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Friday, April 9th, 2010 0

Posted on April 09, 2010 by Flashpoints
ICE Raids

ICE Raids

Please note: Best of Flashpoints not available online this week.

ICE continues to expand its crackdown on migrant workers, their families and supporters, we’ll speak with Rene Saucedo about how the Obama administration is even worse than Bush when it comes to these persecuted workers; also, a Salvadoran leader and indigenous chief talks about his return to El Salvador and his fight to protect original language and agriculture; we’ll also report on a major change just announced by the Sierra Club which has come down four-square against the US-Mexico wall; and Flashpoints in Espanol will also talk about El Salvador and the wall.

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Francisco Herrera

Rene Saucedo

Miguel Gavilan Molina

Dan Mills, Sierra Club/No More Deaths

David Escobar

Chief Antonio Chevez

Miguel Perez

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Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 0

Posted on April 01, 2010 by Flashpoints

Separation wall in the Israeli-occupied West-Bank

Separation wall in the Israeli-occupied West-Bank


A special report from Senior Producer Nora Barrows-Friedman, just back from occupied Palestine; we’ll also have a report on the media’s pro-Israel slant on Jerusalem; plus, this week on Community Business with Catherine Austin Fitts, we’ll take a look at prisons for profit and who’s getting rich off of them; and JR and the Block Report interview KPFA producer Nadra Foster who speaks out publicly for the first time about her police beating in the basement of KPFA a year and a half ago.

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Guests:
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Flashpoints Senior Producer
Henry Norr, Bay Area activist
Catherine Austin Fitts, Solari Network
Nadra Foster, former KPFA producer

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 0

Posted on March 30, 2010 by Flashpoints

Aftermath of a drone strike in Pakistan

Aftermath of a drone strike in Pakistan


Today on Flashpoints, In Afghanistan, US Drone massacres and cvilian killings on the rise. Also, is the state of Texas about to kill another innocent man? And JR and the Block Report interview an anti-police violence activist facing felony charges for protesting the New Year’s Day police murder of Oscar Grant.

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Guests:
Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Dave Lindorff, Investigative journalist
JR, Block Report

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Monday, February 8th, 2010 2

Posted on February 08, 2010 by Flashpoints

Mumia Abu Jamal

Mumia Abu Jamal

Nearly a month after the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti, hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still in need of basic life and death necessities, we’ll continue our on the ground reporting with our special correspondent Kevin Pina; also, investigating corporations that continue to finance the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine; plus, JR and the Block Report sit down with death row journalist Mumia abu Jamal, who was recently put on the fast track to the death house by the US Supreme Court; and we’ll hear from Pam Africa who is leading the international battle to free Mumia.

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Guests:

Kevin Pina

Dalit Baum, Who Profits?

Mumia Abu Jamal

Pam Africa

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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 0

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Flashpoints

Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove

Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove

Kevin Pina reports from Port-au-Prince on the growing needs of Haitians and the secondary wave of death and suffering resulting from a lack of speedy distribution of essential medicines and foods; also, we continue to remember Howard Zinn with his longtime friend and co-author, Anthony Arnove; plus, we’ll continue our discussion of the bailout and the President’s speech on Community Business with Catherine Austin Fitts; and the Block Report investigates a travesty of justice for a pair of sisters serving heavy jail sentences for no proven crime.

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Guests:

Kevin Pina

Catherine Austin Fitts, Solari Network

Anthony Arnove, editor, co-author of Voices of a People’s History of the United States with Howard Zinn

JR and the Block Report

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 0

Posted on January 12, 2010 by Flashpoints

Earthquake in Haiti - from Radio Tele Ginen

Earthquake in Haiti - from Radio Tele Ginen

The poverty-stricken nation of Haiti was rocked today by a massive earthquake that exceeded 7.0 on the richter scale; a major hospital, the presidential palace and many other buildings were damaged; we’ll have a special report on the devastation; also, ten Palestinians killed in Gaza in two weeks by Israeli airstrikes and tank fire, we’ll go to Gaza City for a full report; and a year after the police murder of Oscar Grant, protesters face felony charges for their street response to the close-range killing.

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Guests:

Kevin Pina

Pierre Labossiere

Farah Juste

Dr. Haidar Eid, professor of Culture Studies at Al-Aqsa University, Steering committee member of PACBI, One Democratic State Group, and Gaza Freedom March

JR and the Block Report

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Friday, January 8th, 2010 0

Posted on January 08, 2010 by Flashpoints

Global Climate Crisis

Global Climate Crisis

We’ll have an expansive report-back from the recent Global Climate Summit in Copenhagen, and we’ll be joined by Tony Gonzales of the American Indian Movement West, Flashpoints special correspondent Evelina Molina, who went as a part of a Global Exchange delegation, also joining us is Global Exchange founder Kevin Danaher, and syndicated media columnist Norman Solomon will give some analysis of the media coverage of the climate summit; we’ll be looking at what happened and where the movement goes from here; plus, JR reports from Los Angeles, on the opening hearings for the trial of Oscar Grant murderer, BART Cop Johannes Mesherle; we’ll also have news headlines from Project Censored; and Flashpoints en Espanol.

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JR and the Block Report

Tony Gonzales, AIM West

Evelina Molina, FP Special Correspondent

Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange

Norman Solomon, Media columnist

Richard Becker, International ANSWER Coalition

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 0

Posted on January 06, 2010 by Flashpoints

In Cairo, protesting is dangerous to ones health. Plainclothes government thugs clash with demonstrators protesting Israels assault on Gaza. (Photo © 2009 Mohamed Boraie)

In Cairo, plainclothes government thugs clash with demonstrators protesting Israel's assault on Gaza. (Photo © 2009 Mohamed Boraie)

Sam Husseini reports from Amman, Jordan, on ten days of protests in Cairo; also, Catherine Austin Fitts returns with Community Business, we’ll take a look at the year that just passed and what’s up ahead economically; and Flashpoints special correspondent Kevin Pina, just back from Haiti, joins us in the studio for an update.

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Catherine Austin Fitts, Solari Network

Kevin Pina, FP Special Correspondent

Sam Husseini, Institute for Public Accuracy

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 0

Posted on December 16, 2009 by Flashpoints

Boycott Israeli Apartheid & Colonialism in Palestine

Boycott Israeli Apartheid & Colonialism in Palestine

We feature a series of frontline reports from the Global Climate Summit in Copenhagen, where police beat protesters and prevented key activists from participating in the talks; also, an update on the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to combat Israeli apartheid in Palestine, while a British judge uses Universal Jurisdiction to issue an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni on the grounds of war crimes in the recent attacks on Gaza that killed over 1400 Palestinians; and the Knight Report.

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Guests:

Kevin Smith, UK Climate Justice Action

Lars Haltbrekken, Friends of the Earth – Norway

Yvonne Ynez, Oil Watch – Ecuador

Andrew Kadi, Adalah-NY, New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

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List of Top Ten Consumer Items to Boycott (From BDSmovement.net):

To view our complete list of Israeli products in Bay Area stores click here. To report more Product Sightings, email products[at]baceia.org.

USACBI: “Top Ten Brands to Boycott this Christmas”

Posted by RORCoalition on Thu, 12/03/2009 – 13:05

USACBI – While there are many Israeli and multinational companies that benefit from apartheid, we put together this list to highlight ten specific companies to target.

Many of these produce goods in such a way that directly harms Palestinians — exploiting labor, developing technology for military operations, or supplying equipment for illegal settlements. Many are also the targets of boycotts for other reasons, like harming the environment and labor violations.

1. AHAVA

This brand’s cosmetics are produced using salt, minerals, and mud from the Dead Sea — natural resources that are excavated from the occupied West Bank. The products themselves are manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement Mitzpe Shalem. AHAVA is the target of CODEPINK’s “Stolen Beauty” campaign.

2. Delta Galil Industries

Israel’s largest textiles manufacturer provides clothing and underwear for such popular brands as Gap, J-Crew, J.C. Penny, Calvin Klein, Playtex, Victoria’s Secret (see #10) and many others. Its founder and chairman Dov Lautman is a close associate of former Israeli President Ehud Barak. It has also been condemned by Sweatshop Watch for its exploitation of labor in other countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.

3. Motorola

While many of us know this brand for its stylish cellphones, did you know that it also develops and manufactures bomb fuses and missile guidance systems? Motorola components are also used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) and in communications and surveillance systems used in settlements, checkpoints, and along the 490 mile apartheid wall. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has launched the “Hang Up on Motorola” campaign.

4. L’Oreal / The Body Shop

This cosmetics and perfume company is known for its investments and manufacturing activities in Israel, including production in Migdal Haemek, the “Silicon Valley” of Israel built on the land of Palestinian village Al-Mujaydil, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948. In 1998, a representative of L’Oreal was given the Jubilee Award by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for strengthening the Israeli economy.

5. Dorot Garlic and Herbs

These frozen herbs that are sold at Trader Joe’s are shipped halfway around the world when they could easily be purchased locally. Trader Joe’s also sells Israeli Cous Cous and Pastures of Eden feta cheese that are made in Israel. QUIT, South Bay Mobilization, and other groups have targeted Trader Joe’s with a “Don’t Buy into Apartheid” campaign.

6. Estee Lauder

This company’s chairman Ronald Lauder is also the chairman of the Jewish National Fund, a quasi-governmental organization that was established in 1901 to acquire Palestinian land and is connected to the continued building of illegal settlements. Estee Lauder’s popular brands include Clinique, MAC, Origins, Bumble & Bumble, Aveda, fragrance lines for top designers, and many others. They have been the target of QUIT’s “Estee Slaughter Killer Products” campaign.

7. Intel

This technology company that manufactures computer processors and other hardware components employs thousands of Israelis and has exports from Israel totaling over $1 billion per year. They are one of Israel’s oldest foreign supporters, having established their first development center outside of the US in 1974 in Haifa. Al-Awda (the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition) has urged action against Intel for building a facility on the land of former village Iraq Al Manshiya, which was cleansed in 1949.

8. Sabra

This brand of hummus, baba ghanoush and other foods is co-owned by Israel’s second-largest food company The Strauss Group and Pepsico. On the “Corporate Responsibility” section of its website, The Strauss Group boasts of its relationship to the Israeli Army, offering food products and political support.

9. Sara Lee

Sara Lee holds a 30% stake in Delta Galil (see #2) and is the world’s largest clothing manufacturer, which owns or is affiliated with such brands as Hanes, Playtex, Champion, Leggs, Sara Lee Bakery, Ball Park hotdogs, Wonderbra, and many others. Similar to L’Oreal (see #4), a representative of Sara Lee received the Jubilee Award from Netanyahu for its commitment to business with Israel.

10. Victoria’s Secret

Most of Victoria’s Secret’s bras are produced by Delta Galil (see #2), and much of the cotton is also grown in Israel on confiscated Palestinian land. Victoria’s Secret has also been the target of labor rights’ groups for sourcing products from companies with labor violations, and by environmental groups for their unsustainable use of paper in producing their catalogues. That’s not sexy!

Remember, it’s also important to let these companies — and the stores that sell them — know that we will not support them as long as they support Israeli apartheid!


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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 0

Posted on December 15, 2009 by Flashpoints

UC Student Protests

UC Student Protests

We begin a series of new reports on the expanding devastation in Haiti with our special correspondent on the ground, Kevin Pina; also, we’ll take a look at the attacks by AIPAC and Zionist activists on local and national media; plus, we’ll continue our drumbeat coverage of the student rebellions across California in response to massive cutbacks and tuition increases at the University and Community College level; and the Knight Report.

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Guests:

Kevin Pina, FP Special Correspondent

Barbara Lubin, Executive Director, Middle East Children’s Alliance

Mickey Huff, Associate Director, Project Censored; Professor at Diablo Valley College

George Cicariello-Maher, UC Berkeley PhD candidate, correspondent for Counterpunch

Laura Zee, Student at UC Berkeley, arrested at Wheeler Hall, in court today

Asas Shalev, UC Berkeley Student, arrested at Wheeler Hall

Tyler Collins, UC Berkeley Student

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