Friends, there’s a very important film that aired on PBS. Judgement at Nuremberg, a 1961 American courtroom drama directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spenser Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maxemillian Shell, Marlena Detrich, Judy Garland, Montgomery Cliff – an incredible cast. It’s set in Nuremberg in 1948. It’s extremely important and I hope you can see the film or that PBS will air it again. It’s a must see movie, and we appreciate that fact that it is running again because it’s so applicable to the present. The film was selected by the... Read More →
Friends, I’m privileged today to have Tim Shorrock as a quest today. He’s written extensively about Korea. He grew up in Korea and Japan. His blog is “Money Doesn’t Talk: It Swears.” His most recent piece is Congress and North Korea: Diplomacy is Not on the Table. The Trump Administration has just dispatched the SAD system to South Korea, but the majority of the people of South Korea don’t want it. They want a less confrontational stance toward North Korea and China. Remember: one people, one country, one culture, one language. Tim Shorrock’s... Read More →
I’m privileged today to have Andrew Cockburn on World Focus. He’s Washington editor of Harpers Magazine. He has written a host of books on national security and produced many films with his wife, Leslie Coburn, including The Peacemaker, starring George Cloony and Nicole Kidman. One of his films of special interest to me was the 1991 documentary on the after affects of the First Gulf War, entitled The War We Left Behind, which he produced for PBS with Leslie Coburn. His most recent book is Kill Chain: The Rise of High Tech Assassinations, dealing with the evolution of drone... Read More →
Today I’m privileged to have Robert Kohler as a guest. He’s an award-winning Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His recent book is Courage Grows Strong at the Wound. His website is commonwonders.com. Robert Kohler is a peace journalist. Peace journalism is when editors make choices about what to report, how to report it – creating opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict. See, for example, Johan Galtung, the father of peace studies, has been interested in this for years. Peace journalism looks for... Read More →
Friends, I’m privileged to have a former general manager of KPFK with us, Jim Lafftery. He’s the executive director emeritus of the National Lawyer’s Guild in Los Angeles. That’s the organization that protects protestors from interference by the police during their protests, helps groups secure march and rally permits, defends those arrested in protest. Jim Lafferty is also the longtime host of the Lawyers Guild Show on KPFK, now heard at its new time: Wednesday at 2pm. I also happen to know that James Lafferty is president of the board of the Office of the... Read More →
Well, be sure to visit our website, officeoftheamericas.org, where you’ll find lists and tips and inspiration for organizing at this critical time. I’m privileged to have today one of the great peace organizers of our time. She’s a founder of the Office of the Americas, and represents the very soul of our work for almost half a century. We became a non-profit educational corporation in 1983 because our previous work had grown to such a scale that we could no longer operate without a legal structure. So I give thanks daily for leaving the institutional clergy and sharing... Read More →
We’re privileged to have Marjorie Cohn on World Focus. Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she taught for 25 years. The former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney is a legal scholar, political analyst and social critic who writes books and articles, makes media appearances and lectures throughout the world about human rights and U.S. foreign policy. She has a book which has recently been undated and is very important called Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geo Political Issues. It will be... Read More →
I’m privileged today to have one of the leaders of the international peace movement, Colonel Ann Wright, who served 29 years in the US Army and Army Reserves and retired as a colonel. She also served 16 years as a US diplomat in the US and around the world, including Afghanistan. She resigned from the US government in March of 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq. Welcome, Colonel Ann Wright. Ann: Well, thank you Blase and good to be with you. Blase: You’ve recently had an important visit to Honolulu, where you are, with the arrival of Mr. Abe from Japan. Would you care to... Read More →
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