Jan 30 2009

Weekly Digest – 01/30/09

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This week on Uprising:

*Will Congress and Obama Act Swiftly on Global Warming?
*Empire Notes on: Obama and the “War on Terror”
*The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts
*Black Agenda Report on the Crime of Walking While Black
*Youth Activism and Obama

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Will Congress and Obama Act Swiftly on Global Warming?

Former Vice President Al Gore recently addressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to strongly urge congressional action on global warming this year. Ahead of an international conference in Copenhagen, Denmark later on this year in December, Gore warned that “We have arrived at a moment of decision.” Indeed, a new report on global warming concluded that its effects are, in a sense, irreversible. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, states that even if all carbon dioxide emissions were to cease today, the climate would still feel the effects of what has already been done for the next 1,000 years. Susan Solomon, the lead author of the report, noted that such a finding only makes taking current action all the more imperative. The Obama administration, in seeking to break with the stalling policies of former President Bush, wants the United States to become proactive on global warming ahead of the Copenhagen conference. International participants will be hoping to outline a new treaty to follow the Kyoto Protocols that the U.S. under Bush previously failed to ratify.

GUEST:Liz Perera, Washington Representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists Climate Program

Visit UCS online at www.ucsusa.org

Empire Notes on: Obama and the “War on Terror”

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

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

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The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts

The twentieth century has been deemed the bloodiest of all by scholars with more than 60 million people, possibly 100 million people killed at the hands of government decrees and enacted by both civilians and soldiers. The United States is still engaged in two wars and Israel just killed more than 1200 Palestinians in its Gaza incursion. War wages on in Darfur, the Congo, and throughout the planet. Some believe the election of Barack Obama signals a new turn towards less violence, less war and more dialogue. So how do we resolve violent conflict, particularly when they are deeply, deeply acrimonious? What are the assumptions we just might have to let go of?

GUESTS: Mari Fitzduff, professor and director of the International Program in Co-extisence and Conflict at Brandeis University. She has authored a number of books, including the award winning, “Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Processes in Northern Ireland” and is co-editor of the three volume, “The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflict: From War to Peace.” Douglas Fry, author of numerous books, including “Beyond War and the Human Potential for Peace and Peaceful Societies.” Douglas Noll, lawyer, and mediator specializing in peacmaking. He’s written several books, including “Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict.”

Black Agenda Report on the Crime of Walking While Black

Glen FordGlen Ford is a writer and radio commentator and the Executive Editor of The Black Agenda Report. This week’s commentary is on the crime of walking while black.

Visit www.blackagendareport.com for more information.

Youth Activism and Obama

A key component to Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the Presidency, was the decisive electoral backing he received from young voters. According to a post-election analysis conducted by Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a record number of twenty-three million young people under the age of thirty voted in last November’s election. With an internet savvy campaign, Barack Obama was able to secure a lopsided advantage over his opponent John McCain and change the dynamics in several key states by taking 66% of the national youth vote. Cognizant of his important base, Obama addressed the “Be the Change: Youth Ball,” on inauguration day that featured performers like Kanye West. The new President told the audience, “The future will be in your hands if you are able to sustain the kind of energy and focus you showed in this campaign.” With the election over, questions remain on how what direction youth will take in shaping our tomorrow.

GUESTS: Sonia Mehta, third year student at UCLA studying International Development and Political Science, campaigner for Barack Obama during the election and is deeply involved in local education issues. Jonathan Perez, activist with Inner City Struggle and SoCal for Youth.

Sonali’s Subversive Thought for the Day:

“The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders in the direction of the unknown,” — Margaret Mead

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