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28 Dec 981204 Ward Churchill - Native America: A Little Matter of Genocide

In the Balkans in the 1990s, vast areas were targeted for "ethnic cleansing." The world recoiled in horror. In Rwanda, the killing was even worse. There was intense media coverage and much hand-wringing. Absent from the discussion is any acknowledgment that when it comes to ethnic cleansing, the US takes a back seat to no one. In its drive for territory under the banner of "manifest destiny," the continent was virtually cleared of its indigenous population.

Ward Churchill is professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a prolific author. Among his many books are Fantasies of the Master Race, Struggle for the Land, Indians Are Us?, Since the Predator Came, Draconian Measures: History of FBI Political Repression and A Little Matter of Genocide.

21 Dec 981203 Eqbal Ahmad - Terrorism: Theirs and Ours

Terrorism is the scourge of the era. It is a fearsome symbol conjuring images of nasty looking, bearded men brandishing AK-47s. The media focus only on the terrorism of official enemies like Saddam Hussain and Osama bin Laden. The notion that the US and its allies engage in terrorism is simply not a topic for discussion. In the current discourse the terrorism of the designated bad guys is magnified. A lot of important information is omitted or distorted.

Eqbal Ahmad (Eck-baal Ah-mad) of Pakistan is one of the Third World's leading intellectuals. He is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst. His articles and essays appear in major journals and magazines all over the world. He writes a weekly column for Dawn, Pakistan's oldest English newspaper.

14 Dec 981202 Martin Lee - The CIA and LSD: Acid Dreams

During the Cold War in the early 1950s, the CIA experimented and developed LSD as a mind control espionage weapon. It launched a massive covert program in which countless innocent civilians were used as guinea pigs. Though the CIA was intent on keeping the drug for its own purposes, it could not prevent it from spreading into the popular culture resulting in major social consequences.

Martin Lee co-founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a New York based media watch organisation, and an award-winning journalist and author. He is co-author of Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media and is executive producer of Counterspin, a program of media criticism broadcast on public radio. He has investigated the CIA and its drug experiments. His classic book on the topic is Acid Dreams.

7 Dec 981201 Jeremy Brecher - Labor in the Age of Globalisation

Widespread support for the United Parcel Service strike may have signalled a resurgence of union activity. The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors was rooted in issues relating to globalisation (GM is relocating factories to China, Brazil and Poland). April 30, 1998.

Jeremy Brecher is an expert on labor, world trade and economics. He is the author and editor of many books, including the classic Strike!. In addition to being an Emmy Award winning screenwriter, he is co-author of Global Village or Global Pillage.

30 Nov 981105 Ross Gelbspan - Global Warming: The Heat is On

The first six months of 1998 were the hottest ever recorded, and July was the hottest month ever. Heat waves, floods and droughts are occurring all over the globe. Evidence piles up documenting global warming, yet in the US, there is denial and resistance. It's fuelled by a $2-trillion-a-year coal and oil industry-sponsored PR campaign.

Ross Gelbspan, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, writes about environmental issues for major newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Heat is On.

16 Nov 981103 John Tirman - Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade

The US now exports more weapons than all other countries combined. The President and his trade negotiators actively promote arms sales. The deals are huge money makers for US corporations. But the buck doesn't stop with profits. Regimes like Turkey and Indonesia turn those weapons against their own citizens. The price in moral degradation, human rights and loss of lives is high. Should the US reexamine its role as the number one global arms trafficker?

John Tirman is the executive director of the Winston Foundation for World Peace in Washington. He is a former Time magazine correspondent. His new book is Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade.

9 Nov 981102 Loretta Ross - The Global Women's Movement

"Women hold up half the sky and they are absolutely the equal of men," declared the new leaders of China in 1949. Inspiring slogans aside, what is the status of women and their struggle for equality? While over the past few decades a global movement has emerged to promote women's rights, it still faces such obstacles as the persistence of patriarchy and traditional notions of subordination and gender roles.

Loretta Ross is a leading voice for women's rights nationally and internationally. As Director of the Center for Human Rights Education in Atlanta, she works closely with the poor and communities of colour. She was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center, and she also directed the National Black Women's Health Project.

2 Nov 981101 Dan Baum - The Drug War Debacle

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars invested in the drug war, cocaine is cheaper and more available than ever. The war is now led by a general, Barry McCaffrey, who presides over a $16 billion budget, a lot more money than the US spends for its poor and needy. Drug war critics cite ever-escalating costs, potential for corruption and erosion of civil liberties. The government now has broad powers to circumvent the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Dan Baum has reported for The Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone. His book on the drug war is Smoke and Mirrors.

26 Oct 981002 Howard Zinn - US Imperialism and the War with Spain

Imperialism is usually associated with voracious and belligerent European states like Britain, France, Spain and Portugal. They conquered and colonised much of the world. By the time the US entered the international arena in the late 19th century, there wasn't much left to grab but Spain was weak and vulnerable. The US war with Spain was a turning point. It thrust the country into the Caribbean and the Pacific. The war's legacy, particularly with Cuba resonates today. 1998 is the 100th anniversary of the Spanish-American War.

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, is perhaps this country's premier radical historian. He grew up in a poor immigrant family in Brooklyn. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He was an active figure in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. Today, at 82, he speaks all over the country before huge audiences. His masterpiece, A People's History of the United States, continues to sell in huge numbers and is now complimented by Voices of A People's History.

19 Oct 981001 Edward Said - The Palestinian Future

September 13 1998 marked the fifth anniversary of the Oslo Accords. Hardly anyone noticed. Peace still seems distant. Fifty years after Israel's founding, the status of the Palestinians remains unclear. What is the Palestinian future?

Edward Said, internationally renowned Columbia University professor, practically invented the field of post-colonial studies. His great work, Orientalism has been translated into many languages and is widely used in colleges and universities. The New York Times called him, "one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the world." As one of the few advocates for Palestinian rights in the US, he was the target of vilification, death threats and vandalism. The Economist said he "repudiated terrorism in all its forms and was a passionate, eloquent and persistent advocate for justice for the dispossessed Palestinians." He was a trenchant critic not just of Israeli policies, but also of Arafat, the corrupt coterie around him and the despotic Arab regimes. He felt strongly that intellectuals had a special responsibility to speak out against injustice, challenge power, confront hegemonic thinking and provide alternatives. His memoir Out of Place won the New Yorker Book of the Year Award. Edward Said died in New York on September 25, 2003.

10 Aug 970904 Michael Parenti - Costs of Empire

Discussions about empire are carefully controlled and constructed. It's fine to talk about the Byzantine, Ottoman and British varieties. However, the subject of US empire, when not ignored outright, is couched in euphemisms like the 'free market' or 'free trade'. Other favourites are 'national interest' and 'national security'. US global intervention is framed in terms of altruism and good intentions. The costs of empire are borne by Americans, but the profits go to the Fortune 500.

Michael Parenti is a distinguished political scientist, author and lecturer and one of this country's foremost independent political analysts. He received his Ph.D. from Yale. He has taught at major colleges and universities in the US and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including Against Empire, The Terrorism Trap and the highly acclaimed The Assassination of Julius Caesar.

3 Aug 980801 Cornel West - The Radical Democratic Tradition

Throughout history there have been individuals who have challenged conventional wisdom and have stretched societal limits. Collectively they constitute the radical democratic tradition. A sterling example of this lineage is Rosa Parks. By her simple act of courage and defiance she triggered the Montgomery bus boycott which in turn sparked the civil rights movement.

Cornel West has been called "the pre-eminent African American intellectual of our generation." Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Afro-American Studies at Harvard, he lectures extensively throughout the United States and the world. He is a prolific writer, author of Keeping Faith, Race Matters and Restoring Hope. His work is a fusion of the African American spiritual tradition and progressive politics.

27 Jul 980504 Vandana Shiva - Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

Vandana Shiva of India is one of the Third World's most eloquent voices on the environment, women's rights and sustainable development. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in New Delhi. In this program, she describes the impact that giant agribusiness is having on global food production and the effects intellectual property rights and patents are having on traditional communities.

Vandana Shiva of India is a leading voice for sustainable development and social justice. A Renaissance-type woman, she's a physicist, scholar, social activist and feminist. Dr. Shiva is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She's the author of many books including Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest and Water Wars.

20 Jul 980703 John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton - Mad Cow USA

Mad cow disease. Could the nightmare happen here? Since its outbreak in Britain, concerns have arisen about the disease spreading to the United States. Although Europe has banned most of the feeding practices linked to mad cow, animal cannibalism, the feeding of animal remains to animals, continues more extensively in the US than anywhere in the world. The issue attracted national media attention when TV star Oprah Winfrey was sued for libel by the Texas Beef Group for discussing the topic on her show.

John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton are authors of Mad Cow USA: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?. They both are active with the Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin.

John Stauber is a leading critic of the public relations industry. He is founder and director of he Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin. The Center publishes PR Watch, an investigative quarterly. He is co-author of a book on PR, Toxic Sludge is Good for You.

13 Jul 980702 Kevin Danaher - Citizen Power

Transnational corporations are, in some instances, bigger and more powerful than nations. Free trade agreements have enhanced corporate power while undermining the ability of workers to defend their jobs. However, all over the world people are organising and resisting. The shape and contours of that struggle will determine the global economy in the 21st century.

Kevin Danaher is co-founder and public education director of Global Exchange, the San Francisco-based non-profit organisation that led the campaign that exposed Nike's use of sweatshop labor and promotes grassroots, citizen-oriented efforts in international trade. He is the author of Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama, 50 Years Is Enough, Globalise This! and Democratising the Global Economy.

6 Jul 980701 Elaine Bernard - Worker Solidarity and Human Rights

An injury to one is an injury to all has long rallied workers. It's not merely a slogan but a basis for organising and action. When workers are being denied basic human rights, solidarity is the vehicle for recovering eroded rights and winning new ones.

Elaine Bernard is past President of the New Democratic Party in British Columbia. She is the former Director of the Labor Program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. and an authority on NAFTA. Professor Bernard is the Director of the Harvard Trade Union Program. She lectures throughout the world and writes extensively on political, trade and labor issues. Her articles on labor and economic and trade issues appear in major journals.

29 Jun 980605 Martin Lee - Resurgent Fascism: The Beast Reawakens

Fascism did not end with Hitler's suicide in his Berlin bunker. In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the US recruited and protected Nazi war criminals. It was all part of the emerging Cold War conflict. The unseemly alliances yielded some very unsavoury consequences with effects still evident today in the revival of fascism in new guises and forms.

Martin Lee co-founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a New York-based media watch organisation, and an award-winning journalist and author. He is co-author of Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media and is executive producer of Counterspin, a program of media criticism broadcast on public radio. He has investigated the CIA and its drug experiments. His classic book on the topic is Acid Dreams.

22 Jun 980604 Edward Said - Israel and Palestine: The Challenge Ahead

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears at once intractable and unsolvable. The cycle of outrages affecting both communities seems endless. The much-vaunted peace process is in shambles. In this program, Edward Said proposes a radical solution that cuts through the current impasse with a promise of reconciliation and peace for both peoples.

Edward Said, internationally renowned Columbia University professor, practically invented the field of post-colonial studies. His great work, Orientalism has been translated into many languages and is widely used in colleges and universities. The New York Times called him, "one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the world." As one of the few advocates for Palestinian rights in the US, he was the target of vilification, death threats and vandalism. The Economist said he "repudiated terrorism in all its forms and was a passionate, eloquent and persistent advocate for justice for the dispossessed Palestinians." He was a trenchant critic not just of Israeli policies, but also of Arafat, the corrupt coterie around him and the despotic Arab regimes. He felt strongly that intellectuals had a special responsibility to speak out against injustice, challenge power, confront hegemonic thinking and provide alternatives. His memoir Out of Place won the New Yorker Book of the Year Award. Edward Said died in New York on September 25, 2003.

15 Jun 980603 Michael Parenti - The Hidden Ideology of the Mass Media

Mass media are owned by huge corporations that have a definite ideological agenda. Yet it is a staple verging on dogma that the mass media are independent, objective and liberal. This is repeated like a mantra and never challenged. Detailed studies and documentation refute the liberal label. Nevertheless, the charge of liberal bias persists and has become part of the political culture.

Michael Parenti is a distinguished political scientist, author and lecturer and one of this country's foremost independent political analysts. He received his Ph.D. from Yale. He has taught at major colleges and universities in the US and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including Against Empire, The Terrorism Trap and the highly acclaimed The Assassination of Julius Caesar.

8 Jun 980602 Helen Caldicott - Ecology and the Human Spirit

On the eve of the 21st century, the planet faces a multiplicity of ecological crises, from global warming to deforestation to ozone depletion. The environment that sustains us all is threatened. What can be done, individually and collectively, to restore the well-being of the earth? October 2, 1997.

Helen Caldicott, an Australian-born paediatrician, is a world-renowned environmental activist. She was the founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organisation which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She is the author of Nuclear Madness, Missile Envy and If You Love This Planet. Her autobiography is titled, A Desperate Passion.

1 Jun 980601 Howard Lyman - The Case for Vegetarianism

In August 1997, E. coli bacteria in hamburgers resulted in the largest meat recall in US history. More than 25 million pounds of beef were pulled from the market. Major chains such as Burger King, Wal-Mart and Safeway halted sales of suspect patties. Despite this incident and others, meat-eating remains a central part of many people's diet. Is vegetarianism a viable alternative? Howard Lyman thinks decidedly so.

He is a fourth-generation Montana farmer, rancher and feedlot operator who turned the family farm into a multi-million-dollar cattle business. He is a former lobbyist for the meat and dairy industries. He has done a complete about-face and now directs the Eating with Conscience Campaign of the Humane Society and is President of the International Vegetarian Union.

25 Mar 980504 Vandana Shiva - Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

Vandana Shiva of India is one of the Third World's most eloquent voices on the environment, women's rights and sustainable development. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in New Delhi. In this program, she describes the impact that giant agribusiness is having on global food production and the effects intellectual property rights and patents are having on traditional communities.

Vandana Shiva of India is a leading voice for sustainable development and social justice. A Renaissance-type woman, she's a physicist, scholar, social activist and feminist. Dr. Shiva is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She's the author of many books including Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest and Water Wars.

18 May 980503 Noam Chomsky - The Multilateral Agreement on Investment

MAI, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, crafted in virtually secrecy, is a sweeping new international trade pact. Critics call it, NAFTA on steroids. It is designed to give investment bankers and transnational corporations unprecedented power and privileges over governments and local communities. If enacted its rules would allow foreign investors to challenge national laws and policies in such areas as the environment, worker rights and consumer protection.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror and Middle East Illusions. His latest book is Hegemony or Survival. He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian. The latest are The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

11 May 980502 Martin Khor - The Asian Tiger Economic Meltdown

It began in the summer of 1997. First Thailand, then Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea. The Asian tiger economies went into a massive freefall. Businesses went bust, millions were laid off, stock markets and currencies collapsed. The crash was rather stunning, since just before things broke loose the tigers had been hailed by the International Monetary Fund as the "economic model of the future." Martin Khor was interviewed by Sarah Anderson.

Martin Khor is the director of the Malaysia-based Third World Network and editor of its magazine, Third World Resurgence.

4 May 980501 Noam Chomsky - Class War: The Attack on Working People

The notion of class is usually associated with England. The term is rarely applied to the US, where traditional lore has one big middle class with a few rich and poor on either end. Well, that conventional formula is dramatically changing. Powerful interests are waging a relentless class war that is eroding the middle class. A Twentieth Century Fund study reports that income inequality in the US is worse than in any other industrialised country, surpassing even Britain. Corporate profits are zooming, but working people are suffering. A significant factor contributing to the current economic situation is the virtual disappearance of unions. Without them, workers lack leverage in dealings with corporate managers. They're told to make concessions or the company will hire temps or move the factory to the Third World.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror, Middle East Illusion and Hegemony or Survival." He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian including The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

24/27 Apr 980403 / 980404 Noam Chomsky - The 'Peace Process' in the Middle East (Pts. 1 and 2)

The signing of the Declaration of Principles between Israel and the PLO in September 1993 was celebrated with great fanfare. At last, long-time adversaries were settling their differences. The US-sponsored peace process was a success. A lot has happened since that White House ceremony. The participants received Nobel Peace Prizes. Arafat sits on an uneasy throne in Gaza. Hamas threatens his reign. Elections have been postponed. Israeli settlers and troops remain in the West Bank and Gaza. The litany of violence continues. The real history of the conflict has been largely obscured. In general, whatever the US proposes is by definition the peace process. Non-US proposals disappear from the public record. Much of the media coverage is disinformation laced with anti-Palestinian bias. In the prevailing Orwellian framework, 'moderates' are those who support US positions; 'extremists' are those who don't fall into line behind Washington. In part one, Prof. Chomsky examines some of the misperceptions, myths and hidden history of the Israel-Palestinian issue and the crucial role of US policy. He argues that US interest in Mideast oil transcends every other concern. In order to secure its power, the US constructed a strategic alliance to police the region. It was important that an Arab facade cover US intentions. Of course, when the local cops on the beat can't keep order, then Washington moves in with massive force, as it did in the Gulf War. In part two, he engages the audience in a lively question-and-answer period.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror, Middle East Illusion and Hegemony or Survival." He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian including The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

10/13 Apr 980401 / 980402 Noam Chomsky - Robbing People Blind: US. Economic Policy (Pts. 1 and 2)

Wall Street is on a roll. Profits are going through the roof. Yet, paradoxically workers just had their worst year on record. The US leads in the dubious category of income inequality. Of all the industrialised nations, not one has as great a gulf between the rich and poor as the US, and the situation is rapidly deteriorating. The middle class is shrinking. 1% of the population owns 40% of the nation's wealth. Interviews.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror, Middle East Illusion and Hegemony or Survival." He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian including The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

30 Mar 980305 Noam Chomsky - Manufacturing Consent: Media and Propaganda

The media present themselves as objective, balanced and free from any agenda. Reality suggests a different construct. Much of what passes as news is sometimes subtle, sometimes crude propaganda. The media are large conglomerates that serve to mobilise support for the special interests that dominate state and corporate power. In democratic societies populations are not controlled by force. Rather, they are subject to more refined forms of ideological manipulation. Necessary illusions are created. Consent is manufactured. The public is marginalised.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror, Middle East Illusion and Hegemony or Survival." He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian including The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

27 Mar 971203 Noam Chomsky - The Myth of the Free Market

There is endless talk about the free market and its virtues. Entrepreneurs compete on level playing fields and the public benefits. The chasm between such fantasies and reality is acute and growing wider. The existing free market depends heavily on taxpayer subsidies and bailouts. Corporate welfare far exceeds that which goes to the poor and needy.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror, Middle East Illusion and Hegemony or Survival." He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian including The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

20 Mar 980303 Noam Chomsky - An Inquiry into Global Capitalism

The jargon of the international economy fills the air: fast track, globalisation, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, Asian tiger meltdowns, and IMF bailouts. Since the economy of Thailand began to unravel in the summer of 1997, a domino-like effect has been felt throughout Asia. South Korea, the 11th biggest economy in the world, is the focus of the largest bailout in history. The ripple may become a tide, effecting Japan and ultimately the US.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror, Middle East Illusion and Hegemony or Survival." He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian including The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

6/13 Mar 970901 / 970902 Noam Chomsky - Propaganda and Control of the Public Mind (Pts. 1 and 2)

Most people associate the term 'propaganda' with totalitarian dictatorships like Iraq or North Korea. Yet propaganda, in different shapes and forms, is an important element in democratic societies. The control and use of images and information can alter perceptions, frame debate and influence opinion. This special two-part program features Noam Chomsky in a seminar given at Harvard to trade union leaders from the US, Canada, Australia and Japan. February 7, 1997.

Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than four decades. He is in such demand as a public speaker that he is often booked years in advance. And wherever he appears, he draws huge audiences. The Guardian calls him, "One of the radical heroes of our age." He is the author of Power and Terror, Middle East Illusion and Hegemony or Survival." He's done a series of interview books with David Barsamian including The Common Good and Propaganda and the Public Mind.

16/23 Feb 980202 / 980203 Alfred McCoy - CIA Covert Actions and Drug Trafficking (Pts. 1 and 2)

Investigative journalist Gary Webb's series in the San Jose Mercury News gave new life to the charge of CIA drug running. Rep. John Conyers, Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, convened a special seminar on Capitol Hill to focus on the issue. This panel of experts discusses the new revelations as well CIA covert actions in Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Central America.

Alfred McCoy is a leading authority on the drug problem and its attendant wars. He is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and author of The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Drug Traffic: Narcotics and Organised Crime in Australia and The Politics of Heroin.

9 Feb 980201 Winona LaDuke - Recovering the Land: Native Americans and the Law

Indigenous peoples in the US and around the world are struggling to recover their lands. From the South Pacific to Minnesota to British Columbia in Canada, native activists are mobilising to reclaim their rights. There are some victories. In March 1997, the government of Argentina returned 300,000 acres to Indians in the northwest region of the country.

Winona LaDuke is one of the most brilliant and articulate representatives of indigenous perspectives. At the age of seventeen she spoke at the UN on behalf of Native Americans. She is a founding member of Women of All Red Nations and director of the Land Recovery Project on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. An inspiring speaker, she was the 1996 and 2000 vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party, the first Native American to run for national office. She is the author of All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life.

26 Jan 980104 William Greider - The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism

The global economic landscape is being radically transformed. Traditional boundaries disappear as huge transnational corporations move virtually at will in search of cheap labor and resources. One financier boasts, "Now capital has wings." While things may be rosy for some corporations, there are signs of alarm. George Soros, the billionaire speculator, warns in Atlantic magazine that out-of-control capitalism is a threat to international stability.

William Greider is a leading journalist and author. He is national editor of Rolling Stone magazine. Among his best-selling books are Secrets of the Temple, Who Will Tell the People and Fortress America. He travelled all over the world doing research for his book One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism.

19 Jan 980103 Ron Daniels - Racism: Past and Present

Racism is a deep fissure that divides the country. It is persistent and pervasive. Evidence of racism is blatant, as in the burning of African American churches. And it's also subtle, as in interpersonal relations. In this powerful and moving presentation, Ron Daniels gives the context and background of racism in America and what must be done to overcome it. An eloquent speaker, he has long been involved in civil rights and social justice issues.

Ron Daniels is a long time organiser and political activist. He worked on the 1984 and 1988 Jesse Jackson Rainbow Coalition Presidential Campaigns. In 1992, he was an independent candidate for President on the "Campaign for a New Tomorrow Ticket". He is Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.

12 Jan 980102 Robert McChesney - The Global Media System

The wave of media mergers and takeovers has created a global system of near awesome dimensions. What many people see, hear and read is produced and controlled by a handful of private multinational corporations. Critics, such as Robert McChesney, contend that monopoly control of media threatens the communication needs of democratic societies.

Robert McChesney is professor of communications at the University of Illinois and one of the country's foremost experts on issues of media and democracy. He writes extensively on broadcasting history and media policy. He is co-editor of Ruthless Criticism and author of Telecommunications, Mass Media and Democracy, The Global Media and Rich Media, Poor Democracy.

5 Jan 980101 Peter Dale Scott - The Politics of Global Drug Trafficking

Crusades against drugs are a routine part of the political landscape. Wars are declared. Czars are appointed. Billions are appropriated. More and more prisons are built. The untold and amazing part of the drug war is that there is considerable evidence that covert US involvement with regimes and movements has exacerbated the problem. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central America and Panama are just recent examples of US policy gone awry. This is a revelatory and blockbuster program. Few are better informed on this issue than Peter Dale Scott.

Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and UC Berkeley professor, has carefully studied and documented the politics of the global drug trade. He's the author of The Iran-Contra Connection and Cocaine Politics.

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