An interview with Professor Mansour Farhang on issues related to the Middle East, Iran and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.
Dr. Mansour Farhang holds a Ph.D in political science from Claremont graduate School in California, and served as an advisor to the Iranian foreign ministry and as ambassador to the United Nations following the 1979 revolution. He later resigned in protest when the Khomeini regime refused to accept the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's recommendation to release American hostages in Teheran. Early in the Iran-Iraq war, he also served as envoy in negotiations with international peace missions. During his ambassadorship, Dr. Farhang wrote and spoke about the threat of religious extremists who had come to dominate the course of the Iranian revolution.
This episode of Gender Blender addressed religion/spirituality and gender. During this second half of the two part 1 hour show, hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall were joined in studio by Reverend Nathan Meckley, Senior Pastor at Portland Oregon's MCC, and Reverend Dr. Frodo Okulam, from Sister Spirit (sisperspirit-portland.com), a women's spirituality group. Okulam also teaches classes on women's spirituality as part of Portland State University's Women Studies. Earlier in the hour an interview was played with Fatemeh Fakhraie the founder and editor of Muslimah Media Watch (muslimahmediawatch.org). The hosts were also joined by phone from Martin Rawlings-Fein in San Francisco.
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
Judith Arcana, local writer, poet and long time activist in support of a woman's right to choose, read her poems as part of Kboo's 2010 International Women's Day programming. They were used to inspire discussion for the am call in talk show, No Regrets; Women On Abortion.
Listen in to this Membership Drive edition of A Deeper Look. Brooklyn writer Ando Arike joins host Linda Olson-Osterlund to talk about his recent article in Harper's Magazine, TheSoft-kill Solution: New Frontiers in Pain Compliance. Learn about, not only the development of new crowd or "riot control " weapons, but their deployment against protesters in the United States and internationally. What are these "non-lethal" weapons. Where do the rights of citizens to protest fit in this new era of control?
Linda Olson-Osterlund is joined by famed enviornmental attorney, Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law, A Manifesto For Earth Justice. What is the movement to protect the "rights" of the earth and how does it relate to the current harm caused by BP? Learn about The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth that came out of the Peoples World Conference on Cllimate Change this past April in Cochabamba Bolivia.
In Uganda an anti-homosexual bill has been poised to pass in Parliament. The bill would execute a gay person for engaging in repeated homosexual acts. It would put anyone in jail for 3 years for failure to report suspicions of homosexuality to the Police. Learn how American, political and religious leaders are behind this Ugandan movement. Author and journalist Jeff Sharlet, joins host, Linda Olson-Osterlund. He’ll talk about his article in the September issue of Harper's Magazine, Straight Man’s Burden:The American Roots of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Persecutions.
C Street, You’ve probably heard about it. The Secret house in the nation’s capital linked to three congressional sex scandals. A private, tax free sanctuary and congressional Boarding house owned by a shadowy religious organization know as TheFamily. Jeff Sharlet is the author who ripped the cover off of this secret organization with his book The Family. But he didn’t stop there.
The Palestine Fair Trade Association and Canaan Fair Trade are both a superb form of resistance to Israeli occupation. Farming their own land and the connections with the outside world are empowering our fair trade farmers and gives them hope. I interviewed Dr. Nasser Abufarha about his Fair Trade initiative in Palestinian territories.