Updated: May 1, 2011 added protest videos
PeoplesVideo on Apr 30, 2011
peakmoment on Apr 30, 2011
Peak Moment 194: Need a tool for a few days? Don’t have it? Neighbor doesn’t have it? Borrow it from your neighborhood tool library! No tool library? Check out Portland, where several neighborhoods have started successful tool libraries just in the last few years. Organizers Tom Thompson, Karen Tarnow and Stephen Couche discuss how they got started, stories of community generosity, and the enthusiastic response of all who stop by. In these neighborhoods, there’s no reason not to grab the tools you need and do that project! [www.neptl.org, http://www.septl.org]
by Elizabeth Schulte
April 29, 2011
ON MAY 1, 1886–125 years ago this month–hundreds of thousands of workers were taking the streets of cities around the U.S. to demand an eight-hour day.
The epicenter of this great labor struggle was Chicago, where the eight-hour movement inspired defiant protests and strikes–and inspired fear and repression from bosses and their loyal servants in law enforcement.
Ring of Fire Radio on Apr 29, 2011
Our democracy has been hijacked. Not just by greedy Republicans or by spineless democrats, but by the corporations who are pulling their strings from behind the scenes. And we have a mainstream media system in America that has remained complacent and almost welcoming to these corporate elite who control the country. But all hope is not lost — if we continue to fight, if we continue to expose the truth, then there is a good chance that we can make changes to this corrupt system, and Mike Papantonio recently spoke with author Chris Hedges about some of the problems facing our democratic system.
joefriendly on Apr 29, 2011
Wikileaks has sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community worldwide. This panel, presented at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston on April 8, discusses how the release of these documents has reinvigorated the great journalistic tradition of muckraking. It also raises the fundamental questions about how journalism is done in an age of digital whistleblowers and online leaks.
Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald join us to talk about their recently released book, Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire. They discuss the origins of the Taliban and the array of armed groups in AfPak that are lumped together as “Taliban” by US media and politicians. Gould-Fitzgerald talk about Pakistan’s double play, the struggle for oil and gas that is the basis for the conflict, pipeline politics, the confused or even lack of strategy in the senseless costly war, the current corruption ridden puppet regime in Afghanistan, Obama administration’s drone-mania, their 8-point plan for ending the US occupation, and more!
by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Apr 28, 2011
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has repeatedly challenged the Defense Department’s treatment of Private First Class (Pfc.) Bradley Manning and sought to meet with Manning, today challenged the purpose of a so-called “Media Day” at the Joint Regional Correctional Facility, Ft. Leavenworth, where Pfc. Manning is currently being held. Pfc. Manning was transferred to Ft. Leavenworth from the Marine Corp Brig Quantico following criticism of his treatment there which may have violated his constitutional rights. Pfc. Manning has been accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks, but after nine months of confinement a trial date has not yet been set.
Overview: What sorts of problems will exist in times ahead? What can we do to deal with them? A suggestion …
At present, numerous environmental researchers are warning of future resource shortages. The list of them is large and includes water, oil, a variety of minerals and metals, as well as other materials.
Check out the April 20th symposium aired on C-Span under the title ‘The Afghanistan War‘, sponsored by (ready for this?) The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace ‘. On this disgraceful discussion we have many of the front groups for the Democratic Party, like the Center for American Progress and the New America Foundation. Here they all were, indirectly inferring that our empire’s illegal invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was ‘The Good War ‘as the Democrats called it. Tell me folks; where in the hell is there a War in Afghanistan? Continue reading
The British royal wedding can be seen as a modern-day repeat of the “bread and circuses” policy of ancient Rome. In the waning days of that empire, the rulers sought to distract the masses from their grinding misery and the unwieldy wealth and corruption of the elite by sporadically throwing scraps of bread to the hungry public while saturating them with spectacles of gore and bloodlust at the Colosseum.
“Out beyond ideas of right thinking and wrong thinking, there is a field, I’ll meet you there.” — Rumi (1207-1273)
The Surviveable, the Bad and the Over the Top
The wedding of the heir to the British throne, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, to his lady friend of eight years Catherine Elizabeth Middleton (“Kate”) promises to be a modest affair, in these austere times, with nineteen hundred guests, a near unprecedented police presence, possibly a thousand members of the armed forces lining the route the couple will take to the ceremony, in the nine hundred years old, Westminster Abbey, on 29th April.
Getting past the ‘Viability’ Marketing Scam & ‘Wasting Vote’ Misconception
During the last two years I have been engaging in a certain ritual each time I get together with friends or acquaintances. Usually this is how it goes: we chat about how much ‘worse’ things have gotten since Obama became president, on issues from expansion of our imperialistic wars to illegal domestic spying to fiasco-ridden bailouts to the continuation of torture and assassination programs… At some point during these intense discussions I lean over the table, look directly in my companion’s eyes and say the following: ‘Come on, admit it, and admit it loud and clear, with no ifs or buts. Continue reading
by Ed Ciaccio
April 13, 2011
(with heartfelt apologies to the great Phil Ochs)
I marched against the madness of old LBJ’s
And then Tricky Dicky’s Southeast Asia War.
Despite our protests and our callin’,
The bombs just kept on fallin’,
So I ain’t peace marchin’ anymore.
I protested Reagan’s illegal contra support
And his Central American proxy wars.
He and Ollie North both lied,
But real justice was denied,
So I ain’t peace marchin’ anymore.