Old Mole Variety Hour
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Live from Haiti, Kevin Pina talks by cell phone with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the recent history of Haiti and US role in suppressing Aristide and popular democratic movements, as well as about the US militarization of current aid efforts and its cost in human lives. Pina is a journalist, activist and filmmaker, who knows Haiti intimately. (The accompanying photo shows him in journalistic action in Haiti.)
You can see more from him in this video interview. Pina recommends the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund as the best place to contribute directly to the Haitian people. For more background, check out the Haiti Information Project; Pina's film We Must Kill the Bandits; his article in World Press; and Naomi Klein on disaster capitalism in Haiti.
Howie Hawkins as the Green Party candidate took 41% of the vote for mayor of Syracuse, New York last November. One of his main issues is public utilities and generating green energy locally, and he talks about the politics of that in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
The recent Supreme Court decision granting rights of free speech to corporations merely reveals what was already true: that democracy is merely a useful fiction and we are already ruled by corporations. This is the argument Chris Hedges makes in a piece on Truthdig, read here by Tom Becker.
Why did Ted Kennedy's Senate seat go to a Republican? What does this mean for Obama and his agenda? Massachussetts political scientist John Berg talks with our Bill Resnick about it all.
Two documentary films made in recent years about Haiti help us to understand the current crisis following the earthquake. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss what can be learned from Aristide and the Endless Revolution and The Agronomist. The second of these revolves around the historical and ongoing importance of community supported radio in Haiti, and makes clear why you should support KBOO (please click on the tip jar at the top of this page if you haven't donated yet in this fund drive!)
Does last week's Supreme Court decision permitting corporations to promote candidates for office, on the grounds of their right to "free speech," hand over our government to corporations? Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of what the left press has to say on the topic. You can read his comments and find his sources here.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program reviews recent documentaries on Haiti that throw light on Haiti's current situation after this month's earthquake. We also hear about why the Democrats lost the Senate race in Massachussetts and what it means for the Obama administration. Plus a discussion of last week's Supreme Court decision granting corporations the right to "free speech" in political campaigns. This show is also part of KBOO's winter membeship drive, and we appreciate your support. Many thanks if you have contributed. If not, the "tip jar" is available at the top of this page!
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What is the unemployment situation today, and what can and should be done about it? Dedrick Muhammad, researcher and writer at the Institute for Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about jobs and the performance of the Obama adminstration in creating them.
It's time to stop talking about charity for Haiti and start talking about justice--about recovery, responsibility and fairness. Frann Michel puts the Hatian disaster in historical context and demonstrates how " Haiti was made poor--by France, the United States, Great Britain, other Western powers and by the IMF and the World Bank" (Richard Kim, The Nation). You can read this piece here, where you'll find links to much more information.
Media critic Robert McChesney was in town this week to talk about his new book, co-authored with John Nichols, Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy. The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with him about what independent journalism needs in order to survive. McChesney is co-founder of Freepress, and you can read an article summing up his book here.