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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 0

Posted on May 13, 2010 by Flashpoints

This is what Negev Development funded by the JNF looks like in Khashm Zanna, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev. (International Jewish Anti-zionist Network)

This is what "Negev Development" funded by the JNF looks like in Khashm Zanna, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev. (International Jewish Anti-zionist Network)

We speak to UC Berkeley student activists after the hunger strike officially ended last night as the administration agreed to negotiate towards their demands, we’ll talk to them about what happens next and why one of the students remains on a hunger strike on his way to Arizona; plus, JR and the Block Report speak with Ramona Africa, the lone adult survivor of the MOVE headquarters bombing by police 25 years ago in Philadelphia; and Bedouin Palestinian attorney Rawia Abu Rabia of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel discusses the entrenched institutionalized racism and discrimination inside the state against its indigenous citizens, as home demolitions and attacks on civil rights leaders continue apace.

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Guests:

Alejandro Lara Briseño and Ricardo Gomez, UC Berkeley student hunger strikers

Ramona Africa, MOVE

Rawia Abu Rabia,  social justice activist and attorney,  Association for Civil Rights in Israel

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Monday, May 3rd, 2010 0

Posted on May 03, 2010 by Flashpoints

BP Oil Slick Disaster

BP Oil Slick Disaster

The massive BP oil disaster is moving quickly into the Florida Keys, we’ll speak to a shrimp fisherwoman and an indigenous activist whose ecosystems were destroyed in Alaska during the Exxon Valdez spill; also, we’ll have a report-back from Arizona, on the enormous protests that took place over the weekend in opposition of the anti-immigrant laws, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio considers a run for the governor of that state; and we’ll have a special report on a successful lawsuit brought by radical education activist Bill Ayers against the University of Wyoming for an attempt to ban him from speaking on campus.

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Diane Wilson, shrimp fisherwoman and environmental justice activist

Lucy Beach, Executive Director of Gwich’in Steering Committee

Tupac Enrique Acosta, Tona Tierra

Bill Ayers, former member of the Weather Underground

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Friday, April 30th, 2010 0

Posted on April 30, 2010 by Flashpoints
Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill

Gulf Coast BP Oil Spill

Please note: Due to technical difficulties, the Best of Flashpoints this week is not available for download.

Tens of thousands of gallons of oil continue to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, endangering the lives and the livelihoods of thousands of Gulf Coast residents and the already-fragile eco-systems; also, Mexican paramilitaries ambush and kill members of a human rights convoy in Oaxaca; we’ll continue our reporting on the crackdown on the entire immigrant community and their supporters; we’ll update our reports on the protests against school budget cuts; and Flashpoints en Espanol.

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Guests:

Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen

John Gibler, FP Special Correspondent and author

Rene Saucedo

Evelina Molina

Cesar Cruz

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 1

Posted on April 29, 2010 by Flashpoints

cartoon by Khalil Bendib

cartoon by Khalil Bendib

Ali Abunimah and university student organizers talk about last night’s vote at UC Berkeley to uphold the veto on divestment, we’ll discuss the technical defeat but the moral victory of the vote and the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions movement across the country and across the world; also, thousands of Oakland teachers go on strike to defend public education, we’ll hear voices from educators and students demanding fair contracts and salaries.

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Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

Shoaib Kamil, UC Berkeley Task Force on Divestment

Loubna Qatami, Palestinian Youth Network

Jesse Strauss on assignment in Oakland

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 3

Posted on April 20, 2010 by Flashpoints

Cartoon by Khalil Bendib

Cartoon by Khalil Bendib

We’ll speak to our special correspondent Ahmed Habib about the current situation inside US-occupied Iraq, as the theater of elections and vote recounts distract the mainstream media from the ongoing destruction of Iraqi lives across the country; and Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of Project Censored talk about the truth emergency in the US and run down several censored news stories you may have missed this year if you just watched the evening news or read the New York Times.

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Guests:

Ahmed Habib, journalist and poet

Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, Project Censored

EVENT:

THE EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES

WHEN: Thu, April 22nd, 2010 – 7:00 pm

Final Event for Spring 2010

An evening with Project Censored

Please join the co-editors of Censored 2010 in discussion

Truth Emergency International:  Censorship, Propaganda, and American Empire

Peter Phillips, President, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

Mickey Huff, Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation

Details:

Thursday, April 22nd, 7 P.M.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists,

1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley, CA

Doors at 6:30 P.M., panel discussion at 7 P.M.

Event is a fundraiser, $5-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds, wheelchair accessible.

Co-sponsors include Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored, ANSWER, World Can’t Wait, MECA, RCP, BFUU Social Justice Committee

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The series is a fund raiser in support of Flashpoints Radio, and the Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored Investigative Reporting Fund.

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 1

Posted on April 14, 2010 by Flashpoints

US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli

US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli

Support continues to build for a global movement against Israeli apartheid in Palestine, today we feature anti-apartheid activist and Nazi holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein talking about why she supports the campus divestment movement; also, an in-depth analysis of the extent and the dangers of the unmeasured Israeli nuclear arsenal; and a GI resister who was a member of the same company shown in the recently-released Wikileaks video talks about how this action is commonplace throughout the military’s occupation of Iraq.

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Guests:

Hedy Epstein, activist

John Steinbach, journalist

Spc. Josh Steiber, Iraq vet and peace activist

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Friday, March 19th, 2010 0

Posted on March 25, 2010 by Flashpoints
 

Cesar Chavez y Dolores Huerta

Cesar Chavez y Dolores Huerta


Today we broadcast live from the Center for Spirit, Art and Politics in the Heart of farm-worker country in Sonoma county. We’ll speak with Casimero Alavarez, United Farmworkers Coordinator for Northern California, about the multiple struggles ahead for the UFW, as they prepare to celebrate the birth of UFW founder, Cesar Chavez. We’ll also speak with Chicano Studies Professor Ron Lopez, of Sonoma State University, about the massive budget cuts to public education in California and its particular impacts on brown students in the state. We will also follow-up on a new federal crackdown by ICE on immigrant workers in Sonoma County and Fashpoints in Espanol.

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Co-hosts:
Molly Goss, Miguel Gavilan Molina, and Miguel Perez

Guests:
Casimero Alvarez, UFW/North Bay Coordinator
Ron Lopez, Chicano Studies, Sonoma State University
Evalina Molina

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 0

Posted on March 04, 2010 by Flashpoints
 

Vaccination line at a Liberian refugee camp, ©Doctors Without Borders

Vaccination line at a Liberian refugee camp, ©Doctors Without Borders


Featuring a speak out by student activists who are a part of an all day action tomorrow across California to protest the crippling cutbacks in the educational system from K through college. Also, we’ll be joined by award winning investigative reporter Greg Palast who will talk about his new investigation into vulture hedge-funds preying on poverty stricken Liberia.

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Guests:
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Student/Education for All
Sarah Knopp, High School Teacher in Los Angeles/United Teachers of L.A.
Christina Urista, UCB Student Organizer/Oakland High School Outreach
Quetzalli Martinez, SFSU Student Organizer
Kimberly Guzman, 11th Grader Organizer
Edres Diaz, 12th Grader Organizer
Randall Gustamante – High School Teacher, Mandela High School
Greg Palast, Investigative Journalist, BBC

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 0

Posted on February 09, 2010 by Flashpoints

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

Kevin Pina reports on the emerging disaster as a result of US and Western control over the rescue and rebuilding of Haiti; also, we’ll hear about cross-cultural literacy programs taking place between educators in the US and El Salvador, under the FMLN; news headlines from Project Censored; and poetry in a time of war, with Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows reading from their newest translation of Rilke.

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Guests:

Kevin Pina

Sudilla Paloma, educator

Kajal Shahali, Project Censored and Media Freedom International

Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows, translators and poets

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Monday, February 1st, 2010 0

Posted on February 03, 2010 by Flashpoints
 
We continue our drum-beat reporting on Haiti: We'll have a
live, in-depth  report from Kevin Pina on the ground Port Au Prince: Also The legal
architects of the Bush Torture are program given a pass by the Obama Administration:
We'll speak to the president of the National Lawyers Guild about it: And will have
an update on the the uphill battle by UC and community college students fighting
the deep cut backs in education.
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