This week's guest is Trip Jennings who has just returned from a winter volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank. Jennings is an environmental filmmaker by profession and an environmental and social justice activist. He founded the Portland-based outdoor and environmental media company, The Epicocity Project. He was recognized by the National Geographic as "Adventurer of the Year" in 2008 for his work with threatened rivers, indigenous cultures and oil palm plantations in Papua New Guinea.
OLMV hosts this month are Wael Elasady and MaryAlecia Briggs of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER).
A Nakba and Apartheid that dare not speak their names
Saree Makdisi is the author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, and a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He is also the nephew of the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said.
He spoke on May twenty second 2010 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon on ‘A Nakba and Apartheid that dare not speak their names.’
Many thousands of undocumented immigrants in the US were forced out of their home countries by NAFTA and invited in by corporations and agribusiness seeking cheap labor. Now they are being punished by anti-immigrant laws and sentiment. Manuel Perez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about all this and more with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Perez writes for Foreign Policy in Focus. (Image by Flickr user Korean Resource Center (cc: by-nc-sa))
This month, local organizations all over the country are taking action as part of the national Take Back the Land movement. Local Action Groups are educating, organizing and taking direct action to support families facing eviction; to open empty, foreclosed homes for people without housing; to assert the right to occupy vacant government properties and land, and to demand that those forced to leave their long time communities have the right to return.
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On May 9th 2010 Islamic Republic of Iran executed five political prisoners at Evin, Tehran's notorious prison. At least four of the victims -- Farzad Kamangar, Ali Haydarian, Farhad Vakili, and Shirin Alam-Houli -- were ethnic Kurds. The fifth victim was Mehdi Eslamian.
Their court cases were heard behind closed doors. The work of their attorneys was constantly obstructed, or ignored altogether. Neither they nor the families of the victims knew about the executions until after they had taken place. Even the dead bodies of the victims have not been turned over to their families.
Kamangar's case, which attracted international attention, is particularly heart-breaking. He was 35 years old and married.