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Political Perspectives on 06/13/12

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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce

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.

Political Perspectives on 06/06/12

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Wed, 06/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos talks about dismantling corporate rule

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. This is the message of long-time activist Paul Cienfuegos, who will be leading a workshop in Portland 6/9-6/10, and who provides a wealth of information showing how the fiction of "corporate personhood" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action.

Political Perspectives on 05/23/12

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Wed, 05/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michelle Alexander on "The Criminal Injustice System"

Michelle Alexander on the "Criminal Injustice System"

Alexander says California has led the way in building a system that turns back the clock on racial progress in the United States. She says we must insist on a moral revolution that will undo the present system of mass incarceration.

She spoke on May 10th at Dominguez Hills, California. This lecture was recorded and produced by Global Voices for Justice.

Michelle Alexander is a professor at Ohio State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as Director of the Civil Rights Clinic.

Political Perspectives on 05/16/12

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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Current U.S. space technology strategy and military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region

Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space spoke in Portland on April 20th on current U.S. space technology strategy, military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, the effects of our war economy on climate change and ending the corporate domination of congress

Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 29 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997).

Political Perspectives on 05/09/12

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Wed, 05/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

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).

Political Perspectives on 05/02/12

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Wed, 05/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kristian Williams on the Extent of Torture in Democratic Societies

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with local activist Kristian Williams about his new short book Hurt, published by Microcosm Publishing. a not-for-profit, collectively-run publisher and distributor of books and zines which is now based in Leavenworth, KS and Portland, OR.

Political Perspectives on 04/25/12

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Wed, 04/25/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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/

Political Perspectives on 04/25/12

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Wed, 04/25/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

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

Political Perspectives on 04/18/12

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Wed, 04/18/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

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.

Political Perspectives on 04/11/12

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Wed, 04/11/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Elaine Hagopian on "The Syrian Revolution Enigma"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Elaine Hagopian about "The Syrian Revolution Enigma."

Elaine Hagopian is a Syrian-American sociologist, a professor emeritus of sociology at Simmons College in Boston and political interviewer for Arabic Hour TV. She said recently: "The so-called Syrian revolution is an enigma. It has split the left between those who support the so-called opposition with all its disparate parts to those who see the revolution as a plot to destroy the Syrian regime’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah which stands in the face of Western and local affiliate countries’ interests.

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Michael Ruppert: Can we shift out of our "economic Ponzi scheme?"

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Wed, 09/07/2011

"Unless you change how money works, you change nothing. We live in an infinite growth economy, in other words -- a ponzi scheme. Infinite growth on a finite planet is not possible. Those species who cannot get out of their paradigm are doomed to go extinct. Can we disengage from our paradigm?" Host Per Fagering speaks with Michael C. Ruppert, who is probably best known for having accurately predicted the 2008 financial crash, Peak Oil and its impacts. In April of this year he issued a compelling and detailed alert on Collapsenet that warned of a major economic implosion, followed by massive civil unrest starting in late July which is still unfolding and leading to “the collapse of human industrial civilization”.

Michael C. Ruppert, author of “Crossing the Rubicon”, “Confronting Collapse” and the subject of the 2009 critically acclaimed global documentary sensation “Collapse” spoke on the collapse of human industrial civilization, relocalization and a new species he calls Post-Petroleum Human at the First Unitarian church on the tenth anniversary of the attacks which changed the world forever. His appearance also marked the tenth anniversary of his lecture before 1,000-plus at PSU which became the world-famous video “Truth and Lies of 9-11

Over a long career, Ruppert, currently the Founder and C.E.O. of Collapse Network with members in 65 countries, and host of the hit Lifeboat Hour on the Progressive Radio Network, has been a pioneering investigative journalist breaking major exposés including the cover-up of the friendly-fire killing of pro-football star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan.

Far from being a pessimist, Ruppert is optimistic for the future of those, especially younger, generations who can see and adapt to a new and rewarding way of life centered around local food production, community, and balance and dialogue with the Earth that gives us life. An adherent of Gaian spirituality, Ruppert has been recently featured in the just-released critically-acclaimed Australian documentary Anima Mundi  which also includes interviews with David Holmgren – co-founder of Permaculture, John Seed – Deep Ecology, Stephan Harding – Gaian Ecology, Vandana Shiva – Human Rights, Michael Reynolds – Earthships (as seen in the movie Garbage Warrior), Noam Chomsky – Activism, Dr Mark O’Meadhra – Integrative Medicine, and Dr Christine James– Psychology

Protester arrested at BP headquarters in New Orleans

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Mon, 08/08/2011

 

Three people were arrested in New Orleans Thursday outside the headquarters of British Petroleum in an act of non-violent civil disobedience.

KBOO interviewed one of those arrested.

They were protesting the ongoing refusal of BP to acknowledge the extent of damage from last year’s oil spill, and the recent declaration of the company that the disaster is over, and no further compensation is needed.
 
In the last few weeks, videos and photos have been posted on the internet by local fishermen and residents showing dripping tarballs up to two feet long that have been washing up on the shore.
 
Activists brought some of these tarballs to the protest at BP yesterday, but company officials refused to examine this evidence of ongoing contamination.

The three arrested protesters were released today, and face charges of ‘trespassing’. 
 
No BP officials have yet been charged for the worst oil spill in history, and BP continues to operate in the Gulf. 

 

Political Perspectives

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Fri, 07/29/2011

 REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Joni Seager and Cynthia Enloe about their book, REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS, which draws back the curtain on
our complex nation to reveal the myriad realities of the American experience-from our changing demographics to patterns of home ownership to the kinds
of food we eat. The atlas upends many long-held myths and shows us who we are today.

Cynthia Enloe is research professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has appeared on NPR and written numerous articles on feminism,
militarization, and globalization.  

Joni Seager is professor and chair of global studies at Bentley University in Boston and recently served as a consultant to the United Nations on environmental
and feminist policy issues.

Father of slain activist Rachel Corrie provides update on lawsuit

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Wed, 07/13/2011

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year old student at Evergreen State College who was killed in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003.

Her family brought lawsuits against both the Caterpillar corporation, which made the bulldozer, and the Israeli government.

Coming up next, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg speaks with Rachel Corrie’s father, Craig Corrie, about the latest developments in the civil suit filed by the family against the state of Israel:

 

Yves Engler on "Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay"

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Thu, 07/07/2011

  Yves Engler, co-author of Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay spoke at Laughing Horse Books on June 21st. He and his co-author Bianca Mugyenyi documented an anthropolicical tour of the land of Homo Automomotivis and argue for moving beyond the private automobile. Stephanie Potter attended the talk, which was given in a parking lot around the corner from Laughing Horse. She recorded and produced this program. (Music by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com)

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them. In Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi argue that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war. When we challenge the domination of cars, we also challenge capitalism. An anti-car, road-trip story, Stop Signs is a unique must-read for all those who wish to escape the clutches of auto insanity.

Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler is a Montréal activist and author. He has five published books: Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi), The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical and (with Anthony Fenton) Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority and the just released Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.

[Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson

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Wed, 06/22/2011

The guest is S. Brian Willson, local anti-war activist and member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. He'll talk with KBOO host Sue Supriano about his new autobiography, "Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson."

In 1987, while engaged in a protest of U.S. weapons to Central America, Willson and other members of a Veterans Peace Action Team blocked railroad tracks at the Concord, California Naval Weapons Station. An approaching train did not stop, and struck the veterans. Willson was hit, ultimately losing both legs below the knee while suffering a severe skull fracture with loss of his right frontal lobe. Subsequently, he discovered that he had been identified for more than a year as an FBI domestic "terrorist" suspect under anti-terrorist task force provisions and that the train crew that day had been ordered not to stop the train to prevent any hijacking attempts.

  • Length: 26:28 minutes (36.35 MB)
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"Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

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Wed, 06/08/2011

Stanford University Professor of Middle East History, Joel Beinin speaks on "Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford.

Beinin has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa; co-edited with Frédéric Vairel and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt. His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals as well as The Nation, Middle East Report, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Le Monde Diplomatique, and others. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout North America, and in France, Egypt, Singapore, and Australia, and has given frequent interviews to the global media. In 2002 he served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

This talk was given at Portland State University on June 4th.  The sponsor was the newly formed Portland chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Co-sponsoring this event were Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies (Portland State University), the Portland Branch WILPF -- Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Portland Code Pink, War Resister League of Portland, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, and others.

  • Length: 57:16 minutes (78.65 MB)
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Open Reservoirs and Governments (27 minute Morning Show)

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Fri, 05/20/2011

 

Open Reservoirs and Governments 

This edition of Democracy Here explores the difference between engineered- and informed consent of the governed using the context of Portland’s current plans to take open reservoirs off-line and replacing them with new underground storage tanks.

The plan to bury the reservoirs is controversial: the city says they are forced to spend a half a billion dollars in order to comply with a federal regulation, while citizen groups say that the water bureau is fast tracking projects to the same cozy consultants who wrote the regulation and that the water bureau could work more earnestly on obtaining relief.   

This edition of DemocracyHere! features:

Interviews with public health and infectious disease specialists;

Sounds from the earth-day rally at city hall in support of our natural water system;

Information on how lower income citizens will be affected by the increase in water rates;

Interviews with Floy Jones for the citizen-activist perspective and Kent Craford for an alliance of local businesses;

and

Voices of government officials ranging from Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to the EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.     
 


Engineering techniques to look for in the interviews include:

Emotional appeal trumps reasoned argument;

Government is your daddy;

and

Hurry up, its an emergency

leading to

Its a done deal!

Medical Delegation Reports on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

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Wed, 05/18/2011

Physicians for Social Responsibility Members Speak about their Recent Trip

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Gerri Haynes and Laura Hart about the health threats they witnessed on their January 2011 medical delegation visit to Gaza. Portland nurse practitioner Maxine Fookson, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, is also a guest.

Gerri Haynes is a palliative care nurse consultant who has taught mental health classes in Gaza and organized trips to the Middle East since 1992. Gerri is a past president of Washington PSR and a former National PSR board member.

Laura Hart is a board member and past president of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is a part time urologist and a full time social activist who is collaborating with Gazan health care providers to develop comprehensive pelvic health care for women in Gaza. 

 

Open Reservoirs and LT2 in 12 Minutes

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Mon, 05/16/2011


This special 12 minute express edition of DemocracyHere! explores Portland's plan to spend $500 million dollars to take our open reservoirs off line are replace them with new underground tanks and features:

Interviews with public health and infectious disease specialists;

Sounds from the earth-day rally at city hall in support of our natural water system;

Information on how lower income citizens will be affected by the increase in water rates;

Interviews with Floy Jones for the citizen-activist perspective and Kent Craford for an alliance of local businesses;

and

Voices of government officials ranging from Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to the EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.     
 

  • Length: 11:50 minutes (10.83 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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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