July 29th, 2013 || Listen | Download
Hiroshima Peace Garden in Toronto + Stop Cop-violence Rally. Former Prime Minister of Rwanda to return
We live in a world of nuclear weapons, and the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki can tell us the most about what they can do. For thirty years, those days of infamy have been commemorated on August 6-9th. Ted Schmidt tells us about Toronto's special event this year, and also efforts to revitalize the role of the Catholic church in social justice.
Jacob Leibovitch reports live on the scene from a protest against the police shooting of Sammy Yatim. Phil also describes upcoming events, including one related to "La Question" - Henri Alleg's account of his own torture by France in Algeria.
The former Prime Minister of Rwanda, Faustin Twagiramungu, has announced his intention to return to the country - we find out why.
Twagiramungu lived through the grim violence of 1994 Rwanda and became Prime Minister of the new government. He soon found that the RPF strongman Paul Kagame had no intention of establishing a multiparty democracy or permitting any significant opposition. Twagiramungu, out of concern for his personal safety, went into exile, but has now made the decision to return to Rwanda and resume the fight for justice and democracy.
July 22nd, 2013 || Listen | Download
Gaza's Ark and Palestine Solidarity Update, recent events in Syria, the removal of Morsi, and more.
Mahdi Nazemroaya discusses his recent article "From Turkey With Love: Another Israeli Attack on Syria," and explains Israel and Turkey's role in the latest attack on Syria. "We shouldn't be skeptical about this event: Turkey and Israel have coordinated events before."
In addition to missing Jimmy Carter's statement that America has no functioning democracy, our media has also neglected to point out that over 90 prominent Canadian authors have signed a statement against the eviction of Palestinians in order to clear land for an Israeli army firing zone.
David Heap from Gaza's Ark updates us on the new construction, and also significant worldwide developments in Palestine solidarity.
Phil Conlon continues his analysis of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.
July 15th, 2013 || Listen | Download
Trayvon Travesty; Technocrats' Train Terror Torches Town. Syria on the Frontline.
Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report is today's featured guest. But first, Phil Conlon comments on the destruction of a small Quebec town by an undermanned locomotive. "Railways just love every new computer system," everything capital intensive, everything that involves less and less workers until the day they can have no more workers.
The train was on a 5 MPH speed restriction - they couldn't trust the track. When the infrastructure fails, and there's no workers, there's no fallback.
Glen Ford returns to the program to discuss the Trayvon Martin affair. This is an important moment in history. "It is well known the that the U.S. is a surveilliance state and an incarceration state." Black people have always known this. Once a white person can convince a jury that they were acting "reasonably," then the case against them disappears.
Zimmerman's profiling and stalking of Trayvon Martin was "reasonable conduct" to police. The onus is on the profiled one, and not the white vigilante. In the trial, the police acted as defense witnesses, rather than prosecution. They recognized a kindred spirit.
In a jury of one's peers, how is it that six white women ended up as a jury of "peers?" Ford explains the decline of Affirmative Action and the rise of a racist subjectivity.
Now that so many Syrian rebels have discredited themselves, their foreign sympathizers have attempted to discover a secular, democratic component.
But there are too many reports of Al Qaeda activity in the Fee Syrian Army.
The whole discussion of democracy rests on the "Arab Spring." Yet, money from Qatar has been flowing into elections to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other countries since the initial outbreak in Tunisia. If the 1% dominate U.S. elections, can they not do so in other countries?
The Muslim Brotherhood has been organizing riots in Syria since 1964, long before history began for the Americans in 2011.
July 8th, 2013 || Listen | Download
Remembering Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Victory in Rwandan Case
Des Dalton outlines the principled career of Irish revolutionary Ruairí Ó Brádaigh.
Philippe LaRochelle, lead counsel for Jacques Mungwarere, explains the significance of defense victory in Rwandan genocide case.
July 1st, 2013 || Listen | Download
Dynamic news from Syria. Ramsey Clark - It's Time to Oppose War on Syria
Back from Beirut, Mahdi Nazemroaya, newly the author of "The Globalization of NATO," reports on the regional conflict engulfing Syria. The Syrian government surprised the great powers by surviving the onslaught of the Gulf monarchies and NATO. "The only reason it surprised them was because of their imperial arrogance," comments Nazemroaya.
From the very beginning, the "rebels" have been looking for every excuse for intervention - in a war that is already a foreign intervention. Why do they fight? Mostly crass economic opportunity, but many have been brainwashed by clerics from the Gulf states. A few have already repented.
"We can see where every country stands" when it comes to Syria. How do Arabs feel? Does France have the right to determine Syria's destiny? Which of the Gulf dictatorships will lead the war for democracy? Don't expect to hear anything from Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. Their salaries don't come from Syria.
In Egypt, Morsi was calling for a "no-fly-zone." Now, Egyptians are calling for a "No Morsi Zone." It reminds one of Erdogan. They have sown the wind. Who will reap the whirlwind?
The peace movement is stirring from its slumber in the United States and Canada. Various coalitions have called for a week of action on Obama's escalating intervention in Syria. Why has Obama invested so much in this mercenary war?
"It seems to me to be the same strategy we've had with all the Arab and Muslim countries that we've undermined," says Clark, referring to the continuous slow destruction of Iraq and other countries. Now it's Syria's turn.
One rationale put forward for U.S. intervention in Syria is that of Hezbollah involvement and their alleged violation of international law. That's rich.
Also, what are they doing to the Voting Rights Act? Is there any politician capable of maintaining basic rights for American citizens?
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