Political Perspectives

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Scott Horton on "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare"
 

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Political Perspectives on 12/28/11

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Wed, 12/28/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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TUC Radio presents DISMANTLING CORPORATIONS - Richard Grossman

TUC Radio presents DISMANTLING CORPORATIONS - Richard Grossman  

Richard Grossman said: ".. corporations don't have rights. Rights are for people. Corporations only have privileges, and only those that we the people bestow on them." In a nutshell that was the essence of his research and teaching for the last 20 years.

Richard died of melanoma on November 22nd, 2011, at a hospital in New York City, where he was born sixty-eight years earlier.

Part One of a four-part tribute to Richard Grossman begins with this recording of a 1995 presentation to a planning meeting with the members of the International Forum on Globalization.

Political Perspectives on 12/21/11

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Wed, 12/21/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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James Foster, Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Rep. for Oregon Dist. 1

Interview with James Foster, Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Rep. for Oregon Dist. 1

KBOO AM Public Affairs presents the second in a series of interviews with candidates for U.S. Representative for Oregon District One. This is the seat recently vacated by David Wu. Over the next three weeks Dan Johnson will interview Steven Reynolds of the Progressive Party of Oregon (12/14), James Foster of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (12/21) and Suzanne Bonamici (12/28) of the Democratic Party of Oregon. The campaign for Republican candidate Rob Cornillus has not responded to repeated invitations for an interview.

Today we hear the interview with James Foster of the Libertarian Party of Oregon.

Political Perspectives on 12/21/11

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Wed, 12/21/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"Inspiring Stories of Africans Creating Peace" with author DeEtte Beghtol Waleed

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews DeEtte Beghtol Waleed about her book "Inspiring Stories of Africans Creating Peace."

DeEtte Beghtol Waleed says that Africa changed her life. Her six years teaching peacebuilding in Zambia created new lenses for her to see the world. She experienced the many cultures of Africa through her students from many war-torn countries who came to Zambia to learn how to lead their communities to peace.

Messengers of Peace, her first book of creative nonfiction, contains a few of the stories of collaborators in peacebuilding, ordinary individuals working in diverse ways to make the world more peaceful.

Political Perspectives on 12/14/11

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Wed, 12/14/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Steven Reynolds, Progressive Party candidate for U.S. Rep. for Oregon Dist. 1

KBOO AM Public Affairs begins a series of interviews with candidates for U.S. Representative for Oregon District One. This is the seat recently vacated by David Wu. Over the next three weeks Dan Johnson will interview Steven Reynolds of the Progressive Party of Oregon (12/14), James Foster of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (12/21) and Suzanne Bonamici (12/28) of the Democratic Party of Oregon. The campaign for Republican candidate Rob Cornillus has not responded to repeated invitations for an interview.

Today we hear the interview with Steven Reynolds of the Progressive Party of Oregon.

 

Political Perspectives on 12/14/11

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Wed, 12/14/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Kit Kittredge, grandmother, peace activist and CodePink member on Gaza, Cairo and Tahrir Square

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Kit Kittredge, a 53 year old  mother, grandmother and peace activist.
She is an active member of CodePink Women for Peace. Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, Veterans For Peace and Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence.  She works as  a Massage Therapist and is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT in Quilcene Wash.. In addition to promoting peace and social justice Kit spends time with her family and growing organic food.

Political Perspectives on 12/07/11

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Wed, 12/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gentrification in Portland: A Problem for Minorities or the Natural Evolution of a City

Gentrification in Portland: A Special Program

As Portland becomes a destination for young creatives to find homes and work, minority communities are being "gentrified out" of the city. North and Northeast Portland have lost people of color as housing costs in those areas have increased.

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews local black community leaders Clifford Walker of the Oregon Commission for Black Affairs and Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick, whose district includes North and Northeast Portland,   about the causes of gentrification and whether it is a normal part of the evolution is a normal part of the evolution of a city.

Political Perspectives on 11/30/11

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Wed, 11/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Moyers on Politics Today is Money Laundering

Bill Moyers on Politics Today is Money Laundering

Bill Moyers delivered the keynote address at Public Citizen's 40th Anniversary celebration in October 2011. It was recorded and produced by TUC Radio.

Moyers says: "Politics Today is Money Laundering and the Trafficking of Power and Policy" - and "why New York’s Zuccotti Park is occupied is no mystery.  Reporters keep scratching their heads and asking: Why are you here? But it’s as clear as the crash of 2008: they are occupying Wall Street because Wall Street has occupied America."

Political Perspectives on 11/23/11

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Wed, 11/23/2011 - 9:30am - 9:50am
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Political science professor Thomas Ferguson on the failure of the "Super Committee"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a senior fellow of the Roosevelt Institute, about the significance of the failure of the Congressional budgetary Super Committee and what it bodes for the future.

Ferguson says, "Read the fine print on the 'crisis' in Social Security and you discover that even critics, such as Peter Orszag (President Obama’s former OMB chief), admit that under their pessimistic assumptions Social Security payments might rise by all of one percent of GDP by 2050! Social Security is obviously a non-problem, especially in the middle of the Great Recession.

Political Perspectives on 11/16/11

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Wed, 11/16/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Don MacGillivray and Liz Bryant of Transitions PDX talk about the Portland Plan

Host Sue Supriano interviews local civic activists Don MacGillivray and Liz Bryant of Transitions PDX about the Portland Plan. The City of Portland has made its proposed draft of the Portland Plan available for public comment until November 30. The Portland Plan is defined as a "communitywide process to create a 25-year plan for the future of the city."

www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan/

Political Perspectives on 11/16/11

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Wed, 11/16/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Journalist Michelle Shephard on her book, "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone"

Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and author Michelle Shephard, the Toronto Star’s National Security reporter and winner of Canada’s top journalism’s prizes. Michelle is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, and, most recently, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.

They will discuss "Decade of Fear," which has been described as a journalistic memoir. Shephard conducted hundreds of interviews worldwide and wove them together to describe the decade since 2001 and looked at how the West’s “solutions” for terrorism only served to exacerbate the problem.

 

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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Venezuela

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Fri, 06/29/2012

Cindy Sheehan spoke in Portland this week about Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. Sheehan's latest book is "Revolution: A Love Story," the story of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. Jenka Soderberg recorded her talk.

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. Her website is cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

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Sibel Edmonds on her memoir "Classified Woman"

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Wed, 06/27/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sibel Edmonds about her new memoir "Classified Woman." Sibel Edmonds is the most classified woman in U.S. history. In her memoir she takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.

Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public's right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds' story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

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Wed, 06/20/2012
20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce Pt. II
 

Carlos Chavez presents part two of the Watts Gang Truce Anniversary program on Political Perspectives. Part one aired last week with a powerful panel discussion titled, Pioneers in Peace. It featured voices from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the honorable Orland Bishop of Mosaic, Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and others. Check out the following link to listen or download that program:

Watts 20th Pt. I

This week features one of the founders of the peace treaty, who found himself under fire for helping to create this movement in 1992. His name is Dewayne Holmes from the Imerial Courts housing projects. We'll also hear other voices from the Watts community as they share their reflections on how the gang truce changed their lives.

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2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

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The 2nd Revolution: Dismantling Corporate Rule

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Wed, 06/06/2012

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, according to Paul Cienfuegos, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. A long-time community organizer and educator, Cienfuegos provides a wealth of information showing how the fictions of "corporate personhood" and "corporate rights" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action. He'll be leading a Portland workshop June 9-10.

"If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporations were designed to serve us, not to rule us, in this democratic republic, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this, the sky's the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional "rights" as have more than 100 communities in PA, NH, ME, and VI." (The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund has provided advice and support to many of these communities - learn more HERE.)

On June 9 & 10, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, Paul Cienfuegos will be leading his full-weekend workshop: "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule." For more details about the content of the workshop, click HERE. For more details about cost (sliding scale), timing, and how to register, click HERE.

Community Rights PDX has begun rights-based activism here in Portland -- you can learn more HERE.

"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

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Wed, 05/09/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Michael Sandel speaks at Powell's Books in downtown Portland on Thursday May 10th at 7:30PM.

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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

April 28th will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who was killed by U.S.-backed contras in northern Nicaragua as he prepared to build a small hydroelectric plant. The project that Ben helped to launch has continued since his death. A recent editorial in The Oregonian speaks to the person that Ben Linder was and the impact he had.

The Association of Rural Development Workers—Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL) has built clean water systems and small-scale hydro plants that provide renewable energy to 70,000 people. They have established a community-owned forest reserve and helped farmers to diversify their crops and protect the watersheds of the region. Green Empowerment has provided critical support to ATDER-BL efforts.

 

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Is it really in the interest of the U.S. to get held up by our “friends” repeatedly to continue to fight a disastrous war in a country in which we’re now negotiating to keep military trainers, special operations forces, and possibly others a decade beyond 2014 (another subject barely covered by our media)? Do you really want to be going through a version of this with Pakistan 10 years from now?  Is your greatest desire to be supplying American military personnel with gas and hamburgers at earth-shaking prices in the second decade of a no-longer-new century?

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian, he's the author of 33 books.

David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

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Wed, 04/18/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

David Barsamian is speaking at a benefit for KBOO on Thursday April 26th at 7PM at the First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland OR 97205. The topic is "Occupy Capitalism."

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum (Second in a Series)

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Wed, 03/14/2012

 On Wednesday, March 14, appearing on Political Perspectives were Cameron Whitten, Christopher Rich, Bill Dant and Scott Fernandez. The one thing all four men have in common is that each one wants to be Portland's next Mayor. 

Listen to the lively conversation that took place between the candidates and the callers.

Dan Johnson moderates the candidates forum.

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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