Archive for the ‘Foreign Aid’ Category

3P-066 Peru and the Free2Raid Agreement plus Bonus Interview

In Peru and the Free2Raid Agreement, we ask whether free trade between countries is really a free-to-raid deal between dictators and corporate investors. We give the history of the 2007 Peru FTA and show how Democrats, labor unions, churches, human rights organizations, and environmental groups were divided and conquered to pass it, and what its effects have been in the North and South.

We describe how Peru’s President Garcia came to power, and his uncanny parallel in the US. An Iowa farmer is quoted using Peru’s earthquake to promote the FTA, and we show how subsidized US corn has undermined food security. Evidence from “information terrorists” in Peru is cited about the economic impact on rural communities and depletion of water in the aquifers. We follow the USAID project of Peruvian asparagus and its impact on agro-export workers there and asparagus farmers in California, Washington, and Minnesota here. This episode ends with a question about whether we should have free trade between neighbors rather than nations, and if these should be called what they are: Subsidized Investor-Corporate Kleptocracy, or SICK.

Poems:

  • New Year Prayer by David Whyte
  • New Year’s Resolution by Philip Appleman

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Improvisation 1 by Ballake Sossoko
  • It Is What It Is by John Trudell and Bad Dog
  • No No Keshagesh (greedy guts) by Buffy Saint Marie

Thank you to David Bayer of Peru and Howard Rosenberg of UC Berkeley for the wealth of resources provided to this show! To listen or view the multimedia transcript, plus cartoons, tables, photos, and footnotes, click here.

My daughter Veronica and I were also interviewed this week on the KZSC program Talkabout with guest host Kevin Spitzer. We discussed the UniverseCity, and the potential to have a network of microversities linked through low-power FM “stations for education.” Veronica talked about Food in the Hood, our bi-weekly neighborhood dinners that raise donations to global charities. Kevin compared Third Paradigm to a fledgling Amy Goodman, and gave insight to the community- and soul-building aspect of these endeavors. A new class in Glocal Economics was announced, and experiences in turkey-plucking were shared. If you’d like to hear this lively conversation, it’s archived here at radio4all.

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

To veiw the multimedia transcript and audio player, click here. Note to subscribers: we apologize for a couple of extra posts recently. We added the blog to a number of directories, which required verification codes. Also, my computer’s been taken over by a poltergeist, so email may be sporadic while it’s being exorcised. Thanks!

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-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

Audio Bonus:

3P-032 With Friends Like This, Who Needs Enemas?

With Friends Like This: Examines whether US foreign aid has been a benefit or a pain in the arse for impoverished people. Looks at a book by Dambisa Moyo called Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa. Uses the evidence of Patrice Lumumba, Mobutu, and AFRICOM to contradict her conclusion that Africans need tough love.  Relates the recent drama at Free Radio Santa Cruz and plays our listener survey, which was called racist, ignorant, offensive, skin privileged, Nazi propagandist, white supremacist, fearmongering hate speech. See what all the excitement’s about!

Poems:

  • Diana Der-Hovanessian, “Shifting the Sun” 

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • John Hiatt “Your Dad Did”
  • Bruce Cockburn, “Call it Democracy” 
  • Iron & Wine “Upward Over the Mountain”

Informational Video:

  • “Resist AFRICOM”