Next week, from August 20th to 24th, the U.S. military will be conducting what they call an 'experiment' in Portland, called 'Operation Noble Resolve 07-2'. All military branches, as well as the Northern Command and the Joint Forces Command, will be participating in the simulation, in which they will play out the military's role in responding to a natural disaster - in this case, an earthquake in Portland. KBOO's Jenka Soderberg speaks with Lieutenant Colonal Steve Smith of the U.S. Joint Forces Command about the planned simulation.
Capt. May of Ghost Troop, military affairs correspondent for the Texas Iconoclast, discusses the ongoing revelations about the Noble Resolve exercise scheduled for Aug. 20 in Portland, including the exposure of a detailed atomic blast map composed in April by a neocon-led study group. See portland.indymedia.org and texasicon.com
U.S. Senator for Oregon, Ron Wyden, held a town hall meeting in Portland today to hear community response to the war in Iraq.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with local activist Martha Odom, who attended the town hall.
We interviewed Dr. Catherine Thomasson, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility about the history of US involvement in Iran, and about her recent trip there, sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. We also talk to Sorab, editor and founder of Tehran Avenue, the on-line magazine focusing on issues that official or established media seldom do.
This program, hosted by Frann Michel, features a round table discussion about transportation issues in the Portland area with Bill Resnick and local transportation activists. Denise Morris reviews the movies about organic farming "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." Jay Thiemeyer reviews "Children of War" by P.W. Singer. The Movie Moles JanHaaken and Frann Michel review the documentary "War Made Easy."
A group of teen peacemakers are in Portland today to celebrate and honor local peacemakers.
Tonight the group will be presenting at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church – Community Center, Between NE 8th & 9th just South of Alberta at 6:30 pm.
KBOO Reporter Kurt Ackerson spoke with the director of the program, and several of the youth involved:
Today the Portland City Council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution calling for a Federal Department of Peace.
A number of local residents spoke in favor of the resolution at this morning’s City Council meeting.
The following are statements from Kathleen Pequeno (pay-KAY-ne-yo), Martha Perez, and Lynn Mystic Healer:
Today marks the anniversary of the world’s first nuclear bomb explosion.
That bomb was dropped by the United States airforce on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th 1945.
It was followed three days later by a second nuclear bomb, also dropped by the U.S. airforce, on Nagasaki, Japan.
In Portland, three days of events have been organized to commemorate the horrific events of 1945.
Chisao Hata is one of the organizers. She spoke with KBOO News today