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Takes on the World: Rebecca Gordon: Nicaragua & How It Has Divided the Left, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
Rebecca Gordon begins by explaining why Nicaragua has a special place and is particularly important for many Americans at a time when there is so much worse violence and killing in the world; it is what the Sandinista movement and its victory in 1979 presented to the world. She describes what they had done for the people of Nicaragua in terms of health, education, and dignity, but is quick to point that neither Pres. Danny Ortega or today’s Sandinista movement bears any political resemblance to the Sandinistas of the 80s who captured the world’s imagination and ire of the United States which has a long and ugly history of intervening in Nicaragua. She points out how Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo had become part of reactionary Catholic sect which led to the imposition of overly strict laws against abortion but suggests that might have had something to do with an absence of a drug problem which makes Nicaragua almost unique in the region, but suspects it might also have something to do with Ortega allowing the drug cartels boats to pass by its west coast without any problems. She described the background of the current street battles and repression in Managua and praised the protesters as another generation of Nicaraguans fighting injustice and for their liberty and chides those former supporters of the Sandinista movement who are backing the Ortega government, claiming the US government is behind the rebellion, for not allowing the Nicaraguans to have their own agency, to act without being guided or manipulated by outside forces. She does acknowledge that has split former supporters of the Sandinistas in the Mission District of San Francisco where she has lived for years as well as people in Nicaragua. Gordon spent six months in Nicaragua in 1984, has written a book about the country and has insights that are fresh and remind one how the passing of the years does not have to slow down one’s engagement with the world.
Jeff Blankfort

Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort: News/Op:How US Elected Yeltsin; US, KSA armed Al Qaeda, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
After brief comments over divisions on the left over Nicaragua, I knock the mainstream media and NPR for its nonstop attacks on Russia and suggest that congressional gerrymandering, purging black and brown voters from the voting rolls and making it harder for the poor and elderly to vote have done more to damage our political process than the Russians could possibly imagine. I recall and report on Time Magazine’s cover story of July 1996, featuring Boris Yeltsin with a US flag in his lapel, describing how four US Republican political operatives with a connection to the Clinton White House turned around Yeltsin’s failing bid for re-election into a win, using US political tactics which ended up putting the natural resources of Russia into the hands of handful or Russian Jews who became billionaire oligarchs. I then cite an article by Robert Fisk about his discovering in the ruins of Eastern Aleppo, evidence that Al Nusra and the other jihadists that were fighting the government had been armed by the Saudis with 120mm mortars purchased from Bosnia and by Hughes Aircraft from California. I finish with describing Israel’s new racist nationality law and how Netanyahu is telling Putin to get Iran’s arms and missiles out of Syria, to remove its air defenses and close the borders between Syria and Lebanon and Syria and Iraq. Seriously.
Jeff Blankfort

Bristol Broadband Co-operative: Master race? Antisemitism & Jewish identity politics with Tony Greenstein & Gilad Atzmon, Segment 2

2 months 3 weeks ago
Finally, the letter states a Third World War will occur between the 'political Zionists' and the 'leaders of the Islamic world'. 'The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam [the Muslim Arabic World] and political Zionism [the State of Israel] mutually destroy each other. 'Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3480720/Letter-written-Confederate-officer-150-years-ago-predicted-two-World-Wars-said-Islamic-leaders-West-just-hoax.html
Bristol Broadband Co-operative

Bristol Broadband Co-operative: Master race? Antisemitism & Jewish identity politics with Tony Greenstein & Gilad Atzmon, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
Finally, the letter states a Third World War will occur between the 'political Zionists' and the 'leaders of the Islamic world'. 'The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam [the Muslim Arabic World] and political Zionism [the State of Israel] mutually destroy each other. 'Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3480720/Letter-written-Confederate-officer-150-years-ago-predicted-two-World-Wars-said-Islamic-leaders-West-just-hoax.html
Bristol Broadband Co-operative

The Sonic Cafe: Sonic Cafe #97/Get Your Greasy Little Face Up Next To The Radio, Segment 1

2 months 3 weeks ago
That’s Rock Art and The X-Ray Style music from Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros on the Sonic Café, this is episode 97 and I’m your host Scott Clark. Welcome to another hour of intelligent, eclectic music, comedy and pop culture served up just the way you like it from that little café in the Pacific Northwest. This time the Sonic Café brings you a music mix that we think just feels real good together. Listen for Cheap Trick, Walter Becker, Footsteps on Mars, Oysterhead, Chop Wood and more. Then later, from our movies we’d like to see department. Listen for Pablo Francisco’s trailer for the Little Tortilla Boy… an action adventure film you won’t want to miss. And finally, as a public service, the Sonic Café brings you travel tips from comedian Joe Regan. Joe offers pointers to help take the hassle out of checking into your motel room after a long day on the road. All that and of course more this time from that little café on the coast that brings you a weekly dose of fun, creative radio, we’re the Sonic Café.
Scott Clark

Subversion #1312: Iranian Refugee Mother Tells Story of Police Brutality/Abuse, Segment 1

2 months 4 weeks ago
Our correspondent Riot Turtle from Enough is Enough is in a camp near the Bosnia/Croatia border, with Cars of Hope building facilities for the camp and helping in whatever way they can. He is also doing interviews and reports and sent me this interview with an Iranian mother, who with her family is trying to reach Europe. As part of a small group the family crossed into Croatia, but were intercepted by police after a farmer reported them. This interview is distressing and listener discretion is advised. The mother’s voice has been altered for her safety.
Linda Rose

The Taxcast: The Taxcast: July 2018, Segment 1

2 months 4 weeks ago
we look at a proposal for a firewall to protect EU citizens from the Big Four accountancy firms and the tax avoidance lobby: we look at a new report from the Corporate Europe Observatory we discuss UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Professor Philip Alston’s announced visit to the UK to look at austerity and the human rights consequences: his report on the US was hard-hitting and controversial. What will he make of the UK? and we look at Transparify’s 2018 think tank funding transparency rankings and talk about how opacity is the name of the game for many of the ‘free market’ lobby groups pushing for Brexit, deregulation, privatisation and tax havenry, such as the Institute for Economic Affairs.
Tax Justice Network

Press Conference: 50 Years Since the Democratic Convention in Chicago, Segment 1

2 months 4 weeks ago
Press Conference: 50 Years Since the Democratic Convention in Chicago What: News conference announcing protest against war and police violence on the 50th anniversary of the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. At a time when the United States is using drones to bomb probably more countries than at any time since World War II and police violence continues to rock Chicago politics, the legacy of the anti-convention protests and movement against the Vietnam War carry important lessons for today. When: 1 pm, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Where: General John Logan Statue in Grant Park, scene of the most iconic protests against the 1968 Democratic Convention, corner of 9th Street and S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Who: Chicago Committee Against War & Racism (CCAWR), organizer of the 10,000-strong march on Lake Shore Drive at the start of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Speakers will feature key members of today’s anti-war movement, including: * Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network * Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Non-Violence * Natasha Ersk of Veterans for Peace * Vicki Cervantes of La Voz de los de Abajo * Vince Emanuel, Marine Corps vet of the Iraq war and noted anti-war speaker * Rich Whitney, co-chair of the Illinois Green Party
Dale Lehman/WZRD

Radio Curious: An Orphan Train Survivor, Segment 1

2 months 4 weeks ago
Radio Curious discusses the orphan trains of 1854-1930 with Victoria Golden, who helped author the autobiography of the last known orphan train survivor, William Delos Vansteenburgh, titled, “A Last Survivor of the Orphan Trains.”
Radio Curious - Barry Vogel