|Poets For Palestine was published to unite a diverse range of poets, spoken word artists, and hip-hop artists who have used their words to elevate the consciousness of humanity. Sixty years after the dispossession of the Palestinian people, this anthology presents forty-eight poems alongside original works by Palestinian artists. All proceeds from the sale of this collection will go toward funding future cultural projects that highlight Arab artistry in the United States – 2min25sec
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An Ode to Our Ailing Planet
Read and Written by Michael Werbowski (Minou) – 1min20sec
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A Discussion w/ Diana Bronson – 7min38sec
Member of ETC Group
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Illegal immigration and human trafficking have been the subject of many political debates in the past few years. The US State Dept created the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (http://www.state.gov/g/tip/) and creates a yearly report on this subject.
David Phinney, journalist and broadcaster, and Rory Mayberry, ex-Kellogg, Brown & Root employee, joined Joe Broadhurst of CKUT Radio to detail facts surrounding human trafficking at the construction site of the new US Embassy in Baghdad. Planeloads of South Asian persons have been basically kidnapped and forced to work in dangerous and fatal conditions to build the new 104 acre complex.
Transcript of Interview of CIA Director Michael V. Hayden by C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb, April 15, 2007
LAMB: If the 100,000 figure is right, 16 different agencies that report to the Director of National Intelligence, and if the figure $45 billion is right, if you could have anything you want, how many more people would you want and how much more money would you want to spend?
HAYDEN: I could go through our budget and pick out little niches there, where just a few more dollars – and in our terms, you know, $10 million here or $20 million there – can really make a difference. But by and large, the community as a whole, CIA in particular, has benefited from the resources that the American people – acting through the Congress and the president – the resources the American people have given us since 9/11. Right now, my biggest challenge is absorbing the growth we’ve had inside the agency and putting these new resources to work in an efficient and effective way. And it’s – sure, it has something to do with the money, but it really has to do with people. Let me give you a sense of scale here, Brian. And I have to talk around it a little bit, because the numbers are classified. But let me give you a sense. One-seventh of the Central Intelligence Agency has been hired in the last 12 months. One-fifth of our analysts have been hired in the last 12 months. Fifty percent of the agency has been hired since 9/11.
Four years ago on May 1, President Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln wearing a flight suit and delivered a speech in front of a giant “Mission Accomplished” banner. He was hailed by media stars as a “breathtaking” example of presidential leadership in toppling Saddam Hussein. Despite profound questions over the failure to locate weapons of mass destruction and the increasing violence in Baghdad, many in the press confirmed the White House’s claim that the war was won. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews declared, “We’re all neo-cons now;” NPR’s Bob Edwards said, “The war in Iraq is essentially over;” and Fortune magazine’s Jeff Birnbaum said, “It is amazing how thorough the victory in Iraq really was in the broadest context.”
How did the mainstream press get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 continue to go largely unreported? “What the conservative media did was easy to fathom; they had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked. How mainstream journalists suspended skepticism and scrutiny remains an issue of significance that the media has not satisfactorily explored,” says Moyers. “How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?”
On Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS, a new PBS series BILL MOYERS JOURNAL premieres at a special time with “Buying the War,” a 90-minute documentary that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq.
Tyson Slocum, Director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen (http://citizen.org), joined Joe Broadhurst of CKUT Radio to discuss his report, “Hot Profits & Global Warming: How Oil Companies Hurt Consumers and the Environment”.
The Five largest oil companies in the world have a combined profit of over $440 Billion since 2001. Mr. Slocum discusses where those profits are going, the mergers which have allowed them still maintain access to Billions in govt subsidies and a first-hand account of the environmental destruction taking place in the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada.
“Questioned on WTC 7 by members of Austin 9/11 Truth Now at a Book People event in Austin Texas, Kerry responded, “I do know that that wall, I remember, was in danger and I think they made the decision based on the danger that it had in destroying other things, that they did it in a controlled fashion.”
Kerry is basically saying that the building was intentionally demolished to prevent a random collapse from damaging nearby buildings, but that premise has never been explicitly admitted, with officials clinging to the notion that the collapse was expected but was not aided by means of explosive charges, because to admit to a controlled demolition would be to expose foreknowledge of 9/11 itself.” [link]
Honduras is rich in silver and gold. So why is this Central American republic plagued by such desperate poverty?
Roman Catholic Church officials in Honduras believe foreign mining concerns like Canada’s Goldcorp Inc. bear much of the blame. They want these companies out of their country – now.
Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985.
He joined Joe Broadhurst of the Friday Morning After on CKUT Radio to discuss current and future resource conflicts.
Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and world security affairs. He is the author of: Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (Metropolitan Books, 2004); Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict (Metropolitan Books, 2001); Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws (Hill and Wang, 1995); American Arms Supermarket (University of Texas Press, 1984); Supplying Repression (Field Foundation, 1978; 2nd ed., Institute for Policy Studies, 1981); and War Without End: American Planning for the Next Vietnams (Knopf, 1974).
A series of films by BAFTA-winning producer Adam Curtis that tells the story of the rise of today’s narrow idea of freedom. Part One: F**k You Buddy. [59m29s]
The Trap: What Happened To Our Dream of Freedom? is a three-part series of films written and directed by BAFTA-winning producer Adam Curtis, explaining the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom.
Curtis believes that if one steps back and looks at what freedom actually means for us today, it’s a strange and limited kind of freedom.
The West fought the Cold War for freedom and individual freedom is the dream of our age. It’s what our leaders promise to give us and defines how we think of ourselves.
And abroad, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the attempt to force freedom on to other people has led to bloody mayhem and the rise of an authoritarian anti-democratic Islamism.
This, in turn, has helped inspire terrorist attacks in Britain. In response, the government has dismantled long-standing laws that were designed to protect our freedom.
Curtis argues that we have forgotten other ideas of freedom. We are in a trap of our own making, a trap that controls us, deprives us of meaning, and causes death and chaos abroad.
Iraqi woman and girls are suffering the trauma of war as widows or orphans, perhaps displaced from their homes, sometimes detained. They are often separated from loved ones & become victims of violence & intimidation.
An excerpt from “Building Bridges: Bearing Witness: A Portrait of Women In War, Iraq”, was played on the March 16, 2007 Friday Morning After around 7:25 am.
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh joins (Democracy Now!) to talk about his explosive new article in the New Yorker Magazine. Hersh reports that John Negroponte’s decision to resign as National Intelligence Director was made in part because of the Bush administration’s covert actions including the indirect funding of radical Sunni groups – some with ties to al-Qaeda – to counter Shiite groups backed by Iran. Hersh also reports the Pentagon has established a special planning group to plan a bombing attack on Iran and U.S. military and special-operations teams have already crossed the border into Iran in pursuit of Iranian operatives. [includes rush transcript]
Within hours of Tony Blair’s announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq, defence minister Des Browne confirmed that an extra 1,400 British troops were to be deployed in Afghanistan.
The decision was welcomed by Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, who applauded the government for committing extra resources to the “winnable” campaign in Afghanistan.
Yet the occupation of Afghanistan is far from winnable. Rather, it is fast approaching “breaking point”, with a collapse in support for the US-backed government and growing backing for the insurgency.
These are the findings of the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in a survey financed by USAID, an arm of the US government.
The report, entitled Breaking Point: Measuring Progress In Afghanistan 2007, is based on a wide ranging survey that includes thousands of interviews with ordinary Afghans and analysis of news stories and opinion polls.
If there was any remaining doubt that the BBC reported the collapse of Building 7 over 20 minutes before it fell then it has now evaporated with the discovery of footage from the BBC’s News 24 channel that shows the time stamp at 21:54 (4:54PM EST) when news of the Salomon Brothers Building is first broadcast, a full 26 minutes in advance of its collapse.
In all the endless coverage of the American ”surge” committing 20,000 extra troops to the war in Iraq, there has been barely a word about the likely consequences for the civilian population. A report in the Lancet medical journal last year estimated that, as of July 2006, 655,000 Iraqis had died as a result of the US-UK invasion – one in seven families had lost a household member.
Over the last month, some 2,340 articles in the national UK press have mentioned the word ‘Iraq’. Of these, seven have also mentioned the words ‘civilian casualties’. Over the same period the words ‘Iraq’ and ‘Matty Hull’ have appeared in 128 articles. As most people will know, Matty Hull was a British soldier killed in a ‘friendly fire‘ incident.
This is hardly a scientific analysis, but it gives an idea of the relative silence surrounding the issue.