The third program from the Oregon Public Health Conference for 2014 features keynoter Gloria Krahn, (pictured above), who presents the case that people with disabilities represent a health disparity population; she reviews the history of progress in how disabled people have been addressed and points toward additional efforts that are being made.
And later we hear about the role of public health in addressing climate change, in a discussion with Zach Baker, (pictured below) whose background is in public health and environmental concerns, and who also has become involved in public policy by serving on a city council and as an aide to a state legislator.
This time, however, Stanley found himself in the position of having to coordinate with State Department officials when he traveled to Jordan in October as a private individual to try to secure the release of Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig, who had been taken hostage by ISIS.
Whether the Jordanian government intentionally mis-led their powerful U.S. ally, or the U.S. had no intention of allowing it, the release effort was sabotaged when Jordan arrested one of those involved. Soon after that sabotage, Kassig was killed by his captors.
In this exclusive interview with Stanley Cohen, KBOO explores the possibilities of what happened and why, and discusses U.S. strategy toward ISIS, how the U.S. deals with hostage situations and where the larger geo-political situation in the Middle East is headed.
Stanley Cohen's website.
Article in The Guardian newspaper - Dec. 18, 2014 revealing the hostage release effort