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Special interviews to mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd.

The UNESCO sponsored World Press Freedom day was recently celebrated in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. A two day conference brought together media practicioners, donor organisations, NGOs and media scholars to address the topic, "Media, Development and Poverty Eradication".

On May 2nd a commemoration was held in Colombo to remember Sri Lankan journalists who have been killed for nothing more than practicing their craft. The commemoration took the form of a candlelight vigil outside the Fort railway station. About 100 people attended and Alternaive Radio's Shane Elson spoke with the Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka spokesman,Sunanda Desahapriya.

Christopher Warren is the President of the International Federation of Journalists. Christopher was a delegate at the World Press Freedom Day events in Colombo and Shane spoke with him after the vigil.

Just after these interviews were conducted delegates to the conference were attending a dinner honouring the recipient of the Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2006, May Chidiac, a Lebonese journalist severely injured in a bomb attack in 2005. The dinner was being hosted by the Sri Lankan Minister for Media and Information, Anura Priyadarsana Yapa. As the dinner was getting under way, Sunanda Desahapriya took Shane out of the room and told him of the attack on the Tamil newspaper Uthyan. In the first interview with a foreign journalist, the Free Media Movement spokesperson, Sunanda Desahapriya, told Shane what had occured less than 2 hours earlier.

Soon after and just prior to dinner being served the Minister offered this message to attendees. As soon as the Minister had left the stage, Sunanda Desahapriya took the microphone and offered this plea to the guests.

Interview with Brazilian senator, Eduardo Suplicy (12meg)

A basic income is something many people try and attain. that is, they wan to earn enough to pay their basic way. The means to pay rent, utilities and groceries along with a basic education are what we all apsire to. For many, even in developed nations, this is still a dream. But what if there was a way to fullfill that dream? What if there was a way to share the common wealth?

Senator Eduardo Suplicy holds the honour of being the first elected Labor senator to the Brazillian senate. He is also a key thinker and writer on the need for a basic income. His books include From the Distribution of Income to the Rights of Citizenship (published by Editora Brasiliense - 1988) and The Program of Guaranteed Minimum Income (edited by the Federal Senate - 1992).

Shane Elson - Recovering the Human: The Disappearance of People in the 21st Century (26meg) The full text of the lecture is available here

Asylum seekers, terrorists, aspirational voters, insurgents, lefties, conservatives, wets, dries, radicals and anarchists. At some stage the language of the public sphere forgot the human. Real people have been removed from public discussion and have been replaced with metaphors, "real speak" and ciphers. A new set of codes have emerged in which the hopes and suffering of real people are replaced by accusations of individual weaknesses, unpreparedness or unwillingness to change or adapt. This new code of the public sphere seems to remove people and replace them with abstractions devoid of humanity. How do we recover the human? How do we re-humanise debates around welfare, work, disability, national security, poverty and community development? How do we reinject real people into the public sphere and allow their voices to be heard?

In trying to find the humanity in each news story and current affair report, Shane Elson finds himself asking "but where are the people?" In this Lionel Murphy Lecture Shane Elson will reflect on his own journey through the maze that is fatherhood, marriage, work, rest and play. Using touchstone events in his own life Shane will engage with contemporary issues that have perplexed, amused and absorbed him as he grappled with this question.

Paul Thomas - Interview in the aftermath of the latest Bali bombing (10 meg)

On Saturday the 2nd October 2005 three bombs exploded in popular tourist haunts on the Indonesian island of Bali. Two explosions occured at the beach resort of Jimbaran and the third was in Kuta. Almost thirty people were killed and many more were injured. Coming just ten days short of the third anniversary of the blast that killed over 200 in and around Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club what impact will these bombings have on the local Balinese? How might the local economy be affected and will tourism dry up?

Dr. Paul Thomas is the Convenor, Indonesian Study Program in the School of Language, Culture and Linguistics at Monash University. He has travelled widely throughout Indonesia and has published numerous articles on Indonesian culture, language and their media. In this interview, recorded in Dr. Thomas' office at the Berwick Campus of Monash University, Alternative Radio's Shane Elson explores some of the questions arrising in the aftermath of the latest bombings in Bali. Shane began by asking Dr. Thomas if he had heard any reports from or had driect contact with any of his colleagues or friends who live and work in Bali and Indonesia.

Mark Wakeham - Green Peace Clean Energy Campaigner - Hazelwood, Windpower and the Rainbow Warrior (8 meg)

Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley is Australia's dirtiest and highest polluting power station (WWF, Environment Victoria, ACF, Envirotalk). Only 15 years ago the plant was described as coming to the end of its designed production life. Then in came the Kennett government with their promise to privatise the power industry. In the mid 1990s the generator was sold off. The new owners promised "state of the art" upgrades and declared that they would be able to continue to generate electricity for the next 30 years. No one seemed to ask the obvious question. At what cost?

The cost of generating power with coal - and the coal in the Latrobe Valley is very poor quality - cannot be measured just in economic terms. The impact on the environment is the current focus of attention as Hazelwood attempts to convince the Victorian government that they need to open up another coal source to feed their ravenous furnaces. This development will see farming families moved off land some familes have farmed for generations. Coupled with the massive layoff of workers in the power industry in the wake of privatisation, it seems that, as one author noted, we are intent on "digging people up for coal".

Mark Wakeham is Green Peace Australia's Clean Energy spokesperson. In this interview with Alternative Radio's Shane Elson, he talks about their latest direct action at the Hazelwood plant. Mark and Shane also discuss the recent decision by the state government to reject an application to develop a wind farm in Western Victoria and reflect on the 20th anniverary of the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior by French terrorists.


Tariq Ali - Globalisation & Democracy after Iraq (22 meg)

Writer, journalist and film-maker Tariq Ali was born in Lahore in 1943. He was educated at Oxford University, where he became involved in student politics, in particular with the movement against the war in Vietnam. On graduating he led the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign. He owned his own independent television production company, Bandung, which produced programmes for Channel 4 in the UK during the 1980s. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles and journalism to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and the London Review of Books. He is editorial director of London publishers Verso and is on the board of the New Left Review, for whom he is also an editor.

His fiction includes a series of historical novels about Islam: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (1992), The Book of Saladin (1998) and The Stone Woman (2000). His non-fiction includes 1968: Marching in the Streets (1998), The Clash of Fundamentalisms (2002) and Bush in Babylon: The Re-colonization of Iraq (2003). His latest book, Conversations with Tariq Ali: Speaking of Empire and Resistance, is co-authored with Alternative Radio's David Barsamian.

Tariq Ali spoke in Melbourne in May 2005 at RMIT Storey Hall at the first of the 2005 Global Justice Series, a series of publc lectures organised by the RMIT Globalism Institute, Victorian Peace Network, RMIT University and the National Tertiary Education Union, RMIT University Branch. Melbourne community radio station 3CR was there to record his address.


David Barsamian - Post-Election Activism (This is a link to an external site. Simple registration required)

Not only is David Barsamian an award winning radio producer and author, he is also one of the most sought after speakers in America. David presented a lively, challenging and thought provoking address at a fund raiser for Cultural Energy in Taos, New Mexico in December 2004. In this address David is sure to get you thinking about "democracy, US-style". Not only does he challenge the prevailing shiboleths he offers positive and alternative suggestions on how we, the people, might claim back what has been taken from us by the powerful political elites.


Peter Balakian - The Burning Tigris (6 meg)

Peter Balakian, professor of English at Colgate University, is the author of the award-winning Black Dog of Fate. His latest book is The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide & America's Response. He was interviewed by Alternative Radio's founder and award winning radio commentator and author, David Barsamian on November on KGNU in Boulder, Colorado.


Laura Flanders - Interviewed by David Barsamian (8 meg)

London based Tariq Ali is an editor of New Left Review. He's written more than a dozen books on world history and politics. A charismatic speaker, he is in great demand all over the world. In his spare time he is a filmmaker, playwright and novelist. He is the author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms. His latest book is Bush in Babylon. David interviewed Mr. Ali on KGNU Radio (Boulder, Colorado) on October 12,th 2004.


Seymore Hersh - Interviewed by David Barsamian (8 meg)

Award winning author, broadcaster and founder of Alternative Radio, David Barsamian speaks with Seymour Hersh about his latest book Chain of Command : The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. David interviewed Mr. Hersh on KGNU Radio (Boulder, Colorado) on October 11,th 2004.


Arundhati Roy - City of Sydney Peace Prize Address 2004 (16 meg)

Award-winning Indian writer and human rights advocate Arundhati Roy delivered the 2004 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture on Wednesday 3rd November 2004 at The Seymour Centre, Sydney. Titled Peace and The New Corporate Liberation Theology, Arundhati Roy, once more skewers the debate on corporate welfare. Her gentle, self-deprecating style belies the power of her argument.

Perhaps best known as the author of the Booker Prize winning novel The God of Small Things, Ms. Roy speaks truth to power and in doing so is often vilified and critised. Perhaps it is a tribute to her intellectual rigor, philosophical approach and willingness to speak directly that causes some to take offense with her comments. The New York Times calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalisation and American influence." She is the winner of the Lannan Award for Cultural Freedom. Her latest books are The Chequebook and the Cruise Missile, with David Barsamian, and An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire.

Arundhati Roy follows other distinguished recipients of the City of Sydney Peace Prize including Professor Muhammad Yunus, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Xanana Gusmao, Sir William Deane, Mary Robinson and the 2003 recipient, Palestinian academic and human rights campaigner, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi.

A transcript of Arundhati Roy's address can be found at the ABC's 'Big Idea' site.

You can find out more about the City of Sydney Peace prize here.

Arundhati Roy's address was recorded by Sydney Community Radio Station 2SER.


Noni Sharp - Finding Places of the Heart Among the Gum Trees (20 meg)

Many non Indigenous Australians are awaking to the wisdom and art of the First Australians. Dr. Sharp proposes that recent literary and artistic work provides a mirror in which we may see ourselves - in our past and in our hopes for the future. Could it be possible that non-Indigenous Australians are, through art, benining to come to terms with the land? Perhaps the dissolution with grass-roots existence - the nowhereness of cyberspace and hypereality - stirs a yearning for embodiment of place and home in the Australian Imagination.

Dr. Nonie Sharp is a writer, editor, farmer, scholar and university teacher. She has worked with northern Australian Indigenous Australians for 25 years. He books include Footprints Along the Cape York Sandbeaches, Stars of Tagai: The Torres Strait Islanders and No Ordinary Judgement: The Murray Islanders' Land Case. Her latest book is Saltwater People: The Waves of Memory.

Dr. Sharp delivered the 19th Lionel Murphy Lecture at the Ninde dana Quarenook Centre in Morwell, Victoria on the 28th October 2004.

Dr. Sharp's address was recorded by Alternative Radio's Shane Elson .


Mae-Wan Ho - Life After the Genetic Engineering Nightmare (13 meg)

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho is the Director of the UK Institue of Science in Society, editor of Science in Society magazine, the world's only radical science magazine. She is also a scientific advisor to the Third World Network. A prolific author, she has published over 400 articles and 12 books including Living With the Fluid Genome, The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms, The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World and the forthcoming Unravelling AIDS and Rice is Life. On May 10th 2003 she helped to launch and currently sits on an international Independent Science Panel set up to advise governments and the public on the hazards of Genetic Engineering.

She spoke in Melbourne on 11th October 2004 at the Coburg Town Hall as part of a speaking tour organised by the GeneEthics etwork.

For more information on the GeneEthics Network click here. For more information on the Institute of Science in Society click here.

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho was interviewed by Adam Breasley during her visit to Melbourne.

Audio Samples

5 Minute excerpts of recent programs.

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(Real Audio Format)

As'ad AbuKhalil
Listen The Battle for Saudi Arabia

Philip Agee
Listen The CIA and Cuba

Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed
Listen Behind the War on Terror

Tariq Ali
Listen Cracks in the Empire
Listen Enablers of Empire
Listen Delusions of Empire

Ben Bagdikian
Listen The New Media Monopoly

Peter Balakian
Listen The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide

Chip Berlet
Listen Debunking Conspiracy Theories

Elaine Bernard
Listen In Defense of Government

Stephen Bezruchka
Listen Health & Wealth

Julian Bond
Listen Civil Rights Under Attack

Lester Brown
Listen Plan B: A Blueprint for People & the Planet

Noam Chomsky
Listen The Doctrine of Change of Course
Listen War Crimes & Imperial Fantasies

(2 Tape/CD Set)
Listen Democracy & U.S. Foreign Policy

Angela Davis
Listen Radical Multiculturalism

Larry Everest
Listen Oil, Power, and Empire

Robert Fisk
Listen Dateline: Beirut

Laura Flanders
Listen Bushwomen

Chris Hedges
Listen War as an Addiction

Seymour Hersh
Listen From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

Saad Eddin Ibrahim
Listen Egypt: Democracy or Dictatorship?

Molly Ivins
Listen Bushwhacked

Sut Jhally
Listen 9/11 & the Uses of Fear

Chalmers Johnson
Listen Blowback: Impacts of the New Militarism

Marjorie Kelly
Listen The Divine Right of Capital

Martin Luther King
Listen Beyond Vietnam

Stephen Kinzer
Listen Iran: The 1953 American Coup

Naomi Klein
Listen Debacle In Iraq

David Korten
Listen Renewing the American Experiment

Robert Jay Lifton
Listen Apocalyptic Violence

Manning Marable
Listen By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X

Rania Masri
Listen Privatizing War

Alfred McCoy, et al.
Listen CIA Covert Actions & Drug Trafficking

(2 Tape/CD Set)

Zia Mian
Listen The Project for a New American Century

Michael Moore
Listen Stupid White Men

Bill Moyers
Listen The Progressive Story of America
Listen Journalism & Democracy

Chandra Muzaffar
Listen Empire, Globalization & Religion

Michael Parenti
Listen Fascism: The False Revolution
Listen The Arrogance of Empire
Listen How I Became An Activist

Ahmed Rashid
Listen Afghanistan & Pakistan: Countries in Crisis

Scott Ritter
Listen Why Are We In Iraq?
Listen Iraq to Iran: The Empire Attacks

Cedric Robinson
Listen Jim Crow & Jezebel Go To Hollywood

Kenneth Roth
Listen Human Rights & the War on Terrorism

Arundhati Roy
Listen Globalization and Terrorism
Listen People Power in the Age of Empire
Listen Seize the Time!
Listen The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile

Edward Said
Listen Culture & Imperialism

John Sayles
Listen Politics & Film

Eric Schlosser
Listen Fast Food Nation

Bobby Seale
Listen The Black Panther Party

Jack Shaheen
Listen Reel Bad Arabs

Vandana Shiva
Listen Earth Democracy

Studs Terkel
Listen Which Side Are You On?

(2 Tape/CD Set)

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)
Listen Black History

Paul Watson
Listen Sea Shepherds

Gary Webb
Listen CIA Crack Cocaine Connection

Howard Zinn
Listen History Matters
Listen Resistance & the Role of Artists
Listen Critical Thinking
Listen Air-Brushing History

Howard Zinn/et al.
Listen Voices of a People's History

(2 Tape/CD Set)

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