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Political Perspectives on 11/11/09

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Wed, 11/11/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Kayse Jama talks with local resident Liz Grover about her experiences living and working in Kabul, with the goal of busting through western media sterotypes about Afghanistan and its people.

Political Perspectives on 11/11/09

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Wed, 11/11/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Climate Change Series, Part 2. The guest will be James Hoggan, author of “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.” He is chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian chapter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project.

 

Political Perspectives on 11/04/09

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Wed, 11/04/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

'On the 11th hour of the 11th day of November'- Jay Thiemeyer hosts

Dan Shea, local activist with Vets for Peace, will provide an update on vets actions in this area for the upcoming Armistice day. We will be remembering with him those who have died and continue to die for war. There will be a symbolic ceremony for a permanent armistice in Pioneer Square, next Wednesday, at 11:11 am, on Nov 11th. Bring a stone covered with art for peace on it. We will be combining these symbolic stones to create a monument to a world that could be.
    We will also talk about concert and CD release by George Mann on 13th to benefit PTSD sufferers.  Concert will be at Airplay Cafe 701 E Burnside, 7pm.



     

Political Perspectives on 11/04/09

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Wed, 11/04/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

In this first of a three-part series on the climate crisis, Stephanie Potter interviews naturalist Richard Albertson, author of The Sky is the Limit-- A Brief and Easy Explanation of Climate Change for Present and Future Voters.  Albertson's book speaks directly to citizens -- explaining how climate change works and going on to "the inescapable conclusion that we have gone well past the point where simply reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses we generate can solve our problem."  He addresses how our economic and political systems

Political Perspectives on 10/30/09

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Fri, 10/30/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian talk

David Barsamian spoke at a KBOO Benefit event on October 1st in Portland, in conjunction with the Econvergence.  David Barsamian is the host of Alternative Radio, which airs every Tuesday at 9 am on KBOO.  During this talk, Barsamian talks mainly about the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and fields questions from the audience on this topic and about his own life.

Political Perspectives on 10/28/09

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Wed, 10/28/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Guests include Terry Hurst, a Mestizo Institute of Culture and Art (MICA) board member, husband to renowned Salt Lake City artist Ruby Chacón, and father to Salt Lake City musician, Orion Chacón-Hurst. He volunteered to ride across the country on his bicycle to raise money for MICA.

Political Perspectives on 10/21/09

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Wed, 10/21/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Guests include LJ Turner, a rancher whose livelihood, for more than 40 years, has been threatened by coal mining. He will be speaking at Pioneer Square at noon as part of a rally to help end the use of coal in Oregon. And Jenka Soderberg speaks with Karen Coulter of the Blue Mountains Diversity Project about the movement to save the forest from logging in the Pringle Falls area in Central Oregon.
 

Political Perspectives on 10/14/09

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Wed, 10/14/2009 - 9:15am - 10:00am

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with local progressive filmmaker Tom Chamberlain about his new film "Why Kerala, Grampa, a 90 minute documentary film about activism in one of the most progressive communities on the planet. Chamberlain went to the small Indian state of Kerala, with mini DV cameras to make a film. The KSSP was launching its 18th annual Kala Jatha. The Kala Jatha is street theater, dance, music and poetry intended to engage citizens in the critical issues of the day. The theme of the Kala Jatha was ‘The Impact of Globalization on the Kerala way of Life.’ We followed the troupe of activists and performers during a grueling schedule of four performances a day, each in a different village, for 28 days.

 

Political Perspectives on 10/14/09

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Wed, 10/14/2009 - 9:00am - 9:15am

"From Terrai to Sellwood: A Story about Radishs."

Melati Kaye reports on Nepali women refugees who are now gardening in Sellwood in a once abandoned lot. 

Political Perspectives on 09/30/09

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Wed, 09/30/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

The guest is writer and lecturer David Korten, author of "The Great Turning" and AGENDA FOR A NEW ECONOMY: FROM PHANTOM WEALTH TO REAL WEALTH: A Declaration of Independence from Wall Street. He will be speaking at the upcoming E-Convergence in Portland.

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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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