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Book cover - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg PalastThursday, April 29, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'load
Today on Flashpoints: US forces pound Fallujah and open fire on civilian vehicles; we'll continue our on-the-ground reports from Baghdad. Also Nora Barrows-Friedman reports from Nazareth on life for Palestinians inside the Green Line. Bush and Cheney do the 9-11 shuffle before the Kean Commission; we'll feature an in-depth interview with Catherine Austin Fitts on the state of the investigation and the significance of recent revelations on the cover-up. And a live conversation in the studio with Greg Palast revealing the latest thefts of Iraq resources

Tonight: Greg Palast - Stealing of the Presidency
Thur April 29,  7:00 pm at Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Church, Cedar and Bonita
Be sure to arrive early as this presentation will be packed!

1:10 Firing on Fallujah: Dahr Jamail reports from Baghdad on the latest US occupation forces bombings in Fallujah and the mounting widespread outrage at US attacks on civilians. At this point, many believe "Americans just want to kill Iraqis" and few believe any of the occupation forces press releases. Read Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches.

Nazareth - the Arab old city. Arabs cannot lease or own land or build higher than three stories, which makes it very difficult to continue to live in the city5:50 Nazereth - Strangled by Settlements: Flashpoints Senior Producer Nora Barrows-Friedman, on assignment in the West Bank, reports on the suffocating atmosphere in the Palestinian city of Nazareth where resources are controlled by Israelis, resulting in overcrowding within and no possibility of expansion. Isolated and unable to move freely, the Palestinian residents must share limited resources among an increasing population, create new jobs where there can be no growth while being contained and ignored inside the Green Line. Also discussed is the exclusion of journalists and internationals from Gaza, which is raising grave concerns about unseen and unreported Israeli activities inside the territory.

Solari  logo16:50 Bush Teases, Dick Stands Firm: Former high-level Bush official, Wall The Internet HotseatStreet investment banker and founder of Solari Action Network, and creator of the Internet Hotseat, Catherine Austin Fitts, interviewed by Dennis Bernstein, discusses the unrecorded Bush-Cheney appearance before the 9-11 commission, and provides perspective on the state of the Commission's  investigation, its findings, and work yet to be done. Increasing discrepancies between the facts and the Administration's account, and vicious campaigns to suppress contrary information demand deeper independent study. See Paul Thompson's 9-11 Timeline, and Catherine's open letter to Condoleezza Rice. Flashpoints will be bringing you more of the unreported shenanigans in coming weeks. Stay tuned!

34:20 Musical Break - David Rovics

Greg Palast37:00 A Conversation with Greg Palast: Investigative journalist, BBC reporter, author of the new expanded edition of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, "Twisted and Maniacal" Greg Palast in conversation with Dennis Bernstein discusses the selling off of Iraq, dirty tricks in store for the upcoming Presidential elections, Enron, Ken Lay and the California governorship, and the short-circuiting of California's lawsuit to recover $9Billion energy overcharges. Also read Greg's weblog for more of the latest uncoverings.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'loadFalluja - ceasefire broken
Today on Flashpoints: Falluja up in flames. UN officials fear the worst. We’ll have a special report from Baghdad on the growing rebellion. Also, Israeli Forces continue their attacks on young Palestinians. Nora Barrows-Friedman reports from Occupied Palestine. We’ll have an in studio discussion with the founder of Al-Fowwad, a cultural and arts center for children in Aida refugee camp in Bethlahem. Coca-Cola workers in Colombia  risk their lives to organize. And the Knight Report.Coca Cola Strike in Columbia

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'load The New Iraqi National Flag - source BBC News
Today on Flashpoints: Fallujah under heavy attack by US occupation forces using fighter jets, attack helicopters, tanks and heavily-armed ground forces. Eyewitness accounts report as many as 10 explosions a minute for extended periods of time. We'll have a report from the field and speak with regional experts about the ramifications of the US's all-out assault on Fallujah, and we'll take phone calls from listeners regarding the escalating violence in the Middle East. And of course from New York City, the Knight Report

01:00 The Knight Report: Fierce fighting in Fallujah, bombs in Damascus, and in Baghdad, a new US-approved Iraqi flag with a pale starless crescent, the stripes and colors of the Israeli flag, and at its rivers, a yellow stripe runs through it.

General Powell: I hope they [the Iraqi people] will understand that in order for this government to get up and running, to be effective, some of its sovereignty will have to be given back, if I can put it that way, or limited by them. Some of that sovereignty they are going to allow us to exercise on their behalf, with their permission. It is not as if we're seizing anything away from them. It is with the understanding that they need our help, and for us to provide that help, we have to be able to operate freely, which in some ways infringes on what some would call full sovereignty. More on Powell's comments

The new flag of the intended democratic government of Iraq was chosen without listening to the voice of the people.

Iraqi mourners carry the bodies of killed Iraqis along the streets during a funeral procession in Najaf, Iraq , Tuesday, April 27, 2004. U.S. troops fought militiamen overnight near the Shiite holy city of Najaf, killing 64 gunmen and destroying an anti-aircraft gun belonging to the insurgents, the U.S. military said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)5:50 Perfume Blast: Special correspondent Dahr Jamail, interviewed by Dennis Bernstein, reports on civilian casualties of attacks on guerilla insurgents in Najaf, and also his visit to the Baghdad perfume and cosmetics storeroom which was the site of a huge explosion, likely triggered by the blowtorches used by the Iraq Search Group (ISG) and US forces who refused keys offered by the building owner. Also discussed, the Five O'clock Follies, where US CPA spokesmen ignore questions from Iraqi reporters. Read Dahr Jamail's blog.

U.S. warplanes and artillery attacked Sunni insurgents holed up in a slum in a thunderous show of force that rocked Fallujah Tuesday, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the night sky. The assault came after American troops killed 64 gunmen near the southern city of Najaf19:20 Lessons of Vietnam: An interview with Asad Abu Kahlil, author and professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, and visiting professor at UC Berkeley, and keeper of the Angry Arab News Service website, joined by author Larry Everest. 130,000 US troops in Iraq shake Fallujah, a city of 300,000 hoping to loosen one or two hundred insurgents. Asad Abu Kahlil reads his latest blog on The campaign on Fallujah and impending campaign on Najaf are discussed, and the extraordinary destruction by a military using overwhelmingly excessive force killing many more innocent civilians than insurgents. You can also hear Larry Everest live at upcoming events in the San Francisco Bay area - details here

42:10 Musical Break - Michael Franti

43:30 Listener Call-in Comments: Dennis Bernstein and Asad Abu Kahlil take calls from listeners on the Middle East occupations.

Monday, April 26, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'loadHelen Caldecott with the Dalai Lama in NY Sept., 2003
Today on Flashpoints: Murder, mayhem, and growing resistance to the US Occupation of Iraq. Israeli occupiers continue to execute Palestinian children throwing stones. Senior Producer Nora Barrows-Friedman continues to report on the impacts of the Occupation. Interview with Helen Caldecott, President of The Nuclear Policy Institute,  remembering the catastrophe called Chernobyl, a lookback eighteen years after the worst nuclear accident in history. And of course, from NYC, the Knight Report.

Major Developments in Iraq, Guardian
Up to 1m march against Bush abortion policy, Financial Times
Editorial: Dick Cheney, Chickenhawk , Madison
Ex-diplomats warn Blair on Bush's doomed policy, Herald
Falluja Blog Diary 1 and 2, Jo Wilding, openDemocracy

Sunday, April 25, 2004Washington March For WomenPro Choice

On Sunday April 25th 2004,  organizations of women from across America are expected to converge on the Washington Mall to march and rally for women's reproductive rights.

Pacifica Radio will be there live from 7am to 1pm PST. 

Friday, April 23, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'load
Today on Flashpoints: Israeli colonizers continue their murders of young children. More violence in Baghdad with a report from our special correspondent Dahr Jamail. In Haiti, US marines close in on entire neighborhoods where President Aristide had his strongest support. Cesar Cruz on a march and fast against draconian budget cuts in the school system. And of course, the Knight Report.

Thursday, April 22, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'loadEarth Day 2004
Today on Flashpoints: A live report from Flashpoints Senior Producer Nora Barrows-Friedman on the ground in Hebron; Dahr Jamail in Fallujah on the ongoing US massacre; also special excerpts from a teach-in on the occupation of Haiti with Pierre Labossiere, founder of the Haiti Action Network; and the bittersweet worldwide celebration of the 50th birthday of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

01:00 Hebron Perspective: In the first of a series of reports from occupied Palestine, Flashpoints Senior Producer Nora Barrows-Friedman on the phone from Hebron describes walking through the city from the bustling Farmers Market, past cement road blocks to barbed wire surrounding Israeli settlements carved out of the heart of the city from which residents were expelled, to the ghost town of empty barricaded and boarded-up former Palestinian homes, too close to annexed settlements for Israeli settlers to tolerate. Compulsory listening for anyone who has wondered what conditiond are really like in Palestine today.

11:00 Musical Break
Dahr Jamail
11:40 Destroying Fallujah, Saving Fallujah: Dahr Jamail, interviewed by Dennis Bernstein, reports on the ultimatum given by US military to the people of Fallujah, and also describes the deceptive, dishonest and manipulative tactics of US soldiers refusing to remove unexploded mortars from a farmer's fields. Sniping of civilians continues, closure of the main hospital, blocking of medical assistance and ambulances, and the hazards of unexploded ordnance in the streets. Read more on

Tell the TRUTH About Haiti19:40 Tell the TRUTH About Haiti: Excerpts from the April 14 speakout featuring Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Haiti Action Network Founder Pierre Labossiere, independent journalist and filmmaker Kevin Pina, and introduced by Flashpoints Executive Producer Dennis Bernstein.

Dennis: Our objective tonight is to tell you the truth about what happened in Haiti on February 29, 2004. On that date... the United States government... kidnapped the duly elected president of Haiti in a coup d'etat. This violent, anti-democratic action was, without a doubt, the culmination of a multi-year destabilization program carried out by surrogates and agents, in one form or another, of the US government. This act of state-sponsored terrorism was directed at the highest levels of the US government by seasoned US coupists and terrorists Roger Noriega and Otto Reich, both high level advisors to the President of the United States...

Mumia Abu-Jamal39:00 A Life in the Party: April 24, 2004 marks the 50th bithday of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the release of his new book We Want Freedom: A life in the Black Panther Party. Jeff Meckler, of the Socialist Action bookstore, and national coordinator of the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal is interviewed by Flashpoints Associate Producer Solange Echeverria.  Jeff Meckler outlines the circumstances surrounding Mumia's incarceration -a case which is symptomatic of all that is wrong with the criminal justice system in the US - and also the critical last minute developments that saved Kevin Cooper from wrongful execution in February of this year.

Mumia Abu-Jamal's new book: We Want FreedomEvents: See the calendar for details of the upcoming rally and march: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL First Internationalist Film Festival and MARCH & RALLY! April 23 and 24, 2004
April 23-24, 2004 - SF, CA


2961 16th St. (btw. Mission & Capp), San Francisco, CA

FRI, APRIL 23, 7:00pm
- Tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. The first film to specifically consider the music that sustained and galvanized black South Africans for more than 40 years, Amandla!'s focus is on the struggle's spiritual dimension, as articulated and embodied in song. Named for the Xhosa word for "power", Amandla! Lives up to this title, telling an uplifting story of human courage, resolve and triumph.

WE SHALL BEND, BUT WE WILL NEVER BREAK - A work in progress by Pacifica reporter and documentarian Kevin Pena depicting the effects of U.S. policy in Haiti and the determination of the Haitian people to fulfill the 200-year struggle for national sovereignty and social justice.

SAT, APRIL 24, 12:00pm
- Like spoken word in motion, local activist/director Tanya Cuevas Martinez' beautifully crafted work tells the story of Mumia the activist from death row and the hip-hop community he has inspired including notable artists and activists Michael Franti, Dead Prez, Mos Def, Gil Scott Heron et al. FOLLOWED BY MARCH AND RALLY
Mass Actions on Mumia's 50th Birthday!

NOTE SF LOCATION CHANGE (formerly Civic Center)

Following Saturday's noon film:
Saturday, April 24, 2-5pm MUMIA MARCH AND RALLY

2pm Assemble 16th St/ Mission BART station, SF CA
MARCH up Mission Street to:

3-5pm MASS RALLY and Music - 24th and Mission BART station

SAT, APRIL 24, 7:00pm
- Depicts the variety and breadth of global resistance to the New World Disorder from Chiapas to South Korea, and many countries and movements in between. A powerful radical cry from the frontlines of the war on people, this film captures the spirit of resistance: it is as beautiful and global as humanity itself. Featuring Michael Franti and Suheir Hammad and music by Manu Chao, Asian Dub Foundation, Ozomatli, Mum, DJ Moosaka, DJ Splice, Muslimguaze, Gotan Project and EOSS A Big Noise Film

SAT, APRIL 24, 9:00pm
- Inside the Venezuelan Presidential Palace before during and after the U.S. financed and instigated coup of Hugo Chavez in 2002 and how the working people of Caracas defeated it and returned Chavez to power in 48 hours. Winner of over 20 awards, this film shows the power of the common people when mobilized and united.

All shows are $5-20 sliding scale - Friday's program is one show, Saturday evening is two separate shows. Festival ticket $20
Download side one of the PDF leaflet, then download side two.
Socialist Action: 298 Valencia St, San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 225-1080
Latest updates at Socialist Action  Read Mumia's Freedom Journal

Arundhati Roy on Narmada DamWednesday, April 21, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'load
Today on Flashpoints: More bloodshed on the ground in Iraq as fighting breaks out in Falluja, and a series of bombings in Basra kill more than 70 and wound more than a hundred. And a special report on the tremendous violence and poverty fostered by World Bank policies in the Narmada Valley of India. And of course, the Knight Report.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004 for audio FAQ, click here Listen D'load
Today on Flashpoints: Rahul Mahajan reports from Baghdad on potential US war crimes; also a report on the Saudi connection and why the Bushes are silent about it; plus an account from Gaza on the killing of the second Hamas leader in the last two weeks; and an in-depth look at the implications of recent elections in South Africa on the region, as well as a look back at the French role in the Rwanda genocide; and of course the Knight Report

Bush greets Mubarak at Crawford Ranch April 12, 2004 - White House Photo by Eric Draper. Source: The Knight Report: The dominoes are falling in the US occupation of Iraq, and among democrats as George W. Bush joins John Kerry's Rubber Band of Brothers, and Kerry's Bush-like campaign endorses Israeli assassinations, Palestinian land confiscations and long-term US military committments in Iraq.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: Today there is hatred of the Americans like never before in the region. At the start some considered the Americans were helping them; there was no hatred of the Americans. But after what happened in Iraq there is unprecedented hatred and the Americans know it. People have a feeling of injustice. What's more, they see Sharon acting as he pleases without the Americans saying anything. The despair and feeling of injustice are not going to be limited to our region alone. American and Israeli interests will not be safe, not only in our region but anywhere in the world.

Rahul Mahajan's book The New Crusade - Source Calm Before the Storm: Chicago author, activist and publisher of Rahul, Rahul Mahajan, interviewed by Dennis Bernstein, reports from the ground in Baghdad describing conditions in and around the capital, where military supply convoys are being attacked, today's prison deaths, US sniping at ambulances in Fallujah and Sadr City, closing and blocking of hospitals by US military, and the gloomy future of democracy in Iraq.


Larry Everest's book Oil, Power and Empire - source Bleeding Oil: Author and Revolutionary Worker contributing editor Larry Everest in the studio discusses Bob Woodward's newest book Plan of Attack, in particular Prince Bandar's promise to 'fine-tune production' to lower oil prices to help Bush get re-elected. Also revealed is how Saudi "spare capacity," controlled by the US was used as an economic nuclear weapon leading to the implosion of the Soviet economy in the mid 1980s. Dennis and Larry discuss the dark backgrounds of John Negroponte and Elliot Abrams in human rights abuses,  in the brutal scuttling of popular democracy in Latin America in the 1980s and 1990s, and involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal.

John Negroponte, as ambassador to Honduras from 1981-85, covered up human rights abuses by the CIA-trained Battalion 316. He has been picked to run the US Embassy and protect US interests in Iraq.
Elliott Abrams, an assistant secretary of state under Reagan, pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding evidence from Congress (i.e., lying) over his role in the Iran-Contra affair. Bush I pardoned him; Bush II has appointed him to the National Security Council as director of its office for democracy, human rights and international operations.

Hear Larry Everest Wednesday April 21, 7PM at the First Unitarian Church in San Jose (160 North 3rd St. 408-998-8504), sponsored by South Bay Mobilization. Also see Larry's calendar for future appearances.

28:20 Lighting the Fuse: From Gaza City, independent journalist Mohammed describes reaction to Israel's assassination of another Hamas leader, and ongoing Israeli terrorism against innocent Palestinian civilians. To most it appears that President Bush gave Ariel Sharon his blessing to carry out the murders, and that the US supports and encourages the brutal treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Professor Horace Campbell - source South Africa Rising: Horace Campbell author and professor of African-AmericanHorace Campbell's book Reclaiming Zimbabwe Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University who also serves as the Chairperson of the International Caucus of the Black Radical Congress and has recently authored a book, Reclaiming Zimbabwe; The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation (David Phillip Publishers, Cape Town 2003), is interviewed by Dennis Bernstein, discussing the significance of the recent ANC victories in South African elections and the continuing success of popular democracy over the economic dictatorships which have immobilized so many of the world's democratic systems. The philosophy of Obuntu to break the ideas of individualism, greed and genocide plays a vital role in political thought of South Africa and the African Union which is mandated to prevent genocide, mass murder and crimes against humanity.

"Africans believe in something that is difficult to render in English. We call it 'obuntu botho'. It means the essence of being human. You know when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humanness, gentleness, hospitality, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up with yours."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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