Special guest Ayman Mohyeldin, Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera English language news, talks about the aftermath Israel's war.
In an exclusive live interview by telephone directly from Gaza, hosts William Seaman and Hala Gores talk with Ayman Mohyeldin about the three weeks of Israeli military attacks and the aftermath, as the people begin the long process of recovering bodies and rebuilding.
Guests Melinda Borne of United Palestinian Appeal and Peter Miller of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights join hosts Hala Gores and William Seaman to talk about what folks in the United States are doing to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza today, and what has to happen to change US policy in the Middle East to bring a just peace to the Palestine/Israel conflict.
Joanne Zuhl interviews Helen Thomas, legendary White House Press Corps bulldog about the responsibility of the Press in the new administration. We took calls from listeners on how we move forward after the inauguration buzz wears off and opened a discussion on the most urgent civil liberties issues of the moment.
This month the Digital Divide show looks at issues of privacy and hosts a live on-air discussion.
We examine recent developments in federal spying cases, and hear about a local charity that has suffered from NSA wiretapping. We also hear a report from the Riseup collective that aims to provide secure communication services for the social justice community.
Then we share your opinions on these isses, which are submitted via email and twitter. We also see what people hope to come for technology in 2009.
On the Jan 22 Press Watch, Theresa Mitchell hosts with "the news you're not supposed to know." Good news--Obama has signed an executive order to shut the network of secret prisons and close Guantanamo within the year. Bad news: the occupations continue, and too many of us have been spied on--(especially journalists.) Also, how to freak out the flag fascists, and info on bailout inconsistencies, etc.
Portland has seen 11 gang-related shootings since the Dec. 12 murder of a gang member inside the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. City leaders are calling it a "gang war crisis" and the Portland police want a new coordinated strategy to combat the violence. But the call for action comes when many outreach programs are struggling for funding. Will the city's new effort address the causes or just the symptoms of gang violence? Will the rush to take action create bigger problems like innocent youth getting profiled for gang involvement?
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with John Canda, a former gang outreach worker for the city of Portland and Clayborn Collins, executive director of Emmanual Community General Services, about what needs to be done to really solve Portland's gang problem.
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