articles tagged "Syria"

Foreign Intervention and Nuclear Power

Friday, 6 September 2013 | A Public Affair
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If the U.S. got involved with Syria’s affairs, would the outcome be efficient or beneficial? On Friday September 6th, our host Esty Dinur talked with UW-Madison Professor Andrew Kydd about the possible attack by the U.S. against Syria and what the possible consequences could be if the U.S. does decide to take action. On the second half of the show, University of New York/College at Old Westbury Professor Karl Grossman about the continuing and escalating Fukushima disaster. more »

Will Congress Vote to Attack Syria?

Thursday, 5 September 2013 | A Public Affair
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As turmoil continues to brew in Syria, our host Allen Ruff was joined by guest David Swanson on Thursday September 5th to discuss the current situation in Syria and the question that the U.S. is being forced to consider. Will the U.S. Congress vote to attack Syria? more »

Continued Turmoil in Egypt and Syria

Friday, 23 August 2013 | A Public Affair
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While the death toll continues to rise in Egypt, Syria has also had issues escalate over the past couple of days. It appears that there were unconditional weapons used on villages especially chemical weapons. Civilians have been fleeing villages as the Assad forces continue to use chemical weapons in Syria. Our host Esty Dinur spoke with Professor Stephen Zunes about the turmoil that has shaken this part of the world. more »

Protesters Around the World and Close to Home

Thursday, 15 August 2013 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday August 15th, host Allen Ruff discussed protests and controversy in Wisconsin and across the the world. For the first half of the hour, Ruff was joined by Gareth Porter, a historian with a PhD in Southeast Asian studies from Cornell University and an investigative journalist for the Inter Press Service, about the turmoil in Egypt and the possible “peace process” in the Israel-Palestine conflict. For the second half of the show, Ruff spoke live with Greg Gordon, who was at the Capitol in Madison, to give us the latest update on the Solidarity Sing-a-long and arrests. more »

The Suffering Grasses and the Crisis in Syria

Friday, 30 November 2012 | A Public Affair
The Suffering Grasses

On Friday November 30th, host Esty Dinur interviewed Iara Lee about her documentary film “THE SUFFERING GRASSES: when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” Iara Lee is a Korean Brazilian film producer, director and activist who works mainly in the Middle East. Esty also spoke with Middle East expert Professor Jennifer Loewenstein who added to the discussion of the film and the crisis in Syria. “The ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, NATO’s toppling of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya, and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power. While focusing on the plight of those caught in the crossfire of the hegemons, we seek to unravel the conflict by exploring the motivations of its actors—the Ba’athist regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Free Syrian Army and other geopolitical players like the United States, Israel, Russia, China, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, the Gulf countries… When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers. This is a film about the elephants, but made for the grasses.” Read Iara Lee’s piece in The Huffington Post:” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/iara-lee/the-only-true-revolution-in-syria-is-nonviolent_b_1519844.html#s=more226651 Read more about the film, “The Suffering Grasses:” http://www.culturesofresistance.org/suffering-grasses   Listen to the entire program: more »

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