Sep 29 2006

Weekly Digest – 09/29/06

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This week on Uprising:

* Jesus Camp – a new documentary about the fundamentalist indoctrination of children in America
* Empire Notes on “War on Terror” – Part 4
* Acclaimed author Maxine Hong Kingston on “Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace”
* Michael Albert analyses Hugo Chavez’s UN speech
* Black Agenda Radio’s Glen Ford on Charles Rangel and Hugo Chavez

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Jesus Camp

JEsus CampGUESTS: Rachel Grady one of the film makers of Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp is a new documentary by film makers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady that looks into the often disturbing world of evangelical indoctrination of children in middle America. With incredible access to a community follow three children, Levi, Rachael, and Tory as they head to a Bible summer camp called “Kids on Fire.” Becky Fisher, a children’s pastor who runs the camp is unabashed about the indoctrination of young children who she hopes will grow up to continue a right wing legacy in the US and win the so-called culture war. From overturning abortion, to supporting President Bush and the state of Israel, to debunking the science of global warming and evolution, Jesus Camp is a wake up call to anyone who underestimates the political power of the Christian right.

For more information, visit www.jesuscampthemovie.com.


Empire Notes on the “war on terror” part 4

GUEST: Rahul Mahajan, author of Full Spectrum Dominance and The New Crusade

Empire NotesEmpire Notes are weekly commentaries filed by Rahul Mahajan, author of Full Spectrum Dominance and The New Crusade. Today’s commentary is part 4, on the “War on Terror.”

Empire Notes is online at www.empirenotes.org.


Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace

Maxine Hong KingstonGUEST: Maxine Hong Kingston, editor of “Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace,” author of many books including Warrior Woman, China Men, and The Fifth Book of Peace

Maxine Hong Kingston is a well-known writer and poet based in Oakland, California. In 1976 she wrote the acclaimed novel, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts,” which explored ethnicity and gender roles, especially in the context of her experience as a Chinese-American woman. The Warrior Woman, and her follow up novel, China Men both won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. In 1991, a firestorm in Oakland wiped out Maxine’s home as well as an unfinished manuscript. She turned that experience into an opportunity to teach writing to war veterans and for years now has conducted writing workshops with hundreds of veterans and their families. These experiences became the focus of a book called “The Fifth Book of Peace.” Many of the writings from her workshops are published in a new anthology she edited called “Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace” which features the words of war veterans and peace activists. I spoke with Maxine Hong Kingston recently and asked her to describe this new book.

Black Agenda Report on Charles Rangel and Hugo Chavez

GUEST: Glen Ford is a writer and radio commentator, formerly with the Black Commentator. He is now affiliated with ‘The Black Agenda Report.’

This week’s commentary is about Charles Rangel and Hugo Chavez.

Analyzing Chavez’s UN Speech

Chavez at UNGUEST: Michael Albert, co-editor of ZNet, and co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine, author of several books including “Parecon: Life After Capitalism”

7-Eleven Corporation just announced that it is switching suppliers for its retail gasoline network from the Venezuela based Citgo with its own brand. The move comes only days after Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, whom we just heard, addressed the United Nations in a speech that derided US President George W. Bush for being “the devil.” Chavez also recommended Noam Chomsky’s book, “Hegemony or Survival” for Americans to read – which skyrocketed to the top of Amazon.com’s sales ranking as a result and prompted the New York Times to interview Chomsky. In his speech, Chavez challenged the Bush administration’s military based democracy promotion around the world, and suggested new ideas for reforming the United Nations. Predictably the mainstream corporate media heard only the remarks calling Bush the devil. Democrat Charles Rangel took offense, saying “Don’t come to the United States and think, because we have problems with our president, that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our chief of state.” House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi who called Chavez “an everyday thug.” Meanwhile Ecuadoran presidential candidate Rafael Correa responded “calling Bush the devil is offending the devil … the devil is evil, but intelligent.”

Read the English transcript of Chavez’s speech here.

Read Michael Albert’s commentary here.

Visit www.zmag.org for more.

Sonali’s Subversive Thought for the Day

“Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.” — Edward R. Murrow

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