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Keith Harmon Snow talks to Phil about "the world's most neglected emergency" - the ongoing tragedy of the Congo where perhaps six million have died since 1996. Most of the victims have been noncombatants who have died from hunger or disease as a consequence of the invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the region's mineral wealth. Keith Harmon Snow also talks about the movie Hotel Rwanda ("propaganda; malicious, destructive, violent disinformation") and the situation in Sudan ("Darfur is all about oil").
Robin Philpot, the author of "Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard", points to the RPF invasion of Rwanda in 1990 as the key event that led to later tragedies. "If not for that invasion there would have been no slaughters in 1994 in Rwanda, or later in the Congo". Philpot argues that the often-repeated claim that 'the international community refused to intervene in Rwanda' is a myth. In truth, the US and Britain prevented any intervention because they wanted the RPF to take power. Philpot talks about his interview with former UN General Secretary Boutros-Ghali that reveals much about the actual events in Rwanda, including possible CIA involvement in the shooting down of the plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi that triggered the Rwandan tragedy.
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March 21st, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
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March 14th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Dave Zirin talks about two of his recent columns on "Edge of Sports":
"CSI: Hockey - How Owners Destroyed the NHL", and
"Neo-McCarthyism Slugs Major League Baseball".
Dave Zirin also talks to Phil about the campaign to stop the execution of Vernon Lee Jones in Maryland. Zirin points out that 77% of those on death row in Maryland are, like Jones, African Americans accused of killing whites. Yet, 80% of murder victims are African American.
Phil and Phil Conlon talk about the wounding of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena and killing of officer Nicola Calipari when US military forces fired on their vehicle. They refer to Jerry Fresia's article in Counterpunch March 11 that makes the case that the US considered her a target.
March 7th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Scott Richard Lyons talks to Phil about his critique of the film "Million Dollar Baby", which he refers to as "Million Dollar Bigotry: Demeaning the Poor and Disabled". Lyons castigates the film for promoting the 'death before disability' stereotype of the disabled, as well as going out of its way to reinforce negative stereotypes of welfare recipients. "Hollywood, like any other industry, follows the whim of the market" states Lyons - and it is certainly not dominated by liberals. Lyons draws the connection between Clint Eastwood's role in directing and starring in "Million Dollar Baby", and his testimony before Congress in 2000 lobbying against the 'Americans With Disabilities Act'. You see, Eastwood had been sued because his Mission Ranch hotel in Carmel had failed to comply with the law requiring access for the disabled.
Phil also talks with Nick Van der Graaf of Geospace Planetarium, a non-profit organization that is working to establish a new, modern and 'green' planetarium in Toronto. The McLaughlin Planetarium was closed because of Mike Harris' budget cutting in 1995, and since then Toronto has been one of the few major cities in the world to lack this important institution to help us learn about the stars and humanity's place in the universe.
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