2 weeks ago
20 december 2003
- Eric Miller, Senior Defense Investigator at the Project On Government Oversight (http://www.pogo.org) got us up-to-date on Iraq reconstruction, including Halliburton, the controversy surrounding Boeing, and the relationship between the Pentagon and defense contractors
- Roger Normand, executive director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights (http://www.cesr.org) discussed President Bush’s contempt for international law, the legality of the war with Iraq, and the capture of Saddam
- past National Book Award winner Robert Jay Lifton, author of the new book "Super Power Syndrome: America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World" (http://www.nationbooks.org/)
- Steve Brouwer, author of yet another new book, "Robbing Us Blind: the Return of the Bush Gang and the Mugging of America" (http://www.commoncouragepress.com)
13 december 2003
- Nancy Watzman, research and investigative projects director at Public Campaign (http://www.publiccampaign.org) will tell us about her most recent work, the Color of Money project (http://www.colorofmoney.org). This new investigation reveals that, despite campaign finance reform, the US electoral system relies on an elite group of wealthy, white donors to fund most campaigns thereby discriminating against people of color and other underserved communities who are not key donors.
- Laila Al-Arian, whose father, Professor Sami Al-Arian was arrested with three other men on charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Prof. Al-Arian was on our program twice before his February arrest, and during those interviews he had claimed that he had done nothing illegal. Prof. Al-Arian believed that his democratic right to criticize the Israeli government was at the heart of the investigation.
- attorney Matthew Eisenbrandt, who is representing the Center for Justice and Accountability (http://www.cja.org) in a case against an El Salvadoran military officer-turned-US citizen who is now being charged with torture and murder that he allegedly while in the Salvadoran army
- Activist Toni Solo who works throughout Central America told us about his recent writings on the Central American Free Trade Agreement and intellectual property rights. Toni’s work appears in Counterpunch (http://www.counterpunch.org), Dissident Voice (http://www.dissidentvoice.org), Z Magazine (http://www.zmag.org) and Double Standards (http://www.doublestandards.org). You can find his most recent story, "Game Playing by Free Trade Rules" at http://www.counterpunch.com/solo12062003.html
- Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, clinical doctor, public health professor and director of the Population Health Forum at the University of Washington. Stephen was the keynote speaker at last week’s Poverty Action Summit in Seattle, talked with us about health and poverty (http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=10&ItemID=4647).
6 december 2003
- Dr. Lara Hansen, one of the co-authors of the World Wildlife Fund’s recently released report on climate change and global glacier decline (http://www.wwf.or.jp/lib/publication/climate/glacier.pdf). Dr. Hansen is the chief scientist of WWF’s climate change program.
- David Bacon, labor journalist and photographer, returned to This is Hell. David’s most recent work, "Saddam’s Labor Laws Live On," can be read by visiting http://www.progressive.org/dec03/bac1203.html. David’s forthcoming book on the free market’s devastation of the US-Mexico border, "The Children of NAFTA," is due out in January. You can currently see David’s photos in a show called "Rebellion on the Border." They are being shown through December 20th at John Adams Campus City College of San Francisco Campus Library, 1860 Hayes Street. For more information on this exhibit call 415-561-1946.
- Greg Mello, director of the Los Alamos Study Group (http://www.lasg.org) discussed the further nuclearization of the Bush administration’s foreign policy through the just-passed Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
- Holly Wren of Michigan’s Sweetwater Alliance (http://www.waterissweet.org) talked about her group’s fight against the privatization of water and their campaign to fight water disconnections in Detroit. Holly filled us in on the recent victory by Michigan environmentalists against the world’s top bottled water supplier, Nestle.
- Bill Christison is the author of the Counterpunch piece "US Foreign Policy: a Monstrous Mess … US Intelligence Policy: Also a Monstrous Mess" (http://www.counterpunch.com/christison12012003.html). Bill was a CIA analyst for 28 years before retiring in 1979. From the early 1970s he served as National Intelligence Officer and was principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on certain areas including Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. Toward the end of his spy career, Bill was Director of the CIA’s Office of Regional and Political Analysis, a 250-person unit. Bill and his wife Kathleen, who was on TiH back in May, are contributors to the new book “The Politics of Anti-Semitism.”
22 november 2003
- Joe Farrar, a member of the School of the Americas Watch (http://www.soaw.org) national advisory group who reported live from the protest at Fort Benning, Georgia
- Ben, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (http://www.palsolidarity.org) who tlaked with us live from western Jenin to report on the March in Solidarity Against Separation.
15 november 2003
- Michael Schwartz of the Los Angeles Strikers Solidarity Organization (http://www.geocities.com/backlassoweb/) will told us about the California Grocery Workers strike
- the Toledo Blade’s Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss who wrote the recent investigative series "Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths" (http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=SRTIGERFORCE). The series uncovers the three decades-long secrets of the elite US Tiger Force that left a trail of atrocities in Vietnam.
- Jemera Rone, Sudan researcher and Counsel at Human Rights Watch (http://www.hrw.org) talked about the human rights abuses in northern Uganda, which are considered the worst in the world.
- Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies (http://www.ips-dc.org) gave us the reasons behind this upcoming week’s Free Trade Area of the Americas protests in Miami.
1 november 2003
- Milan Rai, author of "Regime Unchanged: Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing" (Pluto).
25 october 2003
- Bob Pollin, author of "Contours of Descent: US Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity" (Verso). Bob is also a professor of economics and founding co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (http://www.umass.edu/peri/)
18 october 2003
- Mark Sedra, a researcher at the Bonn International Center for Conversion, just released the new report, "Confronting Afghanistan¹s Security Dilemma: Reforming the Security Sector" (http://www.bicc.de/publications/briefs/brief28/content.html)
- Food First (http://www.foodfirst.org) activist Christiane Ahn discussed the compilation she just edited entitled, "Shafted: Free Trade and America’s Working Poor".
- live from Cochabamba, Bolivia, we talked with Jim Shultz, executive director of The Democracy Center (http://www.democracyctr.org) who will give us the lowdown on the Gas Wars there.
- Dave Allen (http://www.blackboxvoting.com/) is co-author, with Bev Harris, of the soon-to-be-released book "Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century"
- investigative reporter Janine Roberts discussed her new book "Glitter & Greed: the Secret World of the Diamond Cartel" (Disinformation)
11 october 2003
- Washington editor of The Nation (http://www.thenation.com) and Fox News contributor, David Corn, author of the new book "The Lies of George W, Bush" (Crown).
4 october 2003
- author Loretta Napoleoni, author of "Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks" (Pluto Press) who was live in our studio.
27 september 2003
- Thomas Frank, editor of the new compendium of Chicago’s subversive zine The Baffler (http://www.thebaffler.com) entitled "Boob Jubilee: the Cultural Politics of the New Economy."
20 september 2003
- Stan Cox is a Senior Research Scientist at the Salina, Kansas based Land Institute (http://www.landinstitute.org/) and a member of the Prairie Writers Circle. Stan is a plant breeder. who has worked in the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture as a wheat geneticist. Stan has also taught high school in Hyderabad, India.
Stan’s writing has appeared at Alternet and Counterpunch including his most recent "Pirates of the Caribbean: The WTO in Cancun" (http://www.landinstitute.org/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/08/31/3f54f2d60bfa0).
- Kevin Baker (http://www.kevinbaker.info/) is the author of "We’re in the Army Now: The GOP’s plan to militarize our culture" that appears in the October issue of Harper’s Magazine (http://www.harpers.org). Kevin was the chief historical researcher on Harold Evans¹ bestselling history, "The American Century." He currently writes the monthly "In the News" column for American Heritage Magazine, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times among other publications.
Kevin is also the author of several works of fiction including 1993′s "Sometimes You See It Coming," and the "New York’ City of Fire" trilogy.
- Steve McGiffen, editor of Spectre (http://www.spectrezine.org/) and an environmental adviser to the European Parliament United Left Group, the GUE-NGL. He is currently writing a book for Pluto Press on the regulation of biotechnology in the European Union and beyond.
13 september 2003
- live from the WTP portests in Cancun, we talked with Food First co-director Peter Rosset (http://www.foodfirst.org) who, earlier in the week, had been stopped as he arrived in Mexico because he was on a government watch list.
6 september 2003
- John Taylor Gatto (http://www.johntaylorgatto.com), former New York State Teacher of the Year. John wrote the cover story in the current issue of Harper’s , "Against School: How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why."
- Hilton Kelley, environmental activist and founder and director of Communities in Power and Development Association (http://www.refineryreform.org) in heavily polluted Port Arthur. Texas. The good people at Mother Jones hooked us up with Hilton. Make sure you check out their "Ungreening of America" package in their September 2003 issue or online at http://www.motherjones.com/news/featurex/2003/35/we_531_01.html
30 august 2003
- Reverend Graylan Hagler, senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and national president of Ministers For Racial, Social and Economic Justice, will discuss his unique perspective on the whole Ten Commandments fandango that’s taking up so much airtime nowadays. He has a commentary posted at TomPaine.com (http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/4775)
- Hilary Wainwright, author of the book "Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy" (Verso) and the editor of Red Pepper (http://www.redpepper.org.uk/).
- John Feffer, editor of a collection of essays entitled "Power Trip: US Unilateralism and and Global Strategy after September 11" (Seven Stories) by contributors to Foreign Policy in Focus (http://www.fpif.org). Past This is Hell guests whose work is in "Power Trip" include Bill Hartung, Michael Ratner, Mark Weisbrot, Stephen Zunes, and John Gershman
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student Ryan McKinley who created the Government Information Awareness (http://opengov.media.mit.edu/) project as a response to the US government’s Total Information Awareness program
23 august 2003
- live from Amman, Jordan, we spoke with Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org) co-founder, and three-time Nobel Peace prize nominee, Kathy Kelly. Kathy was on her way to Iraq in defiance of US sanctions there.
- John Ross, author of the book "The War Against Oblivion – Zapatista Chronicles 1994-2000." John’s Counterpunch story "While Zapatistas Shout: “Gora Euskadi!”: Fox Government Rounds Up Mexican Basques and Ships Them to Aznar’s Torture Chambers" (http://counterpunch.org/ross08192003.html) outlines the connection between the Zapatista movement in Mexico and their counterpart, the Basques of Spain.
John was on our show back in March 2001
- Susan Jane Brown, staff attorney for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (http://www.lclark.edu/org/peac/) will tell us the truth behind the Bush administration’s ‘Healthy Forest Initiative’ and its impact on America’s forests.
- Peter Christ is a retired police captain and is now on the board of directors of Law Enforcement Against Drug Prohibition (http://www.leap.cc/).
- Peter Phillips is the director of Project Censored (http://www.projectcensored.org/), the folks behind the annually released ‘Most Censored’ stories. This year’s edition "Censored 2003: the Top 25 Censored Stories" is available through Seven Stories Press. Peter’s recent article, "Inside Bohemian Grove US Elites Celebrate Patriarchy, Racism and Class Privilege" (http://counterpunch.org/phillips08142003.html) is equally disturbing.
Peter was interviewed live from our studios back in June 1999.
16 august 2003
- Ross Pourzal, Washington-based political analyst with the Alliance of Progressive Iranians, specializes in the rhetoric of Iranian opposition factions and how US pressure is designed to exploit youth discontent in Iran.
- Dr. Quentin Young, National coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program (http://www.pnhp.org). On Tuesday, it was announced that more than seven thousand physicians have signed on to a proposal for national health insurance. Dr. Young convened the group of physicians who drafted the plan.
- Wendy Wolford is the co-author of the new Food First (http://www.foodfirst.org/) report entitled "Now It Is Time: the MST and Grassroots Land Reform in Brazil." Wendy is also co-author of the forthcoming Food First book, "To Inherit the Earth: The Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil." Wendy was scheduled to be on last week’s broadcast, but has rescheduled for this week.
- Wenonah Hauter, the director of the energy and environment program at Public Citizen (http://www.citizen.org) who will give you the real low-down on this week’s US blackout.
- Andy Thayer of the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network (http://www.cabn.org), will talk to us live from the "March Against Corruption and Brutality at Area 5" – an action to accelerate reform within the Chicago Police Department.
9 august 2003
- Sheldon Rampton, co-author of "Weapons of Mass Deception" (http://www.prwatch.org). Sheldon also co-wrote "Trust Us, We’re Experts" and "Toxic Sludge is Good for You" both with John Stauber
- Rick Herz, a lawyer with EarthRights International (http://www.earthrights.org/) who represents the plaintiffs in a number of Alien Tort Claims Act cases, including this past week’s victory for human rights activists over UNOCAL.
- Karen Kwiatkowski (http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski-arch.html), a recently retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who spent most of her final three years of military service in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense’s Under Secretariat for Policy, gave her insider’s account of how the decisions have been corrupted by the Bush administration.
- BBC and Guardian investigative journalist Greg Palast (http://www.gregpalast.com) author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"
2 august 2003
- Brent Cunningham, Managing Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review (http://www.cjr.org) who wrote the cover story for next month’s issue called “Re-thinking Objectivity."
- Carole Samdup, program officer specializing in trade policy for Rights and Democracy, a Canadian human rights group (http://www.ichrdd.ca), gave us the low-down on what happened at the WTO protests in Montreal this week and where the global justice movement that ignited at the Battle of Seattle stands today.
- Jim Naureckas, the editor of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting’s Extra! (http://www.fair.org), returned to This is Hell.
- David Potorti, author of a brand-new book entitled "September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows– Turning our Grief into Action for Peace", is one of the founding members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (http://www.peacefultomorrows.org), a group of family members of September 11th victims seeking effective, nonviolent solutions to terrorism.
- Ray McGovern, co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Ray chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President’s Daily Brief during his 27-year career at CIA. Read one of Ray’s most recent pieces, "Cheney’s ‘Irresponsible’ Speech", by going to (http://alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16520)
26 july 2003
- on the weekend of the 50th anniversary of the end of hostilities between the US and Korea, John Choe of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development (http://www.july27.org), an organization that was wrapping up a week of events in DC that included a protest at the White House where they pleaded with the Bush administration to end the Korean War now and sign a peace treaty already.
- Catherine Austin Fitts, a community investment activist and former assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the US. Catherine, who is also an investment banker, gave us her insight on community investment and development.
- Nick Thompson, a Washington Monthly contributing editor and author of "Science Friction: The growing–and dangerous–divide between scientists and the GOP" (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0307.thompson.html#byline)
- and live in the studio, we talked with filmmaker Bill Siegel whose documentary "The Weather Underground" will open here in Chicago at the Music Box Theater, 3733 North Southport in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, on Friday, August 1st.
19 july 2003
- author Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago. She recently had a commentary published in the Guardian entitled “New Lords of Africa: Global protests did help poor countries over drugs and Aids. But the counterattack has begun"(http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,994216,00.html). Saskia’s insight on the WTO, Africa and the Bush administration challenges conventional conservative and liberal views on globalization.
- William Sheehan, creator of the controversial website (http://www.justicefiles.org) which reveals everything about the state of Washington’s law enforcement officials. Bill’s story questions issues ranging from abuse of authority and the use of the Internet to freedom of speech and the exercise of justice..
- Eric Miller, senior defense investigator for the Project On Government Oversight (http://www.pogo.org), a nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog in Washington DC. Eric gave us a rundown of the current abuses within the process of US military materiel procurement
- Andrew Boyd (http://www.wanderbody.com), a lecturer at New York University, is co-chair of Billionaires for Bush (or Gore) and author of "The Activist Cookbook" and "Daily Afflictions" talked about his recent story in The Nation called "The Web Rewires the Movement" (http://thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030804&c=1&s=boyd). Andrew gave us an update of the current state of the global justice movement – or whatever they’re calling it nowadays.
12 july 2003
- Mother Jones writer Michael Scherer, who just wrote a piece on US corporations sidestepping sanctions (http://motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/28/ma_452_01.html)
- Muzaffar Chishti, the director of the Migration Policy Institute (http://www.migrationpolicy.org/) discussed the treatment of Arab and Muslim American immigrants after 9-11
- Lars Negstad of HERE, the Hotel and Restaurant Employees union (http://www.hereunion.org) reported to us live from a rally in solidarity with the striking Congress Hotel workers here in Chicago (http://www.congresshotelstrike.info)
- historian Paul Street who recently wrote on the troubles in Benton Harbor for Z Magazine (http://zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=10&ItemID=3842)
5 july 2003
- Cindy and Craig Corrie (http://www.rachelcorrie.com) parents of Rachel Corrie, an activist with the International Solidarity Movement who was killed by the Israeli military earlier this year.
- Bill Prindle, deputy director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (http://www.aceee.org).
- Dave Neiwert, editor of Orcinus (http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/) and the author of "Rush, Newspeak and Fascism"
- Ben Miller, press officer of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (http://www.cnduk.org).
- Dr. Glen Rangwala, the lecturer in politics at Cambridge University who broke the story revealing that the British intelligence dossier endorsed by US Secretary of State Colin Powell before the UN Security Council was plagiarized from a graduate student thesis on the Internet (http://middleeastreference.org.uk/).
- Journalist Doug Ireland returned to TiH to discuss his recent work at TomPaine.com (http://www.tompaine.com) which includes his articles entitled "After the MoveOn Primary" and "A Modest Proposal."
28 june 2003
- live from Iraq, Marla Ruzicka, activist with the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (http://iraqvictimsfund.org/) filled us in on current conditions in-country until, ironically, the power went out in Baghdad and we lost communications with her. That pretty much sums up the conditions in Iraq.
- Tim Wise is the Senior Advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, and former Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the group credited by many with the political defeat of neo-Nazi, David Duke. Tim returned to TiH this week to talk about the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision and other issues of race that are effecting the States
- Julia Bonds, executive director of Coal River Mountain Watch (http://www.appvoices.org), and winner of the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize (http://www.goldmanprize.org) told us about the new scourge of the Appalachians, mountaintop removal mining, which is like "strip mining on steroids."
- Jason Leopold, the former bureau chief in Los Angeles for the Dow Jones Newswire, and the author of an upcoming book on the 2001 California energy crisis, told us about his recent work in Counterpunch (http://www.counterpunch.com) "Containment was Working" and "Undermining Blix."
- Tyson Slocum, research director for Public Citizen’s Energy Program (http://www.citizen.org), told us the story of the new Enron-like scandal plaguing, among others, Congressman Tom DeLay. Tyson gave us the low-down on Enron last August and that interview can be found online in our Archives section. This scandal, involving Kansas-based energy company Westar, has left many smoking-gun memos implicating the culprits.
21 june 2003
- Kurt Biddle, Coordinator at the Indonesia Human Rights Network (http://www.indonesianetwork.org) retured to get us up-to-date on the troubles in Indonesia and especially Aceh.
- Eric Leenson, founder of the Friends of the MST, the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil (http://www.mstbrazil.org/)
- journalist Jim Lobe who has written extensively for the Inter Press Service on neo-conservative ascendancy (http://www.ipsnews.net/focus/neo-cons/index.asp)
- Jon Lehman, a former Wal-Mart store manager who is now a Special Representative in the Strategic Programs Department of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (http://www.walmartswaronworkers.com)
- Anuradha Mittal of Food First! (http://www.foodfirst.org) and the author of the just-released report "Biotech Crops Are Not the Solution to World Hunger: The Third World Debunks Corporate Myths about Genetically Engineered Crops."
- Sarada Tangirala, oil campaign coordinator for Project Underground (http://www.moles.org). Project underground has been on TiH a couple of times in the past, but not for a few years, so for the uninitiated, PU "exists as a vehicle for the environmental, human rights and indigenous rights movements to carry out focused campaigns against abusive extractive resource activity."
14 june 2003
- James Weinstein, founding editor and publisher of In These Times magazine (http://www.inthesetimes.org), and author of the new book, "The Long Detour" (http://www.westviewpress.com)
- Tom Crumpacker of Miami’s Coalition to End the US Embargo of Cuba
- Dr. Claudia Fegan of Physicians for a National Health Program (http://www.pnhp.org) and co-author of "Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from Canada"
- Maude Barlow, director of the Council of Canadians (http://www.canadians.org/), Canada’s preeminent nonpartisan citizen watchdog organization will discuss globalization’s impact on our water supply
- Gary Lachman, author of "Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius" (http://www.disinfo.com). Gary once was known as Gary Valentine, the lead guitarist for Blondie. Go figure.
7 june 2003
- Bo Hla-Tint of the Burmese parliament in exile (http://www.ncgub.net)
- Felice Cohen-Joppa, coordinator of the US Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu (http://www.nonviolence.org/vanunu/), an Israeli nuclear whistleblower who has been imprisoned in that country for sixteen years.
- Guy Taylor of Globalise Resistance (http://www.resist.co.uk)
- writer Harold Meyerson (http://www.prospect.org)
- Tim Ream, a member of Cascadia Summer (http://www.cascadiasummer.org) which is fighting against the exploitation of forests in the Pacific Northwest
31 may 2003
- David Bryden, the communications director for the Global AIDS Alliance (http://www.globalaidsalliance.org/)
- cartoonist Ted Rall (http://www.tedrall.com), the author of "To Afghanistan & Back"
- Simin Royanian (http://www.women4peace.org), economist and co-founder of Women for Peace and Justice in Iran
- Kathleen Christison (http://www.counterpunch.org), author of “Perceptions of Palestine”
- live from Caracas, Gregory Wilpert (http://www.newleftreview.net/), professor at the Central University of Venezuela
24 may 2003
- Dean Baker, an economist at the Center for Economic Policy Research (http://www.cepr.net)
- Robert McChesney (http://www.mediareform.net), author of “Rich Media, Poor Democracy”
- Steve Perry who writes and runs a website entitled ‘The Bush Wars’ (http://www.bushwarsblog.com)
- the University of Michigan’s Dr. Juan Cole (http://www.juancole.com), an expert on the varied Islamic groups in Iraq.
- Vietnam Veterans Against the War (http://www.vvaw.org) director Barry Romo.
17 may 2003
- Steven Waldman, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Beliefnet (http://www.beliefnet.com/). Steven used to be the National Editor of US News & World Report and before that the National Correspondent for Newsweek. He earlier served as editor of The Washington Monthly. Waldman also was senior advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National Service, the government agency that runs AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs. He is the author of an acclaimed book titled "The Bill" about the passage of the AmeriCorps law, which is now a textbook in college courses around the US.
Steven discussed his writings at Beliefnet, including his work "Jesus in Baghdad Why we should keep Franklin Graham out of Iraq."
- Eve Lyman, US coordinator of Afghans for Civil Society (http://www.afghanpolicy.org), talked about her group which works to help bring about a democratic alternative for Afghanistan that opposes violence and religious extremism and promotes the development of a civil society.
- Isabel Lowsada spoke with us live from London about her group, Act for Tibet (http://www.actfortibet.org/). Act for Tibet believes that terror promotes terror and that this is the time for rewarding non-violence with determined and positive action. they work toward new and effective ways to support the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan People.
- Ben Tripp is a screenwriter, a cartoonist, and a columnist for Conterpunch (http://www.counterpunch.org). Ben’s most recent work includes his Counterpunch pieces "Fear Itself: It’s Like That Stain on the Couch" "The Other ‘F’ Word "
- Adam Hochschild, author of “King Leopold’s Ghost”, filled us in on the ongoing horrors that continue in the Congo.
10 may 2003
- attorney Jan Fermon who is a lawyer in Belgium representing Iraqi civilians, Fermon is preparing a complaint accusing US Gen. Tommy Franks of war crimes. We talked with Collette Maulaert of Medicine for the Third World about this two weeks ago and will get a full update this morning.
- Dr. Elaine Hagopian, Professor Emeritus, and former Chair Sociology Department at Simmons College, and works with Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine (http://www.vopj.org/). That organization calls itself "an association of Jews in Greater Boston working to promote a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on mutual respect, justice, and equality."
- Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity will join us to discuss the use and abuse of intelligence to support the Bush administration’s case for attacking Iraq.
3 may 2003
- Jerry Meade from the Global Justice Committee of Chicago Jobs With Justice joined us along with Luis Adolfo Cardona, a former employee at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Antioquia, Colombia. Luis is in the States under the protection of the AFL-CIO against assassination attempts that were made on his life in Colombia due to his union organizing.
- Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and columnist. He wrote the introduction to "Forbidden Truth" the controversial French bestseller on 9-11 authored by Jean-Charles Brisard. Wayne also writes for Counterpunch (http://www.counterpunch.org)
- Corpwatch (http://www.corpwatch.org) investigative reporter Pratap Chatterjee discussed his series exposing the corporations that have their hands in the postwar till.
26 april 2003
- Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org), which has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Kathy just returned from Iraq last night and told us about her experiences there. Kathy was in Iraq with the and the Iraq Peace Team (http://www.iraqpeaceteam.org)
- Jeff Milchen of Reclaim Democracy (http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org), an organization that is fighting against the excessive ‘corporate citizen’ rights of multinationals like Nike.
- Andy Thayer of Chicago’s Anti-Bashing Network (http://www.cabn.org/) and the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism (http://www.antiwar.org) told us what’s new with these two local organizations that work on a national level
- Sandra Coliver of the Center for Justice and Accountability (http://www.cja.org) told us about the terrorists that have sought and found safe harbor here in the States.
- Collette Moulaert of the Belgian organization Medicine for the Third World (http://www.m3m.be) which is charging US General Tommy Franks with war crimes.
- editor and author Russ Kick talked about his new book "Abuse Your Illusions: the Disinformation Guide to Media Myths and Establishment Lies" (http://www.disinfo.com) and his own website, the Memory Hole (http://www.thememoryhole.com)
19 april 2003
- Bob Dreyfuss, a senior correspondent for the American Prospect (http://www.prospect.org) and has written several articles on the future of Iraq. Bob has written extensively about the future of Iraq, the Bush administration’s hand-picked men to run the country after the fall of Saddam, His most recent story in the American Prospect is called "Humpty Dumpty in Baghdad: How the Pentagon plans to dominate postwar Iraq " (http://www.prospect.org/print/V14/5/dreyfuss-r.html).
- Fareed Mohameddi, chief economist for PFC Energy (http://www.pfcenergy.com) and senior director in the Markets and Countries Group. PFC Energy was established in 1984 and is one of the preeminent strategic advisory firms in global energy. Fareed’s work focuses on "global structural changes affecting the investment environment in the energy industry." Fareed also analyzes "national oil companies and the challenges they face." According to his bio at the PFC Energy website, Fareed has been at PFC Energy since 1990 and between 1996 and 1998 led the market analysis and country risk teams. From 1998 to 2000, when he returned to PFC Energy, he was vice president/senior analyst at Moody’s Investors Service as the lead country analyst for a number of petroleum and gas producing countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kazakhstan. In the past, Fareed had also worked as an economist at the Institute of International Finance in the Middle East and Asia departments, the World Bank, Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Associates and the Ministry of Finance and National Economy in Bahrain.
- Tala Dowlatshahi, the Reporters without Borders (http://www.rsf.org/) representative in the United States, talked with us about the, sometimes deadly, challenges of being a reporter in this war with Iraq. Tala was to appear last week, and has rescheduled.
- Mark Sedra, research associate at Germany’s Bonn International Center for Conversion (http://www.bicc.de). The Bonn Center’s mission is to transfer resources from the military to the civilian sector. Mark has monitored developments in the internationally-directed Afghan security sector reform process including military reform, police reform, judicial reform, counter-narcotics, and disarmament particularly in the demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants. Mark is currently working to assess the effectiveness of international donor policies pertaining to security.
12 april 2003
- David Cole is The Nation’s (http://www.thenation.com) legal affairs correspondent and the author of "No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System (New Press) and co-author, with past TiH guest Jim Dempsey, of "Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties for National Security (New Press)." Sheryl Fred, a reporter for the Center for Responsive Politics (http://www.opensecrets.org) and its online publication, CapitalEye (http://www.capitaleye.org) who broke the story on how a handful of Bush administration favored construction firms got an early invitation to rebuild Iraq
- Michael Despines, the International Rescue Committee’s (http://www.theirc.org/) former country director for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the IRC’s current senior policy advisor. Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (http://ieer.org/) and commentator on KNMU Public Radio in New Mexico (http://www.knmu.org) discussed the future of nuclear power.
- John Castanho, the secretary treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local #10 (http://home.attbi.com/%7eflstfi/local10.html) at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, whose members were shot on by Oakland police this week at an antiwar rally at the Oakland docks. And wrapped up the show with a live report from the anitwar protest in Washington, DC with Christian Wright of George Washington University’s Students Against War in Iraq
29 march 2003
- former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, and East Chicago environmental activist Betty Balanoff who is working with The Calumet Project (http://www.calproject.org) is fighting a US Army toxic waste disposal site that is within just a few blocks of two area schools.
- author William Rivers Pitt (http://www.truthout.org) and Danny Muller of the three-time Nobel Peace prize nominated Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org)
- Palestinian journalist Lamis Andoni. Lamis, an independent journalist and analyst who has covered the Middle East for twenty-plus years, (http://www.electroniciraq.net)
22 march 2003
- Rachel Coen of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting who dissected the embedding of journalists in the war coverage (http://www.fair.org) and Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, told us about the reality of Saddam’s Iraq as a threat to the US, the Middle East and the World (http://www.merip.org)
- Stephen Zunes of Foreign Policy in Focus gave us a rundown of the disinformation supplied by the Bush administration in order to get into this war (http://www.fpif.org)
- International Solidarity Movement member Greg Schnabel who gave us us his eyewitness account of the tragic death of Rachel Corrie who was killed during a home demolition by Israeli Defense Forces in the Occupied Territories (http://www.palsolidarity.org).
15 march 2003
- the Institute for Policy Studies’ Sarah Anderson, co-author of "Coalition of the Coerced" (http://www.ips-dc.org/coalition.htm), Colombian human rights activist Maria Hope who is coordinating a tour by eyewitnesses from the frontlines of the war there (http://colhrnet.igc.org/),
- Mother Jones writer Miles Harvey whose profile of alleged terrorist Jose Padilla appears in the March/April 2003 issue (http://www.motherjones.com),
- BBC Newsnight and Guardian reporter Greg , author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" (http://www.gregpalast.com).,and a live report from the anti-war protests in Washington D.C. with Gene Bruskin of US Labor Against the War (http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/). Our cell connection with Gene broke up, but we just wanted to make sure and link USLAW’s site.(listen to the entire show online). We also had the return of Jeff Dorchen and the Moment of Truth.
8 march 2003
- While your host was out sick, the asylum was taken over by TiH producers Krys Bigosinski and Kevan Harris. They played some classic interviews, which can now be found in our Archives, but they also received a surprise phone call from Greg Palast.
1 march 2003
- live from her home in Wales, Merryl Wyn Davies, co-author of "Why Do People Hate America". Joanne Doroshow, executive director at the Center for Justice and Democracy, talked about medical malpractice, insurance and tort reforms.
- Andrew Brugin of the Stop the War Coalition UK, gave us a live report from London where he was attending a conference of representatives from around the world to discuss "joint cooperation and action to prevent war. Norman Solomon, co-author of "Target Iraq: What the News media Didn’t tell You"
- Kani Xulam, director of the American Kurdish Information Network, gave us his perspective on the future of Iraqi Kurdistan
22 february 2003
- from his home in Canada, Imad Khadduri. Imad worked with the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission for thirty years, until 1998, when he was able to leave with his family. Read Imad’s four-part series on the weapons inspections by clicking here.
- from Cochabamba, Bolivia, we talked with Jim Shultz, executive director of The Democracy Center, and author of "The Democracy Owners’ Manual" (Rutgers University Press). We also talked with Chuck Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity, who told us about the leaked Patriot Act II.
- from Istanbul, Sanar Yurdatapan. Sanar was recently awarded the Global Rights Defenders award by Human Rights Watch.
15 february 2003
- Mike Marqusee who we talked with live from the Stop The War protest in London last September, opened the show with a live report from the anti-war protests in New York City
- Danny Muller of Voices in the Wilderness called in as he was preparing to go to the anti-war march in Chicago.
- Andy Thayer of the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism called in as the protest on Chicago’s north side was taking shape. Three to five thosuand people showed up despite the incredibly cold weather.
- Shengde Lian, executive director, Free China Movement a former Tian An Men Square student leader in 1989 and political prisoner will talk about the alleged kidnapping, arrest and conviction of the founder of the overseas Chinese democracy movement.
- Writer Tom Flocco will tell us about the many stories that he breaks at his website
- Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of Coalition for Peace Action will give us one last update from the protests in New York City
8 february 2003
- Bill Fletcher, president of TransAfrica Forum and co-chair of United for Peace and Justice, filled us in on the anti-war movement, the plans for the following weekend’s protest, and the issues facing the African diaspora worldwide. Susan Wright, editor of "Biological Warfare and Disarmament: New Problems/New Perspectives" helped unravel the myths about weapons of mass destruction spun by president Bush in his State of the Union address, and Colin Powell in his United Nations presentation.
- Stephen Schwartz of Chicago’s Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, told us the time on their Doomsday Clock and fillrf us in on the Bush administration’s weapons policies.
- Ross Wehner of Mother Jones discussed "Deflowering Ecuador," his story on the workers at Ecuador’s booming rose industry who are paying a heavy price for the roses that many of us will present to our loved ones on Valentine’s Day. And we closed the show by talking with Michael Renner, author of the report "Post-Saddam Iraq: Linchpin of a New Oil Order"
1 february 2003
- Robin Kirk has been a researcher on Colombia for Human Rights Watch since 1992. She is the author of “The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru” and the new book “More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia“.
- Freelance writer Jennifer Berkshire who has written for Labor Notes, Alternet as well as Dollars and Sense. She covered the previous weekend’s World Social Forum in Porto Allegre for Counterpunch and we spoke with The Black Commentator co-publisher Glen Ford
- Dr. John Pastore is a long-time leader of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and its U.S. affiliate Physicians for Social Responsibility, and was present in Oslo for the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to IPPNW in 1985. And we wrapped up the show by talking with those troublemakers over at takebackthemedia
25 january 2003
- the return of economist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, and Ari Schwartz of the Center for Democracy and Technology. Dean told us about the new Bush tax plan, and gave us his unique insight on American economics, and Ari told us about the U.S. Department of Defense’s plan to employ domestic surveillance on the public
- Amer Abdelhadi, manager of an independent radio station, TMFM, in the West Bank city of Nablus gave us a live report from the Occupied Territories.
- Malavika Vartak works on the south Asia campaigns of International Rivers Network and she filled us in on the Narmada River Development project in India and its impact on millions of people living in the river valley there. We got in touch with Malavika through another group she works with called the Friends of the River Narmada
- we wrapped the show up with peace activist Adam Shapiro was leading a workshop on the international component of Palestinian nonviolent direct action at the National Conference on Organized Resistance in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Adam told us about his work with the International Solidarity Movement. Adam has been arrested by the Israeli police while demonstrating for peace in the Middle East, has been trapped with Yasser Arafat, and has had his own parents lives threatened due to his work.
18 January 2003
- Andy Thayer of the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism gave us a report from the anti-war protests in D.C. and tell us why he’s there. We also talked with Ken Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, told us about their annual World Report that was just released.
- Dr. Bryan Brickner, executive director and chair of Illinois NORML told us about the possibility of a medical marijuana initiative in Illinois
- Author and historian Bruce Cumings, whose work focuses on Korea, gave us the necessary background for us to understand the mess in Korea.