Robert Friedman talk at KGNU
Program #FRIR002. Recorded in Boulder, CO on November 3, 1993.
Robert Friedman talk at KGNU.
Robert Friedman was a leading independent journalist. His articles appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Nation. He died in 2002.
The Inversion of Totalitarianism
Sheldon WolinTraditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalitarianism” and that it “represents the political coming of age of corporate power and political demobilization of the […]
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 […]
From Death Row
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The CIA and Cuba
Philip AgeeThe island of Cuba occupies a big place in the imagination and politics of the United States. The powerful anti-Castro lobby has greatly influenced U.S. policy toward the Caribbean nation. The landscape of U.S./Cuba relations is dotted with the missile crisis, blockades, embargoes and boat refugees. Few know the details of the extensive CIA operations […]
The Warfare State
Philip AgeeFormer CIA officer Philip Agee contends that U.S. foreign policy is driven by the need for crises in order to justify military spending thus creating a warfare state. The spector and threat of overseas enemies and turmoil is a method, Agee argues, of preventing genuine democracy and reform of the domestic system.
Tahira AbdullahAccording to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the human rights situation for women in that country is grim. The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto while she was campaigning in late December 2007 captured world headlines but violence against women continued unchecked throughout the country. The murder of Zille Huma Usman, the […]