Podcast for Saturday, April 8, 2006 Shows

  • Frida Berrigan is a senior research associate with the Arms Trade Resource Center of the World Policy Institute (http://www.worldpolicy.org/). Frida worked with a Central America solidarity organization for two years before coming to the Institute. Frida focuses on US foreign policy towards Latin America, nuclear weapons policy, weapons sales to areas of conflict particularly in southeast Asia, and military training programs. Her most recent writing appeared at TomDispatch.com and was called, "Privatizing The Apocalypse."
  • Tom Barry is policy director of the International Relations Center (http://www.irc-online.org) and wrote the piece. "Toward A Comprehensive Immigration Policy."
  • Ben Griffin, an elite British SAS soldier who has refused to continue fighting in Iraq, leaving the Army over what he calls "illegal" tactics by US troops and the general policies of all coalition forces. Ben spent three months in Baghdad after which he told his commander that he was no longer prepared to fight alongside US forces. Ben told commanders that he thought the Iraq war was illegal and said he had witnessed "dozens of illegal acts" by US troops, claiming they viewed all Iraqis as “untermenschen," the Nazi term for races regarded as subhuman.
  • 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."