Archive for the ‘US History’ Category

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-028 Corporatocracy vs. Sovereignty

Corporatocracy vs. Sovereignty: Presents a conversation with David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential candidate, and Kaitlyn Sopici-Belknap, both of Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County. Discusses why real democracy is both unconstitutional and illegal. Looks to Latin America for the antidote to civilization as we know it. Relates the mass protests by the indigenous Indians of the Peruvian Amazonia against the mining contamination and oil exploration authorized by the US Free Trade Agreement. Follows the pending FTA with Panama with similar terms. Asks listeners to call Obama for Lori Berenson’s release after 13.5 years of unjust imprisonment in Peru under Fujimoro, now convicted to 25 years for war crimes. Discusses the Articles of Confederation on state sovereignty, and reads a quote by Ian Baldwin from “The Secessionist Option: Why Now?” on Reality Sandwich.

Poems:

  • Carlos Drummond de Andrade, An Ox Looks at a Man,” translated by Mark Strand

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Crystal Method, “London” 
  • Fleet Foxes, “Mykonos,” fun, stylized video
  • Iron & Wine, “Naked As We Came,” cute video
  • unknown audio, “What the World Needs Now,” powerful Tom Clay video

3P-026 Panama: Free Trade with Tax Haven

Panama: Free Trade with Tax Haven: Reviews Obama’s gear-shifting on NAFTA and the free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia. Shows the effect of tax havens and drug money laundering on US citizens and developing countries. Continues to examine the Constitution’s role in perpetuating slavery. Compares the 1808 voluntary phase-out to the Harkins-Engel protocol for child slaves in chocolate or the voluntary high-tech embargo on coltan, none of which worked. Discusses ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative for Our Americas) and their Declaration of Cumana at the V Summit of the Americas. Reads a poem called What’s Left by Kerrie Hardie. Talks about Julia Ward Howe’s intent for Mother’s Day and plays the dramatic reading of her Proclamation. Songs include Eyes Wide Open by Snow Patrol, Make You Crazy by Brett Dennen, and We Will Not Go Down by Michael Heart.

3P-025 Was the Constitution an Act of Treason?

Was the Constitution an Act of Treason?: Reviews the context in which the Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution – how it was done and who benefited. Presents the warnings of the “anti Federalists:” Patrick Henry, Brutus, and Federalist Farmer. Makes a case that the “Founding Fathers” destroyed the people’s government in order to perpetuate slavery, extort taxes in gold and gain possession of citizens’ land. Reads the poem “Earth Your Dancing Place” by May Swensen. Reports on the sovereignty news: Dow Chemical’s NAFTA suit against Quebec for banning lawn pesticides, Zaproot’s videoblog, “Who Owns the Rain?” Brasscheck TV’s “Facts to counter swine flu hysteria,” and GRAIN.org’s “A food system that kills: swine flu is the meat industry’s latest plague.” Music by Ani de Franco, Tom Waits, The Iguanas, Explosions in the Sky.