“Give me Liberty or give me Death.” To put this famous saying attributed to Patrick Henry somewhat differently, we easily recognize that death is not the worst thing that can happen to us. Indeed, there seems a large class of worse circumstances, though we generally don’t categorize them or, perhaps more importantly, often lack adequate language to describe them. <i>Worse than death</i>: it’s a subtle difference that doesn’t lend itself to formulation in terms of rules. <br /><br />Perhaps that’s why, when we find such rules, we elevate them to preeminent positions in international law. Here, George Kenney talks with <a href=”http://www.univie.ac.at/bim/php/bim/index.php?output_id=4″>Manfred Nowak</a>, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, to get a better sense of what the world is thinking, and doing, about a most peculiar abomination. And, no, the U.S. is not off the hook. It was extremely generous of Prof. Nowak to take time to talk with George Kenney. Please pay close attention and help redistribute widely. Total runtime an hour and eight minutes.
Chris Floyd, author of Empire Burlesque, the blog and the book, discusses the new government of Gordon Brown in Great Britain, his position on war with Iran, the specious relationship between the US and UK and Saudis, the War Party’s bogus accusations about Iran’s nuclear program and sabotage of any effort to work things out, the win-win position of the neo-mercantilists in the event of war, depression, etc., the death of the republic, end of the empire, and rise of the domestic police state, the willful ignorance and acquiescence of the American people and the responsibility of those of us who care to keep fighting the State anyway.
Robert Jensen’s new book begins with the simple demand of the culture: “Be a man.” It closes with a defiant response: “I chose to struggle to be a human being.” And in between, it offers a candid and intelligent exploration of porn’s devastating role in helping to define conventional masculinity. In other words: In our culture, porn makes the man. Writing in his trademark conversational style with a rigorous analysis, Robert Jensen easily blends personal anecdotes from his years of media experience.
Organic farmer and seed-saver, Mary Alice Johnson on our Gardens of Destiny; renowned journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger on The War on Democracy and more; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed on local events in the south island in the coming week.
This Week; Janet and Rodger from Vancouver Island Water Watch, American peace activist extraordinaire Kanada does NOT want on the journey, Alison Bodine, Janine Bandcroft and more…
GR broadcast from Victoria, October 29, 2007
How long do we in Canada, and the United States, and Britain, and Australia, and those other countries willing to slaughter the innocents of Afghanistan, and Iraq, and if rumour proves true, Iran and Syria and Pakistan also, abide the criminality of “our” governments? Far from easy victories promised, six and four years after their commencements, the battle for the hearts and minds of the Afghani and Iraqi people respectively have failed utterly. How else can you account for the aerial bombardment currently being conducted above Baghdad and increasingly around Kandahar? The Pentagon, and their quisling operatives in London, Ottawa, and Canberra, do as little accounting of the reality on the ground as possible, reminding again that the real battle is for the hearts and minds of the citizens of their own countries, the ones picking up the tab for their atrocious actions. Dave Lindorff is a Philadelphia-based, award-winning journalist and author of ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ with Barbera Oshansky, ‘The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush from Office,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ among others. Dave Lindorff in the first half.
And; Canadians were recently informed by State broadcaster, the CBC, that polls conducted in Afghanistan show high approval ratings for Canadian intervention in that country. It’s a claim put to the lie by crusading National Assembly member, Malalai Joya. Joya was in Victoria yesterday on the finishing leg of her cross-country tour of Canada. I went down to the Canada Out of Afghanistan march and talked to Malalai Joya and some of the other participants. The authentic view from Afghanistan in the second half.
And; Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with all that’s good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. but first, Dave Lindorff and tracking the American blitzkrieg over there.
This week, author and journalist Lila Rajiva on Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets; Susan Howett from the Council of Canadians National Water Campaign on attempts to take Alberta’s Bow River; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on all that’s good to do in and around Victoria.
Andrew Bard Schmookler – a contributor at Atlantic Free Press – and author of a number of books The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution (University of California Press) and Debating the Good Society: A Quest to Bridge America’s Moral Divide (M.I.T. Press) is interviewed by Craig Barnes, a widely respected, political commentator, lawyer, playwright, and other things, from Santa Fe, New Mexico in this Radio piece from www.anationdeceived.org
This radio show goes into the politics, but also more than the politics– the moral culture, the works of the imagination, the spirit(s) of our times. It talks about where we are today, and it explores where the American system might be heading. At bottom, it suggests a way of understanding the complex organic nature of human societies, and the interplay of forces in guiding how their destiny unfolds through time.
The failed media, the B-52 nuclear weapons flight, the risks of martial law in the US, all discussed on Colin McEnroe’s Afternoon Drive, broadcast Wednesday on WTIC, Hartford, CT.
<strong>Bleak Expectations</strong> <a href=”http://www.electricpolitics.com/podcast/2007/01/bleak_expectations.html” target=”_blank”>(from Electric Politics) </a><br>
The eminent historian <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Kolko”>Gabriel Kolko</a> says he’s not a pacifist, yet I see more than a few strands of ‘Quaker-like’ ideas in his outlook. A good thing. This important conversation ranges widely, from Iraq, to Bush’s character, to politics, to the global financial system, to political theory, and back again.<br />
<br /> Though not a policy person (with the immediacy of analysis that that entails), Professor Kolko possesses unusually broad perspective and deep insight, plus personal experience and interesting direct knowledge of certain principals. Henry Kissinger, for example, who has been his foe ever since they were students together at Harvard. It’s an honor to talk with Professor Kolko and I enjoyed our conversation thoroughly. Total runtime here of an hour and eight minutes. Please pass this one along to your friends.
Michael Krasny at KQED talks with Norman Solomon, author of "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State."
Taking a walk with the protest at the NATO 07 meetings in Victoria, Canada, September 8/07
Nothing characterizes the twin disasters afflicting what was once referred to as “America,” (and indeed, the whole of western democracy); rampant privatization and the incorporation of perpetual warfare as an integral component of the economy, more than the corporate mercenary industry. Emblematic of our new age, these men and women “contractors” comprise a growing percentage of the occupation and garrison forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Initially made up from the ranks of former elite shock troops from the various armies of the west, today demand for ever more freeboots on the ground has lowered standards, and effected laws restricting citizen’s involvement in foreign wars. Now, Canada can proudly claim complicity in this grisly business, rightly howling with the rest of the dogs of war. Yves Engler is a Canadian freelance journalist and the author of two books, “Canada in Haiti: Waging War on the Poor Majority’ (co-authored with Anthony Fenton), and ‘Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical.’ Many of his articles also appear at the excellent website, Dissident Voice.org among other places.
The tragedy of the Palestinian people continues on its ordained path to extinction. Shunted to shrinking reserves without access to water, and deprived of contact and trade with the outside world, Palestinians routinely die and are killed by the forces of Israel. This past week, fuel supplies to Gaza's only remaining power plant were refused passage by the Israeli Defense Force, meaning a weekend of darkness for most Gazans. It's simply another in a long list of privations suffered in Palestine, and unreported in the corporate media. Jon Elmer is a freelance Canadian journalist who has lived in and reported from the Occupied Territories.
This week, freelance journalist, author, and creator of Consortium News, Robert Parry looking back to the seedy beginnings of the disastrous presidency George W. Bush