Political Perspectives

Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics.

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 09/15/10

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Wed, 09/15/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Peace activist Colonel Robert Bowman

Host Sue Supriano interviews longtime peace activist Robert (Bob) Bowman, a former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations, and a former United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He was an early public critic of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has been active with Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the 9/11 Truth Movement.

 

Political Perspectives on 09/08/10

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Wed, 09/08/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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David Chandler on the free fall of the World Trade Center buildings

The Physics of the 9/11 Truth Movement

Host Sue Supriano speaks with David Chandler, a physics teacher, a Quaker peace activist, and an independent 9/11 researcher, active with Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and on the board of the International Center for 9/11 Studies. 

Political Perspectives on 09/01/10

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Wed, 09/01/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How our celebrity culture obscures the real issues of our society

Journalist and author Chris Hedges speaks on “EMPIRE OF ILLUSION: THE END OF LITERACY AND THE TRIUMPH OF SPECTACLE."

 

Political Perspectives on 08/25/10

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Wed, 08/25/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The clothesline project, Women's Equality Day, and WILPF

Host Sue Supriano interviews local activist-musicians Yvonne Simmons and Mary Rose about The Clothesline Project, a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone who loves a woman who has been affected by violence. They also discuss Women's Equality Day and other activities of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom or WILPF.

Political Perspectives on 08/25/10

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Wed, 08/25/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Katherine Hughes about the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir, who was a respected oncologist in New York state when, in 2003, he was charged with using his humanitarian organizaton, Help the Needy, as a front for terrorist activities. He was held withthout bail for 31 months and then sentenced to 22 years in a U.S. prison. 
 
Katherine Hughes has followed his case for years and she believes that Dr. Dhafir's real crime was speaking out against the U.S. and U.K.-sponsored UN sanctions on Iraq.
More information can be found at her Web site: www.dhafirtrial.net.

Political Perspectives on 08/18/10

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Wed, 08/18/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness

Hosts Jay Thiemeyer and Jenny Westberg interview Robert Whitaker, author of the new book "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America." Whitaker's previous book was "Mad in America."

Whitaker talks about learning that between 1987 and 2007 the number of Americans disabled due to mental illness more than doubled despite a huge annual psychotropic drug tab. When he probed into clinical studies in prestigious scientific journals he noticed a shocking anomaly. Psychiatric drugs have repeatedly been shown to worsen mental illness.

Political Perspectives on 08/11/10

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Wed, 08/11/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Achieving a Steady-State Econmy

"Better Not Bigger - Reshaping the Economy for a Finite World."

Rob Dietz, the director of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, spoke on achieving a steady-state econmy on May 12th at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library,. His talk was recorded and produced by Roberta Hall, host of Health and Healthcare Forum.

According to Dietz, in a steady-state economy, energy and resource use are reduced to a level that is within ecological limits and the goal of maximizing GDP is replaced by the goal of maximizing quality of life.

 

Political Perspectives on 07/21/10

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Wed, 07/21/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Nick Bryant, author of The FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal. The Franklin Scandal is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful.

http://www.franklinscandal.com/

Political Perspectives on 07/14/10

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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Dean Baker on the origins of the economic crisis and the way out

Dean Baker Co-Director of the Center for Economics and Policy Research, on "The Origins of the Economic Crisis and the Way Out"

Economist, Dean Baker issued warning after warning of the housing bubble and impending collapse at at time when most economists refused to acknowledge the danger. In this talk, Baker explains how the collapse could have been prevented and what we should do now to bring down unemployment and accelerate recovery.

Recorded at the Madison Institute in Madison, Wisconsin in April 2010

Political Perspectives on 07/07/10

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Wed, 07/07/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti on Civil Liberties

Michael Paretni on Civil Liberties in the 21st Century, Part 1.

In his November 2009 lecture at the University of Hartford Dr. Michael
Parenti answers intriguing questions about democracy. Is US democracy a
result of capitalism as some claim - or does it exist - such as it is - in
spite of the current economic system. AND did the founding fathers even
envision a democratic system - and why were so many of them opposed to
democracy.

From TUC Radio http://www.tucradio.org
 

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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.

Dewayne Holmes

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Wed, 06/13/2012
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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