Program #CULT043. Recorded in Boulder, CO on October 19, 1980.
Fred Denny taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He specialized in Islamic Studies. He has contributed to many scholarly journals and is the author of An Introduction to Islam.
Land of the Lawless
Ralph NaderPoliticians and pundits love to go on and on about “the rule of law.” The concept that no one is above the law is laudatory and central to a functioning democracy. But we can easily see the grotesque disparities in the application of law and the prosecution of those who commit crimes in the streets […]
Iraq: Refuting the Bush Allegations
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The Re-emergence of Fascism in Europe and Its Links to Postwar U.S. Policy
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The Ballot or the Bullet
Malcolm XMalcolm X is a singular figure in African-American history. He led an extraordinary life. He was born in an impoverished family in Omaha, NE on May 19, 1925. He recalled being “dizzy” with hunger. He said, “My whole life has been a chronology of changes.” Indeed it was. He went through a remarkable series of […]
The Battle for Saudi Arabia
As'ad AbuKhalilSaudi Arabia is a most unusual country. Its oil reserves are the largest in the world. It is run like a privately owned business operated by the Saud family. Hundreds of princes and their hanger ons preside over a nation without a constitution. Patriarchy, misogyny, oppression, censorship, religious intolerance characterize this feudal regime. Since Saudi […]
Co-ops: Economic Democracy
Nathan SchneiderOne day, a few years ago, I was walking in San Francisco’s Mission district and looked up and saw a sign that said: “Arizmendi Bakery. Worker owned and operated.” This piqued my curiosity. I went inside to find out more. I learned that Arizmendi was the name of the priest who, in the 1950s, help […]