Nov 20 2005

Weekly Natl’ Program – 11/18/05

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Concentration Camps in New Orleans?
GUESTS: Leah Jah, Chair of the Causeway Concentration Camp Committee in New Orleans

New Orleans Causeway - residents waiting for busesIn the days after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents were without food, water, power, sanitation and health. Tens of thousands were displaced and scattered across the country to try to find shelter. Now, FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that it will stop paying for hotel rooms for evacuees just a few weeks before the holidays. It expects them all to find apartments. Additionally, the Natural Resources Defense Committee tested air quality in the city and found staggeringly high levels of toxic mold spores. As residents of New Orleans struggle against all odds to return to their homes, we begin the show with the story of how many residents were rounded up in the days after the waters rose, and trapped in camps on the main causeway, patrolled by the US military. Leah Jah was one of the residents who was housed in one of the Causeway camps. Leah is the Chair of the Causeway Concentration Camp Committee.

Black Commentator
GUESTS: Glen Ford, co-publisher of The Black Commentator

The Black Commentator is an online political magazine bringing you commentary, analysis and investigation from a black perspective. Today’s commentary is about racist American response to the riots in France.

The Black Commentator is online at

The Great War for Civilization
GUESTS: Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent for the Independent, author of “The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East”

Robert FiskLast week’s bombs in Amman, Jordan, killed 57 people – they are a taste of the daily realities in neighboring Iraq. Police have arrested an Iraqi woman who failed to detonate her explosives. The woman was identified as the sister of Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s former right hand man in Iraq’s volatile Anbar province. This is just the latest in a daily barrage of news from the Middle East and Muslim world in general, that apparently drives George W. Bush’s so-called War on Terror. This morning we’re joined in studio by one of the best known reporters in the world, who has spent decades on the front lines of the Middle East. Robert Fisk is based in Beirut, Lebanon as Middle East Correspondent for the Independent, holding more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent. He is currently promoting his latest book, “The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East.”

Empire Notes
GUESTS: Rahul Mahajan, author of Full Spectrum Dominance and The New Crusade

We go now to our weekly commentary Empire Notes by Rahul Mahajan, author of Full Spectrum Dominance and The New Crusade. Today’s commentary is about Europe and the United States.

Empire Notes is online at

Paradise Now – a conversation with the Director
GUESTS: Hany Abu-Assad, Director of Paradise Now

Focusing on the personal battles of two young men who are recruited to be suicide bombers in Palestine, Paradise Now is a film that will challenge most American assumptions. It’s directed by Hany Abu Assad of Rana’s Wedding and is currently playing in theaters. The New York Times calls it a “superior thriller whose shrewdly inserted plot twists and emotional wrinkles are calculated to put your heart in your throat and keep it there.”

Sonali’s Subversive Thought for the Day:

Edward Said once said, “What the Palestinians need are leaders who are really with and of their people, who are actually doing the resisting on the ground. . . We need a united leadership capable of thinking, planning and taking decisions, rather than groveling before the Pope or George Bush while the Israelis kill his people with impunity . . . The struggle for liberation from Israeli occupation is where every Palestinian worth anything now stands.”

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Weekly Natl’ Program – 11/18/05”

  1. Neoleftychickon 27 Nov 2005 at 11:37 pm

    Are you people serious? I can’t believe that you would accept the hopelessly ignorant and serial liar Edward Said as an authority on these matters!

    It really saddens me that so many people, particularly western middle-class university types who treat “Orientalism” as though it were unassailable holy scripture, the second law of thermodynamics or DNA code!

    Said was a crank and an intellectual crook. True historians see him for what he was: a lying opportunistic whinger who simply could not admit that the Arab muslim world started to die in the 15th century, and that they haven’t had the balls to admit ever since.

    Enough already! What is wrong with these people? If it’s not the Mongols, the Turks, the Persians, it’s the British, the French, the Americans and “the Jews.

    Time for them to grow up, shut up, and stop boring the s**t out of the rest of us.

    I hope this helps.


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