Political Perspectives

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Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 04/07/10

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Wed, 04/07/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Father Roy Bourgeois on Reforming the Catholic Church

Fr. Roy Bourgeois will talk about the current crisis in the Catholic Church, reforming the Church, calling for the Pope to resign, and calling for women's ordination. Fr. Roy has worked to end U.S. government-funded combat training of Latin American militaries for many years.

Political Perspectives on 04/07/10

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Wed, 04/07/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Socialism and Sexuality in the 21st Century

Host Erik Jorgensen speaks with independent journalist and International Socialist leader Sherry Wolf about socialism, sexuality and the 21st century.

Sherry Wolf is speaking April 8th at 7 p.m. at Portland State University. She is a member of the International Socialist Organization and the author of "Sexuality and Socialism."

Political Perspectives on 03/31/10

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Wed, 03/31/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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7 Years Since Iraq Invasion: A Teach-In

7 Years Since Iraq Invasion: A Teach-In

A panel discussion featuring veterans and anti-war activists talking about the ongoing presence of the US military and "contractors" on the anniversary of the 2003 invasion.             

Recorded at Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the First Unitarian Church in Portland.
          

Political Perspectives on 03/24/10

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Wed, 03/24/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Fate of Iraqi Refugees

Host Tim Calvert interviews Zahra Alkabi, Director of Save Refugees about the Bike Ride for Iraq, a Benefit for Iraq Refugees and Protest Against the Iraqi People. They will also discuss the fate of Iraqi refugees in Iraq, the Middle East and the United States.

The Bike RIde for Iraq is Saturday, March 27th.

11am-2pm Gather at the foot of SE Salmon by the Vera Katz Statue

1:30pm-2pm Decorate BIkes with Iraqi Flags and signs

2pm-3pm-Ride South on the Springwater Corridor

3pm-"The Riders for Iraq" and others gather at the Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane for information, fundraising and potluck.

Sponsored by Saverefugees.org and the Portland Iraq Solidarity Committee.

 

Political Perspectives on 03/24/10

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Wed, 03/24/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

Host Stefan Kampf interviews Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz about his recent book, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, an account of the financial meltdown that criticizes the Obama Administration for 'muddling through' rather than pushing aggressively for change. Stiglitz is a University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia.

Political Perspectives on 03/10/10

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Wed, 03/10/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Walk for Water on Sunday, March 21, 2010

Host Crystal Leighty interviews Eric Mwarabu, an intern from Tanzania who is working to increase awareness of Walk for Water on Sunday, March 21, 2010.

Political Perspectives on 03/10/10

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Wed, 03/10/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Carole Hart talks about her film: "For the Next 7 Generations" about 13 indigenous grandmothers

Stephanie Potter speaks with Carole Hart, director and producer of "For the Next 7 Generations," and Linda Neale, founder and board member of the Earth and Spirit Council.  "For The Next 7 Generations," a documentary film chronicling the efforts of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from the four directions to heal the earth & her inhabitants, will show at  4 pm on  3/14 at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 Southeast Clinton Street, Portland 97202.  A  fundraiser for the Earth & Spirit Council,  the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and The Oregon Food Bank.

Political Perspectives on 03/03/10

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Wed, 03/03/2010 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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The Apathy Rehabilitation Space

Frances Michaelson, Project Coordinator of The Apathy Rehabilitation Place, talks about a month-long celebration by The City Repair Project and The Village Building Convergence from March 4th to the 28th featuring artwork, installations, and workshops at SeaChange Gallery (625 NW Everett St.)

cityrepair.org/2010/02/city-repair-at-seachange-the-apathy-rehabilitation-place/

Political Perspectives on 03/03/10

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Wed, 03/03/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving

Host Jenka Soderberg interviews Monadel Herzollah of the U.S. Palestine Community Network and founder/president of the Arab American Union Members Council and Rebecca Tumposky, U.S. chapter organizer for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. They were in Portland last week demonstrating how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving an appearance of normalcy or parity of suffering. Their appearance was sponsored by Al-Nakba Awareness Project and Advocating Freedom, Justice & Equality in the Holy Land.

Political Perspectives on 02/24/10

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Wed, 02/24/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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One Struggle, One Fight: Intergenerational Political Prisoners

Oregon lawyer Lauren Regan speaks on "One Struggle, One Fight: Intergenerational Political Prisoners." This talk was recorded this past Friday at Reed College as part of a panel discussion.

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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.

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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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