empire permeates our lives.


What are we doing in the world? What are we doing to the world?

George Kennan was an influential US diplomat during the Cold War years. It was he who devised the containment strategy against the Soviet Union (as opposed to a more aggressive rollback policy). In February 1948 Kennan presented a document to President Truman, Presidential Policy Statement #23, which includes the following:

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An Evil, Evil Man

Ubu Hour
program date: 
Sun, 05/31/2009

AN EVIL, EVIL MAN - Starring the voice of Richard Bruce Cheney, this audio peice involves a former vice-president accused of torture and war crimes who appears again on the air waves for even more fear mongering.  A collage of scary sounds and creepy pronouncements from an evil, evil man. 

15:51 minutes (14.51 MB)

Flashpoints on 06/02/09

Air date: 
Tue, 06/02/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Former P-L-O advisor Diana Bhuttu on how the Palestinian Authority is subcontracting the Israeli Occupation, an interview about upcoming hearings in the San Francisco 8 case, and a Jewish Canadian activist talks about being dropped from a major art exhibit because of her anti-Zionist activities.

Fight the Empire on 06/04/09

Fight the Empire
Air date: 
Thu, 06/04/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng starts his new program "Fight the Empire" with an interview with journalist Pepe Escobar on Pakistan, Afghanistan and "Pipelineistan."

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for the Real News.

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 05/31/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features the music of Yusuf Islam, once famous as Cat Stevens.  Topics on the program include Israel, the US and the Middle East; Soloist, a film about musical genius and mental illness; Obama's  equivocal position on prisoners from the "war on terror"; and the career of Yusuf Islam. To hear the whole show, click on the play button above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses the complexities of power in the Middle East.

52:06 minutes (29.82 MB)

Life & Music of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens

program date: 
Sun, 05/31/2009

Popular 1970s balladeer Cat Stevens converted to Islam in the '70s and became Yusuf Islam.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Yusuf Islam's career, music, and the controversies he's had to deal with.  

7:33 minutes (4.33 MB)

Torture, Obama and the Rule of Law

program date: 
Sun, 05/31/2009

 President Obama opposes torture and defends the rule of law, and yet his actions don't entirely repeal the Bush era's attack on constitutional rights.  Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about what it all means.  Mike's recommendations for getting active on this matter:  The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights.

12:54 minutes (7.39 MB)

Israel and the Middle East

program date: 
Sun, 05/31/2009

With two new administrations in Israel and the US, what are the chances for change in the direction of less conflict in the Middle East?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, where you can find many articles by her.  

15:44 minutes (9 MB)

If You Love This Planet on 06/01/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Lynn Eden, acting co-director (2008-09) at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.  Eden's book Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004; New Delhi: Manas Publications, 2004) explores how and why the U.S. government--from World War II to the present--has greatly underestimated the damage caused by nuclear weapons by failing to predict damage from firestorms.

Eric Margolis: US Stirs Hornets' Nest in Afghanistan

program date: 
Wed, 05/27/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Canadian journalist and author Eric Margolis about Afghanistan and other issues.

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn.

26:37 minutes (12.19 MB)
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