Alternative Radio http://mtpr.net en Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth http://mtpr.net/post/paul-ehrlich-distress-signals-earth <p>04/14/2014 - A steady stream of reports on the deterioration of the environment is issued. There is a brief flurry of media coverage. The corporate-funded climate change deniers make counter claims. We wake briefly to the crisis then most of us lapse into a couch potato stupor. Neoliberal dogma and an almost mystical belief in capitalism makes almost certain that little will be done to avert coming calamities. Charades called climate summits offer nothing more than photo ops of smiling world leaders and vacuous press releases. We blithely turn our heads away from reality. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:07:06 +0000 Sue Ginn 17626 at http://mtpr.net Paul Ehrlich - Distress Signals from Earth Alternative Radio - excerpts from exlusive interview with Noam Chomsky http://mtpr.net/post/alternative-radio-excerpts-exlusive-interview-noam-chomsky <p>04/07/13 - excerpts from David Barsamian's exclusive interview with Noam Chomsky</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:22:30 +0000 Sue Ginn 16953 at http://mtpr.net Bryan Stevenson http://mtpr.net/post/bryan-stevenson <p>03/31/2014 - Justice for Some - In her bestselling book, <em>The New Jim Crow</em>, Michelle Alexander says, the huge number of people behind bars in the U.S. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 16630 at http://mtpr.net Bryan Stevenson Max Blumenthall http://mtpr.net/post/max-blumenthall <p>03/24/2014 - Israel: Siege Mentality - From Kissinger to Kerry, U.S. Secretaries of State engage in endless rounds of shuttle diplomacy. They issue rosy statements about progress and breakthroughs. But little changes. Israeli policy has created concrete facts on the ground. Settlement building on Palestinian land, illegal under international law, has expanded over decades. Some 500,000 Israelis live in settlements from Ariel to Ma’ale Adumim. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:58:43 +0000 Sue Ginn 16629 at http://mtpr.net Max Blumenthall Captain Ahab and U.S. Empire http://mtpr.net/post/captain-ahab-and-us-empire <p>03/17/2014 - Chris Hedges - The demonic Captain Ahab in Melville’s epic novel <em>Moby Dick</em> represents a quest for power and domination that is a death wish. Hubris will doom Ahab and his Pequod crew, all perish except for Ishmael. Is there a larger lesson to be learned? Is the United States much different? The U.S. with its obsessive drive for control of oil and other resources, its relentless hunger for profits, its garrisoning the globe with military bases, its arrogant disregard for the environment, is on the same suicidal path as Ahab. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:07:46 +0000 Sue Ginn 16308 at http://mtpr.net Captain Ahab and U.S. Empire Arundhati Roy - Reimagining the World http://mtpr.net/post/arundhati-roy-reimagining-world <p>03/10/2014 - <span>The news item was brief and buried in the back pages: “India: Maoists Ambush Patrol, Killing 7 Soldiers. The attack occurred in a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand State. Thousands of people have been killed in the past decade in violence involving Maoists, who claim they represent India’s dispossessed, particularly indigenous tribal groups.” </span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 15398 at http://mtpr.net Sonia Nazario - The Courage of Immigrants http://mtpr.net/post/sonia-nazario-courage-immigrants <p>03/03/2014 - Emma Lazarus in her poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty wrote: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Bedros, my father might have seen those words in 1914 when he landed at Ellis Island and Araxie, my mother too, seven years later when she arrived. My parents were highly motivated to leave Armenia, their ancestral homeland in Eastern Turkey. Genocide does a lot to focus the mind on survival. For them, and millions of others, America was a safe haven. Today, violence. economic terror and hunger drive many to come to these shores. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 15395 at http://mtpr.net Sonia Nazario - The Courage of Immigrants Ray Suarez - The Latino United States http://mtpr.net/post/ray-suarez-latino-united-states <p>02/24/2014 - Juan González, in his classic book, <em>Harvest of Empire</em>, writes, “We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies 
are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.” Sadly, instead of walls coming down, walls are literally going up. The border is militarized. The tens of millions of Latinos in the U.S. represent an enormous diversity from Dominicans to Bolivians and Salvadorans to Chileans. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:38:21 +0000 Sue Ginn 15397 at http://mtpr.net Ray Suarez - The Latino United States Amiri Baraka - Real Politics, Real Poetry http://mtpr.net/post/amiri-baraka-real-politics-real-poetry <p>02/17/2014 - <span style="font-size: 14px;">The role of creative people in society has long been debated. Should they focus on their art and stay away from politics? Poets, writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, artists in general occupy a unique position. Their impact and influence extend far and wide. They illuminate realities in imaginative ways that expand awareness and understanding. Think of Dylan’s “Masters of War” or Arthur Miller’s <em>Death of a Salesman</em> or Picasso’s “Guernica” or Langston Hughes’ poem “Columbia,” where he exposes the depredations of U.S. imperialism. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:33:10 +0000 Sue Ginn 15396 at http://mtpr.net Amiri Baraka - Real Politics, Real Poetry Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism http://mtpr.net/post/jules-boykoff-olympics-celebration-capitalism <p>2/10/2014 - The Olympics are perhaps the crown jewels of sports. The pomp and circumstance, the pageantry and international competition make the games special. They&nbsp;began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, Greece. They were held in honor of&nbsp;Zeus, king of the gods. Today, the gods are fame, fortune, and national pride. The Olympics are a multi-billion dollar extravaganza. Behind the spectacle of athletic prowess and the patina of global harmony, brass-knuckle politics and brute economics reign. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:29:16 +0000 Sue Ginn 14588 at http://mtpr.net Jules Boykoff - The Olympics: Celebration Capitalism