Live from Haiti, Kevin Pina talks by cell phone with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the recent history of Haiti and US role in suppressing Aristide and popular democratic movements, as well as about the US militarization of current aid efforts and its cost in human lives. Pina is a journalist, activist and filmmaker, who knows Haiti intimately. (The accompanying photo shows him in journalistic action in Haiti.)
Howie Hawkins as the Green Party candidate took 41% of the vote for mayor of Syracuse, New York last November. One of his main issues is public utilities and generating green energy locally, and he talks about the politics of that in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Celebrating Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of 17 African countries that achieved their independence in 1960, the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films begins on February 5 and continues through March 6. P.C. Peri is a member of the planning committee and of Flying Focus Video, and talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the festival and several of the films being shown.
The recent Supreme Court decision granting rights of free speech to corporations merely reveals what was already true: that democracy is merely a useful fiction and we are already ruled by corporations. This is the argument Chris Hedges makes in a piece on Truthdig, read here by Tom Becker.
Perhaps as an antidote to what might seem the pessimism of Chris Hedges in the preceding segment of today's Old Mole, Bill Resnick reads a message of reasoned optimism from the recently deceased Howard Zinn. It comes from a 2004 piece in The Nation, "The Optimism of Uncertainty."
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program features an on-the-ground report from Haiti. In addition, we hear from Howie Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse about public, locally generated power; from PC Peri of Flying Focus Video about the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films; from Chris Hedges (read by Tom Becker) about our fictional democracy; and from the late Howard Zinn (read by Bill Resnick) about why we should still be optimistic in uncertain times.