On October 18th, 2011, health care workers from Washington and Oregon left for a medical delegation to Gaza, hosted by the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. The purpose of the trip is to learn more about the effects of ongoing war and occupation on the health of the citizens of Gaza. Maxine Fookson, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Portland, is the Oregon PSR representative of this group.
Maxine Fookson will join KBOO host Jenka Soderberg at 11 am on Monday December 5th to report back on her trip to Gaza.
Mumia Abu Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the shooting of Daniel Faulkner in 1981, but says the racially-charged atmosphere surrounding his case prevented him from receiving a fair trial. Noelle Hanrahan with prison radio says that politics played a big role in the thirty-year struggle to get Mumia off death row.
Mumia Abu Jamal is well known for his weekly commentaries on world events, which are broadcast on KBOO and hundreds of other radio stations around the world. According to Noelle Hanrahan, who records the weekly commentaries, Mumia’s reputation as a journalist has contributed to the publicity around his case:
The Occupy Wall Street protests have taken on a variety of tactics since the eviction of many camps over the last several weeks. One of the ways people have tried to draw attention to the issues of Wall Street greed and corruption is through street theatre.
And the New York-based character ‘Reverend Billy’ with the Church of Stop Shopping is one of the most well-known performers in the movement. He’s currently on a nine-city tour, and will arrive in Portland tomorrow for a two-day stop which will include workshops and preaching.
One year after the launch of the Arab Spring, the people’s revolutions continue across the Arab world – from north Africa to the Persian Gulf, a generation of youth have risen up to challenge the entrenched rule of dictators and monarchies. Jenka Soderberg spoke about the origins of the uprising with Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara, author of The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions.
Rami Almeghari is a journalist and father of two children living in al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza. He spoke with KBOO Friday morning, November 16th about the latest in the Israeli assault on the coastal strip.
U-S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Israel today to talk with Israeli leaders about the Gaza offensive.
Although Hamas leaders have announced that they are on the brink of a ceasefire deal with Israel, Israeli officials have denied that claim. Meanwhile in Gaza, Israeli bombing has continued unabated, and tanks are lined up along the border.
For more on the situation, we speak with Portland resident Samir al-Sharif who is currently in Gaza visiting relatives