Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 09/11/13

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Wed, 09/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rania Masri on Syria: Beyond the Falsehoods and False Choices

Per Fagerng hosts an interview and call-in with Rania Masri, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and currently visiting the U.S. The topics are the situation in Syria, a response to President Obama's speech to the nation and his call for Congress to authorize military strikes against Syria, and where does Syria go from here.

Masri says "There are a host of falsehoods being made about Syria. The issue is falsely being framed as either bomb or 'do nothing,' ignoring the host of diplomatic and nonviolent options ... "

Political Perspectives on 09/04/13

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Wed, 09/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

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Political Perspectives on 08/30/13

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Fri, 08/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Miko Peled speaks on The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Miko Peled, an Israeli writer and activist speaks on his book, The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, a look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a national and personal perspective.

This is a talk he gave at Portland State University earlier this year.

On his blog, Peled writes:

In my book, “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” I show how it is that the son of an Israeli General and a staunch Zionist came to these realizations.  Realizing that your side of the story is not the only side to the story, and then accepting rather than fighting this realization and in the end finding that the story upon which I was raised, was a lie – now that is an interesting journey.

Political Perspectives on 08/28/13

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Wed, 08/28/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Conversation with Mic Crenshaw, Jared Ball and Rosa Clemente, hosted by Paul Roland

Paul Roland and Mic Crenshaw talk with Jared Ball from Baltimore, Md. and Rosa Clemente from Amherst, Massachusetts. The program offers a critical perspective on the commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." Dr. Ball said recently, "neither King's false heirs nor the presidency of false hopes would exist at all without first the assassination of King and then the perennial abuse of his history and image. These replacement events and leaders are fraudulaent stand-ins for a movement so well represented by King's focused stances against the intransigence of white supremacy, the vilence of capitalism at home and the imperialism it fosters abroad." Join us for a lively conversation!

Political Perspectives on 08/21/13

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Wed, 08/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Claire Conner, author of an insider's history of America's Radical Right

Paul Roland interviews Claire Conner, author of "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right." Follow-up to August 14 live in-studio interview. Today Conner talks about the importance of community radio in challenging the right-wing dominance of media and politics. She also tells of her nephew, Gerald Koch, an anarchist organizer in New York, currently in prison for resisting a Grand Jury inquiry. And Roland and Conner discuss the need for progressives to engage each other despite and because of their differences.

Music heard on the program:

Opening song, "Everything You Know is Wrong" from "Unchumbawamba" by British anarchist band Chumbawamba, 2004.

Political Perspectives on 08/14/13

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Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Claire Conner on her book "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right"
Claire Conner on her book "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal Histo

The guest is Claire Conner, author of "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right," 

Claire Conner is the daughter of one of the John Birch Society's first members and a national spokesman for the Society. Her parents forced her to join the Society, and she became its youngest member. It took momentous changes in her own life for Conner to finally free herself of the legacy of the John Birch Society.

In Wrapped in the Flag Conner offers an intimate account of the sociey and an inside look at the workings of the group and the lasting effects it has had on our political discourse today.

Political Perspectives on 08/14/13

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Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid
Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid

Host Gene Bradley interviews Alan Wieder about his new book "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid."

 Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile.

Wieder will talk about the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary couple and their efforts to navigate a time of great tension, upheaval, and revolutionary hope.

Political Perspectives on 08/09/13

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Fri, 08/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis on "Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century"

Angela Davis is distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She speaks about feminism, racial inequality, social change, identity and the violence of US culture necessary to perpetuate class and capital's hegemony. She addresses the campaign to eliminate the incarceration industry that promotes repression over restorative justice and speaks of the deinstitutionalization model that has seen success in other areas. She celebrates the peoples campaign and victory that challenged government repression and resulted in her exoneration from trumped up murder charges.

Political Perspectives on 08/07/13

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Wed, 08/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Grotesque Injustice of Guantanamo: An Insiders' Account
The Grotesque Injustice of Guantanamo: An Insiders' Account

The Grotesque Injustice of Guantánamo: An Insiders' Account

We hear highlights from this event on the illegality, immorality and inhumanity of the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It was sponsored by Veterans For Peace chapter 72 and held on August 1st at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.  Speakers include S. Brian Willson, Viet Nam veteran, activist, author; Steven T. Wax, chief Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon and Andy Worthington, investigative journalist, author, filmmaker, photographer and Guantanamo expert.

 

 

Political Perspectives on 07/31/13

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Wed, 07/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Report From Afghanistan: Interview; Professor Zaher Wahab

Report From Afghanistan! Obama talks withdrawal while over 100,000 US and NATO troops remain alongside an equal number of contractors. Plans for 9 permanent bases move forwards while the most intense fighting since 2001 rages out of control. Death squads & drone attacks continue, and fleeing Afghans make up the largest refugee asylum seeking population in the world today. Tune in to Political Perspectives, Wednesday morning, July 31st at 9am for Report From Afghanistan. Professor Zaher Wahab, returning from 5 Months in Kabul training teachers, will join host Linda Olson-Osterlund to report on the state of Afghanistan and the War. Then the phone lines will open up for your call. Tune In  & Call in!

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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.   

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.

 

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.

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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