Archive for the ‘Global Issues’ Category

3P-063 Connecting the DOTS: Deepening Our Thinking on Sovereignty

This episode recaps a week of Connecting the DOTS – our new UniverseCity blog that responds to Democracy Now. It features Percy Schmeiser’s “Principles of Food and Agriculture,” and a rebuttal to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel that quotes James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me. We suggest that, along with germs, natives hadn’t built up an immunity to religions without honor.

The next section, entitled “Shadow Wars and Guerilla Presidents,” looks at Arundhati Roy in India, the new President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and the printer bomb that warrants drone attacks and hunter-killer teams in Yemen. Spencer Ackerman’s Wired article on “The Shadow War in Yemen” is quoted. The concluding piece, called “What’s Your Breaking Point?” poses Ralph Nader’s question of what would cause Democrats to walk away from the party. His reference to a moral compass is explored in light of foreign policy, and we call for a resurgence of the nonbinding referendum.

Poems:

  • “Soul Food” – #2 of the Tao te Ching by Ursula K. Le Guin from The Way and the Power of the Way
  • “By Contrast” – #2 of the Tao te Ching by Tereza Coraggio
  • “II,16″ by Ranier Maria Rilke from The Book of Hours translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

Songs:

  • “Isolate” by Moby from the Wait for Me CD
  • “Mothers of the Disappeared” by U2 from Joshua Tree
  • “Instant Karma” by U2 from Amnesty International’s tribute album of the same name

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3P-058 Honduras: The People Speak

This episode chronicles the violent aftermath of the Honduran coup, which Hilary Clinton has lauded as a return to normalcy. However, the Honduran people are not defeated. A Constituent People’s Assembly is being convened to strategize a map to the next world. Bertha Caceres Flores’ poetic invitation to the Assembly asks them to bring solidarity in their sack of dreams, but her agenda is clear-eyed and pragmatic. We answer their invitation with a parallel agenda for the US and use their blueprint for a new Constitution to re-envision our own consumer democracy.

Bertha is a leader of COPINH: The Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Intertwined throughout this tribute to the indigenous struggle of the Hondurans are the poetry, songs, videos, and quotes of Joy Harjo, visionary Cherokee poet and saxophone player. Alongside these two practical mystics, native to their lands, we also claim our legacy as proud descendents of peasants and commoners, witches and troublemakers.

Poem:

  • “A Map to the Next World” by Joy Harjo

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Song for Survival” by Mike Oldfield and the Anuta Tribe
  • “A Post-Colonial Tale” by Joy Harjo
  • “This is My Heart” by Joy Harjo

Click here to view the transcript or listen to the audio file. Thanks to Grahame Russell and Annie Bird of Rights Action, and Tom Louden of the Quixote Center for the information in this episode. Food in the ‘Hood has now raised $1900 for indigenous organizations of Honduras and Peru. Bruce Parry’s CD “Amazon Tribe: Songs for Survival” is also featured as a fundraiser for Survival International.

3P-057 The Many Faces of Palestine

Faces of Palestine: Reviews the film “Occupied Minds” about Palestinian and Israeli journalist-friends who interview Zionist settlers, militant Palestinians, Israeli soldiers, Palestinian farmers, and an Israeli surgeon blinded by a suicide bomber. Reads poems by Mahmoud Darwish, Ibrahim Nasrallah and Hiyam Noir. Discusses the censorship of Nasrallah and quotes Darwish on telling the Trojans’ story. Cites from Noir’s blogs Palestine Free Voice and Poetry4Palestine. Discusses an article by Jonathan Cook called “Israeli Firms Profit from Holocaust” and one by Keith Harmon Snow called “Israel and the Ongoing Holocaust in Congo.” Also quotes Howard Zinn from “The Optimism of Uncertainty” and praises a radio show ala Zinn called “History Counts” by Ken MacDermottRoe. Ends with Face2Face, a project that made giant side-by-side photos of Israelis and Palestinians making goofy faces, and posted them on both sides of the wall.

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Djivan Gasparyan, “I Have Planted an Orchard in Yerevan”
  • Dougie MacLean, “Turning Away”
  • Makana, “Mars Declares”

Poems:

  • “I Am There” by Mahmoud Darwish
  • “A Beautiful Morning” by Ibrahim Nasrallah
  • “In the Toxic Garden” by Hiyam Noir

Informational Videos:

  • “Assault on the Liberty,” part 3/3 from History Counts
  • “Different Game E.P.K.” from Makana

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3P-056 Faith & Quakes, or Don’t Blame God for Haiti

Faith & Quakes: Examines the question of theodicy that has puzzled philosophers from Plato to Barbara Ehrenreich: if God is all-good and all-powerful, how can evil exist? Gives a brief history, including St. Iranaeus, St. Augustine, and Alfred Whitehead, and proposes a new answer to “Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”

Demonstrates why the catastrophe in Haiti is an effect of empire, not God. Compares the US military invasion, ala Katrina, to the responses of Iceland, France, Italy, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Senegal,
and Palestine. Presents Haiti’s history in opposing colonialism and the ways they’ve paid for this “deal with the devil” – crushing embargoes, onerous debts, brutal dictatorships, and free-market famines. Suggests that Papa Bush and Baby Bush have more to do with Haiti’s tragedy than God.

Poem:

  • “Celestial Music” by Louise Gluck

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Because It’s There” by Michael Hedges
  • “Freewill” by Rush
  • “The Saints Are Coming” by U2 and Green Day

Informational Videos

  • “The Problem of Evil: A Challenge to God’s Existence?” by A2

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3P-055 AIDS & Bioterrorism plus Interview with Ruthann Richter

AIDS & Bioterrorism: Presents a book called “Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa” and interviews the author, Ruthann Richter. Comments on the documentary “Angels in the Dust” about a South African AIDS children’s village.  Investigates how Charity Navigator rates nonprofits by the size of their bank accounts and the aggressiveness of their fundraising. Also presents the history and evidence indicating that AIDS was developed as a weapon of bioterrorism against homosexuals and non-whites to reduce their population. Quotes the following sources on the DoD development of AIDS: Time Magazine, 1946, House appropriations hearing, 1969, World Health Organization, 1972, New Delhi Patriot, 1984, London Times, 1987, a DoD flowchart for the US Special Virus (1962-1978) discovered in 1999, Chief of Staff Anthony Traficanti, 2002, and Dr. Boyd Graves, current. Quotes from “Designer Diseases: AIDS as Biological and Psychological Warfare” by Waves Forrest.

Poems:

  • “Finding What You Didn’t Lose” by John Fox
  • “Waiting in Line” by Nick Penna
  • “The Winter of Listening” by David Whyte

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Dead Can Dance with “Song of the Stars” 
  • “Will I?” from the Broadway musical, Rent
  •  TVTV$ with “AIDS is a Four-Letter Word”

Informational Videos:

  • Director’s trailer from “Angels in the Dust”

Audio Bonus:

  • Inspiring interview with Ruthann Richter about grandmothers in Kenya and nonprofits in Santa Cruz raising up the lost generation of AIDS orphans.

3P-052 Writing the Wrongs and Other Tails

Writing the Wrongs: Closes out the first year of Third Paradigm by adding a retrospective of (mostly) unpublished writings by Tereza Coraggio to the website. A collection of sixteen poems is called Becoming Yeast: Poems of Transformation. Nine essays on the apocryphal gospel of Philip are called Revolutionary Mystics and How to Become One. Also includes responses to Jeffrey Sachs and to Peter Singer, and proof that Jesus was the code name for an imperialist Roman spy. Comments on Obama’s pre-conviction of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the media. Suggests a trial for the “masterminds” of the controlled demolition on 9-11.

Poems:

  • Tereza Coraggio, “Celestial Effervescence”
  • Tereza Coraggio, “The Holy Dark”
  • Joy Harjo, “Morning Prayers”
  • Tereza Coraggio, “Thoughts on the Afterlife,” dedicated to Isa Dempsey

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Kaki King, “Air and Kilometers”
  • Robbie Robertson, “Cherokee Morning Song”
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Hey World” (Remote Control Version)

Informational Videos

  • “Cherokee Morning Song” with old and new photographs of North American natives

3P-048 Apropos of Everything: Amy Goodman

Apropos of Everything: Reviews the “coming of age” of Democracy Now from their book, The Exceptions to the Rulers. Examines how one person’s journalist-with-integrity is another person’s hostile crank. Discusses Christian Parenti’s response, called “Free the Truth,” to Kevin Bales, founder of Free the Slaves, who claimed that child slavery in cocoa has been eradicated. Delves into child labor in Uzbekistan cotton, linking an article pro and a video against. Reviews a new book by Tracy Kidder called Strength in What Remains. Asks whether the international development aid that antagonized the Hutu-Tutsi relationship was “unwitting.” Consults Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies for advice on life after FRSC.

Poems:

  • Samuel Hazo, “Seesaws” 
  • Ranier Marie Rilke, “You Are the Future”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Trilok Gurtu, “Dea” 
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Sometimes”
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong”

Informational Videos:

3P-044 Resistance & Waves of Loving Kindness

Resistance & Waves of Loving Kindness: Compares the Congressional response to scandals at two organizations with public funding – ACORN and the war contractor, KBR. On Honduras, contrasts the solidarity of the resistance movement in Latin America to the divisiveness of nonviolent activists in the US. Reads Amy Goodman’s blogpost on Zelaya’s return, “The Audacity of Action.” Looks at the Venezuelan blog, “Postcards from the Revolution,” by attorney and author Eva Golinger. Reviews the US Council of Foreign Policy’s conditions for Zelaya’s return. Questions the neutrality of IndyBay and answers a critic about Noah’s relevance to Palestine.

Poems:

  • Burton D. Carley, “September Meditation”
  • James Broughton, “Having Come This Far”

Songs and/or Music Videos: 

  • Moby, “Everloving”
  • Muse, “Uprising”

Informational Videos:

  • “Star Wars: An Environmentalists Version,” by Derrick Jensen and Franklin Lopez. 

3P-042 You’ve Been Framed!

You’ve Been Framed!: Examines, ala the media watchgroup FAIR, three examples of how reporters frame the question in order to shift our perspective on the facts. One is a quote from Mark Hosenball, Special Correspondent for Newsweek, speaking on NPR’s Talk of the Nation about the Inspector General’s report on interrogation methods. Second is the winner of Survival International’s Most Racist Article of the Year Award. Third is the defense of Van Jones in Ryan Witt’s Political Buzz Examiner, saying that he was stupid but not evil. Describes the effect of myopia in my own formative years. Updates the indigenous Amazonian situation since the Bagua massacre, and the media war against them. This includes the editorial in a mainstream newspaper suggesting that the natives be bombed with napalm. Proposes that Van Jones, now that he’s been heckled out as green jobs advisor, become the highest profile spokesperson the 911 truth movement has had, with all of us behind him…at the suggestion of Glenn Beck.

Poems:

  • Lisel Mueller, “Monet Refuses the Operation”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Autumn Project, “This We Take With Us”
  • Jason Mraz, “Make it Mine”

Informational Videos

  • Onion News Network, “Who Should Be Held Accountable for Minotaur Maze Interrogations?”

3P-041 Undermining Empire with Vivek Chibber

Undermining Empire: Quotes from Chibber’s review “The Good Empire” on Niall Ferguson’s book Colossus, which suggests that America should take lessons in empire-building from the British. Examines puppet governments that start thinking they’re a real boy: Saddam Hussein, Israel, and the military coup in Honduras.  Reads a message from Tom Louden, who led an international delegation to Honduras, about the possibility that the children of activists are being tortured.  Examines Marxism’s centralization of power and its lack of resiliency to totalitarian coups.

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Songs and/or Music Videos

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