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Podcast for Saturday, July 28, 2007 Shows
- Noam Chomsky returned to This is Hell for the first time in three years. Noam is a professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most recently, Noam is the author of "Interventions" (City Lights), a collection of op-eds distributed by the New York Times syndicate yet, while published in other US papers and around the world, the columns were never printed in the Times itself. Last year, Noam released "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy" (Metropolitan Books). His most recent writing includes the articles, "What is at Stake in Iraq," and "Imminent Crises: Threats and Opportunities," which can both be found at Z Magazine’s web site Znet (http://www.zmag.org). Noam was voted the leading living public intellectual in the 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll conducted by the British magazine Prospect. Noam’s reaction was, "I don’t pay a lot of attention to polls"
- Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, MD, returned to This is Hell to give his perspective on the current situation in the Occupied Territories. Mustafa was a candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Yasser Arafat. In that election, he finished second to Mahmoud Abbas. Mustafa is an advocate of democracy and nonviolent resistance. He has been a consistent critic of corruption and nepotism within the Palestinian Authority. Mustafa heads the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees which provides healthcare to those Palestinians in refugee camps like Ramallah. Mustafa is also secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, an opposition movement which campaigns for democratic reforms.
- live from London, Patrick Cockburn made his third appearance on This is Hell this year to tell us about his most recent writing on the war in Iraq. Patrick is the Middle East correspondent for the London-based newspaper the Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/). He was one of only a handful of journalists who remained in Baghdad throughout the first Gulf War. Patrick is the author of "The Occupation" (Verso Books) nominated for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction. Over the last couple of weeks, Patrick was in Iraq and posted numerous articles including "Meeting in Baghdad," "Turkish Prime Minister Threatens to Invade Northern Iraq," "The Next Invasion of Iraq," "Just Another Day in Iraq," "The Killing of Khalid W. Hassan," and "The Decider in Denial."
- Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion. Gary is a regular contributor to the web site Counterpunch, run by past This is Hell guest Alexander Cockburn, Patrick’s brother. Gary is also a contributor to the Counterpunch book, "Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan And Yugoslavia" (AK Press). Gary’s recent articles include, "Gerson’s Crusade Against ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’: Bush Speechwriter Calls for Attack on Syria," "Edelman’s Edict: Hillary’s Inquiry ‘Reinforces Enemy Propaganda‘," "Cheney Urges Bush to Strike Iran" and "The Cracks in Cheney’s World."
- Howard Zinn is a historian, political scientist, social critic, activist, playwright and was a shipyard worker and World War Two Air Force bombardier in Europe. Howard’s latest book is "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress" (AK Press). You probably know Howard from his groundbreaking book, "The People’s History of the United States (Perennial Classics). Howard is Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University. His most recent articles include "Put Away the Flags." and "Are We Politicians or Citizens?" Howard was recently interviewed on Al Jazeera, and his 2007 Harlem Book Fair conversation with author Walter Mosley on a history of America was recently broadcast on C-SPAN’s amazing "Book TV" program.
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