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The Kathleen Wells Show

RT Reporter, Harry Fear, Live From Gaza Talks About the Crisis in Gaza (Again)

Harry Fear is a British journalist and campaigning documentary maker. He works independently and as a freelancer. He is also a radio show co-host (KCAA’s own Palestine Today series with Kathleen Wells). He regularly lectures around the world on his work in Gaza and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He’s just come back from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he did a 20-minute talk at the prestigious TEDx conference there (TEDx is a franchised, independent version of the well-known TED organization

 

Harry Fear in Gaza for RT:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW2zqWaFpgw



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Dahlia Wasfi Talks About Iraq

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi is an internationally known speaker and activist. Born in the United States to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father, she lived in Iraq as a child, returning to the U.S. at age 5. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology in 1993, she earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq ...to visit her extended family since the 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion, including a three month stay in Basrah in the spring of 2006. She has brought her eyewitness account of life under occupation to over 200 audiences in twenty-two United States, Capitol Hill in D.C., Ontario and British Columbia, Madrid, Spain in 2007, and the 3rd International Iraq Conference in Berlin, Germany, in March 2008. Based on her experiences, Dr. Wasfi is speaking out in support of immediate, unconditional withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and the need to end the occupation “from the Nile to the Euphrates .”

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Filmmaker and author, Jeremiah Camara ask: Why are Black Folks Religious

Jeremiah Camara was once a member of one of the largest Black churches in Cincinnati, Ohio, his place of birth.

Baptized at an early age, Jeremiah moved to Cleveland, Ohio, shortly after high school, where he began his quest toward a deeper understanding of spirituality. He also taught himself to play the flute shortly after graduating from high school, and later took private lessons at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

While in Cleveland, he began to diligently study the Bible and gave serious thought to becoming a minister, or at least living an active life in the church. During that time, he attended a Baptist church, at least two or three times a week. Despite Mr. Camara’s heavily Jazz-infused upbringing, the only music he listened to at that time was gospel.

Like many, he felt the church could provide him with the substance he was missing in the way of answers, meaning and purpose in his life.

Growing up, he had not been raised in any one particular church. His parents were not consistent churchgoers, and never insisted that he nor his brothers and sisters attend church. Nevertheless, he did manage to go quite often.

There came a time, however, when he began to distance himself from the church; not because of a particularly bad experience or negative incident, but because he had begun to expose himself to other forms of thought, spiritual concepts and ideas.

“I began to see the church as just one source of guidance and inspiration. The diversity of the world and its kaleidoscopic array of infinite ideas and wisdom, would not permit my spirit to be confined only to the teachings of the church. It also disturbed me deeply to witness Blacks praising so much, but producing so little,” says Camara.

Jeremiah Camara returned to church, but this time as an investigator. Visits to churches of varying denominations, brought to light a common thread linking the vast majority. Mostly all, in his opinion, were preaching a gospel of powerlessness.

As the former owner of Word Up Bookstore, Camara created a videocassette documentary in 1989, Psychological Wars, which examined subliminal messages in sit-coms, cartoons and commercials that negatively impacted the psyche of African Americans. The documentary received international attention and endorsements by noted Black educators, Na’im Akbar and Jawanza Kunjufu.

Following a long investigative hiatus, he rediscovered this same theological impotence when he moved to the Atlanta metro area, where he quickly discovered that church was big business. He knew then the time had come for him to write a book shedding light on the many psychologically crippling aspects within the church that keep Blacks in a state of “Holy Lockdown.”

Jeremiah Camara is the author of the books:
•Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? and
• The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief

Camara is also a poet and has won several poetry awards; the most notable at The National Black Theater in Harlem, New York. He has performed poetry at the prestigious Apollo Theater, and is also the author of Smoke & Haze, a timeless collection of poetry, which reflects his vivid imagination, along with his prolific and sometimes humorous outlook concerning social injustice.

He branched out to blogging with video production by creating Camara’s Classics, Camara’s Contemplations and the acclaimed 10 minute, or less, video series, Slave Sermons. which addresses the perils of religious intoxication and the deleterious consequences of being theologically conditioned to rely upon supernaturalism and divine intervention to deal with critical issues.

Additionally, Jeremiah is the producer, writer and director of the full-length, documentary film entitled, Contradiction: A Question of Faith. Contradiction explores the impact of religious loyalty and how an unyielding commitment to faith in an omniscient and omnipotent being is affecting society, particularly the African American segment.

Camara made the film seeking to understand the paradox of the saturation of churches in Black communities coexisting in the midst of poverty and powerlessness and if there is a correlation between high-praise and low productivity.
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Former Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney Talks About the False Arrest of Leonard Rowe

Ms. Cynthia McKinney represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives for 6 terms. Leonard Rowe is a legendary concert promoter who has waged a civil rights and anti-trust lawsuit against the William Morris Agency for the past 15 years. His civil lawsuit was dismissed at the summary judgment level and closed in 2005. Late last year, Mr. Rowe filed commercial liens against William Morris and his own attorneys, for conspiring against him. Read the rest of entry »

Editor of News Junkie Post, Gilbert Mercier, Talks About the Engineering of Failed States

Gilbert Mercier is a French journalist, photojournalist and filmmaker based in the US since 1983. He is the co-founder & editor in chief of News Junkie Post.and is a frequent guest on RT (Russian Today Television).

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Prof. Lawrence Davidson Talks About his Recent Visit to Iran

Lawrence Davidson lectured as a professor at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His academic work is centered on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East.

Throughout his career, Davidson has informed public discourse with his critique of American foreign policy in the Middle East and has embarked on this endeavor in a way that promotes citizen awareness. Davidson analysis has centered on the reality of American conduct in the Middle East and has performed this analysis in conjunction with an awareness of the propaganda that has permeated this debate for the past 65 years. Given this analysis and focus, Davidson has become an outspoken and unflinching critic of the U.S. alliance with Israel and the Zionists' treatment of the Palestinian people.

Davidson is the author of several books. His latest, published in 2009, is Foreign Policy, Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest. This work locates the source of U.S. foreign policy formulation in the activity of powerful lobbies rather than in the White House or State Department.

His analyses and commentary can be found here:

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Kathleen Talks Politics and the Chris Christie Scandal

Plus, open phones at 1-888-909-1050, to discuss anything political. Read the rest of entry »

Dr. Carl Hart Talks Drugs and How The War on Drugs has been an Utter Failure

Dr. Carl Hart is a neuroscientist and an Associate Professor of Psychology in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, and Director of the Residential Studies and Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of Dr. Hart’s research is to understand complex interactions between drugs of abuse and the neurobiology and environmental factors that mediate human behavior and physiology. He is the author or co-author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology, co-author of the textbook, Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, and a member of a NIH review group. Dr. Hart was recently elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association (Division 28) for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychology, specifically psychopharmacology and substance abuse. In addition to his substantial research responsibilities, Dr. Hart teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and was recently awarded Columbia University's highest teaching award.

Dr. Hart's latest book is: High Price. High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of about a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.

Young Carl didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction.

In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, Dr. Carl Hart recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he escaped a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies. Interweaving past and present, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing. Read the rest of entry »

KCAA Presents Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells, with guest, writer/author, Kola Boof

Kola Boof is a writer, however, she is also famously known or rather infamously known, for being the unwilling mistress of Osama bin Laden

She was born Naima Bint Harith in Omdurman, Sudan to an Arab Egyptian archeologist father and, a Gisi-Waaq Oromo mother.

In 1978, Kola’s birth parents were murdered in her presence for speaking out against slavery and other atrocities by the Sudanese government, and in the following year, she was adopted and raised in Washington, D.C. by Black Americans -- Marvin and Claudine Johnson.

In 1993, Kola Boof became a citizen of the United States. In 1994, she returned to North Africa to pursue a career in modeling and acting.

Ms. Boof has written for NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”

She currently lives in Southern California and has two sons. Kola Boof has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, the New York Post, and the New York Times.

Her LATEST NOVEL:“The Sexy Part of the Bible” -- is both controversial and mainstream. It received starred reviews from The Boston Globe and San Francisco Weekly and was praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Time Out New York and many others

Ms. Boof has published several novels and poetry collections on small black imprints to much acclaim.

These titles include “Flesh and the Devil,” ”Long Train to the Redeeming Sin,” “Nile River Woman” and “Pure Nigger Evil.”


Kola Boof won the “2007 World Author’s Woman to Woman Pen” for Non-fiction, awarded for her essay “I Am My Own Daughter”, which appeared in the popular Swedish feminist magazine, OTTAR—Sweden.

Her autobiography “Diary of a Lost Girl” was chosen by famed Princeton Critic Kam Williams as the “U.S. Best Book of 2006.”

She has been published in “Harper’s Magazine” and was included alongside top literary writers Noam Chomsky, Charles Baxter, Z.Z. Packer and Stewart O’Nan in the groundbreaking short story anthology “Politically Inspired“.

An editor at Paris Review, Oliver Broudy, called Ms. Boof’s story “The One You Meet Everywhere”–the best story in the whole collection.


In African literary circles that include Chinua Achebe, Ms. Boof is widely referred to as “Daughter of Chinweizu.” This comes from her early “rebel girl” days in which Ms. Boof posed topless for the back of her book covers and espoused the teachings of Nigeria’s greatest literary Scholar, Chinweizu.

Ms. Boof no longer poses topless on her books, but she has been dubbed “Africa’s most important new writer” by the great Chinweizu himself!

Praise for Ms. Boof's work:

The New York Times:
“The African Garbo…Kola Boof is earthy, angry and alluring.”
Madison Smart Bell, Boston Globe:
“The most jubilant celebration of black African beauty so far seen in the English language.”
Derrick Bell:
“Kola Boof is a writer of courage, principle and loads of courageous
perseverance.”
Stephen Elliott (“Happy Baby”, “Looking Forward to It”:
“Kola Boof writes like a singer. I loved ‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’.”

Tiki Barber, The Today Show:
“Kola, everyone should read your autobiography…it’s wonderful.”

Kam Williams, Princeton :
“My pick for the Best Book of 2006 is ‘Diary of a Lost Girl’ by Kola Boof.”
Keith Boykin (host, MY TWO CENTS, BET-J, MSNBC):
“Kola’s books haunt you long afer you’re done with them.”

SOLOMON AMADOU (famed Nigerian Critic):
“One of the most original, enigmatic and gifted literary voices
to burst on the scene in the last 15 years…Innovative books like
‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’, ‘Pure Niver Evil’, ‘Flesh
and the Devil’ and ‘Nile River Woman’ prove beyond a doubt
that Boof is in a class by herself. The living epitome of what
an artist should be.”

Sally Worwill (feminist Scholar, Sarah Lawrence):
“Kola Boof’s great magic is that she’s not afraid of squat!
Refreshing, daring, disturbing, imaginative and original.
I can’t believe she’s so underground.”

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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guest: Shadi Petosky

Los Angeles based Shadi Petosky is the co-founder of Interactive Entertainment studio PUNY. With a background in programming and design she began her web career in 1997, when the web was young, making sites and games for Microsoft, Target, and PBS. In 2004 she took a break from interactive to start a studio called BIg Time Attic to make educational graphic novels on genetics, paleontology, geology, and space for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon & Shuster and as a US Government contractor for NOAA and the USGS. In 2007 she spun-off PUNY to focus on animation and emerging media and in three years has become a leader in developing interactive content for kids and anyone looking for fun. Best known as animation supervisor for the breakout hit “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and creating [3 Time Webby Award Honoree/Nominee, Kidscreen Award Winner] www.yogabbagabba.com. PUNY has designed, animated, or written TV pilots for Cartoon Network, BBC Americas, IFC Channels, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, and Fox and have worked on four feature films including Drew Barrymore’s “Big Miracle” and “SUPER” starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, and Liv Tyler. Shadi opened the storefront “Pink Hobo – Geek Art Gallery” to curate things that inspire her, voted “Minneapolis’ Best Art Gallery” by L’etoile and Metro Magazine. She also hosted a monthly live comedy show in Minneapolis called “The HUGE PUNY show” and occasionally finds herself on stage in LA’s alternative comedy scene or on the occasional podcast.

Shadi is a Los Angeles based transgender woman who is not an activist but like many transgender people find’s herself thrust into politics every time she wants to pee or poop.
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