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10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them, Segment 2

2 months 2 weeks ago
Keynote talk for the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition at their Peace Essay Contest Awards Presentation on August 27, 2019, the 91st Anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The still in force, though much violated international treaty that outlawed war. Bankers, weapons makers, Wall Street investors, pension funds, insurance and investment trusts, Pentagon generals and politicians who will dance for their campaign contributions have worked tirelessly to ignore and undermine the International order of Peace that the Pact portended, and that later Martin Luther King spoke of when he set the stakes in his time, still ours: ".... It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world, it is non-violence or non-existence. That is where we are today. " The Kellog-Briand Pact remains in force as the Law of the Land, though not enforced. Swanson speaks to its enforcement and undermines the logic used to justify the wholesale lawlessness of the current and past US Administrations. It was Swanson's 2011 book, "When the World Outlawed War", the forgotten story from the 1920s of how people created a treaty to ban all war ", given to Frank Goetz, the Coalitions just past President and Peace Essay Contest coordinator, by peace activist Kathy Kelly, that inspired him to establish the Peace Essay Contest, now in its 7th year.
Dale Lehman/WZRD

10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them, Segment 1

2 months 2 weeks ago
Keynote talk for the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition at their Peace Essay Contest Awards Presentation on August 27, 2019, the 91st Anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The still in force, though much violated international treaty that outlawed war. Bankers, weapons makers, Wall Street investors, pension funds, insurance and investment trusts, Pentagon generals and politicians who will dance for their campaign contributions have worked tirelessly to ignore and undermine the International order of Peace that the Pact portended, and that later Martin Luther King spoke of when he set the stakes in his time, still ours: ".... It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world, it is non-violence or non-existence. That is where we are today. " The Kellog-Briand Pact remains in force as the Law of the Land, though not enforced. Swanson speaks to its enforcement and undermines the logic used to justify the wholesale lawlessness of the current and past US Administrations. It was Swanson's 2011 book, "When the World Outlawed War", the forgotten story from the 1920s of how people created a treaty to ban all war ", given to Frank Goetz, the Coalitions just past President and Peace Essay Contest coordinator, by peace activist Kathy Kelly, that inspired him to establish the Peace Essay Contest, now in its 7th year.
Dale Lehman/WZRD

The Taxcast: The Taxcast, August 2019: Brexit and threat to public health, accountancy and ethics, Segment 1

2 months 2 weeks ago
In this month's Taxcast: ethics and accountancy - yes they can go together! Plus: as Britain sinks into full crisis-mode over Brexit, we bring you unique analysis on some of the far-reaching consequences for the world, including threats to public health service models. Also – why does the new British government love Freeports so much when they’ve been condemned as centres for money laundering and tax evasion?
Tax Justice Network

Donald Drumpf Theatre: Donald Drumpf Theatre Vol. 137 Mueller Returns, Segment 1

2 months 2 weeks ago
An original radio theatre show each week, with most sounds culled from the previous week, about a fictional, theatrical presidency. Contradictions tell the story, with songs, skits, and clips from political news shows and late-night comedy routines. The definition of "radio theatre" is stretched here, with an updated Dickie Goodman and/or Richard Foreman-meets-mashup style sometimes, and a more straightforward take other weeks. Currently airing on 30 or 40 stations around the world, the network has ordered another 15 episodes, but there are threats of cancellation. Anyone who would like to work on a production, or have their work air in this timeslot, should contact info@wgxc.org.
Wave Farm/WGXC 90.7-FM

The Alembic Files: The Ominous Parallels - 13, Segment 1

2 months 2 weeks ago
He who thinks not of himself primarily but of his race and of its future is the new patriot--1910. We are turning away from the entrusting of crucial decisions to individuals who are motivated by private interests--1935. We think that the duties of a revolutionary transcend his individual wants That’s why in our collectives we fight individualism at every point--1970. Self-government--the basic principle of this republic--is inexorably being eroded in favor of self-seeking, self-indulgence and just plain aggressive selfishness--1972.
Anonymous

Transit Workers Unite - Chicago - Speak Out, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
Transit Workers Unite held a speak out. I interviewed Erik Bassir and Erek Slater outside the break room at the terminus of the CTA Red Line on Howard Street which also is a major transfer point for bus commuters between Chicago and its suburbs. They speak to issues the public normally takes for granted and their campaign to gain worker input into shaping the conditions of their work; they talk about their jobs, the nature of being public service workers and the effects on safety and health caused by the neoliberal management style that has been instituted by the past administration of arch neoliberal mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Dale Lehman/WZRD

Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort on G7, Brexit, Lebanon, Israeli Attacks, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
In my news and commentary I began with references to the appearances of Trump and Boris Johnson at the G7 and the invitation by Macron of Iran foreign minister Zarif to Biarritz. From there I shifted to Israel’s attacks on pro-Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria, on Hezbollah in Beirut and the threat of attacking Houthis on Saudi Arabia’s behalf in Yemen. I provide some background on the origins of Hezbollah and Israel’s conflict with it as well as the Zionist eagerness to have Southern Lebanon, up to and including the Litani River be part of the Jewish Home approved by the League of Nations after WW 1., citing Lebanese president Aoun’s statement to me in 2007 that without Hezbollah, Israel would overrun Lebanon. I go on to describe the preoccupation of the Israeli military and media with Hezbollah since it is still unnerved that Hez has twice humiliated it, the first having forced Israel to withdraw from Lebanon in 2000 after 18 years of occupation, and in 2006, after stopping the IDF from advancing on the ground, leading to the resignation of the IDF Chief of Staff. I follow that with comments about what I saw in Lebanon the year after Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon and in 2007, following the 2006 three week war. I quote several passages from an article by Seth Frantzman, the Jerusalem Post’s military analyst, comparing his unconscious dehumanization of Hezbollah in describing Israel’s drone attacks in Beirut with what it would have been if the attacks had been on Israelis. I conclude with comments about the failure of the US to take possession of the Iranian tanker that had been seized by British marines off Gibraltar, that a Gibraltar judge had said no to Washington, allowing the ship to sail and now, I announced the ship had been sold to an unnamed buyer.
Jeff Blankfort

Takes on the World: Kenneth Surin on Brexit Boris Suspends UK Parliament, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
On the morning that British PM Boris Johnson suspended Parliament, with the Queen’s approval, in order to minimize opposition to his No Deal Brexit come October 31st, I spoke with Prof. Kenneth Surin, of Duke University and a Delegate to the British Labour Party about the implications of Johnson’s action and issues, political and economic that are on the table. These include the likelihood of a Labour-led coalition government, following a likely vote of “no-confidence” against Johnson who, Surin reminds us, was not elected by the people, but by the vote of his party. As for the economic fall-out, he suggests that if Johnson is looking for a favorable deal with Trump to pump up the British economy, he is not likely to get it and besides, the UK’s economic relationships with France and Germany are far more important. If Johnson believes he can get one of those countries to offer a better deal than was offered to his predecessor, Theresa May, Surin notes that any new deal would have to be approved by the entire EU and go through Brussels and the best they are likely to offer him is the same as was offered to May. He also points out that the former members of the Commonwealth owe nothing to the UK and are not likely to make deals that are not on their terms. What Johnson has done, Surin says, is unprecedented in British history but is constitutional. He simply has shortened the time to 17 days that the Parliament will have to deal with the issue when it returns of Oct.14. Surin says that Johnson had a choice of a “No deal Brexit,” on October 31, or capitulate and accept the deal the EU had already offered and which May and Parliament had rejected. If he accepted the latter he would quickly be subjected to a “no confidence” vote which he would lose That there is opposition to Brexit from Scotland which wishes to remain in the EU is of no consequence to John says Surin, since Boris is a strong British nationalists with little concern for those areas far away from London. When the similarity of the incompetents and unqualified that Johnson has appointed to his cabinet was compared with a similar cast appointed by Trump, Surin said that, unlike his predecessor, he didn’t want anyone in his cabinet who did not fully support him, unlike what Theresa May had experience with her cabinet. On the well-publicized issue of what will happen at the border between Ireland, a member of the EU and Northern Ireland which is part of the UK, Surin expressed the belief that maintaining the Good Friday agreement between Ireland and Ulster is too important to both sides to let it come apart over this issue. He pointed out that it was the support of Northern Ireland that had put May in power but at this point there are too many contingencies to speculate on the outcome. Finally, the discussion turned to the charges of antisemitism that have been made against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party for its alleged antisemitism, by Britain’s Jewish establishment and the media. Surin particularly focused on BBC whose program Panorama had produced a hit piece on Corbyn and Labour that featured two British Jews who had been exposed as behind the scenes activists for the Israeli Embassy on a featured expose of the Israel Lobby in the UK by Al Jazeera, one of whom had actually worked there. That BBC did not provide this key information to its viewers. He was unhappy about the mealy mouthed way that Labour had defended itself against the charges made by the two, both former Labour Party employees, describing them simply as disgruntled ex-employees rather than taking them head on. He suggested that Labour needed to have a team ready to respond to the spurious charges of antisemitism which, he admitted, existed, but far less so than in the ranks of Britain’s other parties and that Islamophobia was a far greater problem in the UK.
Jeff Blankfort

The Sonic Cafe: Sonic Cafe #150/Least Loved Bedtime Stories, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
Sonic Café with Bedside Story, from Badly Drawn Boy, I’m your host Scott Clark. Hey, welcome, glad you could join us for our 150th episode. Wow another milestone along the way in our journey to bring you eclectic, intelligent radio that’s fun. This time the Sonic Café brings you our Least Loved Bedtime Stories. Listen for classics like The Enchanted Thermos and the Little Train That Died, from the late, great Michael O’Donoghue, of National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live fame. Plus bedtime stories from Tom Waits and Second City TV… all wrapped in a sleepy time music mix pulled from 40 years. Listen for the Bombay Bicycle Club, Steely Dan, Radiohead, Jim Suhler, The Eurythmics and more. Then the Sonic Café presents comedian Tim Hawkins. Tim does a deep dive into the lyrics of all those children’s songs and nursery rhymes that were drilled into our heads when we were kids. Turns out… it some pretty twisted stuff. So ahh pull on your fuzzy slippers, snuggle up next to your radio and join us for Least Loved Bedtime Stories from that little café on the coast …where we count sheep to get to sleep… we’re the Sonic Café.
Scott Clark