Saturday, May 31, 2008

Of Light Brown Apple Moths ... also, education in Afghanistan

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Dr. Michael Parenti talks about the Light Brown Apple Moth, the latest bug to be identified as a scourge that must be eradicated...even if it means spraying major urban areas in California. What is behind the hype, what is the Light Brown Apple Moth, and what's the hurry?

Marsha MacColl talks about the work of Afghans for Tomorrow and her experience teaching English to Afghan children in Kabul.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Meeting Resistance

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An interview with film makers Molly Bingham and Steve Connors on their film "Meeting Resistance" that brings the voices of ordinary Iraqis who are determined to repulse what they experience as an invasion force occupying their country. Also, two voices from the film, one a former officer in the Iraqi Army, described in the film as The Warrior. The narrative from the film describes the Warrior as a special forces officer in his mid thirties. He refers to the end of 1991 Gulf when Iraq's Shia rose up and took over 14 of iraq's 18 provinces. The other is an ordinary Iraqi and family man.

Also, John Edwards endorses Barack Obama in an elegant speech with a respectful and collegial acknowledgement of Hilary Clinton. This is a good example of the sort of politics that it would be good to hear more often.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Military Moms Speak about War

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Military moms speak about their experiences with their sons in the U.S. military:
Susan Childs speaks about her son, James, who enlisted for the GI Bill. He was stop lossed and, today, after his discharge, works 12 hour shifts to support his family.

Nancy Nygard's son, Joe enlisted in order to make a career in law enforcement. He, too, was stop lossed, then later extended even further.

Rachel Normandy's son, Ryan was badly injured in an explosion in his tank in Baghdad. Today he suffers learning challenges due to traumatic brain injury but is determined to attend college.

Anna Berlinrut's son is a Marine who has served four terms in Iraq. Anna comes from a family with a long history of military service; she is eloquent about how the U.S. military is breaking from the current wars.