Bill Resnick talks with Ismael Hossein-zadeh about events in the Middle East. Hossein-zadeh is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Drake University and an expert on Middle East issues. He describes the legacy of the cold war, when "Arab socialism" was supported by the USSR while monarchies and dictatorships were supported by the US. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans hoped for a post-cold-war "peace dividend," in which the military budget would be redirected to supporting social needs. 17:15 minutes (7.9 MB)
This week we talk with Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, and Jason Ziedenberg, director of research and policy for the Justice Policy Institute, about mass incarceration and a new report on prisons in the US. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
This week we hear from John Walsh of the Washington Office on Latin America and Professor Mark Kleiman from UCLA as they address a meeting of the UN University on preparations for the 2016 UNGASS. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Two new reports were released today documenting a widespread campaign on college campuses across the U-S to stifle free speech on the issue of Israel and Palestine.
The first report, co-authored by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the group Palestine Legal, examined nearly 300 incidents of attempted suppression of pro-Palestine activism and rhetoric in the past 18 months.
The group Jewish Voice for Peace also released a report entitled ‘Stifling Dissent: How Israel’s Defenders Use False Charges of Anti-Semitism to Limit the Debate over Israel on Campus’.
The report documents efforts by Israel advocacy organizations to intervene in the debate over Israeli policies on college campuses.
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The program includes a talk by Wanapum elder and Klickitat chief Johnny Jackson at the 'Nchee Wana Fishing People Against Nestle Rally in Salem September 16. The talk can be found here: http://www.kboo.fm/nativefishingpeoplespeakoutagainstnestle
The complete audio from the rally can be found here: 57:31 minutes (78.99 MB)
Like the residents of Hood River County opposed to a planned Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks, local activists in Mount Shasta, just south of the Oregon border, are trying to stop a Crystal Geyser bottling operation from opening in their community. A growing movement to stop the corporate takeover of water resources is coming together regionally, nationally and internationally. 17:32 minutes (16.05 MB)
A Multi-Faith Worker Blessing, sponsored by the Faith-Labor Committee of Portland Jobs with Justice, in commemoration of Pope Francis addressing the US Congress, features talks by low wage workers and faith leaders. In the second half of the program, US Congressman Keith Ellison addresses a worker assembly in Colombia on the failures of the US free trade agreement. 29:18 minutes (26.82 MB)
Ryan Bell, a former Seventh Day Adventist Pastor, tried an experiment. What would life be like if he spent a year without God? He blogged about his adventure at Year Without God. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Rep.Keith Ellison (D-MN), a member of the Congressional Monitoring Group on Labor Rights in Colombia, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus, and member of the Black Caucus, went to Colombia to see firsthand the effects of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the defects of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan. On September 21st he spoke at a public hearing in the Pacific coast port city of Buenaventura about what he had seen and what needs to be done about it. 12:11 minutes (11.15 MB)
On Wednesday evening in Hood River, the Local Water Alliance launched the Hood River County Water Protection Measure, a ballot initiative that would ban corporate water bottling facilities in the county.
A large crowd filled the Springhouse Cellar Winery to hear speakers, watch a video on the proposed Nestle plant in Cascade Locks made by local high school students and listen to live music.
KBOO news will have audio from the event next week.
But in the meantime, another community in the Pacific Northwest is fighting to regain control of their local water resource in the face of yet another multinational corporate takeover. 6:35 minutes (9.05 MB)
The head of the Catholic church worldwide, Pope Francis, spoke in front of the U-S Congress today.
He said that the U-S should abolish the death penalty, but did not call on the U-S to reduce or eliminate its militarism.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with former Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy, who said the Pope could have gone much further in his calls to action in Washington 8:52 minutes (8.12 MB)