Tues 6.07.11| Revolution in Mexico

James Cockcroft, Mexico's Revolution Then and Now Monthly Review Press, 2010




Mexico has a grand revolutionary tradition, a radical lineage that James Cockcroft argues lives on in current-day struggles both within Mexico and among US-based immigrants. Cockcroft discusses the radical visions of the revolutionaries of 1910-1917; the ideological roots of waves of resistance to Mexican and US elites; and the elections-related turmoil that's periodically plagued Mexico.

Mon 6.06.11| Dispossessing the Palestinians

Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Oneworld, 2007






Yesterday Israeli forces fired on unarmed civilians who were marking the anniversary of the 1967 Mideast War.  That moment, 44 years ago, compounded the dispossession of the Palestinian people, which has been at the heart of the Zionist state from its inception. Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the origins of the catastrophe of 1948, subsequent waves of dispossession, and Israel's increasing isolation in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Wed 6.01.11| Body Merchants

It grosses billions of dollars a year, yet is invisible to most of us, even when it's right under our noses. It's the trade in human organs and tissues, most of which is legal, and much of which is highly disturbing. Investigative journalist Scott Carney has spent years tracking down the impoverished who sell their organs, the middlemen -- often hospitals and government institutions -- who profit particularly from the industry, and the affluent recipients who are often unaware of the provenance of the body parts they acquire.

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Tues 5.31.11| Wallerstein on the Arab Revolts

Popular uprisings continue to shake the Arab world; the Libyan conflict drags on; the Hamas-Fatah rapprochement suggests new directions for the Palestinian struggle. Immanuel Wallerstein comments on these and other developments; he also analyzes the current state of US power and global influence.

Mon 5.30.11| Chess's Broad Reach

Is chess just a game? Or has it been an invaluable tool, affecting and informing politics, morality, math, psychology, artificial intelligence, and much more? In The Immortal Game, David Shenk traces chess's staggering impact over the course of fourteen centuries. Berkeley Chess School founder Elizabeth Shaughnessy discusses what chess does for young people. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 5.02.11 through Wed 5.25.11




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