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Jun
20

Johan Galtung, the “Father of Peace Studies”, speaking in Santa Barbara, CA on The Decline of the American Empire

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Apr
29

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell gives the keynote address at the 2008 Pacific Southwest District Assembly of Unitarian Universalists in San Diego. “What is our role in leading the changes that our nation needs. How are our values congruent for the needs of the 21st century? How can we be instruments of hope and inspiration both for our own people and for the larger culture?”

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Apr
28

Attorney Bill Smith tells us what is wrong with the Patriot Act. Recorded at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim. To download the talk for listening, right click on the link below and select Save Link As:

Patriot Act

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Apr
28

Michael Parenti speaks at CA State University Fullerton on “Democracy, Wealth and the Labor Myth”

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Apr
01

“Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.” a talk by Rev. Louis A. Chase, President of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, at the annual Interfaith Peace Ministry of Orange County meeting, March 30, 2008 at Chapman University, Orange CA. 29.1 minutes. To download the talk for listening, right click on the title below and select Save Target As:

Louis Chase

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Feb
08

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Howard Zinn – Understanding People’s History and Patriotism

A moving speech by radical historian and author Howard Zinn, who discusses the hidden role of class in mainstream American history and news, and his own approach to understanding history. Recorded in Los Angeles at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church Nov. 2, 2003.

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Feb
08

Author, editor, scholar, and political activist Tariq Ali speaking at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA on Nov. 14, 2003

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Tariq Ali: Poetry in Turbulent Times

Tariq Ali: Q&A

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Feb
08

New York Times Correspondent Stephen Kinzer, speaking at The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA, Sept. 2003

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All The Shah’s Men – The CIA’s First Coup: Iran 1953

A fascinating talk. Kinzer discusses the seminal impact of Mossadegh’s nationalization of the Iranian oil industry throughout the world, and in particular on anti-colonialist movements. He deals with Britain’s failed attempts to get U.N. sanction to attack Iran in the wake of this nationalization of the industry, and how Mossadegh used the same process and argument as that used internally in Britain, which was at the time nationalizing many of its own private concerns. Details how the CIA engineered the coup, and how it initially was a failed attempt. The story is strikingly similar to the recent failed coup attempt in Venezuela. Finally, Kinzer makes the claim that the U.S.’s actions at that time informed a generation around the world about U.S. preferences in the choice between democracy and client dictators.

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Feb
08

Recorded at Scripps College in Claremont, CA on Dec. 2, 2003

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Summary: A wonderfully clear speech about how commodification destroys real wealth – robbing the poor of sustaining resources -and how intellectual property rules, imposed by the WTO, are a central mechanism of this theft.

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Dr. Shiva’s lecture was part of the Scripps College Humanities Institute’s Fall 2003 program “Poverty.” The Program in Science, Technology, and Society of the Claremont Colleges was also a co-sponsor of this event.

Dr. Vandana Shiva is the founder and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology RFSTE), based in Dehra Dun, India.

Since 1982, the foundation has focused on protecting people’ s rights from threats to their environment by centralized systems of monoculture, forestry, agriculture and fisheries. Dr. Shiva’s goal is to conduct research “with people, not on them” to create a greater understanding of “the interconnections in the web of life.”

Aside from her work with the RFSTE, Dr. Shiva has also written a number of books, including Stolen Harvest, Ecofeminism, Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Truth about Rain Forest Destruction, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development, and the recently published Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit.

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Feb
04

Check out this important interview with Tim Carr of Free Press on KPFK‘s great technology show, Digital Village.

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Carr talks about why the coming auction for the (700 MHz) spectrum that is currently used for broadcasting analog TV signals (to end in the U.S. next year) is so important for the future of wireless internet – a phenomenon that will fundamentally change all broadcast media. (Originally aired on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 2003)

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