Search Results for: "Phil Conlon"
Audio Archive:June 22nd, 2015: - Listen | Download
A defiant and Besieged City.
Phil speaks with Joshua Tartakovsky, an independent journalist and filmmaker, originally from Jerusalem, graduate of Brown University with a BA in International Relations and a MSc from the London School of Economics. Previously, Mr. Tartakovsky has worked or interned in Bosnia, UK, Brazil, Germany.
Joshua Tartakovsky discusses the reality of the Western siege against the people of Ukraine, especially in the independent Donetsk, which he visited via a trip organized by Europa Objektiv, a Russian-German NGO.
Tartakovsky's great grandparents died in the 1941 massacre at Babi Yar - largest single massacre during WWII, killing at least 30,000 Jews, who were accused of being Bolsheviks. Also murdered were Russians and Polish.
Tartakovsky points to double problem: (1) Mainstream media does not report the shelling that is happening in violations of the Minsk agreement and (2) EU and US are largely supporting a regime in Kiev that is killing its own citizens. It is a collective punishment that also cuts off medical services, pensions, and access to banks.
Tartakovsky lists the three major demands of the Donetsk People: (1) Justice for the People (2) Cultural rights, esp. allowing Russians to speak Russian (3) Removal of the current regime in Kiev
Tartakovsky fears that the escalating hatred resulting from atrocities and the difficult economic times will lead to war, extremism and incitement.
Washington has been using very irresponsible methods and supports the most extreme elements in Ukrainian politics, especially since February of 2014, the Maidan Massacre. DC has to stop supporting and inflaming situation by trying to sabotage Minsk 2. Washington is seeking to have a much wider conflict, probably because of financial, strategic and other interests.
Taylor Report "Bulletin Board":
1. Rwandan Spy chief Karenzi Karake was arrested in London on a warrant issued by Spain, who accuses Karake of war crimes. The two Phils discuss the many priests and nuns who were murdered since the invasion in the 1990, including a Canadian priest.
2. Intriguing historical truth: Connecting the history of slavery, the civil war and recent shooting at historical church in Charleston, South Carolina. Phil traces the White Supremacist ideology back to Thomas Jefferson, who was committed to slavery, and to Jefferson Davis, who waged a treacherous war against those who voted for a "Black President" (Abraham Lincoln). Then came Reconstruction to enforce the rights of ALL Americans, followed by the White supremacist, both South and North, deconstruction of Reconstruction. Some Canadians reflected the racism in the US and welcomed Jefferson Davis with cheers and singing Dixie. Phil praises the Russians for being the one true friend to the Americans back in 1863 when they put their ships in the NYC Harbor and San Francisco harbor to prevent the British and the French from closing those harbors. Phil gives a history lesson that explains the same thinking that incites the white supremacists today and is expressed in the South Carolina church shootings. We ALL need to hear Phil's connecting the historical dots, which cannot justifiably be limited to a summary. Statement (paraphrased) by Phil: You can't falsify history and then say we want reconciliation. You have to say those who control the past, control the future, and they have been controlling the past with a great myth that justifies White supremacist thinking.
3. Phil Conlon updates the Freedom Flotilla 3 humanitarian venture and talks about a Quebec retired postal worker, Christian Martel, joining the flotilla.
June 15th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Ted Schmidt and Claude Lacaille: Seeing Life from the Role of the Oppressed. Challenges to Rwandan Foreign Refugees' Integration in Zambia.
Ted Schmidt, Bishop John Osmers
Ted Schmidt discusses Claude Lacaille's recently released book, Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants, Mission to Haiti, Ecuador and Chile and asserts that Lacaille brings back into focus the importance of seeing life from the role of the oppressed people and that deserting Vatican II was a betrayal of a moral mission to serve the masses, especially the oppressed.
Schmidt praises Pope Francis, who declared El Salvadoran Archbishop Romero a martyr and who is turning back to the Vactican II mandates based on discussion, inclusion, justice for humanity.
What were the major flaws of Pope John Paul II and Pope Ratzinger? Listen to the show for Schmidt's lucid analysis.
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon track the third flotilla to Gaza mission in progress.
Phil Taylor comments on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta (June 15, 1215), in which the barons demanded certain rights (legal, political, financial, religious) and which inspired the masses to fight a long unending struggle for the same rights.
Taylor decries how we have lost respect for Habeas Corpus (bringing the body to court to hear charges and to be heard) and emphasizes that the fight for human rights is not a linear process (chapter by chapter) but that we have to continually fight to renew lost rights.
Bishop John Osmers testifies to the plight of the Rwandans who have lost their refugee status in Zambia and on whom Rwandan President Kagame is trying to force repatriation.
Osmers and Phil Taylor discuss why the Rwandan refugees in Zambia lost their refugee status in Zambia June of 2013, Rwanda's offer for repatriation of these ex-refugees, why the Rwandans in Zambia are afriad to repatriate (obvious fear of Kagame's retaliatory brutal regime), the recent meetings between the Rwanda government, the Zambian government and the UN High Commission on Refugees.
The clincher is: Removal of the former refugee status not only creates stiff limitations on freedom of movement in Zambia but it also disqualifies the Rwandans for UNHCR support for services such as health and education needs and consideration for resettlement programs.
November 10th, 2014: - Listen | Download
An Apology to General Proctor.
The Cult of Brock was established in Canada by the Tories in order to build the idea of a British identity. Part of this historical revisionism involved the demonization of General Proctor. Phil explains how Canadian history suppresses the story of how Proctor tried to maintain the Crown's alliance with local First Nations peoples. He was retroactively pilloried by his own masters for following the spirit of these orders.
October 20th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Taylor Report Fundraiser
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon refer to an interesting collage of guests, issues and movements that highlight the focus of their progressive (going to the root) programs geared towards making the listeners think, analyze and connect to local, national and global events.
What is happening in the world IS happening on the Taylor Report.
October 6th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Ferguson flash mob at symphony. BBC Documentary: Selective impunity does NOT yield justice nor the grounds for reconciliation.
Phil Conlon discusses a very interesting and radical (going to the root) flash mob that interrupted St. Louis Symphony with Requiem for Michael Brown. The Symphony was to perform Johannes Brahms' requiem. There was no violence, as the protesters were allowed to finish the short demonstration which can be viewed on youtube.
The two Phils discuss Black sports figures, including Joe Lewis, and give an introduction to the BBC2 documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story--which reflects the massacre of Blacks on all sides whose lives should have mattered, but did not and never do to the imperialists.
Tiphaine Dickson discusses the recent BBC2 one-hour documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story, which, for the first time presents a host of credible witnesses and commentators challenging the narrative of Kagame the liberator. The interviewees who speak against Kagame have placed themselves in the dangerous "target range" of the US puppet Kagame regime.
Key question is cui bono, who benefited from the shoot down of the plane that killed Rwandan President Habyarimana, the spark which ignited the April 1994 war and massacres in Rwanda. The permanent removal of Habyarimana, the ending the Arusha Accords and the destruction of democracy were necessary for Kagame and the RPF to take power.
The tribunals are political organizations that administer "selective impunity," instead of the needed holistic approach that that evaluates and prosecutes all sides. Selective impunity does not yield justice, nor the grounds for reconciliation
Dickson also spoke about the importance of a new book by Barrie Collins, Rwanda 1994 (Palgrave Macmillan) for which she has written the forward.
September 1st, 2014: - Listen | Download
Labor Day -- Before and Now: From Internationalist Unity to Militarism. 'Anti-ISIS campaign' is a Trojan Horse to escalate the war against Syria.
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss how the meaning and practice of Labour Day has been corrupted: Going from a celebration of internationalism of workers who saw themselves as part of humanity and anti-militarism to celebration of military air shows and a ritual of pretending to care about those who fell in the past.
Phil Conlon reads Joe Fiorito's satirical column, "It's time to end the celebration of death and kill the airshow."
Taylor also praises and summarizes Ishmael Reed's article "Bad Apples in Ferguson," which emphasizes police brutality is not just against blacks, but against a rainbow of minority colors, esp. Native Americans, Latinos and Muslims. Reed says that the statistics in polls should reflect this reality.
The U.S. is hyping ISIS as the greatest terror force imaginable, even though according to the FBI, "there are no credible threats to the U.S. homeland."
The ideology of the Caliphate derives from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. ISIS-style beheadings are an institution in Saudi Arabia.
Yet the Pentagon is discussing airstrikes on Syria instead of the medieval terror kingdoms that it supports in the Middle East.
Stephen Gowans also discusses the NATO buildup over Ukraine. NATO is constantly checking the windows and the doors of countries it doesn't own.
Don't expect the United States to adopt a consistent posture on sovereignty when it comes to Syria or Ukraine.
July 21st, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Pitfalls of Peacekeeping. Cuba's Rebellion Day. Gaza under brutal Israeli Military Attack.
Peter Robinson, Morteza Gorgzadeh
Phil interviews Peter Robinson, an American International Criminal Lawyer who has argued cases at the Hague, the ICTY and ICTR. Robinson defended the peace-seeking Joseph Nzirorera, former President of the Rwanda National Assembly, at the ICTR.
Robinson notes the ICTR trials were not legitimate: They were a political process instead of a judicial, legal process. Phil and Peter also discuss the "Genocide Fax."
Morteza Gorgzadeh discusses a Toronto July 26th celebration. The event is dedicated to memory of Nelson Mandela and to the Cuban Five Anti-Terrorist Heroes. The storming of the Moncada barracks gave impetus for the whole country to come together to fight the Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro. The celebration reflects the underlying struggle to bring down racist apartheid regimes.
The Cuban Five Gerardo's statement: "It will take a jury of millions to free the Five."
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss international support for Palestinians in Gaza --Belfast, Scotland, Wales, Chile, Venezuela. Will the support stand strong or waver until the next attack?
July 7th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Lac-Mégantic Rail Tragedy One Year Anniversary. How Quebec bookstores survived. Workers rights, human rights and the responsibility to stop wars
The Taylor Report remembers a wonderful figure from the international labour movement, Dave Feikert. Feikert was a mine worker official and labour safety expert, and friend of China.
Phil Taylor, Phil Conlon and Robin Philpot discuss the Lac-Mégantic railway tragedy, the increase in carloads of crude oil from 144 carloads in 2007 to 127,924 carloads in 2013, the new Liberal leadership that is considering reversing the current Québec ban against fracking, the export of oil from the tar-sands in Alberta, and privatization/profits trumping people's rights and environmental integrity.
Montreal-based publisher Robin Philpot (Baraka Books) explains that Quebec has survived the bookstore demise due to its regulation (certified publishers, bookstores, distributors) and 100 percent Quebec ownership. Half of Canadian books are sold in Quebec which has only 23 percent of the Canadian population. Regulating the market, which guarantees sales to institutions, and legislating fixed prices are necessary for the survival of bookstores. They also discuss the cultural value of books, as in the example of Mick Lowe's "The Raids."
The two Phils discuss cultural wars, including the censoring of the 1954 film "Salt of the Earth," concerning the struggle of New Mexico miners. Women and children picketed after male miners were banned from picketing.
Conlon and Taylor also discuss Wal-Mart's battle with Quebec's workers, and the disgusting spectacle of Human Rights Watch (HRW) promoting sectarian conflict in the Middle East.
May 19th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Workers take the fall for Lac-Mégantic. Mick Lowe - The Raids.
Phil Taylor's co-host and former rail worker Phil Conlon explains the latest in the Lac-Mégantic disaster investigation. [10:20] It turns out that ordinary rail workers are doing the perp walk. The oligarch who runs the broken system? Still collecting profit.
Phil interviews Mick Lowe, author of "The Raids," a novel which takes place in Sudbury, Ontario, during the Red Scare of the 1950s. It details union raiding at a bitter and violent period of time in which workers fought each other instead of the boss. Moreover, the CIA may have been involved in the labour conflict because of the strategic importance of Canadian nickel to the United States.
July 22nd, 2013: - Listen | Download
Gaza's Ark and Palestine Solidarity Update, recent events in Syria, the removal of Morsi, and more.
Mahdi Nazemroaya, David Heap
Mahdi Nazemroaya discusses his recent article "From Turkey With Love: Another Israeli Attack on Syria," and explains Israel and Turkey's role in the latest attack on Syria. "We shouldn't be skeptical about this event: Turkey and Israel have coordinated events before."
In addition to missing Jimmy Carter's statement that America has no functioning democracy, our media has also neglected to point out that over 90 prominent Canadian authors have signed a statement against the eviction of Palestinians in order to clear land for an Israeli army firing zone.
David Heap from Gaza's Ark updates us on the new construction, and also significant worldwide developments in Palestine solidarity.
Phil Conlon continues his analysis of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.
July 15th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Trayvon Travesty; Technocrats' Train Terror Torches Town. Syria on the Frontline.
Glen Ford, Stephen Gowans
Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report is today's featured guest. But first, Phil Conlon comments on the destruction of a small Quebec town by an undermanned locomotive. "Railways just love every new computer system," everything capital intensive, everything that involves less and less workers until the day they can have no more workers.
The train was on a 5 MPH speed restriction - they couldn't trust the track. When the infrastructure fails, and there's no workers, there's no fallback.
Glen Ford returns to the program to discuss the Trayvon Martin affair. This is an important moment in history. "It is well known the that the U.S. is a surveilliance state and an incarceration state." Black people have always known this. Once a white person can convince a jury that they were acting "reasonably," then the case against them disappears.
Zimmerman's profiling and stalking of Trayvon Martin was "reasonable conduct" to police. The onus is on the profiled one, and not the white vigilante. In the trial, the police acted as defense witnesses, rather than prosecution. They recognized a kindred spirit.
In a jury of one's peers, how is it that six white women ended up as a jury of "peers?" Ford explains the decline of Affirmative Action and the rise of a racist subjectivity.
Now that so many Syrian rebels have discredited themselves, their foreign sympathizers have attempted to discover a secular, democratic component.
But there are too many reports of Al Qaeda activity in the Fee Syrian Army.
The whole discussion of democracy rests on the "Arab Spring." Yet, money from Qatar has been flowing into elections to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other countries since the initial outbreak in Tunisia. If the 1% dominate U.S. elections, can they not do so in other countries?
The Muslim Brotherhood has been organizing riots in Syria since 1964, long before history began for the Americans in 2011.
September 19th, 2011: - Listen | Download
Mahdi Nazemroaya reported from Tripoli during the NATO bombardment, he shares important insights. Phil Conlon praises new films about the plight of African refugees crossing the Mediteranean
Mahdi Nazemroaya, Phil Conlon
August 29th, 2011: - Listen | Download
The life and political legacy of Jack Layton. The media on Libya.
Jacob Leibovitch, Phil Conlon
Jacob Leibovitch, Phil Conlon and host Phil Taylor discuss Jack Layton's life and political legacy.
We also review the agit-prop coverage of events in Libya.
September 20th, 2010: - Listen | Download
Remembering Peter Leibovitch.
Jacob Leibovitch, Mike Hersh, Phil Conlon, Sid Ryan, Tina Conlon, David Jacobs
A panel of friends (Phil Taylor, Jacob Leibovitch, Mike Hersh and Phil Conlon) remembered acclaimed activist and labour leader Peter Leibovitch. OFL President Sid Ryan, Tina Conlon (community activist), and labor lawyer David Jacobs commented by phone.
November 24th, 2008: - Listen | Download
Readings from and commentary on Combat Medic, Terry Picard's eye-witness account of the April 1995 massacre of refugees at Kibeho, Rwanda.
October 2nd, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Gregory Elich, Phil Conlon
September 18th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Dave Zirin, Phil Conlon
July 4th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Barbara Isherwood, David Jacobs
Phil interviews Barbara Isherwood who recently returned from the 2005 Venice Biennale. Ms. Isherwood, a writer on visual arts and CIUT staffer, discusses the 110 year history of this grandfather of international arts exhibitions. The 2005 Biennale included the works of over 400 artists in 109 separate exhibitions. One highlight was the guerrilla girls exhibit 'reinventing the "f" word - feminism'.
Phil Conlon talks to lawyer David Jacobs about the Supreme Court of Canada decision on the deportation of Leon Mugesera to Rwanda. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal that had found the allegations against Mugesera to be without foundation. Jacobs points out that the Federal Court of Appeal thoroughly analysed Mugesera's speech and declared that it was not a speech calling for genocide or the killing of Tutsi's. The Federal Court of Appeal also ruled, after a thorough hearing, that the witnesses against Mugesera were clearly biased, and their allegations were not believable.
Jacobs notes that the Supreme Court did not overturn the findings of the Federal Court of Appeal, but instead ruled they should not have investigated the facts. By "trying to write history and law with the same pen" the Supreme Court gets neither correct.
May 30th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Phil talks with Phil Conlon about Kevin Boyle's new book: "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age". Boyle's book is about the incredible story of Dr. Ossian Sweet, an African-American doctor who faced a mob protesting his moving into a white neighborhood of Detroit in 1925. When the mob attacked the house with stones, the Sweets and their friends inside fired in self-defense and a mob member was killed. The police arrested everyone inside the house and charged them with first degree murder. Sweet's trial and his defence by Clarence Darrow was a defining moment in the fight against racism in the US
Phil interviews Camilo Mejia. On May 21, 2004, 28-year-old Sgt. Camilo Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to return to fight in Iraq. Camilo spent six months in combat in Iraq, then returned for a 2-week furlough to the US. There he reflected on what he had seen, including the abuse of prisoners and the killing of civilians. He concluded that the war was illegal and immoral, and decided that he would not return. In March 2004 he turned himself in to the US military and filed an application for conscientious objector status. Mejia notes that a year ago the US military acknowledged 500 awols, and today there are 6000. "It shows how many people are saying we don't want to be part of this war".
May 16th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Joel Reodica, Isaac Saney
Joel Reodica talks to Phil about the police killing of his brother Jeffrey a year ago. A controversial investigation by the Special Investigations Unit exonerated the police, but the Filipino community and others continue to press for the truth to come out.
Phil interviews Isaac Saney about recent developments in the case of Luis Posada Carilles. Posada Carilles is notorious for carrying out terrorist acts against Cuba, including the bombing of a Cubana airliner in 1976 that killed 73 people and bombings of Cuban hotels in the 1990's. Posada Carilles, who worked for the CIA, recently was able to enter the US and apply for asylum. Saney, the author of "Cuba, A Revolution in Motion" draws the parallels with numerous other terrorists who have been pardoned by US Presidents including both Bushes.
Phil and Phil Conlon also cover such topics as the battle against extradition of Gary Freeman; the mayoralty election in Los Angeles; the new National Library in Quebec; and the reinstatement of William Mandel by Berkely radio station KPFA.
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.
February 28th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Phil interviews Jordi Palou-Loverdos, a spokesperson for the International Forum for Truth and Justice in Africa. Palou-Loverdos talks about the case just launched in the Spanish courts against the current government of Rwanda, the FDR, and its leader Paul Kagame. The Forum charges Kagame and the FDR with the murder of 11 missionaries and medical workers, 9 of them Spanish. As well, crimes allegedly committed by General Kagame and his army, the Rwandan Patriotic Army, have resulted in the death of more than 5 million people in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire). "Our case is not against the Tutsi people, but the leaders of the FDR, who are directly responsible for the murders of the Spaniards, but we also want to show that bosses of multinational companies involved in the local gold and diamond mining industries must share the blame for these war crimes... We have proof that the FDR was responsible for the murders of all the Spaniards.” Palou-Loverdos also mentioned Canadians who are among the victims of the murders.
Phil and Phil Conlon also talked about the current situation in Sudan.
January 31st, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil opens by reading from Dave Zirin's Counterpunch article on Donovan McNabb: "We should never pass up the opportunity to point out that Rush Limbaugh is not only a racist pig but, unlike the swine, one of our stupider mammals as well. This past weekend, as All-Pro quarterback Donovan F. McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl in 25 years, Limbaugh was undoubtedly chasing oxycontin with Kahlua in a state of utter misery." Zirin will be a guest on the Taylor Report February 7. Phil and Phil Conlon also talk about Zirin's important comments about Tom Frank's outrageous attack in The New Republic on critic's of the US attack on Iraq - calling for the use of a "bunker buster" on Arundhati Roy, for example.
Guest Keith Ellis, the translator of a bilingual anthology of poems by the acclaimed Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén, talks about some of the progress being made by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. He discusses the current redistribution of 75 million acres of land to 117,000 Venezuelans, and the ability of the Venezuelan government to direct $4 billion to health care, with the strong support of Cuba. Ellis also talks about the Colombian-sponsored kidnapping of Colombian guerilla leader Rodrigo Granda from Caracas in December.
January 17th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Ben Chaney, brother of slain civil rights martyr James Earl Chaney, comments on the recent indictment of 'Preacher' Killen in the 1964 murder. He expresses his disappointment that "the rich and powerful individuals" responsible are still being protected.
Phil talks to Phil Conlon about the US civil rights movement; the importance of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion; and the recent death of James Forman, who had been prominent in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panthers.
December 20th, 2004: - Listen | Download
Under the shadow of Mt. Weather
Phil and Phil Conlon discuss Seymour Melman, a Columbia University scholar who helped galvanize the antiwar movement from the 1950's on with analyses of the social costs of military spending. Melman died on Dec. 16 at his home in Manhattan.
Phil interviews Counterpunch contributor Joe Bageant about his Counterpunch article "Under the Shadow of Mount Weather: Driving on the Bones of God":
"Mount Weather is the hub of a nerve center of about 100 other Federal Relocation Centers, which guarantee that the really big players in the game escape even the worst disasters they create with their asses intact."
Bageant talks with Phil about current US politics, the militarization of American culture, the role of the religious fundamentalists, and the use of Lynndie England and others like her as cannon fodder and scapegoats.
December 13th, 2004: - Listen | Download
Robin Philpot , Phil Conlon
Phil interviews Robin Philpot about his upcoming book on the Quebec referendum of 1995 and pro-federalists' willful violation of Quebec's election law. Philpot points out that the federal government and others outside of Quebec spent something like $17 million to support the 'no' vote, although Quebec law limited spending by each side to $5 million in total. Examples include the Toronto Star renting buses and running full-page ads to urge people to attend a 'unity rally' in Montreal days before the vote. Air Canada provided a 'unity fare' of under $100 return from Vancouver for that rally, that Philpot says was, "more like an occupation than a love-in".
Phil and Phil Conlon talk about Iris Chang, author of "The Rape of Nanking", "Thread of the Silkworm" and "The Chinese in America". Chang's works on Japanese atrocities in Nanking in 1937-1938, and 150 years of history of Chinese immigration to the US have been widely acclaimed. She was working on a book about the experience of Americans who were Japanese prisoners of war in WWII when she apparently committed suicide in November.
November 29th, 2004: - Listen | Download
Keith Harmon Snow
Phil talks with independent journalist Keith Harmon Snow live from Kinshasa in the Congo. Snow talks about the current situation in the Congo, which he describes as corruption and racketeering, mainly sponsored by Western corporations in allegiance with various armies and militias. The goal is the plunder of Congo's resources: timber, coltan, oil, gold and diamonds. Over five million have died in the last few years in these conflicts, but it's not in the news.
Phil also talks with Phil Conlon about the current events in Africa and in Ukraine. Phil reads John Laughland's insightful piece from the Guardian titled "The Revolution Televised - The western media's view of Ukraine's election is hopelessly biased".
November 8th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil Conlon, Michael Quigley
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October 4th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil Taylor, Phil Conlon and Steve Reimer talk about Mel Hurtig's new book, "Rushing To Armageddon: The Shocking Truth About Canada, Missile Defence and Star Wars". Steve interviewed Mel Hurtig recently and discusses the issues Hurtig is raising.
Phil interviews Marjaleena Repo, senior advisor to David Orchard and former Progressive Conservative Party Vice-president for Saskatchewan. Repo discusses the "coup d'état" that resulted in the takeover of Canada's founding party by the neo-con Canadian Alliance, the Republican Party North. In a fast-paced back and forth, Taylor and Repo cover the dramatic territory of this unprecedented story and explore its political significance.
September 6th, 2004: - Listen | Download
Keith Harmon Snow, Phil Conlon
Phil talks to Keith Harmon Snow, a researcher for Survivors' Rights International, about the situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo. Snow points out that five million people have been killed in the Congo in the last five or six years, but it's off the media's agenda. Powerful interests are pilfering the resources of the country, chiefly diamonds and coltan, and mercenaries and proxy armies are enforcing the theft. Snow pointed out that the US supported the invasion of the Congo in 1996, and Rwanda and Uganda supplied the two big proxy armies that acted on their behalf. Snow also talked about related issues of mercenaries linked to Heritage Oil and Gas and Margaret Thatcher's son, and events in Darfur.
Phil talks to Phil Conlon about Labour Day, and the Canadian Labour Congress' Report Card for Canada. The CLC gave low marks to the government of Canada for perpetuating a system in which one in ten full-time workers live in poverty, and only one unemployed worker in three qualifies for unemployment insurance. The figure a few years ago was 75%, before the reforms introduced by then Finance Minister Paul Martin.
July 12th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Could Burundi be the next Rwanda? Members of Military Families Speak Out talk about their opposition to the war in Iraq and the case of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia.
Vénérand Ndegaya, Nancy Lessin & Charlie Richardson
Phil remarks on the death of Phoebe Brand, a founder of the Group Theatre and a victim of the McCarthy blacklist after she was named by Elia Kazan in 1952.
Vénérand Ndegaya, author of “Répression Au Burundi: Journal d'un prisonnier vainqueur”, talks to Phil about the history and current situation in Burundi. Burundi and Rwanda share many of the same demographics and issues. Ndegaya talks about the history of control by the Tutsi minority up to the first democratic election in 1993. Melchir Ndadaye, a Hutu, was elected by 70% of the vote that June and assassinated by the Tutsi-dominated army in November. The second Hutu president was killed in 1994 when the plane carrying him and the Rwandan President was shot down by the Rwandan Patriotic Front. This was followed by an army coup. Current plans for democratic elections are in jeopardy because the necessary preconditions are not in place.
Nancy Lessin and Charlie Richardson talk with Phil, Phil Conlon and Steve Reimer, about their organization Military Families Speak Out. They represent 1500 families with members in the US military. They oppose the illegal, immoral war on Iraq. "The only right thing is to say the war is wrong - it's the only way to support our troops". They point out that, "the mainstream media was really complicit in bringing our nation into a war based on lies". They also talk about the case of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia who was imprisoned for desertion. He had refused to return to his unit in Iraq, citing moral reasons, the legality of the war and the conduct of US troops towards Iraqi civilians and prisoners. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned for his conscientious opposition to participating in war.
July 5th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Why do we continue to trust 'authorities'? If Colin Powel and Kofi Annan are supposed to be the saviours of Sudan, then Sudan is in trouble.
Phil talks about the current situation in Sudan and points out some of the gaps and false assumptions made by the media in their coverage of this crisis. Phil, Steve Reimer and Phil Conlon also discuss the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 911.
The program continues with Phil Conlon's discussion of the uneasy coexistence of Irish-American and Italian-American Catholics in New York City, as seen in a recent controversy where the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York refused to attend a gathering organized by Italian-American Catholics.