Thursday, February 28, 2002

  • Israeli Knesset Member Azmi Bishara On Trial for "Supporting a Terrorist Organization"

    The trial of Israeli Knesset member Azmi Bishara opened yesterday at the Upper Magistrate’s Court in Nazareth. Bishara is charged with "supporting a terrorist organization," a crime that carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. The charges were filed by the Israeli Attorney General last fall, following two speeches Bishara made allegedly praising Hezbollah. Bishara is the only Parliamentary representative of the National Democratic Assembly, a Palestinian political party that calls for the transformation of Israel into a state for all its citizens. He is also the only representative to have his parliamentary right to freedom of speech revoked.

  • The Voices of Pacifica: An Audio Tour Through 50 Years of Pacifica History — and the History of the World

    We are going to take a look at the last fifty years of world history — framed by the history of the Pacifica network, the nation’s first listener-supported, community-based radio network founded by pacifist and artist Lewis Hill in 1949. This audio tour, produced by WBAI programmer Peter Bochan, brings the voices of some of the most important (and some of the least heard) social justice activists of the fifty years to the airwaves. We’ll hear from Harry Truman, William Mandel, Lewis Hill, Samori Marksman, Verna Avery Brown, Alan Watts, Gore Vidal, William Kunstler, Paul Robeson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joan Baez, John F Kennedy, Che Guevara, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, George McGovern, Bob Fass, Eldridge Cleaver, Richard Nixon, Mario Savio, Bella Abzug, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Oliver North, Saddam Hussein, Phil Gramm, Bill Clinton , Fidel Castro, and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

  • A History of "Intelligence" and Security Culture From Ward Churchill, co-Author of "The COINTELPRO Papers"

    With great fanfare, the Bush administration has pledged to fortify the nation’s "anti-terrorism" protections by spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new computer systems to keep tabs on foreign students and visitors. The nation’s approximately 600,000 foreign students have come under particular scrutiny since the September 11 attacks.

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