Podcast for Saturday, July 4, 2009 Shows

  • live from London, David Hill is a researcher and campaigner for Survival International, “the only international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide.” David will discuss SI’s latest report on recent violence against Peru’s indigenous, “Death at Devil’s Bend: an eyewitness account.” In 2007, David traveled to Peru and spent months researching some of the world’s last remaining uncontacted Amazonian tribes.
  • live from London, Saskia Sassen is professor of sociology and member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Saskia’s most recent book is 2007′s “A Sociology of Globalization” (WW Norton). She wrote this week’s openDemocracy piece, “The new executive politics: a democratic challenge”. Before that, she wrote April’s openDemocracy article, “Too big to save: the end of financial capitalism.”
  • Adam Kokesh is a veteran of the Iraq War. During his service in Fallujah, Adam was promoted to Sergeant and awarded a Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Commendation Medal. It was in Fallujah where his perspective on the war changed. After receiving an honorable discharge in November of 2006 – and coming home and successfully dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – he became active with Iraq Veterans Against the War. Adam has organized to help veterans struggling with PTSD.
  • Maria Gunnoe is an organizer with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. In April, Maria won the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America for her work as a campaigner against mountaintop removal coal mining.
  • Chalmers Johnson wrote the TomDispatch piece, “How to Deal with America’s Empire of Bases,” and May’s truthdig piece, “Chalmers Johnson on the Cost of Empire.” Chalmers last story for TomDispatch back in February – with Tom editor Tom Engelhart – was entitled, “Economic Death Spiral at the Pentagon.” Chalmers is the president of the Japan Policy Research Institute and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. Chalmers wrote the trilogy that includes, “Nemesis: The Crisis of the American Republic,” (Metropolitan Books) “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire” (Metropolitan Books) and “The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic” (Metropolitan Books).

Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.