February marks the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran . One of the most significant events in the Middle East in the last half century, it dramatically changed the political balance of power in the region and created one of the US’s greatest foreign policy challenges. The revolution caught all the western intelligence agencies off-guard. The Shah’s monarchy, characterized by President Carter a year earlier as the Island of Tranquility , had disappeared and a revolutionary government unlike anything seen before had taken over the most valuable US ally in the Persian Gulf .
US-Iran relations have regrettably gone from bad to worse over the past 3 decades. During this same period, Iran has gained great influence in the region and is a major player in all Middle East arenas – Iraq and Palestine in particular. Many analysts of foreign affairs today agree that having a normal relationship with Iran is critical if the US goal for stability of the Middle East is to be realized.
this is an interview we did with pam africa from MOVE, which began in philadelphia and focused on the interconnectedness between a 'natural lifestyle' and humanity. pam africa spoke on the 'strugglebration for mumia' event happening the next day (13 february) at portland state university, as well as the issues with angola prison in louisiana; and the philosophy of 'hope'. contact information for pam and ramona africa as well as others are at the end of the audio.
Anna Keith speaks with Dawn Menken, PhD, a therapist, conflict resolution facilitator and teacher with a special devotion to relationships and building sustainable community. She is the author of "Speak Out! Talking About Love, Sex and Eternity." She is leading a series of workshops for the Process Work Institute including "Nurturing the Inner life of Children."
Ed Goldberg interviews Alrick Brown, producer of the film "Death of Two Sons," which shows on February 12th as part of the 19th Cascade Festival of African Films. This documentary examines the death of Amadou Diallo, the 22-year old Guinean immigrant who was senselessly shot to death by 41 bullets fired by New York City policemen, and the death of Jesse Thyne, an American Peace COrps volunteer who lived and worked with Diallo's family in Guinea.
Patrick Rock is an artist who curates several spaces in town. He tells us about the founding and programming of Rockbox, an alternative artist-run space located on Interstate which has a visiting artist-in-residence program. We discuss the upcoming exhibition at Rockbox of Damien Gilley and Modou Dieng, who are collaborating on Shoot Me - Shoot You. It opens Valentine's Day 7 - 11pm. Rock also curates the MK Gallery and the Autzen Gallery at PSU. The artists exhibition there currently are Julie Perini and Mike Bray.
Tim Geithner, true to form, has proposed that another Treasury looting go down. Meanwhile, Afghanistan stands ready to defend its sovereignty, and Obama stands ready to extinguish lives there, and in Iraq and Iran. A caller asks: what did the banksters do, specifically, that was criminal? The answer in one word...
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Radical scholars of political economy George Caffentzis & Silvia Federici of theMidnight Notes Collective join us live in-studio. How are the economic crisis and bailouts a response to class struggle? What does capital hope to achieve with this crisis? How does the crisis hit people doing care work? What kinds of resistance will be most effective now? Thirty vital minutes!