KBOO interviews Dhoruba bin Wahad, who is speaking from a hotel in Jordan after being detained and then denied entry into Palestine by Israeli authorities. bin Wahad is a former political prisoner in the US who was charged in 1971 with the murder of two police officers, but was vindicated nineteen years later when a judge ruled that the FBI had fabricated evidence in order to frame bin Wahad of a crime he didn't commit.
As an African-American, on his way to a conference on political prisoners convened by the Palestinian Authority in the city of Jericho, bin Wahad feels that he was racially profiled, along with his travelling companion Naji Mujahid - the only two African Americans on a busload of white tourists.
Journalist, historian and now Film maker, Andy Worthington joins host Linda Olson-Osterlund on A Deeper Look to discuss his new documentary, Outside The Law: Stories From Guantanamo. Co-directed with Polly Nash this powerful film focuses on Three detainees and their journey to Guantanamo and for two of them their release. Please tune in to hear about the film and a clip featuring Omar Deghayes talk about hisimprisonment. And don't miss Worthington on the decisons of the Obama administrations to move some prisoners to the United States for Trial while keeping others at Guantanamo to face Military Commissions.
Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog joins Abe and Joe for a perusal of the health care legislation that has emerged from the House and that which should shortly be produced by the Senate. Surprise -- the insurance industry is going to get everything it wants, and the American people will get only a fraction of what they need.
At Nuremberg the plea of, “I was just following orders” was not accepted by the tribunal. That raises the question: What are soldiers to do when faced with orders they know to be against international law and basic morality? Today, reports of U.S. troops refusing orders, of active duty soldiers refusing deployment and speaking out against the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have trickled into the mainstream media. What makes GIs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan decide to resist, file for conscientious objector status, or even serve prison sentences to avoid taking part in these wars and occupations? There are devastating societal consequences beyond the many deaths and severe physical and psychological wounds. Suicide rates and domestic violence among returning vets are high. As the wars drag on more and more GIs are asking questions and are resisting.
Dahr Jamail is an award-winning independent journalist who went to Iraq to report on the war and occupation. His articles appear in “The Guardian,” “The Nation” and other journals and magazines. He is the author of “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq” and “The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Do higher taxes make for fewer jobs -- or more? Is Congress debating real healthcare reform -- or just another corporate bailout? Is PTSD a good way to think about how people are affected by violence? This show takes on these questions, with host Tom Becker, Old Mole regulars Bill Resnick and Jan Haaken, and guests Karen Kraut and Rebecca Hyman.
Is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) a useful concept for thinking about how people deal with a society saturated in violence? What is gained by using it to treat soldiers suffering from the results of battle mayhem? Can it be extended to understand women in abusive relationships, or children growing up in a police state? Two mental health professionals discuss the history of the concept, its usefulness and its limits -- the Old Mole's Jan Haaken and Rebecca Hyman, a student of trauma theory.
Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with one of the Yes Men. The Yes Men often pose as powerful people as a form of protest. Their new movie “The Yes Men Fix the World” is showing at Cinema 21 this week.
This show is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and covers this variety of topics: What has to happen to include jobs in the economic recovery (it's not happening now); a new film about Hip Hop culture spanning the distance between Portland and Sierra Leone; how stories about PTSD and psychiatry are being used to protect the planners of war from the guilt and trauma of war; and Elizabeth Strout's pulitzer prize book of fiction Olive Kitteridge.