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January 12th, 2015 : mp3 file not currently online

Free Speech? Let us not kid ourselves. Norman Otis Richmond suggests that we see Selma, but that we view it critically.

Featured Guest(s):
Norman Otis Richmond

The two Phils and veteran lawyer David Jacobs discuss the irony, hypocrisy, reality, and the falsities of the "freedom of speech" (FOS) debate regarding the attack against Charlie Hebdo group.

Norman Otis Richmond makes it clear that there a lot of inaccuracies in this Hollywood film, though he says people should definitely see it, and then follow-up with revolutionary book by writers such as Kwame Taraine, Harry Belefonte and Jim Forman's book, The Makings of Black Revolutionaries.

December 1st, 2014 : mp3 file not currently online

Anti-austerity protestors resist. Willy-Nilly from Iraq into Syria. A Child's Country Christmas in the 1950s through the eyes of a 9 Year Old.

Featured Guest(s):
Robin Philpot, David Jacobs, Larry Krotz

The Toronto Star did not report that 200,000 people took to the streets in Montreal and Quebec City Saturday Nov. 29, but the Latin American network Telesur reported the union-led demonstrations to the world.

Just as they fought Charest's tuition hikes in 2012, Quebecers are showing backbone in resisting the cuts to the province's social fabric, cuts that are committed by the modern-day Scrooges who seek to ravage popular wealth in the country.

Justin Trudeau better watch out, because the Liberals are unable to make good on their campaign promises, instead offering only cuts and misery to the voting public.

The Quebec Liberal government’s plan for $4 billion in cuts to social programs has united the people into resistance.

The Canadian government has indicated it is looking for legal opinions on bombing Syria. International Human Rights Lawyer David Jacobs says that they can look no further: the UN Charter clearly states that war is permissible only in self defence, or under the authority of the UN Security Council.

There is no Security Council resolution allowing Canada to bomb in Syria, and no need for self-defense. Bombing inside Syria is an act of war, just as would be the bombing of a Canadian province by a foreign power.

Syria could defeat ISIS on its own, if it's sovereignty was respected. Instead, NATO members and friends continue to pour arms and terrorists across Syrian borders.

Larry Krotz reads from his latest book, A Child's Country Christmas. He selects the magical annual Christmas concert presented at his one-room school in SW Ontario in the late 1950s, when he was 9 years old.

After the reading, Krotz laments that now the one-room school house is property for someone in the city to use on weekends and holidays. What was a "fully packaged culture" for a 9 year old in the late 1950s has been lost. The farmers struggle working on the farm and in the city. Building community has turned into searching for bargains at the nearest Wal-Mart. The only push-back is the holistic and organic farm movement.

200,000 in Montreal and Quebec March Against Austerity‏ (Telesur)
Statement on the Illegality of Canadian Bombing in Syria

October 13th, 2014 : mp3 file not currently online

Using ISIL as a Cover to Attack Syrian State. Justice Belied: The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice

Featured Guest(s):
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, David Jacobs

US/allies' terrorism represents a continuity of imperialist government's hypocritical policies and practices. Bombing infrastructure to economically impair a country, bombing civilian homes to destroy dissent and unity. All this, while claiming humanitarian intervention.

ISIL is the cover to attack Syria. Ultimate target is Iran.

Phil Taylor and David Jacobs, both contributors to the new book, "Justice Belied: The Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice", discuss the late Professor Michael Mandel’s thesis that the peace-promoting international law regime under the United Nations Charter has been undermined by the international criminal law movement.

Michael Mandel, law professor and Renaissance man, wrote pioneering analyses concluding that the international criminal law movement did more to promote war than it did to promote peace and justice. The movement negated the UN Charter’s pledge to end the scourge of war.

The International Criminal Court and the ad hoc international criminal tribunals end up justifying war by criminalizing the losers or regimes out of favour with the West.

The March to War: Fighting ISIL is a Smokescreen for US Mobilization against Syria, Iran

August 4th, 2014 : mp3 file not currently online

Elected representatives don't represent us on Palestine. Israel and Gaza: the law on occupation and self-defence.

Featured Guest(s):
David Heap, David Jacobs

David Heap can't hear the incessant pleas for NDP fundraising over the screaming of Gaza's children.

A growing number of Canadians, who support international law, are without place to turn when it comes to federal politicians. "There's barely any daylight between Mulcair and Trudeau and Harper."

Dissent against Israel's attack on Gaza is leaking out in parliaments all over the world, even among the U.K. Conservative Party. But the NDP is becoming isolated among sister left parties, who are not so constrained in condemning the attacks. There seems to be a more restrictive climate within Canadian political parties.

David Heap from Gaza's Ark discusses the growing discontent over the NDP's inaction in calling out Israel's very visible and widely acknowledged war crimes.

David Jacobs, International Lawyer, discusses the writings of the late international law expert Professor Michael Mandel on the legal status of Gaza and Israeli claims to be acting in self-defence against Gaza.

David Jacobs refers to a number of scholarly publications written by Professor Mandel including his February 5, 2009 article, "Self-Defense Against Peace," and notes how the same article could be written today regarding Israel’s recurring attacks on Gaza and its claims to be acting lawfully.

Self-Defense Against Peace

November 4th, 2013 : mp3 file not currently online

The modern persecution of the Roma people. Celebrating Michael Mandel.

Featured Guest(s):
Gina Csanyi-Robah, Harry Glasbeek, David Jacobs

The recent case of the Roma family accused of kidnapping a blond child has drawn attention to the ongoing persecution of the Roma people in Europe, and discrimination in Canada.

Phil interviews Gina Csanyi-Robah, Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre. Although strides have been made in combating racism, there is still a long way to go.

Phil Taylor celebrates the life of York University Professor Michael Mandel, law professor extraordinaire, anti-war activist, promoter of Yiddish culture, and lover of classical music. Phil discusses Mandel's life, tragically cut short by a rare heart disease at age 65, with international human rights lawyer, David Jacobs, and Osgoode Hall law professor Harry Glasbeek. Particular focus was paid to Mandel's book, "How America Gets Away With Murder", and Mandel's attempt to lay charges before Carla Del Ponte at the International Criminal Court against Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Jean Chrétien, and leaders of other NATO countries for their illegal attack on the former Yugoslavia.

Roma Community Centre

October 14th, 2013 : mp3 file not currently online

Hemingway Lives - Why reading Ernest Hemingway matters today. The fight to protect a Chartist mural.

Featured Guest(s):
Clancy Sigal, David Jacobs

Clancy Sigal explains how Ernest Hemingway broke with his white, middle class origins, went away to the First World War, where he was very nearly killed, and grew into a writer whose books influenced millions, including Fidel Castro.

We also learn about the "Bonus March" - striking WWI veterans demanding their lawful bonus, and how the government's repression of these veterans influenced Hemingway's writing.

They tore down a famous Chartist mural in a fly-by-night operation. Apparently, a mall was more important. Community members who walked by that mural every day while growing up have become attached to it. Toronto lawyer David Jacobs explains their fight.

Hemingway Lives! by Clancy Sigal

October 8th, 2012 : mp3 file not currently online

Remembering Charles Roach

Featured Guest(s):
David Jacobs, Peter Rosenthal, Miguel San Vincente, Julia Farquarson

The Taylor Report remembers human rights lawyer Charles Roach and his many achievements on behalf of the poor and the dispossessed. This includes his work challenging a domestic worker program designed to procure, abuse, and dispose of foreign labour.

The hosts also announce important upcoming events in Toronto.

June 4th, 2012 : mp3 file not currently online

Norman Otis Richmond: The story of Black music month. Author Robin Philpot on the student led popular movement in Quebec. Toronto lawyer David Jacobs on the strange court that tried Charles Taylor.

Featured Guest(s):
Norman Otis Richmond, Robin Philpot, David Jacobs

December 26th, 2011 : mp3 file not currently online

Rhoda Nsama, in Zambia, warns of threat to Rwandan refugees in Zambia. David Jacobs: the evidence reveals a right-wing Vaclav Havel.

Featured Guest(s):
Rhoda Nsama, David Jacobs

September 20th, 2010 : mp3 file not currently online

Remembering Peter Leibovitch.

Featured Guest(s):
Jacob Leibovitch, Mike Hersh, Phil Conlon, Sid Ryan, Tina Conlon, David Jacobs

A panel of friends (Phil Taylor, Jacob Leibovitch, Mike Hersh and Phil Conlon) remembered acclaimed activist and labour leader Peter Leibovitch. OFL President Sid Ryan, Tina Conlon (community activist), and labor lawyer David Jacobs commented by phone.

June 14th, 2010 : mp3 file not currently online

David Jacobs on the arrest by Rwanda of American lawyer Peter Erlinder.

Featured Guest(s):
David Jacobs

January 5th, 2009 : mp3 file not currently online

Sabrina Johnson on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, and David Jacobs on Israel's violation of international law.

Featured Guest(s):
Sabrina Johnson, David Jacobs

June 2nd, 2008 : mp3 file not currently online

Lee Zaslowsky of the War Resisters; David Jacobs, UN court knocks Kigali

Featured Guest(s):
Lee Zaslowsky, David Jacobs

March 10th, 2008 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Tiphaine Dickson, David Jacobs

November 26th, 2007 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
David Jacobs

October 8th, 2007 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Robin Philpot, David Jacobs

International Criminal Law: A Critical Introduction

February 26th, 2007 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
David Jacobs, Miguel San Vicente

Human Rights Watch in Service to the War Party - by Edward S. Herman, David Peterson and George Szamuely
Edward S. Herman
www.counterpunch.org/freeman02242007.html - The Ultimate Insult: The N-Word and Black History Month - By Gary Freeman
www.adifferentbooklist.com/ - A DiffEReNT BOoKLiST

September 11th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online

Dr. David Hoile exposes the Bush White House claims of genocide in Sudan. David Jacobs on how opposing the Afghan war has energized the NDP.

Featured Guest(s):
David Hoile, David Jacobs

Darfur in Perspective - by David Hoile
NDP: Convention 2006

April 10th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
David Hoile, David Jacobs, Marie-Rose Habyarimana


July 4th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Barbara Isherwood, David Jacobs

Phil interviews Barbara Isherwood who recently returned from the 2005 Venice Biennale. Ms. Isherwood, a writer on visual arts and CIUT staffer, discusses the 110 year history of this grandfather of international arts exhibitions. The 2005 Biennale included the works of over 400 artists in 109 separate exhibitions. One highlight was the guerrilla girls exhibit 'reinventing the "f" word - feminism'.

Phil Conlon talks to lawyer David Jacobs about the Supreme Court of Canada decision on the deportation of Leon Mugesera to Rwanda. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal that had found the allegations against Mugesera to be without foundation. Jacobs points out that the Federal Court of Appeal thoroughly analysed Mugesera's speech and declared that it was not a speech calling for genocide or the killing of Tutsi's. The Federal Court of Appeal also ruled, after a thorough hearing, that the witnesses against Mugesera were clearly biased, and their allegations were not believable.

Jacobs notes that the Supreme Court did not overturn the findings of the Federal Court of Appeal, but instead ruled they should not have investigated the facts. By "trying to write history and law with the same pen" the Supreme Court gets neither correct.


November 1st, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Alexander Cockburn, David Jacobs

Phil interviews Alexander Cockburn, editor of Counterpunch, about the current US election campaign. Cockburn argues against the view that opponents of Bush have to support Kerry. Kerry's position on foreign policy is pretty much the same as Bush's or worse (on Israel for example), and his domestic policies favour the wealthy as much as Bush's do. Cockburn's recent book "Dime's Worth of Difference" about the Democrats and Republicans takes it's title from Waylon Jennings who said, "there ain't a dime's worth of difference between them". Cockburn says labour in the US is in a desperate situation, yet the SEIU spent $70 million on the election - much of it to knock Ralph Nader off the ballot. Meanwhile Kerry has supported every trade bill going.

Phil also talks to lawyer David Jacobs about dramatic news from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The Tribunal had ruled that Milosevic was not permitted to present his own defence and had tried to impose court-appointed counsel. However, faced with protests from around the world and a boycott that saw almost all of 100 or more witnesses refuse to appear, the Appeal Chamber backed down and is allowing Milosevich to continue to represent himself. Jacobs points out that the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia is just as illegal as the US invasion of Iraq. Jacobs and Michael Mandel, author of "How America Gets Away With Murder: Illegal Wars, Collateral Damage and Crimes Against Humanity" presented a brief to the Tribunal prosecutors demanding that NATO be charged with atrocities such as bombing of civilian targets and the supreme war crime - war of aggression. They were told that the Tribunal has no authority over crimes against the peace.

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

July 26th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
David Jacobs

Phil notes the death July 23 of Wilton Mkwayi, at the age of 81. Mkwayi was a founder of the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto We Sizwe; served 20 years in the jails of apartheid South Africa; and was treasurer of the South African Congress of Trade Unions.

Toronto lawyer David Jacobs, talks to Phil about the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the trials of Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son Dr. Gerard Ntakirutimana. Jacobs, who represented Gerard Ntakirutimana, reveals the systematic unfairness of the Tribunal and misconduct of the prosecution in these trials. Witnesses at the Tribunal testify in case after case, under a different pseudonym in each case, and change their story in each trial. Yet these witnesses are accepted by the Tribunal.

Phil also talks about the current situation in Darfur and his conversation with Dr. David Hoile of the European Sudan Public Affairs Council. Phil notes Colin Powell’s accusation of genocide against the Sudan Government is given credence by the media despite his blatant lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and the US mugging of President Aristide of Haiti.

February 23rd, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
David Jacobs

Re: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic, Former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia - Ramsey Clark

February 9th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Mick Lowe, David jacobs

September 29th, 2003 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Andrew Forrester, David Jacobs

The Edward Said Archive

July 7th, 2003 : mp3 file not currently online

Charles Taylor at the height of Liberia's crisis

Featured Guest(s):
President Charles Taylor, David Jacobs

July 2nd, 2003 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Senator Wuweiu, David Jacobs, President Charles Taylor

Phil speaks to a Liberian senator about the civil war in Liberia, the ceasefire, the involvement of outside forces in the conflict, and the possibility of President Taylor stepping down from his position before the end of his term. This recording also features our first interview with the Liberian President - Charles Taylor.

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