1. Dig This: The Oregon Legislature dug up $60 million dollars to dredge Coos Bay. Hello Oregon Economic Development Commission and Ron ‘The Con’ Wyden, the legislator that couldn’t say No to a sailor (Or a salesman, for that matter…). The idea is to attract the world’s largest – and pollutingest – shipping company, Moller-Maersk, to our coastal shores. It isn’t just the sea that will be ruined: Think about the kind of transportation system it is going to take to move those 2 million shipping containers into the hinterland. Didn’t see that one coming, didya?
Chris Toensing is the executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and senior editor of the Middle East Report. He was interviewed by Goudarz Eghtedari in the eve of the take over of Gaza by Hamas forces for the Kboo's Voices of the Middle East program. He commented on the situation in Palestine after this conflict and about the future of the Peace between Israelis and Palestinians. For previous shows click here!
Marjan Satrapi is an Iranian cartoonist and writer. Persepolis a film made from her book series with the same title has just won the Cannes Film Festival praise of the Jurors. Persepolis is Marjan's autobiography growing up with Islamic Revolution of 1979, migrating to Europe and going back to Iran. She was interviewed in her last visit to Portland on her book tour by Gabi Ross for KBOO's Bread and Roses.
1. Since 1990 the Republicans have been sitting on Salem’s face and Oregon’s lowly service industry employees had to clean up after the party. But things changed this year and the Democrats are, ‘back on top’ so to speak. So far it’s working out well for workers. As long as the Dems don’t do anything stupid, we still have a chance to undo some of the mischief made in the last 16 years…
2. “I Shot the Sheriff”: Here’s the dilemma: They’re union members and they are cops. So whom do you root for in this particular movie? The union representing the Sheriff’s Office sued the Department of Community Justice and won. Pass the popcorn…
The Department of Homeland Security has detained medical supplies at the US-Canada border between Maine and Quebec .
The supplies were bound for Cuba, as part of a caravan organized by the Pastors for Peace from various parts of the US and Canada.
The section of the caravan coming from Canada through the US was stopped at the border, and several boxes were seized in order to examine them for their potential threat to the security of the United States.
KBOO spoke with the Director of Pastors for Peace, Reverend Lucius Walker
1. Now that the potage is cooked it’s time to take it to the polls. Oregon lawmakers referred eight measures to the ballot. Most comical of all is the cigarette tax, which is to be enshrined in the Oregon State Constitution. Yes, that is what it takes to get health coverage for 100 thousand uninsured children. Why not just give the money directly to the huge health insurance companies and leave the constitution out of it. That’s how every other department of the US government works now, right?
This program, hosted by Luz María Gordillo, discusses immigration and labor, reviews Michael Moore's film "Sicko," and considers a National Health Care System. Frann Michel comments on issues being discussed at the US Social Forum in Georgia.
Congress wants to know what role Vice President Dick Cheney played in a plan that led to the die-off of about 70 thousand salmon in the Klamath Basin in 2002.
The House Natural Resources Committee says allegations of Cheney’s involvement in the 10-year water plan that diverted water to irrigators at the expense of fish in the Klamath Basin, merits investigation.
KBOO’s Crystal Leighty reports, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service.
1. Portland’s very own Oregonian had an incendiary little piece on immigration – specifically, on the phenomena of ID theft and the immigrant community. Seems that undocumented workers are shifting from document forgery to ID theft in their effort to obtain employment. Here’s the nut: “Federal authorities attribute the proliferation of fraudulent documents to a rise in multinational criminal organizations” Be afraid…Be very afraid…
2. Meanwhile, one Yaderlin Jimenez finally got her green card. Her husband – also cardless – is missing in Iraq. Mrs. Jimenez herself was about to be missing in America: She was on the verge of being deported but the DHS roused itself at the eleventh hour and issued a stay.