Wednesday, May 9, 2007

  • Former Norwegian PM and U.N. Climate Change Envoy Gro Harlem Brundtland on the Challenges to Curb Global Warming


    Nearly 1,000 diplomats from around the world are meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week to draft a new global treaty to control greenhouse gases to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. We speak with former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, one of three prominent international figures named special U.N. envoy on climate change. She is former director-general of the World Health Organization. [includes rush transcript]

  • "It Takes an Enormous Amount of Courage to Speak the Truth When No One Else is Out There": World-Renowned Holocaust, Israel Scholars Defend DePaul Professor Norman Finkelstein as He Fights for Tenure


    The battle over political science professor Norman Finkelstein to receive tenure at DePaul University is heating up. Finkelstein has taught at DePaul for the past six years. Finkelstein’s two main topics of focus over his career have been the Holocaust and Israeli policy. We speak to two world-renowned scholars in these fields: Raul Hilberg, considered the founder of Holocaust studies, and Avi Shlaim, a professor of international relations at Oxford University and an expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Shlaim calls Finkelstein a "very impressive, learned and careful scholar," while Hilberg praises Finkelstein’s "acuity of vision and analytical power." Hilberg says, "It takes an enormous amount of courage to speak the truth when no one else is out there to support him." [includes rush transcript]

  • Following Public Campaign for Trademark Efforts, Coffee Giant Starbucks Signs Licensing Deal that Could Bring Millions to Ethiopian Farmers


    Specialty Ethiopian coffee beans can retail for as much as $25 a pound in the U.S, but back in Ethiopia, impoverished farmers may earn less than $1 a pound for the same beans. Hoping to take more control over marketing and boost prices, the government of Ethiopia tried to trademark regional coffee names. Starbucks, the world’s largest specialty coffee retailer, opposed Ethiopia’s trademarking efforts. In response, Starbucks came under heavy public pressure to sign a licensing deal with Ethiopia. The campaign appears to have worked. Last week, Starbucks and the Ethiopian government released a joint statement announcing they signed an agreement in principle. [includes rush transcript]