Juan Cole has testified before the U.S. Senate and knows Arabic and Persian. He blogs at Informed Comment and is a historian of South Asia. He has been a guest on PBS News Hour, ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years.
Source: Foreign Policy Roundup: U. Michigan’s Prof. Juan Cole
Mossville, Louisiana sits in the shadow of 14 petrochemical refineries. For decades, Mossville residents have complained about their health problems to industry, and to state and federal agencies. They reached past the U.S. regulators to take their case to the highest human rights court in the western hemisphere, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Now a candid comment from the highest U.S. environmental regulator appears to have boosted their petition. Living on Earth and Planet Harmony’s Ike Sriskandarajah reports.
Source: Obama Administration Divided Over Cancer Alley Case
I must confess that I have my own views of the Muslim world. Like most countries they want self-determination. That is the process by which a country determines its own statehood and forms its own allegiances and government. Self-determination is an idea that can't killed with bombs or bullets or autocratic leaders.
Al McCoy talks about how empires are maintained, why the U.S. empire is in decline, and what the consequences might be depending on how we respond to that decline. Al McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconson–Madison, and author of 'Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance State,'
Source: TomCast for April 24, 2011: SubordiNations
Robin Wright talked about the recent Middle East uprisings and she responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Source: Rock The Casbah
A rebel fighter loads ammunition into a canister next to gun mounted onto the back of a truck at a service station on the road between Misrata and Sirte, in Libya, Sept. 3, 2011. The rebels have formed a Supreme Security Committee of civilian officials and militia leaders, which will take control of all security matters in Tripoli. (Photo: Bryan Denton / The New York Times)
Here we go again. The cheering crowds. The deposed dictator. The encomiums to freedom and liberty. The American military as savior. You would think we would have learned in Afghanistan or Iraq. But I guess not. I am waiting for a trucked-in crowd to rejoice as a Gadhafi statue is toppled and Barack Obama lands on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit to announce “Mission Accomplished.” War, as long as you view it through the distorted lens of the corporate media, is not only entertaining, but allows us to confuse state power with personal power.It permits us to wallow in unchecked self-exaltation. We are a nation that loves to love itself.
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The Declaration of Independence is best remembered as a declaration of war, a war declared on the grounds that we wanted our own flag. The sheer stupidity and anachronism of the idea serves to discourage any thoughts about why Canada didn't need a bloody war, whether the U.S. war benefitted people outside the new aristocracy to whom power was transferred, what bothered Frederick Douglas so much about a day celebrating "independence," or what the Declaration of Independence actually said.
When you read the Declaration of Independence, it turns out to be an indictment of King George III for various abuses of power. And those abuses of power look fairly similar to abuses of power we happily permit U.S. presidents to engage in today, either as regards the people of this nation or the people of territories and nations that our military occupies today in a manner uncomfortably resembling Britain's rule over the 13 colonies.
Or perhaps I should say, a large portion of us take turns being happy or outraged depending on the political party with which the current president is identified.
Eric Margolis discusses Egypt’s fake revolution. He comments on the criminal charges against former Pakistani president Musharraf and reminds us of the still unsolved mystery of who really killed Benazir Bhutto.
If the true costs of the full lifecycle of coal were taken into account, this form of energy would be extremely expensive.
Extraction, processing, transportation and combustion of coal create large tolls on the environment and human health. We hear from poet and farmer Wendell Berry who slept in the Kentucky governor’s office to protest mountaintop removal. Host Bruce Gellerman also talks with Dr. Paul Epstein from Harvard University’s Medical School about his new study measuring the true costs of coal.
Source: Costs of Coal
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Mohandas K. Gandhi
"Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always." -Mohandas K. Gandhi
"EGYPTIAN UPRISING:CAUSES and IMPLICATIONS for the US, ARAB NATIONS"
Monday March 28, 7 p.m.
SMUD Headquarters Bldg.
6201 S Street, Main Floor,
Professor Al-Qazzaz, educated at the University of Baghdad and U-C Berkeley, teaches at CSUS on Middle East societies and cultures. He served on the Advisory Board of the Jour-nal of Military and Political Sociology and was past President of the Arab American Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. Currently he serves as President of the Middle East Cultural Association at CSUS. Dr. Al-Qazzaz is the author of several books and numerous articles for journals in the US and the Arab world. He has lectured widely in the US and England on Middle East affairs and currently produces a half-hour TV show on Access Sacramento, "Focus on the Middle East."
Candle-light Vigil and Rally in Solidarity with Fallen Egyptian Protesters
(SACRAMENTO) – The Sacramento Coalition for Egyptian Democracy, including community and interfaith leaders, will be hosting a candle-light vigil to honor the fallen Egyptian protesters and will rally to support their fight for democracy.