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Tues Evening on KGNU – “Are Trump and Netanyahu (with the help of Salman et. al.) Preparing for War Against Lebanon?” – Tues, April. 23, 2019 @6 pm Mountain Time

April 22, 2019

Hear Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince on KGNU Boulder (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, Streaming at http://www.kgnu.org) on Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues hosted by Jim Nelson, Tues, April 23, 2019 @ 6-7 pm Mountain States Time. The program is available for streaming or downloading tomorrow at KGNU’s archives

The Presidential Hopefuls – An Occasional Series – Elizabeth Warren in Aurora, Colorado

April 21, 2019

Elizabeth Warren at The Hanger, Aurora, Colorado. April 16, 2019

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Note – this is the first of a number of entries on the presidential hopefuls. Attending their Denver appearances – does not entail endorsements. 

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Elizabeth Warren, many sound domestic policy ideas, but avoids foreign policy issues and the country’s cancerous military budget…

Elizabeth Warren came to the Denver area to boost her campaign to win the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency in 2020. Speaking at The Hanger at the Stanley Market Place in Aurora on April 16th, she enthused a large crowd . (1)

So…We – Molly, Nancy and I – went to hear her speak.

There are only two Dem candidates for Prez that interest me in the least – Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren…For those interested I am far, far more supportive of Sanders than Warren…but that said, Warren herself is head and shoulders above the rest of the pack – She has a program, it is – on domestic issues – progressive, to the left of the Democratic Leadership Council which has pushed – or is it shoved – the Democratic Party rightward…and their symbolic if not real leaders, Bill and Hillary Clinton. Read more…

Tunisia – “Mr. Turkish Pumpkin Seeds” Possibly The Next President,

April 13, 2019

The Tunis Souk

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Ladhari, as well as more generally the Islamists, and their secular Tunisian allies for that matter, have no economic program or vision for their country, except implementing World Bank and IMF diktats, and blindly following the neoliberal agenda, Globalization and the myths of free trade, now discredited everywhere, and even rejected –at least in their current form- by many throughout the world, including by the American people

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(Note: Tunisia…Despite spurious claims of having been “the only successful example of the Arab Spring” Tunisia limps along at the edge of a precipice that could easily lead to an implosion. Bleeding of its youth who flee to Europe, many drowning in the waters of the Mediterranean, others joining this or that militant Muslim fundamentalist group. The social crisis which triggered the 2010-2011 crisis have hardly been addressed, unemployment, especially youth unemployment remains high. The chaos in Libya resonates in the country and a small but persistent al Qaeda-like guerrilla opposition continues in the country’s western mountains near the Algerian border. The country is run politically by a geriatric neo-liberal capitalist and the Tunisian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Ennahdha Party, both factional in their own ways. One could go on and on. 

The country has announced upcoming elections, legislative polls on October 6 and a presidential vote to follow on November 6. Currently the polls suggest that the Ennahdha Party has the advantage and, if that continues, that it will emerge as the defining political factor. If so, there is a good chance that the present current Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Zied Ladhari could become the country’s president, capping off a nine-year effort of Ennahdha to dominate the country’s political system. Generally unknown outside of Tunisia and the region, he is well-known in Tunisia. All indications are, that if elected, he will continue the economic policies that have led the country to nowhere.)

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In a commentary on social media, Negib Ayachi, Executive Director of Washington DC – based Maghreb Center weighs in. Not a pretty story:  Read more…

The Christian Fundamentalist Curse: It’s still hard to teach evolution in too many public school classrooms.

April 10, 2019

Early hominid (australopithecus) technology. Not exactly the kind of stuff to face off with a saber-toothed tiger.

Brunch with neighbors

This morning friends came for breakfast,  another couple from the neighborhood.

As usual the discussions were wide-ranging, from the personal – how both couples coupled originally, a recent lute concert, how our friends heated their house with junk mail in their wood stove – it became an item on CBS’s 60 Minutes Charles Kuralt’s “On The Road,” to the political – the fate of the earth – how long will human society continue? fifty  years? 100 years? 500 years? to the unending Israeli punishing occupation of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, to religion and atheism, Marxism thrown in for good measure, and then the insect holocaust… to  evolution.

Often happens that at some point evolution, or more specifically questions of human nature, enter into casual conversations. My friend’s reading of history is common enough. Looking back on the past 5000 years, one could conclude that ours, that of the human species, is on the whole – music, art and literature aside – a dismal species that will destroy most other life forms before imploding.

Of course highly possible if not probable. Read more…

Algeria in revolt: “We Woke Up and You Will Pay”

April 9, 2019

Algerians demonstrating for a new government…out with the old

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(note: This article by Algerian scholar Hamza Hamouchene, long as it is, is still an abridged and translated version of a longer article that originally appeared in French. It is, as a French friend, “vraiment remarquable” (truly remarkable)… and so I reprint it in full. It goes into much greater detail than the piece I recently published on the same subject… [which will appear at “AlgeriaWatch” to website I occasionally write for.]

It should be noted that what is happening in Algeria at this moment is “in transition” – a truly radical democratic transition? or something less “all the change necessary to maintain the status quo” – it has not played out, but what is emerging is a major power struggle between the great majority of the Algerian people on the one hand, and the trinity that makes up its ruling strata – the military, the security apparatus and the compradore bourgeoisie.

Furthermore, although it is not a secret, it is not generally known the degree to which the Algerian ruling strata is tied to the hip to the United States through a series of security arrangements – some of this is cited below. There are quite rigid limits to how far Washington will “permit” a revolution to proceed before it feels its strategic interests are threatened.)

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ROAR

Algeria in revolt: “We woke up and you will pay.”

April 8, 2019. Hamza Hamouchene

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The abdication of President Bouteflika is a historic victory for the Algerian people — but the struggle for a true democratic transition is far from over.

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What is happening in Algeria is truly historic. The people won the first battle in their struggle to radically overhaul the system. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president for the past twenty years, was forced to abdicate after more than six weeks of street protests and a re-configuration of alliances within the ruling classes.

Since Friday, February 22, millions of people, young and old, men and women from different social classes have taken to the streets in a momentous uprising, re-appropriating long-confiscated public space. Historic Friday marches followed by protests in several sectors (education, health, petrochemical industry, students, etc) united people in their rejection of the ruling system and their demands of radical democratic change. Read more…

Colorado and the Horn of Africa – Interview with Kassahun Checole, Eritrean Scholar. (Part One of a Series)

April 4, 2019

Horn of Africa

The interview I did for KGNU’s “A Public Affair” with Eritrean scholar Kassahun Checole begins 24:00 minutes into the program. It runs for more than half an hour. It was conducted by phone on March 2, 2019 and aired as the second segment of “A Public Affair” on April 4, 2019

The first 24 minutes is an interview with former Colorado legislator and attorney general candidate Joe Salazar who lost the Democratic Party nomination in 2018 by a sliver. Now he is Executive Director of “Colorado Rising” that worked on the legislation to regulate the state’s out of control fracking industry.

Both are worth listening to.

To listen to the interview with Kassahun Checole…go to April 4, 2019 program at the following link:

https://www.kgnu.org/apublicaffair

Where and What is Tanzania — Teaching High School Biology in Tanzania: A Peace Corps Volunteer Experience

April 1, 2019

Note: All of the following information was gathered from many internet sites including Wikipedia. Interesting Tanzania superlatives: The most continuous record of human evolution during the past 2 million years at Olduvai Gorge: Homo habilis, 1.9 million years ago (mya), Paranthropus boisei 1.8 mya, Homo erectus, 1.2 mya and Homo sapiens, 17,000 years ago. The […]

via Where and What is Tanzania — Teaching High School Biology in Tanzania: A Peace Corps Volunteer Experience