Political Perspectives

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Episode Archive

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

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Wed, 11/06/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Mark Kitchell on his film on the history of the environmental movement

Filmmaker Mark Kitchell talks about his film "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.," an exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. The film features five main stories including David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon, Lois Gibbs and Love Canal, Paul Watson and Greenpeace's campaign for whales and seals, Chico Mendes and the struggle to save the Amazon, and Bill McKibben and the fight against climate change.

Close Guantanamo with Activist Elliott Adams

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Wed, 11/06/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Discussion of the Campaign to Close Guantanamo and the Hunger Strikes in Solidarity with Detainees

Host Linda Olson Osterlund interviews Elliott Adams, former soldier and past president of National Veterans for Peace, who has been working for non-violence at the grassroots level for many years. They'll discuss the Close GITMO campaign.  This summer Adams lived on 300 calories per day for 80 days to demonstrate solidarity with Guantanamo Bay Detainees and Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strikers. 

Elliott Adams speaks at a Close Guantanamo Public Forum this Thursday from 7-9 in Eliot Chapel at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1011 SW 12th Ave.

Political Perspectives on 10/30/13

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:35am - 10:00am
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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser on his new book Command and Control

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, who talks about his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, a ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs in America's nuclear arsenal system. Schlosser discusses how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity in the nuclear area still poses a grave risk to mankind.  

From the front lines of anti-fracking resistance in New Brunswick, Canada. Paul Roland hosts.

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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Canadians rise up against gas fracking in New Brunswick on the southeast coast.
Last week, images of burning police cars in a small rural community in the Canadian province of New Brunswick made the rounds of both corporate and social media. The issue--hydraulic gas fracturing ("fracking")--is one that has impacted communities across the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world. The issues are similar to many other sites of resistance to fracking and other forms of fossil fuel extraction--companies coming in to poor rural communities and promising jobs and wealth, political forces permitting it to go forward without serious evaluation of either the real economic benefits or the environmental, social and cultural impacts. But in New Brunswick, as in a few other areas in the U.S.

Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

The ongoing government shutdown is affecting many of the agencies we depend on to keep workers, food, infrastructure and financial regulations in place. Don Merrill talks with Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government about some of those effects as the shutdown drags on.

Bees and Seeds

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:30am - 9:45am
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Bees and Seeds
Organizer and activist Tiffany Ayers talks about Bees and Seeds. Portland joins other cities in Oregon – throughout the Pacific Northwest, across the country, and around the world – to commemorate World Food Day 2013. BEES & SEEDS – World Food Day PDX is a family friendly event to celebrate farmers and producers and the healthy local, organic, and pesticide-free food that sustains us. The event includes a special tribute to our pollinator friends, the bees, because without them we can’t eat. And we’ll salute seed savers who are preserving our biological and cultural heritage

Richard Wolff on "How Is Capitalism Working?"

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Political Perspectives

From the series Economic Update host Richard Wolff, economist, writer and professor, presents an extended commentary on "How Is Capitalism Working." He says it's the underlying problem causing the political system not to work and the government to break down.

http://rdwolff.com/

Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall

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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall
Andrew Geller speaks with former British military microwave weapons expert Barrie Trower and Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University. Trower and Pall have a public speaking engagement on Thursday October 10th at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, beginning at 7pm. http://wirelesseducationaction.org/ http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/09/425176.shtml http://rense.com/general96/trower.html

Political Perspectives on 09/25/13

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Wed, 09/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor writer Sarah Jaffe and Detroit activist Abayomi Azikiwe

In the first part of the show we hear an excerpt from Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. He speaks with labor writer Sarah Jaffe of In These Times about low paid US workers mobilizing. Hear audio at http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

In the second part of the show host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Abayomi Azikiwe of the Coalition for an International Peoples Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity and the Pan African Newswire about the real picture of Detroit and the demand to cancel the debt to the banks and guarantee workers' jobs and pensions.

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David McNally on Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

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Wed, 07/25/2012

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with David McNally about his book Global Slump, which analyzes the global financial meltdown as the first systemic crisis of the neoliberal stage of capitalism. McNally argues that – far from having ended – the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence. In developing an account of the crisis as rooted in fundamental features of capitalism, Global Slump challenges the view that its source lies in financial deregulation.

McNally locates the recent meltdown in the intense economic restructuring that marked the recessions of the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Through this lens, he highlights the emergence of new patterns of world inequality and new centers of accumulation, particularly in East Asia, and the profound economic instabilities these produced.  In Global Slump McNally offers an original account of the “financialization” of the world economy during this period, and explores the intricate connections between international financial markets and new forms of debt and dispossession, particularly in the Global South.

David McNally is professor of political science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books: Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism (1988); Against the Market: Political Economy Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique (2003); Bodies of Meaning: Studies on Language, Labor and Liberation (2001); Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism (2002; second revised edition 2006); and Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism (2011). His articles have appeared in many journals, including Historical Materialism, Capital and Class, New Politics, and Review of Radical Political Economics. David McNally is also a long-time activist in socialist, anti-poverty and migrant justice movements.

  • Length: 29:40 minutes (13.58 MB)
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Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Greg Muttitt, author of Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq.

The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years? And why did the troops have to leave? Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated the last decade, investigative journalist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to answer these questions and tells the untold story of the oil politics that played out through the occupation.

Greg Muttitt was previously co-director of campaigning charity Platform, which exposes and fights the environmental and human impacts of the oil industry. 

Since the Iraq war started in 2003, Greg has investigated the hidden plans for the future of the country's oil. This work took him to meetings where the US and UK government officials lobbied Iraqi decision-makers, and to meetings where Iraqi oil ministry teams discussed their future oil policy with western companies. He met some of the oil executives who hoped to benefit from transforming Iraq’s oil industry, and the government officials and advisers they worked with. Greg also got hold of hundreds of unreleased British and American government documents, which described their plans and actions to reshape Iraq’s oil industry.

But Greg also talked to ordinary Iraqis, and a few politicians, about what they wanted to happen to their oil. He attended Iraq’s first anti-privatisation conference in Basra, and the meeting in Amman at which Iraq’s trade unions decided they would fight the oil law the US was pushing. He made many Iraqi friends, and came to know some of Iraq’s foremost oil experts. These experiences gave him  a very different perspective from what we read in the papers.

  • Length: 28:46 minutes (13.17 MB)
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George Lakeoff on Thinking and Talking Democratic

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Wed, 07/18/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with professor and author George Lakeoff about his new book, co-authored with Elisabeth Wehling, called THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic. Lakeoff says the Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with their policies. He offers Democrats and progressives language to communicate their moral values clearly and forcefully, with hands-on advice for discussing the most pressing issues of our time. He also deconstructs the ways that extreme conservative positions have permeated political discourse.

George Lakeoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Don’t Think of an Elephant!, among other works, and is America’s leading expert on the framing of political ideas. Elisabeth Wehling is a political strategist and author working in the U.S. and Europe. She is doing research in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, on how politics is understood both in American and Europe.

  • Length: 27:10 minutes (12.44 MB)
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Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

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Wed, 07/18/2012

Host Marvin Simmons speaks with Rajiv Chandrasekaran about his new book Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. From 2009 to 2011, he reported on the war in Afghanistan for The Post, traveling extensively through the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar to reveal the impact of President Obama’s decision to double U.S. force levels. HIs previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone won numerous awards for non-fiction.

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places; and headstrong military leaders who sought a far more expansive campaign than the White House wanted.

Chandrasekaran explains how the United States has never understood Afghanistan—and probably never will.

This is an unedited version of the show that aired Wed. 7/18/2012

  • Length: 36:24 minutes (16.66 MB)
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Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism

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Wed, 07/11/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Dennis Marker, author of FIFTEEN STEPS TO CORPORATE FEUDALISM: How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves From Ronald Reagan to the Tea Party Movement.

Never has a philosophy of a country shifted as radically as it has the last thirty years. Marker details in pull-no-punches prose how the assault on the middle classes is widespread and relentless. Determining our actions today can move us towards either a stronger, more positive future, or a future shrouded in fear, poverty, war.

In a full frontal attack by what Marker calls the Corporate Feudalists, Marker details how the middle class has become superfluous to the very rich and why various policies were deliberately created to eliminate them. Their defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth partisanship carried out regardless of cost. Conservatives are anxious again to finish first – with the big prize- monopoly control of the American government, and the power to turn their ideology into the law of the land.

  • Length: 55:19 minutes (50.64 MB)
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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Venezuela

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Fri, 06/29/2012

Cindy Sheehan spoke in Portland this week about Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. Sheehan's latest book is "Revolution: A Love Story," the story of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. Jenka Soderberg recorded her talk.

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. Her website is cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

  • Length: 41:38 minutes (38.11 MB)
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Sibel Edmonds on her memoir "Classified Woman"

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Wed, 06/27/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sibel Edmonds about her new memoir "Classified Woman." Sibel Edmonds is the most classified woman in U.S. history. In her memoir she takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.

Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public's right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds' story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

  • Length: 54:33 minutes (49.94 MB)
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Wed, 06/20/2012
20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce Pt. II
 

Carlos Chavez presents part two of the Watts Gang Truce Anniversary program on Political Perspectives. Part one aired last week with a powerful panel discussion titled, Pioneers in Peace. It featured voices from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the honorable Orland Bishop of Mosaic, Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and others. Check out the following link to listen or download that program:

Watts 20th Pt. I

This week features one of the founders of the peace treaty, who found himself under fire for helping to create this movement in 1992. His name is Dewayne Holmes from the Imerial Courts housing projects. We'll also hear other voices from the Watts community as they share their reflections on how the gang truce changed their lives.

Dewayne Holmes

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Wed, 06/13/2012
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

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The 2nd Revolution: Dismantling Corporate Rule

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Wed, 06/06/2012

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, according to Paul Cienfuegos, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. A long-time community organizer and educator, Cienfuegos provides a wealth of information showing how the fictions of "corporate personhood" and "corporate rights" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action. He'll be leading a Portland workshop June 9-10.

"If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporations were designed to serve us, not to rule us, in this democratic republic, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this, the sky's the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional "rights" as have more than 100 communities in PA, NH, ME, and VI." (The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund has provided advice and support to many of these communities - learn more HERE.)

On June 9 & 10, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, Paul Cienfuegos will be leading his full-weekend workshop: "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule." For more details about the content of the workshop, click HERE. For more details about cost (sliding scale), timing, and how to register, click HERE.

Community Rights PDX has begun rights-based activism here in Portland -- you can learn more HERE.

Comments

Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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