Tues 6.28.11| Climate Chaos

Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of ViolenceNation Books, 2011

Christian Parenti speaking at a KPFA benefit on July 14th

 

 

Residents of the Global North may be justly wringing their hands about flooding, droughts, and freak weather, but the most worrying effects of climate change are expected to hit the countries of the Global South, especially those in the broad regions on either side of the equator. Christian Parenti has reported from that vast area and discusses the shape that climate-related social dislocation is already taking, as well as the militarized plans of the rich countries to keep poor climate refugees out.

Mon 6.27.11| Jazz and the Making of the Sixties

Scott Saul, Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties Harvard University Press, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz is seen by many as America's greatest cultural contribution -- and it reached one of its highest peaks with hard bop. Cultural historian Scott Saul argues that the music that came out of the 1950s and 60s was not only  forged in the political turmoil of the times, but also helped shape that era in very significant and fruitful ways. He discusses the work of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, and Abby Lincoln, amongst others, and their impact on Civil Rights, Black Power, and the counterculture.

Wed 6.22.11| The Great African Land-Grab

Oakland Institute

OI reports by Joan Baxter on Mali and Sierra Leone

 

 

 

Huge tracts of fertile land in Africa are being gobbled up, not by Africans but by foreign investors with deep pockets. Many African governments, in cahoots with the World Bank, are doing all they can to encourage these land deals, but the consequences for ordinary Africans and the environment are staggering. Joan Baxter has done extensive on-the-ground investigation in Mali and Sierra Leone.

Tues 6.21.11| Behind the Mexican Drug War

John Gibler, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War City Lights, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's incredibly bloody -- and incredibly misunderstood. What has come to be known as the Mexican drug war, but would be better viewed as the US-Mexico drug trade, has claimed 40,000 lives since 2006, including those of many journalists. Mexico-based writer John Gibler talks about the politics and economics of an industry that involves enormous sums of money, territorial violence, mega-profits, and the collusion of governments and banks.

Mon 6.20.11| Representing the East, Viewing the West

Adel Iskandar & Hakem Rustom, eds., Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation UC Press, 2010

 

 

Edward Said spent much of his distinguished career combatting Western stereotypes of the Arab world. Laura Nader explains what Said meant by "Orientalism," and describes what Arabs who visited the West in past centuries came to think of Western practices. Also, Adel Iskandar talks about the volume in which Laura Nader's article about Said appears.

Wed 6.15.11| The Politics of Gardening

George McKay, Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism, and Rebellion in the Garden Frances Lincoln, 2011

 

 

 

From utopian experiments with garden cities, to guerrilla gardeners planting on abandoned or misused land, the garden appears to have abundant radical potentialities. Cultural critic George McKay unearths its complex politics, looking at the thorny questions of militarism, gardening, and the fascist right, as well as myriad experiments by those on the left, and concludes that gardens remain a fertile site for political action.

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