Lawrence Davidson, historian of the Middle East, talks with Bill Resnick about the expulsion of a Bedouin community from the ancestral village in Israel, about the plight of Arabs within Israel, and how occupation corrupts and drives made the oppressors, and what can be done about it. Davidson supports a boycott of Israel like the one that toppled the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Music at the end of this piece is from this video.
Illustrating the point made in Bill Resnick's interview with Lawrence Davidson that the oppressor is driven mad by his role as oppressor, Clayton Morgareidge reads from George Orwell's account of how he lost his freedom when he served as a British colonial policeman in Burma in the 1920s. It's called "Shooting an Elephant," and you can read the whole story here. The music in this piece is from this video.
A Rally against the privatization of Portland city services and the farming out of jobs to private companies will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 4 pm at Chapman Square, SW 4th and Main. Wesley Buchholtz, shop steward for Local 43 and member of the bargaining council for the District Council of Trade Unions, (DCTU) talks here with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the issues facing the city, its citizens, and its public sector workers.
Joanna Trollope's novel Next of Kin is a family drama set on a small farm facing the challenges of surviving in a world dominated by agribusiness. Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes it as one of those rare books that "provide an oasis of hope and solace even while writing about an unpredictable and menacing world." Trollope is a member of the same family as the famous English author Anthony Trollope.