articles tagged "Allen Ruff"

Airstrikes in Afghanistan

Thursday, 20 September 2012 | A Public Affair
kathykelly

On Thursday September 20th, host Allen Ruff interviewed peace activist Kathy Kelly about recent airstrikes in Afghanistan. Kelly is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She spends a great deal of time in Afghanistan fighting for peace. She recently stated, “On September 16th, 2012, at about 2:00 a.m., U.S./NATO forces called in an airstrike which killed eight Afghan women who were on a mountainside collecting wood for fuel. Villagers in the Alingar district of the Laghman province said the women routinely rise early in the morning to collect firewood so that they can prepare breakfast for their families. In spite of the constant drone surveillance which purportedly supplies the U.S. military with intelligence about patterns of life in Afghanistan, the U.S. military seemed unaware that women typically scour the mountainsides looking for firewood. Scant attention is paid to the plight of the families whose mothers have been slain by U.S. /NATO military forces which claim state-of-the-art drone surveillance capacity. And yet, U.S. officials have repeatedly claimed that the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is necessary to protect women and children. A BBC video shows that other women and girls who survived the attack are now hospitalized because of their severe injuries. By now, news coverage of families in the Alingar district is likely over. However, the effects of this attack will forever alter the lives of the injured survivors, their families and the families and friends of those who were killed.” To read more about Voices for Creative Nonviolence: http://vcnv.org/ To listen to the entire interview: more »

What the Republicans and Democrats Have in Common

Thursday, 13 September 2012 | A Public Affair
Arun Gupta

On Thursday September 13th, Allen Ruff talked with Arun Gupta who just returned from the Republican and Democratic conventions. Gupta is an Independent journalist, regular contributor to The Guardian, and a co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and The Indypendent. He reported from both conventions and wrote a number of pieces which observed that despite their vast differences, there are a whole range of commonalities between the two parties. He recently stated, “In terms of the protests, these security scare stories around the conventions keep the public away from substantial protest and dissent. The Olympics are about pushing the poor out through massive gentrification and infrastructure projects. What these conventions do — both political conventions, as well as NATO and G8 — is leave behind a massive security matrix that is used to police the poor and restrict dissent. Much of the rhetoric from the podium involves the establishment Democrats and Republicans jabbing at each other, but it highlights the broad areas of agreement between the Obama and Romney camps: The six wars (Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Iraq) — just now, outrage has erupted in Yemen over the killing of 13 civilians in a U.S. drone strike on Sunday. There’s also substantial agreement between the two camps on corporate trade deals, expanding oil and gas drilling, civil liberties restrictions, the general policy toward Wall Street. Both are silent about the home foreclosure crisis and both parties want to cut Social Security and Medicare as the solution to the economic crisis caused by the banks. On many of the most important issues, the Obama and Romney camps take on the minority position of the 1% and oppose most of the U.S. public.” To read more from Arun Gupta: http://www.indypendent.org/authors/arun-gupta To listen to the entire interview: more »

Reverend Moon and his Cult

Thursday, 6 September 2012 | A Public Affair
Rev-Moon

On Thursday September 6th, host Allen Ruff spoke with Frederick Clarkson, independent journalist and author, about Reverend Moon and his Cult following. “A longtime observer of the Religious Right, including Rev. Moon, he devoted a chapter to the Moon organization in his book, Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy. His profile of Moon critic Steven Hassan will be published this week at the webzine, Religion Dispatches. ‘Rev. Sun Myung Moon was among the most pernicious anti-democratic figures in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century. Moon hated America. He hated our tradition of individual rights and independent thought. He hated democracy and said he wanted to replace it with a theocracy under his rule. Although many would be loath to admit it, Moon has been a central figure in the development of the modern American conservative movement since the 1960s — from Richard Viguerie’s direct mail operations to the religious and political empire of Jerry Falwell. Whether one’s religious or non-religious identity — Christian, Jew, atheist or whatever – the Moon organization has treated the minds and sacred beliefs of others like they were targets of a covert operation. The Moon organization has no respect, and only contempt for the views of anyone who is not a member of the True Family, and part of the covert operation.’” -Institute for Public Accuracy To read more about Frederick Clarkson: http://www.frederickclarkson.com/about/ To listen to the entire interview: more »

Israel Denies Responsibility for Rachel Corrie’s Death

Thursday, 30 August 2012 | A Public Affair
Rachel Corrie Foundation

On Thursday August 30th, Allen Ruff interviewed Craig Corrie about the recent verdict from an Israeli Judge regarding his daughter, Rachel Corrie’s death. Judge Oded Gershon rejected the parent’s negligence lawsuit, stating that Corrie’s death was an accident that she brought upon herself. Over nine years ago in March of 2003, peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Every since her death, her parents Cindy and Craig Corrie have sought justice for their daughter’s murder as well as continued her vision of peace through the The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice. Craig and Cindy say the judge’s verdict that Israel was not responsible for her death has “deeply saddened and deeply troubled” the family. The Foundation which Rachel Corrie’s parents started after her death “continues the work that Rachel Corrie began and hoped to accomplish, and carries out that work with her vision, spirit, and creative energy in mind. We conduct and support programs that foster connections between people, that build understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities. The foundation encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice, which we view as pre-requisites for world peace.” To learn more about The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice: http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/ To listen to the interview with Craig Corrie: more »

Teachers Unions, Hardships from Chicago to Madison

Thursday, 23 August 2012 | A Public Affair
CTU

On Thursday August 23rd, Allen Ruff interviewed Chicago Teachers’ Union member and activist Becca Kelly about the struggle between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to cut educational costs and the harm this has done to Chicago’s schools and teachers. “On Aug. 22, Chicago Public Schools school board members authorized spending $25 million on a contingency plan if Chicago teachers strike for the first time in 25 years. Prior to the board meeting, teachers picketed outside the district office. Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president told the Board of Education, at Wednesday’s meeting, ‘We have had 45 sessions of negotiations, and we’re still pretty far apart’… One CTU spokeswoman mentioned that if a contract negotiation is not reached, teachers might take their signs to the Democratic National Convention, in North Carolina, where Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel is a scheduled speaker. Emanuel’s demands for a longer school day angered the teachers, and this resulted in 90 percent of the union agreeing to strike. Most unions have seen their power slip, and a teachers strike will have ramifications far beyond Chicago. It may set a precedent for organized labor throughout the United States.” -examiner.com To read more about the situation in Chicago: http://www.examiner.com/article/chicago-teachers-prepare-to-strike To listen to the interview:   more »

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