On The Monitor this week:
- Deconstructing environmental party politics with Dahr Jamail
- Bernie Sanders supporters going Green with YahNe Ndgo
More about this week’s guests:
Dahr Jamail is a journalist who is best known as one of the few unembedded journalists to report extensively from Iraq during the 2003 Iraq invasion. He spent eight months in Iraq, between 2003 to 2005, and presented his stories on his website Dahr Jamail’s Mideast Dispatches
He has appeared on The Monitor with Mark Bebawi several times in the past, including live unembedded reports from Iraq at the height of the US invasion. Since his return he has written two books – “The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,” (Haymarket Books, 2009), and “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq,” (Haymarket Books, 2007).
More recently Dahr has been covering environmental topics. You can read his latest articles on his website. The interview will focus on the policies of the various parties on climate change.
YahNe Ndgo describes herself as “Bernie Lover, Ubuntu Promoter, Singer, Writer, Activist, Traveler, Mother, Sister, Auntie, Daughter, Granddaughter, Cousin, Friend, Neighbor, Lover, Human Being” and gained significant attention when a CNN interview she gave went “viral”: YahNe Ndgo explains Bernie or Bust/Never Hillary
She was one of the keynote speakers at the Green Party’s convention in Houston and I interviewed her for Pacifica’s live coverage of that event. I asked her about the Sanders campaign, his supporters’ potential for voting Green, and what motivates her political activities.
We talk about Tunisia and Haiti on this week’s show. Our guests are Stephen Zunes and Ezili Danto
Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina, Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
Ezili Dantò is an award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and human rights attorney. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in the USA. She holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of law. She is a human rights lawyer, cultural and political activist and the founder and president of the Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN).
This week’s guests are David Bacon and Brian Concannon.
David Bacon is the author of “Illegal People — How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants.” He joins The Monitor tonight to talk about Immigrant Workers and the legal situation. He is also the author of a couple of recent articles: Immigrant Workers Face Firings Even Without Arizona’s Laws and Another Immigration Policy Is Possible!
David is also a photographer. You can see a selection of his photographic work here: David Bacon Photographs & Stories
Links mentioned at the end of the interview: Alliance for Responsible Trade and National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
Brian Concannon writes and speaks often about justice, human rights and the democratic transition in Haiti. He is director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). He formerly worked at the International Lawyers Office (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he has spent the last several years prosecuting crimes committed during the 1991-1994 coup. He joins The Monitor tonight to talk about the situation in Haiti, 6 months after the earthquake.
Towards the end of the interview Brian mentioned a The Half Hour for Haiti