Podcast for Saturday, April 1, 2006 Shows

  • Ion Sancho (http://www.co.leon.fl.us/elect/) is the Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, Florida. This week, Florida’s Attorney General subpoenaed the three electronic voting machine companies who have all refused to do business with Ion since he discovered that Diebold’s optical-scan voting system are vulnerable to hackers. In December, Ion proved with a test election that the results can be flipped, without a trace being left behind.
  • Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper magazine, Fellow of Amsterdam’s Transnational Institute, Senior Research Fellow of the International Labour Studies Centre at University of Manchester, and the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics. Hilary is also on the trade union movement sponsored National Council of the Catalyst thinktank, the only such body on the Left in the UK which does not accept corporate sponsorship. Hilary’s most recent book is "Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy" (Verso). Hilary’s most recent writing includes The Nation piece, "The Emerging New Euroleft."
    After all that and Hilary had to drop the call as she was going through security at an airport in Liverpool. Hilary promised to continue our conversation on this week’s broadcast, Saturday, April 8th.
  • Saree Makdisi, professor of English at UCLA and the author of "Romantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity (Cambridge University Press). Saree’s most recent work includes his analysis of this week’s Israeli elections at Counterpunch entitled, "The Rise of Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman."
  • Michael Schwartz, professor of sociology and Faculty Director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University, has written extensively on popular protest and insurgency, and on American business and government dynamics. Michael’s books include "Radical Protest and Social Structure, and Social Policy and the Conservative Agenda." Michael wrote the essay that’s all over the web this week, "Does the Media Have It Right on the War?"
  • Abigail Abrash Walton of the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights’ (http://www.rfkmemorial.org) West Papua Advocacy Team. Abigail, who teaches environmental studies at Antioch College, will tell us about the "systematic human rights violations in West Papua" especially in the wake of the March 16th violence where peaceful protesters counterattacked security forces leaving four police officers, one member of the air force and at least one protester dead.