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October 6th, 2014: - Listen | Download

Ferguson flash mob at symphony. BBC Documentary: Selective impunity does NOT yield justice nor the grounds for reconciliation.

Featured Guest(s):
Tiphaine Dickson

Phil Conlon discusses a very interesting and radical (going to the root) flash mob that interrupted St. Louis Symphony with Requiem for Michael Brown. The Symphony was to perform Johannes Brahms' requiem. There was no violence, as the protesters were allowed to finish the short demonstration which can be viewed on youtube.

The two Phils discuss Black sports figures, including Joe Lewis, and give an introduction to the BBC2 documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story--which reflects the massacre of Blacks on all sides whose lives should have mattered, but did not and never do to the imperialists.

Tiphaine Dickson discusses the recent BBC2 one-hour documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story, which, for the first time presents a host of credible witnesses and commentators challenging the narrative of Kagame the liberator. The interviewees who speak against Kagame have placed themselves in the dangerous "target range" of the US puppet Kagame regime.

Key question is cui bono, who benefited from the shoot down of the plane that killed Rwandan President Habyarimana, the spark which ignited the April 1994 war and massacres in Rwanda. The permanent removal of Habyarimana, the ending the Arusha Accords and the destruction of democracy were necessary for Kagame and the RPF to take power.

The tribunals are political organizations that administer "selective impunity," instead of the needed holistic approach that that evaluates and prosecutes all sides. Selective impunity does not yield justice, nor the grounds for reconciliation

Dickson also spoke about the importance of a new book by Barrie Collins, Rwanda 1994 (Palgrave Macmillan) for which she has written the forward.

Links:
Rwanda's Untold Story (YouTube)




December 23rd, 2013: - Listen | Download

Advocate for Victoire Ingabire. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa

Featured Guest(s):
Marceline Nduwamungu, Robin Philpot

Phil is joined by an advocate for Victoire Ingabire, Marceline Nduwamungu. Ingabire has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for daring to assert her rights. Elections are something you just cannot do under Kagame.

A very timely update of Robin Philpot's earlier work on the events of 1994 in Rwanda, "Colonialism Dies Hard." Indeed, the scramble is on, and the IMF structural-adjustment continued apace while Kagame seized power.

Why do we hear about Rwanda so much, both on this program and the corporate news? As one commentator explains, "everywhere is Rwanda for the humanitarian interventionists." The causes of the conflict and tragedy in Rwanda in 1994 are becoming more widely understood. What Samantha Power and Philip Gouerivich have tried to carve in stone has already eroded.




November 18th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Learning new ideas at Beit Zatoun: Humanizing the Palestinian experience. From Russell Brand to Brand Socialism.

Featured Guest(s):
Robert Masoud, Stephen Gowans

Beit Zatoun has been voted as the best place to learn new ideas in Toronto. Founder and director Robert Masoud discusses the award. Beit Zatoun has hosted over 500 events in the four years since opening.


Brand's one-day stint as editor of the New Statesman left a lot of people unsatisfied. Stephen Gowans argues that the purpose of articles in the 'revolution' issue was to criticize actual revolutions.

It seems as if a number of commentators preferred to define legitimate parameters for dissent, despite their own radical gloss. Gowans addresses Oliver Stone's critique of historical communist leaderships. Existing revolutions aren't good enough for Oliver Stone, but somehow Barack Obama is.

Links:
Beit Zatoun House
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…Nor Will It Be Brought To You By Russell Brand, Oliver Stone Or Noam Chomsky




August 26th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Taking Apart the Empire's Case on Syria

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

Phil Taylor introduces the program by expressing what is wrong with the Anglosphere's approach towards Syria: everything has turned into a cowboy movie.

Prolific commentator Stephen Gowans takes apart NATO's case on Syria's WMD. Syria is being asked to prove a negative. Gowans investigates the legality of chemical weapons' use, and asks why we accept a narrative that says some weapons are bad, and other highly destructive weapons are ok.

Links:
gowans.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/syria-has-the-right-to-use-chemical-weapons-but-theres-no-proof-or-reason-to-believe-it-has/




February 14th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Glen Ford

Links:
The Black Commentator




Article Archive:

TO UNDERSTAND RWANDA'S TRAGEDY: The neglected account of Captain Amadou Deme Senegalese soldier, UN intelligence officer, and witness with a conscience.
Phil Taylor

April 6 1994 is the fateful date of the beginning of the war/genocide/massacres in Rwanda. The plane of President Habyarimana was shot down over the capital city, Kigali, and horrific violence unfolded.

Everyone is asked/ordered to remember (and then told what to remember). Official memory in Rwanda is under the authority of the former Ugandan General and now Rwandan President Paul Kagame, warmly supported by prominent names from the Anglosphere like America's UN ambassador, Samantha Powers (she was not a witness but has no trouble filling pages at great length about the vast lessons to be learned).

On the night of the 6th Kagame, by all accounts, ordered his Rwandan Patriotic Forces (RPF) into attack that very same night, though there was a peace accord in pl...
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Letter: Killing Ghaddafi - Injustice must be seen to be done. (imperial proverb)
Commentator

"I tremble for the fate of my country when I consider that God is just." Thomas Jefferson

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary C. was in Tripoli and asked for the head of Ghadaffi. Two days later his captors shot dead the wounded man. It was a moment of grisly unity as the Born Again West used "predator drones" to enable Islamic mad-hats to pounce on Ghadaffi. At last he was punished for making Libya a prosperous country with education and medical care for all. From here on Libya is to be a managed free-enterprise "democracy."

For Lady Clinton, Ghaddafi's macabre death was an important opportunity for image management. It was no accident that we were provided with her "reaction" shot. Hillary's image had been earlier tarnished when the White House released the on...
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How the Cinderella Man got 10% of Joe Louis, and the raging baloney around the rusted and busted Mike Tyson
T-R

The fight career of Mike Tyson came to end Saturday night June 11, 2005 when Kevin McBride, the 270 pound "tomato can", fell on the tatooed "Iron" man. Tyson went into the ropes, sat down and liked it so much he went to his corner and sat some more. The fight was out of the fighter.

After the bout Tyson was so addled, he sounded like a sportswriter. "I don't think I will fight again, I don't want to disrespect the sport...I'm not an animal anymore". By Sunday morning those observations were the party line on the sports network: Mike is now mature and not an animal and therefore not the fighter he was.

Oh baloney.

In the round in which Mike realized his number was up, he first tried to break the arm of McBride by locking it under his own arm ...
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CBC newsworld's double-talk and double standards on Sudan
T-R

At CBC they know which side their bread is buttered on. Monday May 30 "This Hour" featured an accusation of --what else?-- rape in the Darfur region of Sudan. Doctors Without Borders issued a report in which alleged victims say they were attacked by militiamen and soldiers. Sudanese government officials want to see the evidence and the foreign doctors refuse to turn it over. The Sudanese say they will charge the MSF doctor for making false allegations because such an unsubstantiated charge will damage the reputation of the country. This point drew a smirking ho-ho from "This Hour's" host who smiled that Sudan's reputation is already damaged (certainly "This Hour" has done its part to demonize Sudan's government).

But back to the buttered side of the CBC. "This Hour" opened ...
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