Political Perspectives

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Rev. Edward Pinkney on fighting corporations and facing 25 years in prison

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Wed, 05/21/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Rev. Edward Pinkney on fighting corporations and facing 25 years in prison

We speak with Rev. Edward Pinkney, a leader in the fight against the corporations and for a just society. He led an effort to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. He now faces up to 25 years for “vote fraud” charges. 

Professor Gerald Friedman on the Economic Benefits of Single Payer Universal Health Care

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Wed, 04/30/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Professor Gerald Friedman on the Economic Benefits of Single Payer Universal Health Care
The guest is Gerald Friedman, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts. His most recent book is Reigniting the Labor Movement: Restoring means to ends in a democratic labor movement, which assesses the decline of the labor movement in advanced capitalist democracies.

On May 17th, Health Care for all Oregon will be hosting Gerald Friedman, for a conference on the Economics Benefits of Single Payer Universal Health Care for Low Wage Workers, Unions and Community Groups.

Thom Hartmann on "The Crash of 2016"

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Wed, 04/30/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Thom Hartmann on "The Crash of 2016"
Host Per Fagereng speaks with radio host Thom Hartmann, author of over twenty books, about his latest, The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It.

Thom Hartmann will be speaking on "The Crash of 2016" and the transformational opportunities it will provide this Friday, May 2nd at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church in Portland. More details at http://www.firstunitarianportland.org. Local active groups will be there before and after event.

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front LInes of Homeland Security

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Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

The guest is Todd Miller, author of "Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front LInes of Homeland Security," which shows in stark relief how the entire country has become a militarized border zone, including cities that don't immediately come to mind like Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, FL; Buffalo, Rochester, and Niagra Falls, NY; Detroit and Port Huron, MI; Hilton Head, SC; and Derby Line, VT; among others.

Political Perspectives on 04/16/14

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Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Community Forum on Child Sex Trafficking in Portland.

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Community Forum on Child Sex Trafficking in Portland.

Community Forum on Child Sex Trafficking in Portland.

Host Ani Haines speaks with Stuart Perrin, Executive Director, Little Sisters Foundation and about the Community Forum: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3-7pm, Hosted by First Unitarian Church Adult Programs and Little Sisters Foundation.

Alex Prud'homme on "The Ripple Effect"

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Alex Prud'homme on "The Ripple Effect"

Host Raechel Bennett speaks with Alex Prud'homme about his book, "The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century." 

Political Perspectives on 04/09/14

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Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Haroon Ullah, author of THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore

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Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Haroon Ullah, author of THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore

The guest is Haroon Ullah, author of THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore.    In The Bargain From the BazaarUllah tells the story of modern-day Pakistan through the experiences of one ordinary, middle-class family in Lahore. Awais Reza—a middle-class shopkeeper in the Anarkali Bazaar—has three sons: the eldest helps his father run the shop in the bazaar, the middle son is swept up in radical religious politics, and the youngest is a law student at university who believes that a secular future is Pakistan’s last and only hope.
 

Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview about reaction to Supreme Court decision striking down limits on contributions

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Jonah Minkoff-Zern, of Public Citizen. He is the senior organizer for the Democracy is for People Campaign. They discuss today's Supreme Court 5 to 4 ruling in the case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission striking down overall limits on campaign contributions.. The ruling does for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations. Specifically, those who can afford to do so can directly contribute up to $5.9 million per election cycle to a single party and its candidates. 

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Ravi Batra on "The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos"

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Wed, 03/25/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

 

Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Emily Young interviews Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

In his new book Joel Berg looks at the growing number of people who are hungry in America. He  takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. He even chides organic food gurus such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters for saying that the recent increase in food costs is a positive development, an assertion Berg deems to be class biased.

 

Andy Worthington Interview: The Definitive Guantanamo Prisoner List

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews London based Journalist, Author and Human Rights activist
Andy Worthington. He has released the most comprehensive list of all of the men who have been locked in Guantanamo. How they were picked up, what they were accused of, if they have been released and what's happening to them now. They also discuss the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners under the Obama Administration.

 

Capitalism has Failed & Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name

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Wed, 03/18/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Saul Landau, scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies since 1972. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.  He is Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University. They'll discuss two recent articles by Mr. Landau, "Capitalism has Failed: Face the Facts," and "Israeli Policy Gives Jews a Bad Name." They will also touch on the recent elections in El Salvadore.   

Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine.

 

He has co-authored several books with Stephen Resnick, including The Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya; Rethinking Marxism: Struggles in Marxist Theory; Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. He also co-authored Bringing it all Back Home: Class and Gender in the Modern Household with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick.

"Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown" is a new DVD from the Media Education Foundation.

 

Pepe Escobar about Afghanistan

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Pepe Escobar, reporter for "The Asia Times" about Afghanistan.

An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news takes him to all corners of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sept 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, "The Asia Times" published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else .   (Aug 30, 2001).

Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from "Axis of Evil" countries Iraq and Iran.

Community Economic Development with Michael Shuman

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. Michael is a visionary leader in the field of community economic development and advisor for the Rural Development Initiatives'  Connecting Oregon for Rural Entrepreneurship (CORE) project. Michael has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age. Shuman is Director of Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE),

Stephanie Potter interviews Jim Hightower

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Stephanie Potter interviews radio commentator and author Jim Hightower, who is the keynote speaker at the 2009 Annual ACLU dinner on  Saturday March 14th. They discuss civil rights, civil liberties, populism, and how populism can make a difference. They also talk about Hightower's book "Swim Against the Current."  As Hightower puts it, he has spent “three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.” For more information about Jim Hightower, visit his website at http://www.jimhightower.com/.

The ACLU dinner is at the Downtown Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront at 1401 SW Naito Parkway.

Comments

Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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