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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Thursday, 29 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday November 29th, host Allen Ruff talked with Tsela Barr and Veena Brekke, two individuals who just came back from a peace delegation to Israel and Palestine with the group Interfaith Peace Builders. The delegates just returned this past week from Gaza and and the West Bank. Permission for foreigners to obtain passage to Gaza is rare, and thus these interviews provided listeners with a vital opportunity to understand daily life in the Palestinian territories and how this existence is being affected by the current conflict. Allen spoke with Tsela Barr who just came back from a peace delegation to Gaza on November 12th. During the second half of the hour Veena Brekke joined in the conversation. She recently returned from a peace delegation to the West Bank. According to their website, “Interfaith Peace-Builders believes in the power of eye-witness experience and transformation. Given the opportunity to speak directly with Israelis and Palestinians, delegates return to the United States better informed, more energized, and with a deeper understanding of the possibilities for true justice in the Middle East.” Tsela and Veena shared with WORT listeners their fascinating experiences from both Israel and Palestine.   Read more about Interfaith Peace Builders on their website: http://www.ifpb.org/ Listen to the entire interview: more »

Thanksgiving Special: Occupation and Resistance of Native Peoples

Thursday, 22 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday November 22nd, Allen Ruff brought listeners a Thanksgiving special with Will Williams, member of Veterans for Peace and anti-war peace activist.   Allen spoke with Williams about themes of occupation and resistance and how these concepts relate to Thanksgiving and the occupation of native lands and resistance of the native peoples.                   Listen to the entire program: more »

“War Is a Crime”

Thursday, 15 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday November 15th, host Allen Ruff spoke to David Swanson lead columnist for “War Is a Crime” about peace, war and activism.   Swanson is also the author of the introduction to “The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush,” by Dennis Kucinich (2008) and contributed two chapters to Fix America, 2011. Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org and Washington Director of Democrats.com, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee. Swanson joined the board of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy in December 2011. Read more about peace activism: http://warisacrime.org/about Listen to the entire interview: more »

Progressive Media

Thursday, 18 October 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday October 18th, host Allen Ruff spoke with editor of The Progressive Magazine Matthew Rothschild about the importance of keeping progressive media alive. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is the host of “Progressive Radio,” a syndicated half-hour weekly interview program. Rothschild is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression (New Press, 2007). He also is the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).   Read more about The Progressive Magazine: http://www.progressive.org/list/mattrothschild Listen to the entire program: more »

MEK Still Isn’t OK

Thursday, 4 October 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday October 4th, Allen Ruff spoke with Jeremiah Goulka about the State Department’s decision to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalg (MEK) from its “terrorist organizations list”. Goulka recently wrote regarding the the status of the MEK, ” The State Department may have satisfied a court-imposed deadline and could help the group’s members escape their current stateless limbo, but the decision will enable the MEK to put more effort into pushing the United States toward war with Iran in its campaign to become the new government in Tehran. The court’s deadline comes from a lawsuit brought by the MEK arguing that its designation as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO)—which it has held since 1997—is no longer appropriate because it claims to have abandoned violence in 2002; in 2003, when its members in Iraq were disarmed by the U.S. military, the group signed documents promising to use only peaceful means of protest to advocate for its goals. In June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit gave Secretary of State Hillary Clinton until October 1 to decide whether the group still belonged on the list or the court would delist the group. Whether the MEK still belongs on the FTO list presents a legal question. If it has abandoned violence—including the capability and intent to commit terrorism—then perhaps it’s earned removal. The group’s many critics point to rumors that the MEK has been collaborating with the American and Israeli militaries and intelligence services. But the FTO statute counts only terrorism or terrorist activity that “threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States”; even if unsubstantiated rumors about MEK’s collaboration with the U.S. military are true, they would not qualify the MEK for FTO status under the statute. This highlights the problem: The law as written gives a pass to groups whose activities are viewed as useful to the United States, just as it could fail to apply to unsavory groups that do not pose a danger to the country.” Goulka explained to WORT listeners the negative impact of taking the MEK off the terrorist list, and how this decision will almost certainly further the erosion of relations between Iran and the United States. To read Goulka’s article in its entirety: http://prospect.org/article/mek-still-isnt-ok To listen to the entire interview: more »

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