Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 05/21/14

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Wed, 05/21/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Rev. Edward Pinkney on fighting corporations and facing 25 years in prison

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Wed, 05/21/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Rev. Edward Pinkney on fighting corporations and facing 25 years in prison

We speak with Rev. Edward Pinkney, a leader in the fight against the corporations and for a just society. He led an effort to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. He now faces up to 25 years for “vote fraud” charges. 

Professor Gerald Friedman on the Economic Benefits of Single Payer Universal Health Care

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Wed, 04/30/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Professor Gerald Friedman on the Economic Benefits of Single Payer Universal Health Care
The guest is Gerald Friedman, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts. His most recent book is Reigniting the Labor Movement: Restoring means to ends in a democratic labor movement, which assesses the decline of the labor movement in advanced capitalist democracies.

On May 17th, Health Care for all Oregon will be hosting Gerald Friedman, for a conference on the Economics Benefits of Single Payer Universal Health Care for Low Wage Workers, Unions and Community Groups.

Thom Hartmann on "The Crash of 2016"

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Wed, 04/30/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Thom Hartmann on "The Crash of 2016"
Host Per Fagereng speaks with radio host Thom Hartmann, author of over twenty books, about his latest, The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It.

Thom Hartmann will be speaking on "The Crash of 2016" and the transformational opportunities it will provide this Friday, May 2nd at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church in Portland. More details at http://www.firstunitarianportland.org. Local active groups will be there before and after event.

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front LInes of Homeland Security

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Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security

The guest is Todd Miller, author of "Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front LInes of Homeland Security," which shows in stark relief how the entire country has become a militarized border zone, including cities that don't immediately come to mind like Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, FL; Buffalo, Rochester, and Niagra Falls, NY; Detroit and Port Huron, MI; Hilton Head, SC; and Derby Line, VT; among others.

Political Perspectives on 04/16/14

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Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Community Forum on Child Sex Trafficking in Portland.

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Community Forum on Child Sex Trafficking in Portland.

Community Forum on Child Sex Trafficking in Portland.

Host Ani Haines speaks with Stuart Perrin, Executive Director, Little Sisters Foundation and about the Community Forum: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3-7pm, Hosted by First Unitarian Church Adult Programs and Little Sisters Foundation.

Alex Prud'homme on "The Ripple Effect"

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Alex Prud'homme on "The Ripple Effect"

Host Raechel Bennett speaks with Alex Prud'homme about his book, "The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century." 

Political Perspectives on 04/09/14

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Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Haroon Ullah, author of THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore

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Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Haroon Ullah, author of THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore

The guest is Haroon Ullah, author of THE BARGAIN FROM THE BAZAAR: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore.    In The Bargain From the BazaarUllah tells the story of modern-day Pakistan through the experiences of one ordinary, middle-class family in Lahore. Awais Reza—a middle-class shopkeeper in the Anarkali Bazaar—has three sons: the eldest helps his father run the shop in the bazaar, the middle son is swept up in radical religious politics, and the youngest is a law student at university who believes that a secular future is Pakistan’s last and only hope.
 

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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.

  • Length: 42:23 minutes (38.81 MB)
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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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