Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Compilation of Soapboxes related to Palestine

Radicals - January 11, 2009 (SOAPBOX #1) with Debra Sweet, Gloria La Riva, & Greta Berlin.)

Cynthia McKinney Special - July 5, 2009 (SOAPBOX #24 - Cindy's special focuses on former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, presently imprisoned in Israel for attempting to deliver humanitartian aid to the people of Gaza. Read Ms. McKinney's letter from an Israeli jail here. Also imprisoned is Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire. Ms. McKinney said the boat was on a humanitarian mission and was not in Israeli waters. The Israeli military said the boat was trying to enter Gaza illegally. Cindy presents a live interview with Ms. McKinney from an Israeli jail, plus other worthwhile info. You can call the White House at 202-456-1111, and the Israeli Embassy in DC at 202-364-5500. You can email the Israeli Embassy in Tel Aviv at amctelaviv@state.gov. You can throw in that you would also like the siege of Gaza to end, while you are at it.)

A Peace Mom welcomes a Peace Prize WINNER - July 19, 2009 (SOAPBOX #26 - Cindy talks with Mairead Maguire, a 1976 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from her home in Ireland.  They discuss Mairead's recent kidnaping by the Israeli Navy in International waters, as well as other Peace related issues.  Check it out!

Cynthia! - August 16, 2009 (SOAPBOX #30 - Cindy welcomes former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, "kidnapped" and imprisoned by the Israelis for seven days.  Maybe she was considered dangerous for her "crime":  She actually brought CRAYONS to the children of Gaza!  A heinous crime indeed!  Everybody knows that we should look forward and not back when it comes to trivial matters (like sytematic torture) - but intolerable evils such as distributing CRAYONS to CHILDREN (evidently) deserve the full force of (someone's) law!  What a danger to humanity!  Listen in!

Temir Porras - March 28, 2010 (SOAPBOX #54) - Cindy welcomes Temir Porras, Venezuela's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of the Middle East and Asia.  In today's world, Venezuela and its popularly beloved President, Hugo Chavez, are tarred as a "communist dictatorship" because of robber-class fears that his good example could give others ideas, too.  (Where would the world be if we let people realize that Hugo Chavez is beloved precisely BECAUSE he takes good care of all his people - not just the wealthy and powerful few.)  The National Endowment for Democracy is a Washington D.C-based non-profit, funded by the U.S. national budget to subvert real democracy wherever it threatens to stay established.  In particular they spend millions of dollars of taxpayer money every year in Venezuela to delegitmatize and destabilize Chavez's democratically elected government.  The U.S. media, showing all their characteristic perspicacity and integrity, faithfully all spout this same "party line" and forbid any alternative view.  But not Cindy.  Today, with this absolutely marvelous interview, she gives us all some deeper insight into the realities of life and viewpoint in Chavez's "communist dictatorship" - while back at home in "the freest nation on earth" our President keeps us safe by killing us - if we're suspects - and all without any namby-pamby trials.  This perspective is worthwhile plus, and usually unavailable to us.  Please listen.

Shifting Sands - April 25, 2010 (SOAPBOX #58) - Cindy welcomes author/editor Osie Adelfang of an anthology, telling a story best capsulized as "Jewish Women Confront the Israeli Occupation."  Now this is significant, because Osie was raised as a Jewish Israeli girl in the USA, and was nourished with the "official" propaganda story of Jewish emigration into an empty land and their subsequent victimization by Arab predators.  This "official" line somehow failed to tell Jewish children of the fact the land was already occupied - by Palestinians.  Osie had quite a journey to come to understand what she really knew, what she really didn't know, and what she "knew" that just wasn't so!  She was so alone.  Even today, the "official" rendition of current events within Israel doesn't include inconvenient facts, like the recent worldwide Gaza freedom march.  It was a *bleeping* difficult transformation, for all who did undergo it.  It was a principal motivation for her book, so the book holds many poignant, meaningful stories.  Osie and Cindy discuss much personally meaningful detail, and tell marvelous stories.  The process of revising what you've always believed to be the "facts" of your life is always the most poignant of human experiences.  Especially the mythology of "A land without a people for a people without a land" was especially difficult to confront and rectify.  Osie tells Cindy of her own experiences.  They have much worth listening to,  So please do it: use the link!

Ann Wright: All Right! - July 18, 2010 (SOAPBOX #63) - Cindy interviews a noted woman of conscience, Ann Wright, former Army Colonel, Foreign Diplomat, and Anti-war Activist.  Ann was in a small boat, just astern of the Mavi Marmara in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla - from which vantage point she closely observed the unprovoked Israeli attack on an unarmed mercy ship in International waters.  Colonel Wright is an old friend of Cindy's; having helped her organize and operate Camp Casey during Cindy's famous mission to Crawford, Texas in 2005.  (You remember: back when President Bush demonstrated to the whole world he was afraid to meet with her.)  Today, we have a brand-new President, bringing brand new changes.  Since that brand-new President still wants more sacrifices (of other mothers' children) for that noble cause, Cindy still wants to know what that "noble cause" might be.  (Is that too hard to comprehend?)  Certainly, the President of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth cannot be scared to explain to one mother just why grinding her once-living precious baby into just another corpse was a noble act, can he?  After all, it's not like it's something he doesn't do every day.  Every day he send out the children of other mothers to be turned into corpses, - or, if they're lucky, to grind the children of Iraqi or Afghan mothers into corpses instead.  By now we've had two Presidents tell us "this is noble."  Is it too much to ask the current wearer of Imperial purple just why it's noble to turn children into corpses?  We're dying to hear your explanation.  Cindy and Ann Wright have lots to discuss; it's all good listening!  [Note: The web site for Colonel Wright's boat to Gaza is here, (a dot org site) - not at the dot com site she inadvertently gave in her conversation.]  Please do: use Ann Wright's link above, and listen to their discussion!

Independent Journalism  -  September 26, 2010 (SOAPBOX #73) - Cindy holds a very in-depth interview with British journalist, Robert Fisk, who has been living in the Middle East and reporting from there for decades.  He is an English writer and journalist from Maidstone, Kent and has primarily been based in Beirut for more than 30 years.  He has published a number of books and has reported from the United States's attack on Afghanistan and the same country's 2003 invasion of Iraq.  Fisk holds more British and International Journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent.  Robert FiskHe reported the Northern Ireland troubles in the 1970s, the Portuguese Revolution in 1974, the Lebanese Civil War, the Iranian revolution in 1979, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Iran–Iraq War, the Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. A vernacular Arabic speaker, he is one of few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden, and did so three times between 1994 and 1997.  His awards include being voted International Journalist of the Year seven times.  Fisk has said that journalism must, "challenge authority, all authority, especially so when governments and politicians take us to war." He has quoted with approval the Israeli journalist Amira Hass: "There is a misconception that journalists can be objective.  ... What journalism is really about is to monitor power and the centres of power."  He has written at length on how much of contemporary conflict has its origin, in his view, in lines drawn on maps:  "After the allied victory of 1918, at the end of my father's war, the victors divided up the lands of their former enemies.  In the space of just seventeen months, they created the borders of Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia and most of the Middle East.  And I have spent my entire career - in Belfast and Sarajevo, in Beirut and Baghdad - watching the people within those borders burn."  Please use the link above to listen for today's today's fascinating discussions!

Terrific Triumphant Trifecta.  -  October 3, 2010 (SOAPBOX #74) - Cindy welcomes 3 respected guests:  Count them; three!  1) Father Roy Bourgeois of the School of the Americas Watch.  SOA is a notorious training school for torturers and right-wing activist coup plotters that is currently actively destabilizing democratic regimes in South America.  His biography can be found here, 2) Jess Sundin, who was one of the activists raided by the FBI last week.  She's a longtime antiwar activist in Minneapolis.  Evidently, this was reason enough for the FBI to paint a target marker on her back.  This is documented on Democracy Now!  (Is our government still rivaling the old Soviet Empire as well as modern Iran for supremacy in social control ?),  and finally 3) Lisa Barr, who works at Pacifica radio station WTND-FM in rural Illinois.  It's been a long time since we've had 3 guests!  I'm so excited.  Please use the link above to check out today's today's fascinating discussions!

Grande Dame.  -  October 31, 2010 (SOAPBOX #76) - Cindy speaks for herself:  "Dear Friends,  As a path finding journalist that covered every president since JFK, Helen Thomas ended every presidential press conference with her trademark: "Thank you, Mr. President," (except for during the Bush years, when she was relegated to the back row).  This Sunday, we say: "Thank you, Helen Thomas," as I chat with her about her life that has been intertwined with our history for the last five decades.  She is characteristically straightforward in this interview that will first air on October 31st at 2pm Pacific at the website. If you miss it this Sunday, you can access it any time after that at the archives.  Please use the link above to listen to these gems of wisdom, from two of our wisest.

A Tale of Two Cindys  -  February 13, 2011 (SOAPBOX #85) - Cindy Sheehan welcomes a most honored guest, Cindy Corrie.  (Note:  That link goes to Part 1 of an interview with Rachel Corrie's parents.  Part 2 is here.)  Both of these ladies suffered a mother's worst nightmare: the loss of her precious child - to the forces of empire!  Our listeners here are all aware of the loss of Casey Sheehan in Iraq in 2005.  Cindy Corrie's daughter, peace activist Rachel Corrie, was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family's home.  Rachel CorrieMotivated by her daughter's work and sacrifice, Cindy Corrie has dedicated herself to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East.  Today - for some reason - neither of these two are big fans of military empire - by anyone, at any time, under any name!  (Why can't they just be reasonable and respectable patriots who accept that "KILLING = GLORY," just as they're taught?)  My goodness; you might think they were actually offended by the military killing their children!  What chutzpah!  You'd think they believed in the supreme value of a single human life!  How impractical:  Kill one single innocent civilian - and you're guilty of murder.  Rack up 100,000 corpses or a few millions, and you're a glorious hero, conducting foreign policy!  Evidently, the bigger the number of victims the more glorious your "victory."  (Or is it really that the more publicity you get, the more glorious your "victory" becomes?)  Please use the link above, and listen in while these two bereaved mothers share what's in their hearts and in their minds.

AIPAC disruptors disrupted  -  May 29, 2011 (SOAPBOX #99) - Cindy welcomes her special guest, Rae Abileah, central character in the International Solidarity Movement's Jewish protester disrupts Netanyahu During Congressional Address story.  Rae courageously interrupted the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu in Congress this past week, earning her a roughing up by AIPAC thugs and the Capitol Hill Police.  In fact, Code Pink organized a campaign "Move Over, AIPAC" to address peace and justice related issues at this year's AIPAC gala.  Check the Gala Protest here.  During Netanyahu's speech to AIPAC yesterday, 5 individuals interrupted Netanyahu and were removed from the building.  Please use the title link above, and check out Ms. Abileah's tale.

Women, strong and wise.  -  July 17, 2011 (SOAPBOX #103) - Cindy brings us two very different guests.  First up is Chelsea Byers, a young Code Pink Intern who was sexually assaulted at AIPAC conference when she tried protesting Netanyahu's speech at the gala.  Chelsea says the sexual assault by an AIPAC member was an attempt to dampen her spirits.  She said there was an organized response of violence there [ready] to squelch protests.  Fortunately, Chelsea has recovered (as much as one can "recover" from such deep personal violation) and is continuing her University education, where she's majoring in Political Science and Women's Studies.  Cindy's second guest is Kathleen Barry, Feminist and Professor Emerita from Penn State University.  Her new book is UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN: How empathy can reshape our politics, our soldiers and ourselves.  Dr. Barry focuses on the masculinity of war and the social expectations placed on boys.  Introducing new concepts such as core masculinity and expendable lives, this book exposes how masculinity and the military prepare men for killing and introduces new approaches to world peace and a new masculinity that is already in the making.  We can change socialization within our society to reduce the agression and violence which war demands!)  Please use the title link above, and give them your ear.

Ms. Wright speaks.  -  September 4, 2011 (SOAPBOX #107) - Cindy welcomes good friend of peace and of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox, the notable woman of conscience, Ann WrightMs. Wright won't steer you wrong!  On this show she will talk about the recent Gaza Freedom Flotilla which she was a leader on the American boat and her recent trip to Jeju Island in South Korea where the Korean occupants are making a courageous stand against a US Naval base being built there.  The American Empire doesn't even pay attention to the 82% of its citizens who want to preserve our safety net in the face of an artificial "deficit" crisis necessitating "austerity" - so why would they care what the occupants of Jeju island want?  They're not even Americans, after all.  Please listen to her current assessment.   Use the title link above.

Cynthia's Newest Soapbox!  -  March 18, 2012 (SOAPBOX #125) - Cindy is still in Ireland, helping the Irish Committee to Free the (Cuban) 5.  She once more presents our returning guest-host: Cynthia McKinney, who then welcomes the controversial writer and musician, Gilad Atzmon.  Right wingers call him "anti-semitic" and a "fully fledged holocaust denier."  His book The Wandering Who is an investigation of Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology using both popular culture and scholarly texts.  Jewish identity is tied up with some of the most difficult and contentious issues of today.  The purpose in this book is to open many of these issues up for discussion.  Cynthia provides deep insight into his fascinating philosophy and its applications.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to appreciate his deep grasp of today's most complicated and subtle issues! 

The Impending Israeli Invasion of Iran_on Soapbox

Don't Attack Iran
This show was broadcast August 25, 2012. It is now archived here — Use Player Coming up every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific * 04:00 pm Eastern * 20:00 GMT The Impending Israeli Invasion of Iran Cindy Sheehan interviews ex-CIA analyst, Raymond McGovern, about an impending Israeli invasion of Iran. Cindy’s website is here…. »»»

Rachel Corrie, Her Sacrifice and Aussie Anti-war Action _ on Soapbox

This show was broadcast September 29, 2012. It is now archived here — Use Player Coming up Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific * 04:00 pm Eastern * 20:00 GMTRachel Corrie, Her Sacrifice and Aussie Anti-war Action Cindy Sheehan and Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox hosts the parents of Rachel Corrie: Cindy and Craig. Cindy and Craig talk… »»»

Transformation from Zionist to Peace Activist_in Soapbox

Cindy Sheehan Soapbox This show was broadcast November 10, 2012. It is now archived here — Use Player Coming up Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific * 04:00 pm Eastern * 21:00 GMT Transformation from Zionist to Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan interviews Miko Peled who has a wonderful tale of transformation from being a Zionist to a peace activist…. »»»

Today, on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox,
Cindy interviews, blogger, Vast Left (who does a daily "American Extremist" cartoon) and has principled criticism of Barack Obama and his supporters.
And today is also a "twofer the price of one," as our 2nd honored guest is one of the founders of the Free Gaza Movement and a mover and shaker behind the Freedom Flotillas, Greta Berlin.
Greta has co-authored a book called, Freedom Sailors, about the
experiences of the Flotillas--which are the stuff of high adventure and courageous action.
(We apologize for tech difficulties towards the end of the show...but hang in there, it gets better).
 There is also a sweet surprise at the end: Cindy's 34 month old granddaughter, Jovie Lee, singing a snippet of "Twinkle, Twinkle."


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