Political Perspectives

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Veterans for Peace Members on their Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal
 

Episode Archive

Diary of a Citizen Scientist, by Sharman Apt Russell

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Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Diary of a Citizen Scientist, by Sharman Apt Russell

We speak with writer Sharman Apt Russell about citizen science and her book Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World. Call in with your questions about citizen science at 503 231-8187.

Panel on Racial Profiling and Incarceration in Portland

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Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Panel following 'The Throwaways' film screening in Portland

This is a recording of a panel discussion on racial profiling and incarceration which took place on January 25, 2015 in Portland, following thescreening of the film 'The Throwaways'.

The panel included  Glenn Waco, Marcus Cooper and Isaiah Spriggson from Don't Shoot Portland and JoAnn Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP chapter were on this panel. Sekoynia Wright, host on KBOO's 'Ear to the Streets of Portland' radio program, was panel moderator.

American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity with Christian Appy

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity with Christian Appy
Host Marvin Simmons interviews Christian G. Appy about his new book, "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity."

Sister Helen Prejean on Social Justice and the Death Penalty

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Wed, 02/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sister Helen Prejean on Social Justice and the Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean spoke last week at Lewis and Clark College. We'll hear an excerpt of her powerful talk about her life and her social justice work educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners.  

Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison.

Scott Horton on "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare"

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Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Scott Horton on "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare"
The guest is Scott Horton, author of "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare." Horton talks with host Kathleen Stephenson about how Government secrecy has ensured that decisions about war and peace are made not by the citizenry but by the autonomous, self-directing, and unaccountable national security elites
How have these national elites gained control of what the public is allowed to know? How do they use secrecy to enhance their own power? What are the legal and moral issues surrounding private security contractors, sweeping surveillance and the use of robotic weapons such as drones?

Guantanamo Enters Its 14th year; Interview with Andy Worthington

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Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Guantanamo 14 years; Interview with author Andy Worthington

Guantanamo Enters Its 14th year; Interview with Andy Worthington

Host, Linda Olson-Osterlund talks with British author and filmaker Andy Worthington about the news coming out of the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay and the international protest movement against it. You will hear both good news and bad from prisoner releases to revelations about torture experimentation and murder at the facility. You will also here about the January 10th Protest on Dick Cheneys's lawn and January 11th at the White House.

The Quest for a New Nature

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Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Quest for a New Nature

We hear another panel discussion from the TEACH-IN on TECHNO-UTOPIANISM & THE FATE OF THE EARTH which was held in October at the Great Hall of the
Cooper Union in New York City. The teach-in was a project of the International Forum on Globalization.
This is an excerpt from a panel called “The Quest for New Nature” with speakers Clive Hamilton on “Playing God with Climate;” Pat Mooney on “Nanotechnology and the New Earth”; and Debbie Barker on “GMOs and Corporate Techno-Food.”

http://ifg.org/

Charlie Hebdo - Questioning the Response

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Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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We deepen the conversation about the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France last Wednesday.
Tune in for a critical look at the situation in France following the attack on Chalrie Hebdo last Wednesday. We will be joined by Caroline Fache, a native of northern France and a specialist in Métissage, the study of biracialism, multiracialism, and diversity as applied to literature, social studies, and political science. She will react to the attack on Charlie Hebdo and will offer insight into the history of race relations in France.

Republican Attack on Social Security

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Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Republican Attack on Social Security
We speak with Eric Kingson, Co-director of Strengthen Social Security about an attack by the Republican Party on the Social Securiy program on the first full working day of the new Congress. 

The mission of Social Security Works is to protect and improve the economic status of disadvantaged and at-risk populations, and, in so doing, to promote social justice for current and future generations of children as well as young, middle-aged and older adults.

The High Cost of Low Wages: Economic Reality for Oregon's Low-Wage Workers

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Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The High Cost of Low Wages: Economic Reality for Oregon's Low-Wage Workers

We speak with Raahi Reddy of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon about The High Cost of Low Wages, a new report that details the economic reality for Oregon’s low-wage workers in the post-recession economy. 
http://lerc.uoregon.edu/

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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

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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.

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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.

  • 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.

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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.

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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