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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

February 27th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Robin Philpot, Miguel San Vicente

February 6th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Norman Otis Richmond, Miguel San Vicente, Peter Leibovitch

In the first half of the program Phil talked to Norman Otis Richmond, CKLN broadcaster, about the legacy of Coretta Scott King and the history of black history month.

In the 2nd half hour Phil was joined in the studio by Miguel San Vicente of A Different Booklist and on the phone by Peter Leibovitch of the United Steel Workers. Peter and Miguel reported on their attendence at the World Social Forum in Caracas Venezuela with special attention to their efforts in solidarity with Haitians demanding the return of President Aristide and the withdrawal of foreign forces from that country.


August 23rd, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Miguel San Vicente

Miguel San Vicente, of A Different Book List, talks to Phil, Jacob Leibovitch and Steve Reimer about his recent trip to Venezuela. Miguel witnessed the inspiring victory of President Hugo Chavez in the August 15 referendum. Miguel pointed out the extent of popular support for Chavez - strong majorities in 8 elections in the last 5 years - despite which the opposition and the United States still try to portray him as illegitimate. He said you only needed to look up to the barrios surrounding Caracas to see houses completely painted in Chavez red and slogans supporting the President. Popular music supporting Chavez was also widespread.

Chavez' victory came despite a virulent campaign against him by the two major newspapers and all the private tv stations. Much of the anti-Chavez opposition has been sponsored by the US through such institutions as the National Endowment for Democracy. Reforms in health, education, land and jobs are priorities for the Chavez government and results are already evident. Miguel noted that job creation projects have meant that the formerly filthy streets of Caracas are now cleaner than the streets of Toronto. Medical care is now much more accessible to the poor, thanks in part to the 10,000 Cuban doctors in Venezuela and Cuban scholarships for Venezuelan medical students.


August 16th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Miguel San Vicente, Stan Goff

Phil interviews Miguel San Vicente, of A Different Book List, from Caracas Venezuela about the inspiring victory of President Hugo Chavez in the recent referendum. Despite a hostile media and US backing for the opposition, Chavez called for defending his governments programs for literacy, food and land distribution and won over 58% of the vote.

Stan Goff, the author of "Hideous Dream: A Soldier’s Memoir of the US Invasion of Haiti", talks with Phil about similarities between Venezuela and Haiti, particularly in how the US works to create first an economic crisis, secondly a political crisis, and thirdly a security crisis to serve as the excuse for intervention. The difference, of course, has been the defence of Chavez' government by the 'Bolivarian circles' and the loyalty of the army to Chavez. Goff also talks about Haiti's long history of rebellion and the bicentennial of the 1804 Haitian revolution for independence - the second successful revolution in this hemisphere, and the first to arise from a slave rebellion.


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