articles tagged "Allen Ruff"

Teachers Unions, Hardships from Chicago to Madison

Thursday, 23 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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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 »

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Thursday, 16 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday August 16th, Allen Ruff talked with Ali Hasan Abunimah about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Ali Hasan Abunimah is a Palestinian American journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a non-profit independent online publication.     “The Electronic Intifada is an independent online news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world. Founded in 2001, The Electronic Intifada has won awards and earned widespread recognition for publishing original, high-quality news and analysis, and first-person accounts and reviews. The Electronic Intifada’s writers and reporters include Palestinians and others living inside Palestine and everywhere else that news about Palestine and Palestinians is made.” -The Electronic Intifada     To check out the Electronic Intifada: http://electronicintifada.net/ To listen to the show in its entirety: more »

“Capitalism Hits the Fan”

Thursday, 9 August 2012 | A Public Affair

On Thursday August 9, Allen Ruff spoke with Marxist economist Richard Wolff, the author of “Capitalism Hits the Fan” whom some of you may have recently seen on Charlie Rose’s PBS program alongside David Harvey. They discussed the current economic crisis and related matters. “Capitalism Hits the Fan chronicles one economist’s growing alarm and insights as he watched, from 2005 onwards, the economic crisis build, burst, and then dominate world events. The argument here differs sharply from most other explanations offered by politicians, media commentators, and other academics. Step by step, Professor Wolff shows that deep economic structures—the relationship of wages to profits, of workers to boards of directors, and of debts to income—account for the crisis. The great change in the US economy since the 1970s, as employers stopped the historic rise in US workers’ real wages, set in motion the events that eventually broke the world economy. The crisis resulted from the post-1970s profit explosion, the debt-driven finance-industry expansion, and the sequential stock market and real estate booms and busts. Bailout interventions by the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury have thrown too little money too late at a problem that requires more than money to solve. As this book shows, we must now ask basic questions about capitalism as a system that has now convulsed the world economy into two great depressions in 75 years (and countless lesser crises, recession, and cycles in between). The book’s essays engage the long-overdue public discussion about basic structural changes and systemic alternatives needed not only to fix today’s broken economy but to prevent future crises.” -Haymarket Books To read more about Richard Wolff: http://rdwolff.com/ more »

Interview with Professor Dick Krooth

Thursday, 2 August 2012 | A Public Affair

On Thursday August 2nd, Allen Ruff interviewed Dick Krooth, a visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in sociology and environmental science. With his co-authors he received the 1994 Outstanding Book Award for Human Rights in North America from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. Listings of his bibliographical background are found in: Who’s Who in America, West, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education, Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century, Intellectuals of the 20th Century, Outstanding People of the 20th Century, Dictionary of International Biography, Contemporary Authors, and the Gustavus Myers Center. more »

Jennifer Loewenstein on the Middle East

Thursday, 26 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Thursday July 26th, Allen Ruff interviewed Jennifer Loewenstein on various matters concerning the Middle East. Jennifer Loewenstein is the Associate Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a political activist in here in Madison, and writes as a freelance journalist. Her work has been featured in scholarly publications such as The Journal of Palestine Studies and she is a regular contributor to CounterPunch magazine. Loewenstein is a well known critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as well as American support for Israel. To read more about Jennifer Loewenstein: http://experts.news.wisc.edu/experts/918 more »

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