Hello, this is Blase Bonpane with World Focus coming to you from KPFK/ Los Angeles. We are podcast and available 24/7 at kpfk.org where we are heard internationally. Last week we brought you the information about the trial of Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli, Greg Boertje-Obed and they were to be sentenced last Tuesday and they weren’t because of the horrible weather. But they did meet in the courtroom and they had testimony from various witnesses which was quite historic. The United States said that they have to pay $52,953 in restitution. Of course, Walli said that he could have painted... Read More →
Hello, this is Blase Bonpane with World Focus coming to you from KPFK/ Los Angeles. We are podcast and available 24/7 at kpfk.org where we are heard internationally. This Sunday on World Focus I’m privileged to have Phyllis Bennis as my guest. Phyllis Bennis is a journalist, activist, and political commentator focusing on issues involving the United Nations and the Middle East. She directs the New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies which is Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in... Read More →
I want to wish you all a very happy new year and look back a little bit at 2013. I think that Medea Benjamin, one of our great leaders in the peace movement, has done a great job of analyzing 2013. She said We begin the new year with renewed awareness of the effectiveness of nonviolent action and nonviolent movements. The possibilities for a more peaceful and just 2014 are boundless. It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things—wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform. But it’s also been a year of extraordinary activism:... Read More →
Today I’m privileged to have two leaders in the international movement for justice and peace. And how do we know who are the leaders? Well, certainly not by purchased elections, rather by the fruits of their lives which produce a nonviolent peaceforce and a serious movement to end all war. So, today I want to introduce the elder, David Hartsough, and David is the Executive Director of Peaceworkers based in San Francisco and Co-Founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce which has a mission to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and... Read More →
I’m privileged today to have Colonel Ann Wright as my guest. Colonel Wright served in the US Army for twenty-nine years and then as a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience” (http://www.voicesofconscience.com) which tells the stories of men and women who risked careers, reputations, and even freedom out of loyalty to the Constitution and the rule of... Read More →
I’m privileged today to have some very special guests. Haskell Wexler is the only cinematographer with a star on Hollywood Boulevard. He is probably the most famous cinematographer on the planet. He is the winner of four Academy Awards, two for documentaries and two for dramatic films. The documentaries are “The Living City” and “Interviews with My-Lai Veterans.” The dramatic films are “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Bound for Glory.” In addition to this amazing history, one of Haskell Wexler’s films is a must-study for film students around the world. That of course, ... Read More →
I’m privileged today to have Jodie Evans as a guest. Jodie Evans is co-founder and co-director of CODEPINK and has served as a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years. She’s traveled extensively to war zones promoting peaceful resolution to armed conflict. Jodie served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his campaign for the Presidency of the United States. She’s the author of “Stop the Next War Now” and “The Twilight of Empire.” Jodie Evans produced the Oscar-nominated documentary about Dan Ellsberg “The Most Dangerous Man... Read More →
I’m privileged today to have Fred Branfman as a guest. Fred Branfman is the author of a number of books on the Indochina War. He served as Director of Project Air War and is an authority on the secret war conducted in Laos. His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Harper’s. His latest article appears in Alternet this week and is titled, “The World’s Most Evil and Lawless Institution: The Executive Branch of the United States Government.” Welcome Fred Branfman. Fred: Thank you. Blase: How did you get this very good title, Fred? Fred: Well,... Read More →
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