Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 05/18/11

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Wed, 05/18/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Medical Delegation Reports on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Physicians for Social Responsibility Members Speak about their Recent Trip

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Gerri Haynes and Laura Hart about the health threats they witnessed on their January 2011 medical delegation visit to Gaza. Portland nurse practitioner Maxine Fookson, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, is also a guest.

Gerri Haynes is a palliative care nurse consultant who has taught mental health classes in Gaza and organized trips to the Middle East since 1992. Gerri is a past president of Washington PSR and a former National PSR board member.

Political Perspectives on 05/18/11

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Wed, 05/18/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Repression and Resistence in Honduras

Host Carlos Chavez interviews Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California at Santa Cruz specializing in Honduras. She recently wrote a piece for the Nation titled “Open Season on Teachers in Honduras,” which states: “In Honduras, it’s come to this: when 90 percent of the city’s 68,000 public schoolteachers went out on strike in March to protest the privatization of the entire public school system, the government tear-gassed their demonstrations for almost three solid weeks, then suspended 305 teachers for two to six months as punishment for demonstrating, and then, when negotiations broke down, threatened to suspend another 5,000 public schoolteachers.

Political Perspectives on 05/11/11

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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am
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Noam Chomsky speaks on "Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images"

Noam Chomsky speaks on "Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images."

Noted intellectual and author Noam Chomsky spoke about the current state of the economy, the assault on social welfare programs, and the prospects for resistance and hope in the years to come. He spoke at the University of Oregon in Eugene on April 20th.

Recorded by Will Seaman of KBOO and pdxjustice.org

Political Perspectives on 05/04/11

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Wed, 05/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Antonia Juhasz speaks on "Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill"

Journalist, activist and author Antonia Juhasz speaks on "Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill." Juhasz conducted hundreds of personal interviews during her time spent embedded within those communities most impacted by the disaster. She  exposes the human failings and human cost of the largest oil disaster in American history -- and shows how it could easily happen again.

Political Perspectives on 04/27/11

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Wed, 04/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill McKibben on Act fir Our Climate

Bill McKibben on Act for Our Climate: Global Warming in the Shadow of Fukushima

A recent talk given by climate activist Bill McKibben in early April in Vancouver, Canada. He updates us on our climate situation, the situation in China, the failure of international negotiations and the disinformation campaign from the fossil fuel lobby.

This talk comes to us from Radio Ecoshock with Alex Smith.

Bill McKibben wrote the first book about global warming, "The End of Nature" in 1989. His latest book is "Eaarth."

www.billmckibben.com

Political Perspectives on 04/20/11

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Wed, 04/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Opposing Portland's Rejoining the Joint Terrorism Task Force

Democracy Here: Host Joe Meyer looks at the debate, protest and opposition to Portland's rejoining the Joint Terrorism Task Force. We hear citizin voices from the March 10th protest as well as interviews with David Fidanque of the Oregon ACLU and local attorney Greg Kafourey. Produced by Ross Freeman Levin and Joe Meyer.

Political Perspectives on 04/13/11

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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Stopping Wage Theft in Oregon

Host Carlos Chavez reports from a Town Hall to Stop Wage Theft, which was organized by the Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft on April 7th. Workers and other community members shared their stories about the impact of wage theft.  The coalition wants the legislature to pass laws to protect workers. There are several different measures in the House right now.

http://www.facebook.com/ProtectOregonWorkers

Political Perspectives on 04/13/11

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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Steven Goldberg on Support for the Tunisian Revolution and an End to U.S. Interference

Local attorney Steven Goldberg talks about being part of a recent delegation of lawyers and academics to Tunisia. The members of the group from the US, UK and Turkey have been investigating US and European complicity in human rights abuses committed by the Ben Ali regime and will be making strong recommendations to their respective governments to allow the Tunisian revolution to develop into a genuine democracy.

Political Perspectives on 04/06/11

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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Scientist Leuren Moret on nuclear radiation

Host Sue Supriano speaks with Leuren Moret, a geoscientist who has worked around the world on radiation issues, educating citizens, the media, members of parliaments and Congress and other officials. She formerly worked at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab where she became a "whistleblower" some years ago. They will discuss radiation issues in light of the recent damaged Fukushima reactors in Japan including matters such as HAARP (The High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program).  

Political Perspectives on 03/30/11

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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Die German Stunde talks about the difficulties of being a progressive Jew in Germany

Die German Stunde — How difficult is it to be a Jew in Germany and be critical of Israel? Host Miriam Widman speaks with a German member of JCall, Europe's answer to the U.S. progressive political group JStreet. Other guests include Toby Axelrod, correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Berlin and Amy Spitalnick, spokesperson for JStreet.

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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/

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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.

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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.

"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

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Wed, 05/09/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Michael Sandel speaks at Powell's Books in downtown Portland on Thursday May 10th at 7:30PM.

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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

April 28th will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who was killed by U.S.-backed contras in northern Nicaragua as he prepared to build a small hydroelectric plant. The project that Ben helped to launch has continued since his death. A recent editorial in The Oregonian speaks to the person that Ben Linder was and the impact he had.

The Association of Rural Development Workers—Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL) has built clean water systems and small-scale hydro plants that provide renewable energy to 70,000 people. They have established a community-owned forest reserve and helped farmers to diversify their crops and protect the watersheds of the region. Green Empowerment has provided critical support to ATDER-BL efforts.

 

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Is it really in the interest of the U.S. to get held up by our “friends” repeatedly to continue to fight a disastrous war in a country in which we’re now negotiating to keep military trainers, special operations forces, and possibly others a decade beyond 2014 (another subject barely covered by our media)? Do you really want to be going through a version of this with Pakistan 10 years from now?  Is your greatest desire to be supplying American military personnel with gas and hamburgers at earth-shaking prices in the second decade of a no-longer-new century?

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian, he's the author of 33 books.

David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

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Wed, 04/18/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

David Barsamian is speaking at a benefit for KBOO on Thursday April 26th at 7PM at the First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland OR 97205. The topic is "Occupy Capitalism."

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum (Second in a Series)

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Wed, 03/14/2012

 On Wednesday, March 14, appearing on Political Perspectives were Cameron Whitten, Christopher Rich, Bill Dant and Scott Fernandez. The one thing all four men have in common is that each one wants to be Portland's next Mayor. 

Listen to the lively conversation that took place between the candidates and the callers.

Dan Johnson moderates the candidates forum.

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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