The Progressive Radio News Hour Guests for May 6, 8 and 9, 2010
Thursday, May 6 at 10AM US Central time: Nurit Peled-Elhannan
Peled-Elhannan is an Israeli peace activist, Professor at Hebrew University, and one of the founders of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. She’s also a recipient of the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and Freedom of Speech, awarded annually by the European Parliament to honor individuals or organizations active in the defense of human rights and freedom.
Conditions in Occupied Palestine will be discussed.
Saturday, May 8 at noon US Central time: Denis Rancourt
Rancourt is a distinguished tenured Professor of Physics, a recognized expert in his field, and an Environmental Science Researcher at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Because of his activist support for oppressed Palestinians, he was unfairly fired and barred from campus – a violation of his tenure, academic freedom, and beliefs about human rights and equal justice.
His case and its importance will be discussed.
Sunday, May 9, at noon US Central time: Elaine Whitfield Sharp
Sharp is a prominent trial attorney “dedicated to securing justice for people in state and federal courts,” notably in cases involving police and government misconduct.
She’s best known perhaps for representing political prisoner Aafia Siddiqui. She was abducted, secretly detained, horrifically tortured, and reportedly raped by US Bagram, Afghanistan prison personnel for over four years.
After a sham trial, she was convicted and faces possible life in prison on several bogus charges. Her story is painful, horrific, ongoing, and a sign of emerging American fascism too disturbing to ignore.