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The Kathleen Wells Show

From the monthly archives:

December, 2013


Palestinian Salam Abu Sharar Talks Palestine

post image Salam is the only son of PLO representative, Majed Abu Sharar. Majed Abu Sharar was born in Dura, Hebron, Palestine, received his education in law from Egypt and established and headed the Fatah movement in Saudi Arabia in 1966. He was a member of the higher command of the Occupied Terrorites/Fatah Movement and a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council and a member of Palestine National Council.

Majed Abu Sharar was one of two PLO Representatives to meet with US General Walters about peace -- that was in 1974, when Arafat made his famous speech at the UN about the olive branch or the gun. Majed was from Arafat’s Fatah movement which dominated the PLO.

And he was viewed by many different media outlets and among his peers as the new shining star within Palestinian leadership.

Salam was educated in Europe and the US and he has devoted much of his life to the liberation of Palestine.
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KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells -- Guest: Author Christine Stark

post image Christine Stark is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee heritage. Her essays and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Prostitution, Trafficking, and Trauma; and The Chalk Circle: Prize-Winning Intercultural Essays. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and released as a manga CD. She co-edited Not for Sale, an international anthology on sexual violence and she coauthored “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota”. She was a 2011 Loft Mentor Series winner in creative non-fiction and she has won awards for her writing and art, including two McKnight Awards and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a 2011 Lambda Literary finalist. Currently, she is an MSW student at UMD Duluth where she is coordinating a research project called “Gathering Our Stories: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women on the Duluth Ships.” She teaches writing at a community college.
Stark’s poem, “Momma’s Song,” is part of a double CD manga recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble. Available through amazon.com too, or http://www.bigredmediainc.com
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Prof. Lawrence Davidson Talks about Iran's Agreement re their Nuclear Capabilities

post image 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:

http://www.tothepointanalyses.com/
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KCAA Presents Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells, with guest, writer/author, Kola Boof

post image 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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Middle East Expert, Jeff Blankfort, Talks About the Iran Agreement

post image Jeff Blankfort is a Middle East analyst who has written extensively on the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is a former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin, a photo journalist and currently hosts a program on international affairs called "Takes on the World" for KZYX, the public radio station of Mendocino County in California.

Blankfort participated in a conference on Israel's nuclear weapons held at the Spy Museum in Washington DC and sponsored by the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy.

Jeff is a frequent guest and in this show we discuss the international agreement, Iran recently entered regarding their nuclear capabilities.
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