The release this week of video footage showing a 16 year old detainee at Guantanamo Bay highlights a Bush Administration policy that's at odds with international law: imprisoning youth caught up in armed conflict. Attorneys for Omar Khadr say teenagers shouldn't be detained and prosecuted for war crimes. Yet the Bush Administration maintains its stance, even filing a motion with a federal appeals court today insisting that the U-S military can detain juveniles on the battlefield. Since 2003, the U-S has detained some 2,400 children in Iraq alone, including children as young as 10 years old. The detention rate rose drastically since last year – to an average of 100 new children arrested per month.
The watchdog group, "Our Oregon" has filed a complaint with the state Elections Division asking for an investigation into alleged initiative fraud.
KBOO's Rebecca Nay spoke with organization representative Scott Moore.
The Environmental Protection Agency released a comprehensive report Thursday that examines the repercussions of global climate change on humans .
But critics say the agency is interested in keeping the findings under wraps. Although the report was ready for release in April, the agency stalled its release; and despite its scientists' own findings, the E-P-A decided last week to not regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
F-S-R-N spoke with Rick Piltz, Director of Climate Science Watch about the study.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of many significant, entertaining, and well-received books, including “Nickel and Dimed: on Not getting by in America”, “Bait and Switch: the Futile Pursuit of the American Dream”, and “For Her own Good: 150 years of Expert’s Advice to Women”.
She returned to Portland on Wednesday to talk at Powell’s City of Books about her latest book “This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation”.
Here are excerpts from her talk, as recorded by KBOO’s Ethan Scarl:
Marianne Barisonek speaks with Jeff Sharlett, author of the new book "The Family," about the "secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power." Sharlett is a contributing editor for Harpers Magazine and Rolling Stone.
Waterfront Blues Festival, 2008. This is an interview with old time blues player, Robert "Wofman" Belfour. Listen for his music bedded underneath the interview and following immediately after (hastily ended, the batteries died before I could wrap up the questions). Belfour goes in to growing up on a southern Mississippi Crop Share farm, his performance technique, and his first major success in the business.