Friday, October 23, 2009

Dahr Jamail at ECSU, Eastern CT State University, Reinventing Journalism in a Time of War pt 2

Talk Nation Radio for October 22, 2009
Dahr Jamail at ECSU, Eastern CT State University, Independent Journalism in a Time of War

This is part two of a two part show, page for part one is here

Special Thanks to Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT where this program was taped and also to: Prof. Helma De Vries, Political Science Dept., who coordinated the event, and the campus human rights group, as well as sponsor, Promoting Enduring Peace, PEP, a Connecticut based peace group. Video of this event here taped by ECSU audio visual dept.

TRT: 29:42
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Journalist Dahr Jamail spoke at ECSU, Eastern Connecticut State University, in Willimantic, Connecticut before a crowd of several hundred students, professors, and members of the general public at an event marking the UN's International Day of Peace, September 21, 2009. The program was sponsored by Promoting Enduring Peace based in Connecticut and campus groups including the campus human rights group.

Last week we heard Dahr Jamail explain how the US Military has been deploying or redeploying tens of thousands of US soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan. In many cases they are on their 4th, 5th or even 6th deployment. He mentioned an incident involving a US soldier who killed five fellow soldiers. One month after his comments, on October 21, 2009, Associated Press writers Chelsea J. Carter and Rebecca Santana, published a story about the condition of the soldier arrested in the killing in the weeks prior to the shooting. The report is here in PDF format.

Carter and Santana wrote that Sgt John M. Russell, had been unraveling for nearly two weeks prior to the shooting, and staff at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Control Clinic, had called Military police on the morning of the shooting to say he was 'verbally noncompliant'. No one put him on 24 hour watch and staff at the clinic said there was no staff for that purpose. The Military Police did not arrest Russell that morning, and they ordered him returned to his unit instead.

You can learn more about the crisis for other soldiers on the 'treadmill' of war at Dahr Jamail's recent book, 'The Will to Resist, Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghansitan' at his web site or from the publisher, Haymarket Books. Dahr Jamail's previous book was, 'Beyond the Green Zone, Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq'.

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David Rovics: News and History in Song

This week's Sprouts: David Rovics: News and History in Song

An interview with David Rovics about his writing and the meaning in his songs.
Produced by Dori Smith, Talk Nation Radio, Storrs, CT

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 3PM EST
TRT: 28:47
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This week's program:

David Rovics is well known for powerful anti war songs like Operation Iraqi Liberation. We also focus on his songs about under-reported news stories and some of the lesser known figures in world history like Ginger Goodwin of British Columbia, who was killed for standing up for worker's rights.

David Rovics sings about the miners, revolutionaries, and farmers who shaped US and world history. We discuss several Rovics songs including, 'Guanajuato' from his new CD, Ten Thousand Miles Away. This recent song is about a Ciudad de Mexico man who lost his farm and his income after the passage of NAFTA, the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement. In this modern description of what has been happening to many people from Mexico, the farmer loses his life while trying to cross the desert into North America.

Other songs of David Rovics on this week's Sprouts include: Operation Iraqi Liberation, OIL, Saint Patrick Battalion, From Kabul to Khartoum, In the Name of God, John Brown, Berkshire Hills, Brad, Song for Eureka Stockade. These are from the new Rovics CD, Ten Thousand Miles Away, and also from an earlier album, Living in These Times.

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David Rovics is currently touring the USAin performances with Ann Feeney. You can view a video of him performing with ALISTAIR HULETT here.

October/November 2009 and beyond here

Friday, October 30th, 8:30 pm
Trail Room in Templeton Student Center
Lewis & Clark College
Portland, OR

November 5th though December 18th: Tour of Denmark, Norway and Belgium
Details coming soon...

March 7-21: West coast tour with Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba

Late April through mid-May: Tour of England, Scotland and Wales with Attila the Stockbroker

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