What are the prospects for realizing the goals of the Egyptian revolutionaries as the military takes over? What will the people need to do to make sure the old order is not re-established with only cosmetic changes? Stephen Zunes has published widely on the Middle East, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Egypt's future.
Philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek has been following events in Egypt with an eye to their historical signficance. In this commentary, read by the Old Mole's Joe Clement, Žižek analyzes the Egyptian revolution's commitment to universal democratic values and social justice.
Burma Today is home to arguably the world's tightest contolled dictatorship!
Last November, just days after the much disputed National Elections were held, the Military Dictatorship of what it calls Myanmar released Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Ky. In January the newly seated Parliament appointed the new President. What do these developments mean about democracy in Burma. My Guest is Edith Mirante author and the founder of Project Maje an educational project on human rights and enviromental issues in Burma.
Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.
On this episode, we feature excerpts of a 2-hour interview we did with Rita “Bo” Brown.
Bo Brown is most well known to us as a member of The George Jackson Brigade, a Seattle based revolutionary group. To learn more about the George Jackson Brigade in general, we recommend the recently published books by Daniel Burton-rose, Guerilla USA, and Creating a Movement with Teeth.
Rita "Bo" Brown, was originally from Klamath, Oregon, and moved to Seattle in the 60’s to find community she’d lacked in Klamath. She soon found lesbian bars, and political activists. She became radicalized while in prison for a “social crime”, and was reading the George Jackson book “Soledad Brother” when he was murdered in California, in 1971.
Current events in the Middle East and North Africa
Current events in the Middle East and North Africa have captured world attentions. Ben Ali and Husni Mubarak, the US's allies of 20-30 years in Tunisia and Egypt are under pressure to leave or have already submitted to the will of the people. What is happening there has impact on other countries of the region. Please join host Goudarz Eghtedari in talking with 3 scholars of the field: Sherifa Zuhur, Mike Ghouse and Peter Bechtold.