Frann Michel hosts this episode, which includes these segments:
Israel-Palestine Struggle Bill Resnick interviews David Finkel, Middle East expert, on the current Israel-Palestine struggle. In Part 1 of the interview they discussed the history of Israel’s dispossession of Palestinian land and enclosing them in smaller and smaller areas, as in apartheid South Africa. In this, Part 2, they discuss settler colonialism, explore its dynamic, as the Israeli settlers take the land and take control of the existing population which triggers resistance from the indigenous. So the settlers take ever harsher measures as do the Indigenous defending their land and ways of life. In other times and places this didn’t end well, often genocide. We in the U.S. on which Israel depends need to join the international community to demand a ceasefire and then start peace talks aimed at creation of a Palestinian state. David mentions his article, "Catastrophe in Palestine and Israel: Apartheid on the Road to Genocide" and Norman Finkelstein's book Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, as well as the work of Sara Roy.
Jan Haaken talks with Cynthia-Lou Coleman, Professor Emerita of communication at Portland State University, about her recent book, Environmental Clashes on Native American Lands (2020, Palgrave Macmillan). One of the clashes taken up in the book centers on the discovery near Kennewick Washington in the 1990s of ancient skeletal remains and a longstanding fight that followed over the fate of these remains. Professor Coleman tells the story of the discovery of "Kennewick Man"--the 9000-year old skeleton--and what was at stake for the tribes and for our thinking about the role of ideology and politics in scientific inquiry. In 2019 Coleman was named the Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at Vancouver Island University. She is an enrolled member of the Osage (Wahzhazhe) Nation
In November, Portland teachers went on strike for the first time ever to demand better resources for schools. The local business lobby was quick to chastise the teachers for withholding their labor — but what role do groups like Portland Metro Chamber play in underfunding our schools? In this segment, Guest Mole Alyssa Vitale examines how Oregon business lobbyists and corporate politicians protect capitalist interests at the expense of our educators, our students, and our communities. (Transcript available).
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Music on this episode is from winners of the Native American Music Awards
Standing Rock Action link on DAPL EIS
Here is information on Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine
The Right of Return is Land Back from NDN Collective