Political Perspectives

Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics.

Episode Archive

Benjamin Chavis Interview

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Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Benjamin Chavis Interview

Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community.
Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities.

Political Perspectives on 07/09/14

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Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Thawra Abu Khdeir speaks about her cousin's death

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Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Cousin of murdered Palestinian speaks out
Thawra Abu Khdeir, a 20-year old cousin of 16-year old Palestinians Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was set on fire and burned to death by right-wing Israelis on Wednesday July 2nd, speaks about her cousin's death, and the aftermath..

Educator and author Mike Rose on "Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker"

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Wed, 07/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Educator and author Mike Rose on "Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker"

The guest is critically acclaimed author and educator MIKE ROSE. He'll talk about the 10th anniversary edition of his groundbreaking book, THE MIND AT WORK: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker.

Richard Wolff on a new book on China-US codependency and how our economic system works and breaks

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Wed, 06/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Richard Wolff on a new book on China-US codependency and how our economic system works and breaks

Economic Update with Richard Wolff

Today host Richard Wolff discusses a new book, "Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China", by Stephen Roach. And he looks at how/why our economic system works and breaks down. 

Nehanda Imara on "Pan-Africanism and the Need for African People and All of Humanity to Organize

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Wed, 06/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nehanda Imara on "Pan-Africanism and the Need for African People and All of Humanity to Organize

Nehanda Imara speaks on "Pan-Africanism and the Need for African People and All of Humanity to Get Organized or Perish!"

(Recorded at the Law and Disorder Conference at Portland State University in May.)

Angela Davis and Noura Erekat on Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine

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Fri, 06/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis and Noura Erekat on Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine

On April 19th Angela Davis and Noura Erekat spoke at "Yet Again As Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine," a day-long conference addressing systems of mass incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine. 

As the illegal occupation of Palestine persists, similarities between current Israeli policy and that of apartheid regimes of the past have become more apparent than ever. Within Israel’s matrix of control, the domination of Palestinians is largely reinforced through Israel’s policy of mass arrest and incarceration. Since 1967, more than 726,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces.

"Crude Awakening:" Host Paul Roland interviews Matt Krogh on the escalating oil train controversy

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Wed, 06/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Krogh is the author of "Off the Rails: The Fossil Fuel Takeover of the Pacific Northwest"

Guests on today's show:
Matt Krogh, ForestEthics West Coast Campaigner http://www.ForestEthics.org
Matt Landon, Vancouver Action Network http://vancouveractionnetwork.blogspot.com
Dan Sears, Columbia Riverkeeper http://columbiariverkeeper.org

Angela Davis speaks in Forest Grove, OR on Freedom Summer and other significant anniversaries

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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis speaks in Forest Grove, OR on Freedom Summer and other significant anniversaries

Angela Davis, a public figure who found herself in the spotlight during the 1960s civil rights movement, spoke at Pacific University in April 2014.
 
Davis received national attention after she lost her job in the University of California, Los Angeles' philosophy department because of her social activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA.
 
Davis is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies Department.

Craig Corrie speaks about death of his daughter Rachel, killed by Israeli soldiers

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Fri, 05/30/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Craig Corrie on appeal of lawsuit to Israel's High Court
Nine years after filing a civil suit against the State of Israel for the wrongful death of American peace activist Rachel Corrie, her family had their appeal heard before the Israeli Supreme Court on May 21st in Jerusalem.

After the appeal hearing in Israel, the late Rachel Corrie’s father Craig Corrie joined us by phone from Haifa, outside the courthouse.

The appeal challenged the Haifa District Court’s August 2012 ruling which concluded that the Israeli military was not responsible for Rachel’s death and that it conducted a credible investigation.

The Corrie family appeal focuses on serious flaws in the lower court verdict which they say ignored facts and misapplied legal norms.

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Ravi Batra on "The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos"

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Wed, 03/25/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

 

Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Emily Young interviews Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

In his new book Joel Berg looks at the growing number of people who are hungry in America. He  takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. He even chides organic food gurus such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters for saying that the recent increase in food costs is a positive development, an assertion Berg deems to be class biased.

 

Andy Worthington Interview: The Definitive Guantanamo Prisoner List

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews London based Journalist, Author and Human Rights activist
Andy Worthington. He has released the most comprehensive list of all of the men who have been locked in Guantanamo. How they were picked up, what they were accused of, if they have been released and what's happening to them now. They also discuss the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners under the Obama Administration.

 

Capitalism has Failed & Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name

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Wed, 03/18/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Saul Landau, scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies since 1972. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.  He is Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University. They'll discuss two recent articles by Mr. Landau, "Capitalism has Failed: Face the Facts," and "Israeli Policy Gives Jews a Bad Name." They will also touch on the recent elections in El Salvadore.   

Pepe Escobar about Afghanistan

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Pepe Escobar, reporter for "The Asia Times" about Afghanistan.

An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news takes him to all corners of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sept 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, "The Asia Times" published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else .   (Aug 30, 2001).

Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from "Axis of Evil" countries Iraq and Iran.

Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine.

 

He has co-authored several books with Stephen Resnick, including The Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya; Rethinking Marxism: Struggles in Marxist Theory; Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. He also co-authored Bringing it all Back Home: Class and Gender in the Modern Household with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick.

"Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown" is a new DVD from the Media Education Foundation.

 

Community Economic Development with Michael Shuman

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. Michael is a visionary leader in the field of community economic development and advisor for the Rural Development Initiatives'  Connecting Oregon for Rural Entrepreneurship (CORE) project. Michael has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age. Shuman is Director of Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE),

Stephanie Potter interviews Jim Hightower

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Stephanie Potter interviews radio commentator and author Jim Hightower, who is the keynote speaker at the 2009 Annual ACLU dinner on  Saturday March 14th. They discuss civil rights, civil liberties, populism, and how populism can make a difference. They also talk about Hightower's book "Swim Against the Current."  As Hightower puts it, he has spent “three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.” For more information about Jim Hightower, visit his website at http://www.jimhightower.com/.

The ACLU dinner is at the Downtown Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront at 1401 SW Naito Parkway.

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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