This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talked with Wray Harris, president of Iraq Veterans Against the War (Oregon) about who is paying the real cost of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
March 19th, 2001, is the eighth anniversary of the US war and occupation in Iraq. One Land, Many Voices co-host, William Seaman, interviews Middle East analyst and author, Phyllis Bennis on the current situation in Iraq and the prospects for a full US withdrawal by the end of 2011. Bennis also talks about strategies and tactics for the struggle to bring an end to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be a peace rally and march marking the anniversary of the Iraq war on Saturday, March 19th, at 12:30PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. For more information, please check the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition website at www.pprc-news.org ... thanks for tuning in!
Denise and Yasmin connect the struggle for LBGT rights with struggles against privatization and criticize how marriage equality obfuscates the fact that essential services like healthcare are not available to all, or in the case of education are under attack.
Yasmin Nair is a writer and activist in Chicago. Her work focuses on queer activism and struggles. She also writes for Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collecive dedicated to challenging the rhetoric and politics of inclusion.
Last week, 45 people were arrested in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, for watching a video on the uprising in Egypt. They were charged with treason and were tortured by government personnel. One of the detainees was pushed out of a second floor window resulting in a broken leg. Some of the detainees are HIV positive and in need of their life-saving medicine. All have been denied access to medical treatment, lawyers and proper meals.