Press coverage of Iraq tells us that the US is trying to build a secular democracy there, when in fact democratic and secular groups are most under attack by the US and its Suni and Shia allies. Bill Weinberg, award-winning journalist, radioactivist, and producer at Pacifica's WBAI in New York, talks with Laurie Mercier about civil resistance to the US occupation. Weinberg maintains an on-line journal World War 4 Report with links to more news about the non-religious democratic labor movements in Iraq.
This is the Old Mole Variety Hour in its entirety. Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program focuses on some popular movements the mainstream media fail to cover. First, Phil Alden Robinson from the Writers Guild talks with Bill Resnick about the writers's strike and how the issues have been slanted by mainstream media. You can hear this segment separately here.
Bill Resnick talks with labor activist and writer Sam Gindin about what progressives need to do when the economy goes in the tank. Economic crises don't signal the end of capitalism or the rise of the working class. The answer: Organize! More about Sam Gindin here. Gindin's essay "Anti-Capitalism and the Terrain of Social Justice" won the Daniel Singer prize, and you can read it here.
Clayton Morgareidge--today's Well-read Red--discusses and summarizes a theme from Michael Hardt's and Antonio Negri's 2004 book Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire: A necessary element of capitalism--private property--is decomposing in an age when the dominant form of production is immaterial and infinitely reproducible.
American historian Christopher Phelps talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about parts of Martin Luther King Jr.'s that get overlooked on the day we celebrate him. Phelps's article on this topic is here.
Bill Resnick talks with Algernon Alston of the Economic Policy Institute (epi.org) about what the recession means for people of color and those with limited incomes. They discuss policies that could lift the burden and the liklihood of their enactment. Alston's writings on these issues can be found at the EPI website.
The African Film Festival is going on all this month. Jan Haaken and PC Peri of the Flying Focus Video Collective discuss the films that will be shown and their importance in bringing greater awareness of African diversity to Portland. You can learn all about the films and how to see them by clicking here.