Well, friends, two things are going on simultaneously, seemingly unrelated. One is a election circus, and the other – and we are very aware of the election circus, we’ve heard nothing else for about two and a half years now – a completely out-of-control military-dominated government. These are two separate entities here. Upon examination it appears that we are simply campaigning to elected a new public relations person to become spokesperson for a military government. That’s all I can get out of it. That’s what it appears to be, and many people in the... Read More →
I’m very privileged today to have Lisa Sullivan as a guest. She has some three decades of work experience all over Venezuela, first as a Maryknoll lay missionary and then as the Latin American Representative for the School of the Americas Watch. So I would consider her one of the most knowledgeable people about this particular country, which is under great stress at this time. Lisa, I have your piece, Venezuela Crisis from Up Close, which resulted from a recent delegation, correct? Lisa: Yes. In mid-May, a group of from the task force on the Americas came to Venezuela specifically... Read More →
Well, our president has been the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima since World War II. Two nuclear attacks. During his address, Mr. Obama called on nations to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. He said the memory of the 6th of August 1945 must never fade. But he did not apologize for the US attack. It was the world’s first nuclear bombing. At least 140,000 people died in Hiroshima and another 74,000 three days later at a second bombing in Nagasaki. Mr. Obama first visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum before walking to the Peace Memorial accompanied by Prime... Read More →
Friends, there seems to be a near-complete disconnect between a presidential circus, which lasts about two and a half years, and the real politics of impending World War III. The circus does not want to deal with this war. That might not be entertaining enough. What is entertaining, however, is the Trump Hour or Two every night. It’s barroom mindless babble every night, and we don’t have to pay for the drinks! Trump doesn’t pay either. “I can whip every man in the bar!” And he has a bunch of thugs with him to make his statement persuasive. Let’s leave... Read More →
Today I’m privileged to have Mimi Kennedy on our program. She’s a longtime peace activist and is the advisory board chair of Progressive Democrats of America. She’s known to audiences throughout the world for her roles on Dharma and Gray, in the film In the Loop, as the wealthy mother in Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris. Welcome Mimi Kennedy. Mimi: Thank you Blase, it’s great to be on KPFK with all our many friends out there. I do hope they donate on your show. Blase: Happy Mother’s Day, dear. We know that Mother’s Day was created to stop the... Read More →
Well, friends, Fidel gave one of his final talks today – or at least, I’m sure he saw it that way. The congress in Cuba – it’s interesting the reflections that he did make. We would have expected him to talk about the achievements of Cuba under warfare, over 50 years of continuous acts of war, acts of sabotage, acts of attempted assassination. In the midst of that, they gave their people eduction through the level of doctorate for free. They gave medical care to all. Dental care to all. They were proud of their medical work overseas and their baseball. It’s... Read More →
Well, we’re just so very excited about the Democracy Spring, and we are really impressed with the coverage that Amy Goodman has given to it on her amazing program Democracy Now. She’s surely one of the great journalists of our day. It’s amazing the historic turnout of the public at the Democracy Spring actions in Washington DC. Think of the sacrifice it takes for so many to take time off of their work, to go to jail (thousands did so). They did this to denounce the cult of money as God, as a religion, as a clear piece of idol worship. We might say the misuse of money,... Read More →
Here we are: the tyranny of taxation without representation continues. What you have to say about how your tax money is being used – nothing! Oh, your representatives are going to take care of it. Why then do the funds go into a shredder? They go into a shredder because lobbyists pay them to give money to the shredder. Most of our representatives, we’ve seen their message in recent years: “We don’t care what you want. I’m very concerned about how much money you can give me.” And so we’re so very grateful for the Democracy Spring in Washington DC,... Read More →
Well, friends, here we are. We see that selective sorrow is so sweet. We express new sadness for the attacks in Bussels and Paris. But we must be very careful not to be sorry for our own drone victims. These, you see, are bad guys and they’ve been identified by the powers and principalities of perpetual war. These powers cannot be wrong – can they? Friends, they are wrong most the time, and a flock of peacemakers is making that clear for all of us. Where is the peace movement? Not in the New York Times. Not in the LA Times. Therefore it does not exist, right? Where is it? IT’S... Read More →
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