War & Peace

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/10/09

Air date: 
Tue, 03/10/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Bring our boys home!

 Will Seaman joins Abe and Joe to talk about fate of the war in Afghanistan and the effort to bring the Oregon National Guard back home.

Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 03/11/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Fatima Bhutto - Pakistan: Failed State or Failed Leaders? (interview)

Fatima Bhutto published her first book, "Whispers of the Desert," a collection of poetry, when she was 15. An independent journalist, her articles appear in the "New Statesman,"  the "Guardian,"  and "CounterPunch." Her latest book, "8.50 A.M. 8 October 2005" is about the devastating earthquake that hit Pakistan.

Almost since its inception in 1947 Pakistan has been in the orbit of U.S. power. Billions have flowed to a succession of military dictators and corrupt civilian regimes. Today, Pakistan, armed with nuclear weapons, is on the verge of economic and political collapse.
It is called "the next Somalia." American bombing of Pakistan is a bi-partisan affair. Obama continues the policy begun under Bush. And the prospect of expanding U.S. military intervention looms on the
horizon. You can hear it in the language coming from Washington and echoed in the media. Pakistan is a "safe haven" and a "sanctuary" used to "carry out cross-border" raids endangering our troops in
neighboring Afghanistan. Recall the rhetoric preceding the U.S. attack on Cambodia. It's almost identical. And on the ground? The level of anger among many Pakistanis toward the U.S. is palpably

If You Love This Planet on 03/09/09

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

The Weaponization of Space with Craig Eisendrath

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews author and former diplomat Craig Eisendrath about the weaponization of space. Caldicott and Eisendrath collaborated on the book, War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space, published by THe New Press in 2007.

Civil Liberty Watch: Guantanamo Conditions Under Obama

Evening News
program date: 
Tue, 03/03/2009

 On his second day in Office, President Obama issued an executive order
to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. As part of that order he gave
Secretary of Defense Gates thirty days to conduct a thorough review of
the prisoners held there and the conditions of their confinement.
All Prisoners were to have "Humane standards of confinement" in
conformity with all applicatable laws National and International. The report

4:24 minutes (4.03 MB)

Flashpoints on 03/06/09

Air date: 
Fri, 03/06/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

We don't have Flashpoints for you today. Instead we'll bring you Law and Disorder. The show looks at a new lawsuit brought against the secret society Skull and Bones, a report on current conditions at Guantanamo Bay Prison, foreign arms supplies to Israel and Gaza and an alternative economic recovery program.

Flashpoints on 03/05/09

Air date: 
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

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?


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

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)
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