Posts Tagged ‘David Rovics’

3P-033 The Comedy of the Commons

The Comedy of the Commons: Takes a critical look at the Tragedy of the Commons. Elaborates the true tragedy of the monopoly, which has been taken to new heights by the global land grab in response to food insecurity. Examines how the usurping of land for oil, gas, logging, and mining has led to the massacre in the Amazon, due to the US-Peru Free2Raid Agreement. Introduces Presidents Correa and Morales UN sideshow on dismantling the International Center for Settlement of Investor Disputes.  Elucidates the US position that favors democracy but backs paramilitary groups and secession to control resources. Reports on breaking news with the military coup in Honduras and the popular support that has not been deterred. Talks about the 225 cardboard pigs delivered by Avaaz to the WHO, representing 225,000 petitioners demanding an investigation of the swine flu link to factory farms. With the possibility of State Park closures in CA, develops a plan to turn Wilder Ranch into a working eco-ranch with heritage chickens, heirloom pigs, and a dual-purpose dairy.

Poems:

  • Mark Jarman, “Coyotes”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Bruce Cockburn, “If a Tree Falls in the Forest”
  • David Rovics, “The Commons”
  • India Arie, “A Beautiful Day”

Informational Video:

  • “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”

3P-030 Plant Radishes for Hope: Palestine

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.

Poem:

  • 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”

Audio Bonus

  • Interview with Phyllis Bennis

3P-002 President Obama, Listen to your Mother!

President Obama, Listen to Your Mother: features Thanksgiving poems blessing the farmworkers, an update on the global food crisis, and the Declarations of the Via Campesina from their 5th annual conference in Maputo. It ends with an open letter to the President-elect called “Obama, Listen to Your Mother!”

Poems:

  • Grace by Raphael Jesus Gonzalez from In Praise of Fertile Land
  • I Will Not Thank God by Tereza Coraggio

Music Videos:

  • Take Back the City by Snow Patrol
  • Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the soundtrack “Once”
  • Behind the Barricades by David Rovics

Topics:

  • Global Food Crisis from FoodFirst! backgrounder
  • David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio interview of Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved
  • The Declarations of the 5th conference of the Via Campesina
  • Grassroots International’s Food Sovereignty curriculum

Excerpt:

Everyone seems to be writing letters to Obama. Julie Mertus, author of Bait and Switch: Human Rights and US Foreign Policy, outlines four steps for him to repair our tattered reputation. Rosa Anaya, daughter of assassinated Salvadoran human rights lawyer Herbert Anaya Sanabria, reminds Obama that there are 35 sovereign countries in the Americas and almost 200 in the world. To be a good US president, he must not try to be President of the World. The Indigenous Councils of Columbia write, “By transforming life into merchandise, by making sacred the accumulation of wealth, by enshrining greed, we believe our societies have entered a crisis, including the economic crisis currently faced by your country.” They ask that together, we create the conditions for a new history. Alice Walker cautions him to relax and enjoy his family, and remember that he didn’t create this mess, while Garrison Keillor says not to play golf or get a dog. So now I’ll add my two-cents.

Dear President-to-be Obama,

Lesson One – Sometimes Everyone Needs a Time Out