Norm Diamond hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments:
The Politics of Security Leaks: On April 13th, Air National Guardsman Jack Texeira from Massachusetts was arrested by the FBI over the leak of classified US intelligence documents on an online chat room for gamers. In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker look at this case and how the mainstream media is covering the issue of leaked documents. They also take up the history of military personnel exposing classified information and what can be learned from the documents posted by Guardsman Texeira.
Revolutionary Project in Venezuela: The La Minka commune has now celebrated its tenth anniversary. Luisa Martinez returns for a follow-up interview. How does the commune work with its surrounding community in the heart of Caracas? What are its relations with the country’s government? How has the role of its women been changing? What would they like people in the U.S. to know about their country, its struggles and its continuing revolution?
Spring Rebellion: Extinction Rebellion PDX (XRPDX) is launching what it describes as a Spring Rebellion beginning on April 24th with a series of non-violent actions against banks and other industries that profit from fossil fuels. Jan Haaken talks with Lynn Spitaleri Handlin, organizer with XR PDX and founding member of Cascadia Magical Activists, about the Spring Rebellion. They discuss the movement strategy behind the events, including the tactics of direct actions and forms of street theater. They also discuss the role of coalitions in the climate justice movement.