At 8 AM Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by writer and activist Harvey Wasserman to critique Barack Obama's recent nominations for cabinet positions related to energy and the environment. At 8:30 Raed Jarrar, Iraq Consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, discusses the fallout from GW Bush's trip to Iraq this past weekend, and how the hurling of a pair of shoes at the president by Iraqi journalist Montather al-Zeidi, is resonating throughout the Arab world.
HARVEY WASSERMAN has been speaking to citizen and campus groups, to public rallies and corporate confabs since the late 1960s. His primary topics are energy, the environment, election protection, US History and his spiritual experiences surrounding the passing of his parents.
Harvey hosts the “Solartopia Show” at WVKO AM 1580 Air America in Columbus, Ohio, and has appeared for forty years on major media shows ranging from Nightline, Today, Lou Dobbs, All Things Considered, DemocracyNow!, Charlie Rose and Laura Flanders to hundreds of local and syndicated talk shows throughout the world. Harvey has spoken to scores of citizen groups around the world and has worked actively in social movements for civil and electoral rights and the natural environment, particularly against nuclear power and for a Solartopian post fossil-nuclear world.
Raed Jarrar was born in Baghdad and spent most of his life in Iraq. After the 2003 invasion Raed Jarrar was the country director of CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey in post war Iraq. He also established an NGO called "Emaar" that carried out work in Baghdad and the nine cities of the south in coordinating with local authorities, community leaders and other NGOs. Emaar implemented hundreds of community-based projects around the country on an extremely low budget. Jarrar left the Middle East and moved to California in 2005. Since that time, he has worked on a number of Iraq-related projects. He was a translator and consultant with an UNEP-Japan contract concerning Iraq's marshlands. In addition, he was a political analyst and interpreter for an UNDP-Iraq sponsored conference in South Africa. He also worked with California Peace Action in gaining support for an initiative urging Congress to outlaw the building of permanent U.S. bases in Iraq. He is currently the Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee and maintains a popular blog that includes political analysis and news summary regarding Iraq. He has been featured as an Iraq expert on a number of news shows and channels such as CNN, CNNi, Aljazeera, Al-Alam, BBC, Democracy Now, and numerous radio stations including member stations of Pacifica, BBC, NPR, CBC, CBS, and Fox.