Discussing the case of the "Christmas Tree Bomber," local scholar and activist Michael Munk and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick show howit is being used to glorify the FBI and the National Police State. Munk is a political scientist and radical historian who produced Portland's Red Guide, connecting readers with Portland's radical tradition not just through stories, names and dates, but with reference to specific places in Portland that you can visit today.
Drawing on sources from the Left Press, Well-read Red Frann Michel analyzes the weird convergence of political opposition to "enhanced screening" procedures being instituted at airports, and shows how the understandings of Left and Right differ. The text of Frann's piece is here. For more of her work, go here.
In this commentary, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick reflects on US policy and actions in response to the tension and violence between North and South Korea and the message it seems to be sending to and about Iran.
Tom Becker reads Alexander Coburn's "Time for a Real Mutiny," which first appeared in Counterpunch. "Enough of dreary predictability. Let’s have a real mutiny against Obamian rightward drift. The time is not six months or a year down the road. The time is now."
Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman's new film Boxing Gym explores the community that revolves around Lord's Gym in Austin, Texas. Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Denise Morris find much to like about it. It's playing now at the Hollywood Theater here in Portland.
Joe Clement hosts this show in which we see more efforts to sell us on policies born of fear: the sting operation resulting in the arrest in Portland of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the so-called "Christmas Tree Bomber"; stripping us of our dignity in airports with scanners and gropes; and hard-line messages to Iran sent by way of Korea. Tom Becker shares an Alexander Coburn piece calling for "real mutiny." And on a happier note, our Movie Moles find joy in a boxing gym through the lens of documentarian Frederick Wiseman.