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Sunday, July 18, 2021 10:00 am 1:00:12
Meleiza Figueroa, Ali Meders-Knight
Climate Emergency
Meleiza Figueroa, climate emergency/environmental justice field coordinator for PDA, and Ali Meders-Knight, traditional ecological knowledge practitioner discuss the recently leaked Sixth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) -- and its dire warnings about the coming consequences for the planet. The climate crisis can no longer be ignored. Hundreds of millions of people live in areas at risk, and as these areas become unlivable, we see population dislocation and migration; species extinction, and widespread disease -- and these effects have led to social unrest and demands for systemic responses. Meleiza and Ali give us the broad takeaways from the IPCC report, the dangers we face, and their own work on climate catastrophe mitigation.
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Sunday, July 11, 2021 10:00 am 1:00:12
Frantz Voltaire
Haiti in crisis
Frantz Voltaire helps us untangle the chaotic situation in Haiti. President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated on July 7. A hit squad of Colombian attackers have been arrested along with two Haitian Americans. Everything is murky about the assassination and what comes next. The government was already in a political and constitutional crisis with both a nonfunctioning Parliament and Judiciary -- and that crisis has now greatly increased with two different men claiming interim authority, while armed gangs fight to command the streets. Some Haitian officials have called for US military assistance, others are adamantly opposed to more outside intervention whether by the US, UN or aid groups. Historian, author, publisher and filmmaker Frantz Voltaire sheds light on the current situation—how and why the assassination took place, the context from which it arose, and what we can now expect to happen.
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Sunday, July 4, 2021 10:00 am 1:00:12
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Sunday, June 27, 2021 10:00 am 1:00:15
Emil Draitser
In the Jaws of the Crocodile
Emil Draitser on his new memoir, "In the Jaws of the Crocodile: A Soviet Memoir." We learn how Draitser could become a journalist in the Soviet Union -- and why the detour into satire was the only, but also the best path. "In the Jaws of the Crocodile" is funny, insightful, and provides a window into how the Soviet censorship system worked in practice in the publishing industry. We also comment on the 2020 Oscar nominated Andrei Konchalovsky film “Dear Comrades!” about an important strike and massacre in Novocherkassk in southern Russia in 1962. Everything about that strike and the response from the authorities gives more insight into the nature of the Soviet Union than tomes of political analyses, and Emil Draitser is an ideal interpreter.
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Sunday, June 20, 2021 10:00 am 1:00:12
Yoav Peled
Israeli politics, nationalism and religion
Yoav Peled on the outcome of Israel’s 4th election in 2 years, ending Benjamin Netanyahu's long reign. Netanyahu unleashed a major shock and awe campaign against Gaza for 11 days last month -- like in November 2019, to deflect attention from his own legal problems and his inability to form a governing coalition.This time Hamas rockets and Israeli bombs failed to save Netanyahu’s hold on power and prevent a more moderate coalition from upending his rule. Neftali Bennet, far right leader of the tiny Yamina (Rightward) party will be PM for two years, yielding to his secular-centrist coalition partner Yair Lapid for the next two years. Netanyahu, facing criminal corruption charges, warns ‘he’ll be back.’ Yoav Peled clarifies what this means, and explains the dynamics of nationalism and religion in Israel among both Muslims and Jews.
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Sunday, June 13, 2021 10:00 am 1:00:12
Nicolas Allen
Castillo victory in Peru
Nicolas Allen of Jacobin America Latina on the June 6 nail-biter election in Peru. Socialist trade unionist Pedro Castillo, from an indigenous background, has won the presidency by less than 1%. His victory represents a devastating defeat for Peru’s populist neoliberal politics, represented by his rightwing opponent Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori – who sits in jail for corruption. Castillo’s campaign slogan was "No more poor people in a rich country." The deeply unpopular Fujimori’s campaign resorted to relentless anti-communist scaremongering. We get Nicolas Allen’s explanation of the surprise result, situating the rejection of Fujimori in the larger context of the crisis of neoliberal rule, popular revolt, and the raging pandemic.
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Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:00 am 1:00:12