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Audio Archive:June 15th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Ted Schmidt and Claude Lacaille: Seeing Life from the Role of the Oppressed. Challenges to Rwandan Foreign Refugees' Integration in Zambia.
Ted Schmidt, Bishop John Osmers
Ted Schmidt discusses Claude Lacaille's recently released book, Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants, Mission to Haiti, Ecuador and Chile and asserts that Lacaille brings back into focus the importance of seeing life from the role of the oppressed people and that deserting Vatican II was a betrayal of a moral mission to serve the masses, especially the oppressed.
Schmidt praises Pope Francis, who declared El Salvadoran Archbishop Romero a martyr and who is turning back to the Vactican II mandates based on discussion, inclusion, justice for humanity.
What were the major flaws of Pope John Paul II and Pope Ratzinger? Listen to the show for Schmidt's lucid analysis.
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon track the third flotilla to Gaza mission in progress.
Phil Taylor comments on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta (June 15, 1215), in which the barons demanded certain rights (legal, political, financial, religious) and which inspired the masses to fight a long unending struggle for the same rights.
Taylor decries how we have lost respect for Habeas Corpus (bringing the body to court to hear charges and to be heard) and emphasizes that the fight for human rights is not a linear process (chapter by chapter) but that we have to continually fight to renew lost rights.
Bishop John Osmers testifies to the plight of the Rwandans who have lost their refugee status in Zambia and on whom Rwandan President Kagame is trying to force repatriation.
Osmers and Phil Taylor discuss why the Rwandan refugees in Zambia lost their refugee status in Zambia June of 2013, Rwanda's offer for repatriation of these ex-refugees, why the Rwandans in Zambia are afriad to repatriate (obvious fear of Kagame's retaliatory brutal regime), the recent meetings between the Rwanda government, the Zambian government and the UN High Commission on Refugees.
The clincher is: Removal of the former refugee status not only creates stiff limitations on freedom of movement in Zambia but it also disqualifies the Rwandans for UNHCR support for services such as health and education needs and consideration for resettlement programs.
June 8th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Burundi's Current Turmoil: A Constitutional Crisis, or Complex Political and Economic Issues? Jacques Parizeau: Brilliant Economist Who Left His Economic Mark on the Whole Quiet Revolution in the 1960s.
Charles KM Kambanda, Robin Philpot
Our featured guest is Charles KM Kambanda, Rwandan researcher, human rights defender and attorney and counsel at law in New York. Mr. Kambanda, who was born to a Rwandan refugee family in Uganda and now writes about international law talks to Phil Taylor about the hidden political agenda against Burundi's popular President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Issues discussed are:
(1) The Burundi Constitution trumping the defacto Arusha Agreement re electoral politics
(2) The Western powers, including the ICC, double standard in condemning popular Burundi President Nkurmziza while supporting regional puppet despots such as Rwandan President Kagame and Ugandan President Museveni
(3) The opposition "demonstrators" in Burundi that are in reality rioters, many being children --who burn humans to death, burn public and private property and are armed -- and the Burundi government's legal and moral responsibility to stop these riots
(4) The fake and western supported private radio stations in Burundi who run false and warmongering propaganda against the popular government. These lies are broadcasted in Rwanda.
(5) The ICC threatening intervention in Burundi which is a crime of inciting riots
(6) Kagame wanting to dominate Burundi and use it as an entrance and exit point for the Congo (DRC) natural resources.
Robin Philpot discusses the recently released English translation of Jacques Parizeau's last book, which Philpot defines as a political testimony. Philpot emphasizes that Parizeau never wavered: He was a militant person who refused his bourgeois background and advantages in order to be a professor and in politics, because he knew that was the only way to really accomplish things in the long run.
Philpot explains how an why Parizeau became a sovereignist in 1969 (age 39). Parizeau was putting together his papers and came to realize that the only way Quebec can insure its economic development and proper distribution of wealth was to become independent.
Parizeau was dragged over the coals for stating that the anti-referendum victory was a slim victory with a lot of dirty tricks. He felt Canada had a colonial attitude toward Quebec's electoral laws.
March 30th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Key points of a Bashar Assad interview. The Saudi-US Connection Against Yemen.
Stephen Gowans, Zafar Bangash
Stephen Gowans discusses the compelling points Assad makes regarding the US/Western governments' need for puppet/client states, which prohibits any partner relationship. Gowans and Phil Taylor also discuss the attacks against Yemen and why the attacks violate international law and the human rights of the Yemeni, especially the Houthi.
Zafar Bangash explains the history of Yemen's presidents, their connection to the US/Western power agenda, and the current crisis in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is in violation of the Security Council decision rejecting the Saudi resolution for military force against Yemen. This is a violation of international law, so why is the Saudi regime not being sanctioned?
March 9th, 2015: - Listen | Download
The Great Thaw: Cuba-American Relations. Commentary on Venezuela, Zahaf-Bibeau video, Canada's special-ops in Iraq.
Keith Bolender, author and journalist, recently returned from Cuba and says there are many hurdles yet before "normalization", and Cuba will likely develop a new socialism for the 21st Century.
Phil Taylor Commentary: South American countries oppose US attempts to undermine Venezuela; there should be a demand for the full video of Zahaf-Bibeau; what is the real mission of Canada’s special-ops team?
February 9th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Paul Rusesabagina's indictment of Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame. Commemorating Black History Month: Nina Simone, Musician and Civil Rights Activist Extraordinaire
Paul Rusesabagina, the humanitarian Rwandan hotel manager who hid and protected 1,268 Hutu and Tutsi refugees during the Rwandan Genocide in April 7 - mid-July of 1994, author of An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
Paul Ruseabagina describes Rwanda's President Kagame as a brutal dictator who has created human rights abuses all over the country. He does not want to lose his presidential immunity and face international indictments against him, nor does he want to face a new president -- which might be why Kagame has indicated he might violate the Rwanda Constitution and run for another term (another fake election).
Ruseabagina emphatically states the the economic miracle performance picture that Kagame paints is false.
Kagame has total impunity to lie, forge more wars in the Congo, assassinate both former friends and foes who fled to other countries, imprison thousands, including Victoire Ingabire who has the courage to return to Rwanda in 2010 and run for president.
In commemoration of Black History Month, Phil Taylor plays Nina Simone's Mississippi Goddamn, an inspiring song Nina wrote in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls.
Phil Taylor gives an interesting background of Simone--from her birth in February of 1933, to her parents discovery of her talent, to her first recital where she refused to perform if her parents were removed from the front row, to her studies at Julliard to her participation in the civil rights movement which she considered an historical "watershed" moment and to her death in 2003.
Taylor turns to the new film Selma and contrasts the political and humanitarian significance of Selma to the political anti-humanitarian film The American Sniper, about the life of real life sniper Chris Kyle.
Taylor points out that MLK was martyered by a sniper who deprived humanity of a great leader, while Chris Kyle was an American sniper in Iraq who deprived humanity of their civil liberties, human rights, culture and life. MLK represented life and hope.
February 2nd, 2015: - Listen | Download
Saudi Oil and US hypocrisy. Yemen rebellion challenges US-Saudi power.
Sara Flounders, Zafar Bangash
Flounders explains: The entire political brass of the US and of other countries going to Saudi Arabia to show "respect" for the deceased King Abdullah and to meet with the new King Salman shows there will be NO change in the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia nor with the parasitic relationship with the population as a whole.
Flounders connects the royal Saudi family to the US policy since WWII. The Saudi family completely owns the oil and the people, who have no human rights, can be flogged, stoned, tortured to death and beheaded for simply making a comment on a blog.
Saudi oil money is held in the Western banks, esp. the US banks. The money is held in the Saudi name, but if there were an upheaval, the money would remain in the US banks. So, who needs whom the most?
The Saudi family funds reactionary forces to insure plausible denial for the US involvement (such as Saudi funding contras in Nicaragua under the Reagan regime.)
Zafar Bangash and Phil Taylor discuss (1) the current events in the Mid-East, especially in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq and Syria (2) the manipulation of the oil price and (3) the recent exchange of fire between Israel and Hezbollah.
Saudi Arabia: In addition to the political brass, all the weapons manufacturers were in Saudi Arabia to attend the funeral of Saudi monarch Abdullah and to greet the new Monarch, King Salman. They want to make sure the Saudi will continue to buy their weapons.
Bangash puts it all together: The Saudis are terrified. They just lost their king and there is a lot of turmoil inside the kingdom due to the Saudi repression. There are 40,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia, who are fighting back with their lives for freedoms for the People. The ruling family needs the assurances of the US and other imperialist countries.
Yemen: Bangash provices the history of Yemen and the forced resignations of Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and other officials. He notes the "reform" (Wahhabi based) party, Ansarullah, did NOT go on a rampage and kill, much to the consternation of Saudi Arabia.
Bangash and Phil Taylor discuss manipulation price of oil by the US (and allies). It is a game to show who can do without the longest. Goal is for Americans is to take down Russia and Iran's economy.
Head chopping liver eating "moderates" are supported by Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Kuwait, UAE and Turkey, all buying weapons from the US. This is a sophisticated and expensive operation that defies ISIS statements that they are funding themselves.
November 3rd, 2014 : mp3 file not currently online
The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God. The Real Story of the Cuban Five: An Incredible Story of Injustice.
Ken Stone, Stephen Kimber
Ken Stone of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War discusses the new book by Michael Springate, "The Beautiful West and the Beloved of God." The book takes place in 2008 in the wake of Bush's "war against terror," and brings together three varied characters --family of Arab Muslim immigrant, well to do Jewish couple, female atheist protagonist.
The themes of the book are Islamophobia and Canadian security certificate, where non-citizens are arrested and jailed without any disclosure/evidence."
Phil Taylor interviews Stephen Kimber, author of the REAL LIFE suspense thriller, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five. Kimber is a professor of journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax and an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster.
Kimber gives the pros and cons of the recent New York Times editorial, "A Prisoner Swap with Cuba."
October 20th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Taylor Report Fundraiser
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon refer to an interesting collage of guests, issues and movements that highlight the focus of their progressive (going to the root) programs geared towards making the listeners think, analyze and connect to local, national and global events.
What is happening in the world IS happening on the Taylor Report.
October 13th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Using ISIL as a Cover to Attack Syrian State. Justice Belied: The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, David Jacobs
US/allies' terrorism represents a continuity of imperialist government's hypocritical policies and practices. Bombing infrastructure to economically impair a country, bombing civilian homes to destroy dissent and unity. All this, while claiming humanitarian intervention.
ISIL is the cover to attack Syria. Ultimate target is Iran.
Phil Taylor and David Jacobs, both contributors to the new book, "Justice Belied: The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice", discuss the late Professor Michael Mandel’s thesis that the peace-promoting international law regime under the United Nations Charter has been undermined by the international criminal law movement.
Michael Mandel, law professor and Renaissance man, wrote pioneering analyses concluding that the international criminal law movement did more to promote war than it did to promote peace and justice. The movement negated the UN Charter’s pledge to end the scourge of war.
The International Criminal Court and the ad hoc international criminal tribunals end up justifying war by criminalizing the losers or regimes out of favour with the West.
September 29th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Syria solution must involve all parties.
Zafar Bangash discusses the hypocrisy of US policy in Iraq and Syria. He also probes the nature of the Saudi-funded opposition in Syria, who in their extensive brutality and war crimes, violate Islamic law. Turkey's attempt to create a no-fly-zone over Syria is also mentioned.
In the May election, Syrian refugees jammed the highways to vote for President Assad, whom they see as only hope against the terrorist invasion. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is losing influence as Iraq moves closer to Iran.
Phil Taylor and Zafar Bangash emphasize that the US did not supply Iraq with military airplanes because the US did not want Iraq to be able to defend itself. If Iraq had an effective air force, they would have been able to stop ISIS from occupying parts of Iraq.
They also noted the irony of Israel helping ISIS with military and medical support. Israel prefers ISIS rather than Syrian control of the Golan Heights.
September 8th, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Fog of Toronto Politics. The US is targeting Syria and trampling on international law: Where is the opposition? Why Catholic Zionist Changed His World View.
John Barber, Ted Schmidt
Phil Taylor and John Barber discuss Toronto's mayoral candidates, especially frontrunners current Mayor Rob Ford and challenger John Tory, whose SmartTrack subway TIF (Tax Increment Financing) plan would involve borrowing 3 billion dollars on the gamble that it could be repaid from the increased base of property taxes, a plan that failed in New York where the city is still paying on the interest and the debt remains 3 billion.
Barber expects that voters will use "strategic voting" --translation: "lesser evil" voting.
Barber says the major problem is a lack of money for independent political organizations to influence the vote.
In his commentary on Syria, Phil describes US policies:
1. Removing diplomats and closing Syrian embassies to delegitimize Syria and incite violent opposition.
2. Combining with Turkey and Saudi monarchs to weaponize terrorists, while expressing surprise at their deeds, and using the subsequent chaotic conditions as an excuse to bomb inside Syria.
Schmidt grew up in a strong Jewish neighborhood, became a Catholic Zionist and celebrated the birth of Israel. After the trip to Palestine, Schmidt maintained his love for his Jewish friends, but he also wrapped himself around the plight of the Palestinians and listened to their voices.
Schmidt praises some of the new voices within Judaism speaking out for truth and for justice for the Palestinians --writers such as Israeli Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and Yoram Binur (author of acclaimed My Enemy, Myself).
September 1st, 2014: - Listen | Download
Labor Day -- Before and Now: From Internationalist Unity to Militarism. 'Anti-ISIS campaign' is a Trojan Horse to escalate the war against Syria.
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss how the meaning and practice of Labour Day has been corrupted: Going from a celebration of internationalism of workers who saw themselves as part of humanity and anti-militarism to celebration of military air shows and a ritual of pretending to care about those who fell in the past.
Phil Conlon reads Joe Fiorito's satirical column, "It's time to end the celebration of death and kill the airshow."
Taylor also praises and summarizes Ishmael Reed's article "Bad Apples in Ferguson," which emphasizes police brutality is not just against blacks, but against a rainbow of minority colors, esp. Native Americans, Latinos and Muslims. Reed says that the statistics in polls should reflect this reality.
The U.S. is hyping ISIS as the greatest terror force imaginable, even though according to the FBI, "there are no credible threats to the U.S. homeland."
The ideology of the Caliphate derives from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. ISIS-style beheadings are an institution in Saudi Arabia.
Yet the Pentagon is discussing airstrikes on Syria instead of the medieval terror kingdoms that it supports in the Middle East.
Stephen Gowans also discusses the NATO buildup over Ukraine. NATO is constantly checking the windows and the doors of countries it doesn't own.
Don't expect the United States to adopt a consistent posture on sovereignty when it comes to Syria or Ukraine.
July 21st, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Pitfalls of Peacekeeping. Cuba's Rebellion Day. Gaza under brutal Israeli Military Attack.
Peter Robinson, Morteza Gorgzadeh
Phil interviews Peter Robinson, an American International Criminal Lawyer who has argued cases at the Hague, the ICTY and ICTR. Robinson defended the peace-seeking Joseph Nzirorera, former President of the Rwanda National Assembly, at the ICTR.
Robinson notes the ICTR trials were not legitimate: They were a political process instead of a judicial, legal process. Phil and Peter also discuss the "Genocide Fax."
Morteza Gorgzadeh discusses a Toronto July 26th celebration. The event is dedicated to memory of Nelson Mandela and to the Cuban Five Anti-Terrorist Heroes. The storming of the Moncada barracks gave impetus for the whole country to come together to fight the Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro. The celebration reflects the underlying struggle to bring down racist apartheid regimes.
The Cuban Five Gerardo's statement: "It will take a jury of millions to free the Five."
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss international support for Palestinians in Gaza --Belfast, Scotland, Wales, Chile, Venezuela. Will the support stand strong or waver until the next attack?
July 7th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Lac-Mégantic Rail Tragedy One Year Anniversary. How Quebec bookstores survived. Workers rights, human rights and the responsibility to stop wars
The Taylor Report remembers a wonderful figure from the international labour movement, Dave Feikert. Feikert was a mine worker official and labour safety expert, and friend of China.
Phil Taylor, Phil Conlon and Robin Philpot discuss the Lac-Mégantic railway tragedy, the increase in carloads of crude oil from 144 carloads in 2007 to 127,924 carloads in 2013, the new Liberal leadership that is considering reversing the current Québec ban against fracking, the export of oil from the tar-sands in Alberta, and privatization/profits trumping people's rights and environmental integrity.
Montreal-based publisher Robin Philpot (Baraka Books) explains that Quebec has survived the bookstore demise due to its regulation (certified publishers, bookstores, distributors) and 100 percent Quebec ownership. Half of Canadian books are sold in Quebec which has only 23 percent of the Canadian population. Regulating the market, which guarantees sales to institutions, and legislating fixed prices are necessary for the survival of bookstores. They also discuss the cultural value of books, as in the example of Mick Lowe's "The Raids."
The two Phils discuss cultural wars, including the censoring of the 1954 film "Salt of the Earth," concerning the struggle of New Mexico miners. Women and children picketed after male miners were banned from picketing.
Conlon and Taylor also discuss Wal-Mart's battle with Quebec's workers, and the disgusting spectacle of Human Rights Watch (HRW) promoting sectarian conflict in the Middle East.
June 9th, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Strange Case of a Rwanda Refugee Applicant. Rwanda and the role of alternative media. Double Standard on Terrorism.
Lisa Winter-Card, Ann Garrison, Keith Bolender
Immigration lawyer Lisa Winter-Card discusses the strange case of Rwandan refugee applicant, Jean Berchment Habinshuti, who faces deportation
The case is strange because Habinshuti served as secretary to Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, who was assassinated in 1994, and was widely perceived as a moderate. The present Rwandan government has a well-earned reputation for persecution of dissent. As Ms Lisa Winter-Card makes clear, Mr. Habinshuti is at risk.
In an unusual turn of events, KPFA host and journalist Ann Garrison interviews our host, Phil Taylor.
Edward S. Herman identified Western reporting on Rwanda as the greatest victory of the propaganda system in recent decades. In the context of trials over Rwanda, Phil and Ann explore the challenges faced by alternative radio programmers in countering the corporate media consensus.
Phil interviews Keith Bolender, author of "Voices from the other side," an oral history of terrorism against Cuba, and "Cuba Under Siege."
Keith talks about the arrest in Cuba of four terrorists based in Miami, Florida, who were planning to attack a Cuban military base in April 2014.
He also discusses the U.S. double standard on terrorism with regard to the "Cuban Five."
June 2nd, 2014: - Listen | Download
The First Woman of Steel. Gaza Ark Plans Defiant Voyage.
Michael Hersh, Ehab Lotayef
Phil Taylor comments on recent developments in Syria and Rwanda, and tells a story about Karl Marx's daughter, Eleanor Marx, meeting cowboys.
Bev Brown worked on the assembly line at a time when women had to grieve each job in order to get it. She set up women's committees. Phil, together with Michael Hersh, remember this pioneer.
Ehab Lotayef, a spokesperson for Gaza's Ark and a veteran of Freedom Flotilla work, explains plans to defy the Israeli blockade with a ship of Palestinian products sailing from Gaza.
May 19th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Workers take the fall for Lac-Mégantic. Mick Lowe - The Raids.
Phil Taylor's co-host and former rail worker Phil Conlon explains the latest in the Lac-Mégantic disaster investigation. [10:20] It turns out that ordinary rail workers are doing the perp walk. The oligarch who runs the broken system? Still collecting profit.
Phil interviews Mick Lowe, author of "The Raids," a novel which takes place in Sudbury, Ontario, during the Red Scare of the 1950s. It details union raiding at a bitter and violent period of time in which workers fought each other instead of the boss. Moreover, the CIA may have been involved in the labour conflict because of the strategic importance of Canadian nickel to the United States.
November 25th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Phil Taylor Commentary on Roma + Mother Agnes-Mariam tour in Hamilton. Healing a Nation: A Testimony.
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
In announcing the appearances of Mother Agnes-Mariam in Hamilton and Toronto, Phil talks about the need for peace and national reconciliation in Syria.
In discussing a new book on Roma people, Phil analyzes the new manifestations of racism against Roma in Europe and the unwillingness of the Harper government of Canada to admit Roma as refugees to Canada.
Phil interviews Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa about his new book on Rwanda entitled, "Healing A Nation: A Testimony."
November 11th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Cuba embargo blocks medicine: The purpose of a siege is to hurt people. Phil Taylor Commentary: Honour veterans by preventing war.
Medicine - contemporary medicine that can save lives - is not getting to Cuba. Keith Bolender, author of "Cuba under Siege" explains. Cuba is now closer to Latin America than it has ever been, despite continual U.S. attempts at isolation.
Phil and Keith also discuss other topics, such as Puerto Rican nationalism, and the parallels between Cuba and Ireland.
After lamenting the unfortunate dominance of Rob Ford scandals in the media on this important day, Phil asks "How do we remember veterans?"
Phil remembers an old Toronto Star article by an up-and-coming journalist about veterans trying to pawn their medals. The truth is that we pat soldiers on the back, and then forget about them.
We can glorify war, or we can try to prevent it. Only by preventing it can we honour the victims of war.
This is not an argument between pacifism and violence. It's an argument to obey international law.
November 4th, 2013 : mp3 file not currently online
The modern persecution of the Roma people. Celebrating Michael Mandel.
Gina Csanyi-Robah, Harry Glasbeek, David Jacobs
The recent case of the Roma family accused of kidnapping a blond child has drawn attention to the ongoing persecution of the Roma people in Europe, and discrimination in Canada.
Phil interviews Gina Csanyi-Robah, Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre. Although strides have been made in combating racism, there is still a long way to go.
Phil Taylor celebrates the life of York University Professor Michael Mandel, law professor extraordinaire, anti-war activist, promoter of Yiddish culture, and lover of classical music. Phil discusses Mandel's life, tragically cut short by a rare heart disease at age 65, with international human rights lawyer, David Jacobs, and Osgoode Hall law professor Harry Glasbeek. Particular focus was paid to Mandel's book, "How America Gets Away With Murder", and Mandel's attempt to lay charges before Carla Del Ponte at the International Criminal Court against Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Jean Chrétien, and leaders of other NATO countries for their illegal attack on the former Yugoslavia.
Roma Community Centre
August 26th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Taking Apart the Empire's Case on Syria
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.
August 29th, 2011: - Listen | Download
The life and political legacy of Jack Layton. The media on Libya.
Jacob Leibovitch, Phil Conlon
Jacob Leibovitch, Phil Conlon and host Phil Taylor discuss Jack Layton's life and political legacy.
We also review the agit-prop coverage of events in Libya.
September 20th, 2010: - Listen | Download
Remembering Peter Leibovitch.
Jacob Leibovitch, Mike Hersh, Phil Conlon, Sid Ryan, Tina Conlon, David Jacobs
A panel of friends (Phil Taylor, Jacob Leibovitch, Mike Hersh and Phil Conlon) remembered acclaimed activist and labour leader Peter Leibovitch. OFL President Sid Ryan, Tina Conlon (community activist), and labor lawyer David Jacobs commented by phone.
January 18th, 2010: - Listen | Download
September 14th, 2009 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil Taylor was away this week. A repeat show was aired.
September 7th, 2009 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil Taylor was away this week. A repeat show was aired.
October 4th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil Taylor, Phil Conlon and Steve Reimer talk about Mel Hurtig's new book, "Rushing To Armageddon: The Shocking Truth About Canada, Missile Defence and Star Wars". Steve interviewed Mel Hurtig recently and discusses the issues Hurtig is raising.
Phil interviews Marjaleena Repo, senior advisor to David Orchard and former Progressive Conservative Party Vice-president for Saskatchewan. Repo discusses the "coup d'état" that resulted in the takeover of Canada's founding party by the neo-con Canadian Alliance, the Republican Party North. In a fast-paced back and forth, Taylor and Repo cover the dramatic territory of this unprecedented story and explore its political significance.
December 1st, 2003 : mp3 file not currently online
June 9th, 2003: - Listen | Download
Peter Rosenthal, Morton Sobell
Phil Taylor and Peter Rosenthal interview Morton Sobell. Morton Sobell was one of the co-accused in the Rosenberg trial. He was convicted of "conspiracy to commit espionage" in 1951 and served more than eighteen years in prison. They discuss the Rosenberg Trial, the Venona project, and Mr. Sobell's own experiences at Alcatraz.
March 31st, 2003 : mp3 file not currently online
Jacob Liebovitch and Phil Taylor discuss the United States' attack on Iraq. Jacob then speaks with Marg Stiles, a health researcher, about the SARS and how the outbreak has been affecting Toronto. Later, Phil and Jacob discuss America's stated reasons for war in Iraq, and Canada's stance on that war.
Article Archive:Book Review: The Complete Muhammad Ali by Ishmael Reed
Muhammad Ali was a one man Boxer Rebellion, the fighter who did the rare thing of changing minds and hearts by challenging racism and empire at the risk of fame and fortune. Like Haley’s Comet, such a person doesn’t come around often, people everywhere felt better knowing he was there. So who is he really? You got to read Ishmael Reed’s The Complete Muhammad Ali to get an idea. Ishmael is a veteran fighter/writer, with success in several divisions(poetry, novels, music)
and more likely to get it right than the corporate journalists or established fight crowd. Reed is like the journeyman champ, Archie Moore: cagey, unorthodox, able to land a punch from unexpected directions. Insights from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Willie Pep, Miles Davis, and the man who 1st sold Ali “Muhammad S...
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TO UNDERSTAND RWANDA'S TRAGEDY: The neglected account of Captain Amadou Deme Senegalese soldier, UN intelligence officer, and witness with a conscience.
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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The Coens and Cormac McCarthy Piss in your boot
No Country for Old Men or...The sagebrush did it.
Imagine Raising Arizona without the humour.
This film is based on a book by Cormac McCarthy. Cormac is a dilettante who lives in the desert and plays a loner. And recently like all professional loners he showed up on Oprah looking for money like everybody else. He allowed her to pet him while he played aw shucks. You can guess he gets his dark view of humanity from the mirror. "Publicity shy, very private introverted author of dense prose appears on Oprah. Performs back-flip and talks her leg off."
No Country is a horse opera about a dumb idea that the directors choose to wear down to a frazzle. By opera I mean extravagantly unreal. Men have gunfights in small-town hotels that continue into ...
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Hotel Rwanda: Setting the Record Straight
A small convoy of refugees is confronted by a murderous mob at a roadblock in the widely praised film Hotel Rwanda. The UN troops protecting the convoy, led by a bold white commander, brandish their weapons. After some scuffling, threats and a few shots being fired, the refugee trucks are turned around and the passengers safely returned to the Hotel Rwanda. The hero upon whom the film is based has now written a book, An Ordinary Man, in which he describes that terrible incident in much the same way as the film.
But in fact the crisis did not happen as depicted in the film and book. And that troubles me because I was one of the UN soldiers with the convoy. Mr. Rusesabagina, as he acknowledges, was not there, though his wife and children were among the refugees.
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Exceptional Americanism: It’s tough work choosing a war party.
Bush ran as the guy who kicked in the door and claimed the place for America (the “indispensable nation”, Madeleine Albright, Democrat) and Kerry ran as the guy who wants to share the killing and divide the spoils. Voters seemed to pick the high-stakes, maximum return, Lone Wolf approach. According to Darwin (according to Kropotkin) things don’t always work out so well for lone wolves...
Whatever the debate about the role of religion, this election showed us again that the true faith of America’s political elite is empire. On that there is no argument now. Kerry the ex-war protestor sounded like Lyndon Johnson... we’ll only stay until the people have freedom. Only months ago Aristide the democratically elected President of Haiti was bodily removed from his country on the or...
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