Confusion in the Cosmovision: Replays an excerpt of an interview with Tupac Enrique Acosta called Wars of the Petropolis. Shows why the indigenous alliance of the Abya Yala looks at the culture of disposable resources as a confusion in the cosmovision. Reports on the latest news of the return of President Zelaya to Honduras, and the Cobra swarm snipers, thousands of heavily-armed soldiers, and 200,000 citizens that await him at the airport. Celebrates a local event called Food in the Hood benefiting the Amazonians through Red Ambiental Loretana, and Hondurans through Rights Action. Presents background research on Honduras regarding the School of the Americas, US military aid, sweatshop workers, and disappeared journalists. Relates the military coup in Honduras to the micro-coup at FRSC.
- Judy Brown, “Fire”
- e.e.cummings, “seeker of truth”
Songs and/or Music Videos:
- God is an Astronaut, “Remaining Light”
- Ethan Miller, “The Invisible Hand of the Market”
- Devil Makes Three, “The Poison Trees”
- Chumbawumba, “To a Little Radio”
Finance is an Extractive Industry: Examines foreign investment as a form of pollution, according to the Abya Yala, and as a form of perpetual slavery. As examples, cites the oil and gas transnationals in the Peruvian Amazon, and Firestone in Liberia. Shows how Dell, HP, and AT&T are collaborating to censor free speech in China. Illustrates NAFTA’s pro-investor bias with the case of Glamis Gold against the State of California. Applies NAFTA’s rules to the hypothetical case of a Canadian hog farm buying Wilder Ranch State Park. Breaks down the relative value of time, from a Bangladeshi 12-yr- old making $8/month for 500 hours of work to a WalMart employee or teenage babysitter making $8/hr. Looks at the downward spiral of profit and control. Relates a shareholder proxy vote in which Fidelity’s Vanguard Fund directors recommend against a proposal to not invest in genocide.
- Gregory Orr, “Grief Will Come to You”
- Jane Hirschfield, “Optimism”
- Czeslaw Milosz, “On Pilgrimage”
Songs and/or Music Videos:
- Big Country, “Just a Shadow,” somewhat dated video, but classic
- Moby, “Shot in the Head,” sad, adorable video
- Comrade Fatso, “Bread and Roses,” live concert video from Zimbabwe
Plant Radishes for Hope: Compares the early sprouting of radish seeds to the evidential hope in Frances Moore Lappe’s talk, The Work of Hope. Applies this to Obama’s Cairo talk and its implications for Palestine. Includes an interview with Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies fellow and author of several books on Empire and conflicts in the Middle East. Criticizes Uri Avnery’s comparison of Israel to the zealots as unfair… to the zealots, who defended the oppressed against Rome. Relates a conversation with teenage girls about Dr. George Tiller’s murder, and takes a different slant on the abortion question. Presents the Declaration of the Abya Yala – the indigenous populations of 22 countries. Reports on Friday’s massacre of indigenous Amazonians in Peru, with police firing live ammunition into a crowd of 5000 protestors.
- Pattiann Rogers, “The Greatest Grandeur”
Songs and/or Music Videos
- Bonobo, “Days to Come”
- David Rovic, “In the Name of God,” concert video
- Big Country, “Soldier of the Lord”
- XTC, “Dear God”
- Interview with Phyllis Bennis