The Progressive Radio News Hour Guests for June 10, 12 and 13, 2010
Thursday, June 10 at 10AM US Central time: John McMurtry
McMurtry is Professor Emeritus of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He’s a moral philosopher, ethicist, and vocal activist for global justice, world peace, and international law. His books include Unequal Freedoms, The Cancer Stage of Capitalism, and Value Wars.
Discussion will focus on the civil commons “life economy” alternative – a consistent theme in his writing, including in Value Wars: The Global Market Versus the Life Economy. Also addressed will be the need for a national public bank, the alternative to the private cartel Fed and most other privately owned or controlled central banks.
Saturday, June 12 at noon US Central time: Andy Worthington and Jennifer Loewenstein
Worthington is a journalist, film-maker, and author of “The Guantanamo Files” and two other books on British social history. He’s been published in The New York Times, London Guardian, and numerous popular web sites.
He’s also co-director of the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo.” More information on the film, his writing, and activism can be found on his web site: www.andyworthington.co.uk.
Worthington’s writings and work will be discussed.
Loewenstein teaches at the University of Wisconsin and is Associate Director of its Middle East Studies Program. She’s also a board member of the Israeli Coalition against House Demolitions-USA branch, founder of the Madison-Rahaf Sister City Project, and a freelance journalist.
The Gaza Flotilla massacre will be discussed.
Sunday, June 13 at noon US Central time: Zaira Abu-Baker and Huwaida Arraf
Zaira is the daughter of Shukri Abu-Baker, president of the Holy Land Foundation Charity (HLF). Until the Bush administration targeted and shut it down, it was the largest Muslim one in America, providing vital relief to Occupied Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan as well as in other countries and the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area.
Abu-Baker and four other principles were bogusly charged, convicted, and given long prison terms, ranging from 15 to 65 years – he the harshest in his 65 year sentence for providing vitally needed charity – in America, a high crime when given to Muslims.
Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), “committed to resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles.”
Huwaida was on board the Challenger I, one of the Freedom Flotilla vessels attempting to bring essential to life aid to Gazans when Israeli commandos attacked them in international waters.
HLF injustice, Huwaida’s activism, and the Freedom Flotilla massacre will be discussed.