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Palestine Today -- Palestinian Haitham Dahlan, Talks About the Nakba and the Diaspora

Haitham Dahlan, talks about the Nakba and about being a Palestinian living in Jordan. Also, we discuss the Convoy to Gaza.

Dr. Frances Cress Wesling Talks About Racism/White Supremacy

Dr. Frances Cress Wesling practices in Washington, D.C. and is noted for her "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation", which explores the practice of white supremacy. Dr. Wesling is the author of The Isis Papers; The Keys to the Colors. She is a lecturer and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows.
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Palestine Today -- Palestinian Curator, Rawan Sharif, Talks About the Palestinian Art Exhibition: Occupied Palestine

Palestine Today -- Dr. Khalud Bshara Talks about Preservations of Palestine's Historical Sites

Dr. Khaldun Bshara is co-director of Riwaq. Riwaq is an organization that harnesses the energy and skills of students, architects, archaeologists, and historians, to preserve historic buildings in Palestine.

In 1994, Riwaq took on the imposing work of the National Register of Historic Buildings: a 13-year project (1994-2007) resulting in the publication of 3 impressive volumes that include detailed information, maps and photos of some 420 villages in 16 districts of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

To learn more about Riwaq and there work, you can visit their website, here: http://www.riwaq.org/2010/about.php
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Palestine Today -- Guest, Jack Persekian, Director of the Palestinian museum

The Palestinian museum is scheduled to open in the West Bank town of Birzeit, later next year. Read the rest of entry »

Palestine Today: Guest -- Palestinian Edward Badeen

Edward Badeen is the president of the Association for Support of Needy Palestinian Children.

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Criminal Justice Professor and Former US Special Agent, David Long, Talks About the Failed War on Drugs

David M. Long served for nearly nine years as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, Division of Labor Racketeering, working union corruption and related organized crime cases in Florida. Later, he transferred to Los Angeles where he began investigating identity theft cases tied to the Mexican Mafia. In Los Angeles, he also sat on a joint task force investigating Asian organized crime and human trafficking.

As a federal agent, David began to see the unmistakable link of how the drug trade fueled, funded, and helped to facilitate crimes he investigated. It became clear to David that many of the weapons and much of the money funding these crimes could be traced to the illegal drug trade.

As a professor of criminal justice and legal studies, David became convinced that the “War on Drugs” is an unsound policy and is, in fact, doing great harm to our society in many ways. As a professor, David began to notice and conduct research into how our nation’s drug policies lead to prison overcrowding and a disconnect in our social priorities.

“It has become clear to me that while we fill our prisons with low-level drug offenders, the illegal drug trade, drug abuse and addiction continue in the face of the “War on Drugs.” Until drugs are legalized and addiction and abuse are treated first and foremost as public health issues, the nation will face continuing problems resulting from overcrowded criminal dockets, overcrowded prisons, deaths as a result of drug overdosing, street violence, the spread of diseases, ruined lives, and lost potential.”
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Former CIA officer, Philip Giraldi, Talks About The Neo-Cons and the Necessity for Even Handedness in the Middle East

Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East.

Giraldi was employed by the CIA for eighteen years working in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain and is fluent in Turkish, Italian, German, and Spanish.

Since 1992 Giraldi has consulted for several Fortune 500 corporate clients. President of San Marco International, an international security management and risk assessment consulting firm and a partner in Cannistraro Associates, another security consultancy. Giraldi has written columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and Antiwar.com and op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain. He has been interviewed by Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya and other outlets. During the 2008 presidential primaries, Giraldi served as a foreign policy adviser to Ron Paul.

Today, we will discuss his piece, 'Kristol Clear": http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/05/01/kristol-clear/ Read the rest of entry »

Palestine Today: Guest, Israeli Author and Peace Activist Miko Peled

Mr. Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what many choose to deny. Mr. Peled was born in Jerusalem into a well known Zionist family. His grandfather, was a Zionist leader and signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. His, father, Matti Peled was a young officer in the 1948 war and a general in the war of 1967, when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai.

Mr. Peled’s book: The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.
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Writer/Producer of Valentino's Ghost, Michael Singh, Talks About the Politics Behind the Images

Writer/producer of Valentino's Ghost, Michael Singh is my guest today. Valentino's Ghost is a 120-minute documentary film examining the shifting image of Arabs and Muslims across a century of popular American culture, and the relationship of that image to American's foreign policy in the Middle East.

On June 1st, the film will be broadcast on PBS -- check your local listings.

Valentino's Ghost trailer: http://www.valentinosghost.com/

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