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So much trouble in the world…and we
are here to talk about it.  We wanted to call this our 9/12 show because
we wanted to look forward on the day after 9/11.  But…
1.  Our 9/12 moment

Even
though the news of the US embassy attack in Libya sort of screwed up
our ability to talk about 9/12 soberly, we still tried with some help
from friend of the show and author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, Deepa Kumar

By
the way, on a 9/12 sidenote, our host Subhash Kateel, participated in
an interview on the work many, including him, did post-9/11 in South
Asian, Arab, Muslim and other New York-based communities.  You can see
that interview by clicking on the book to the left or here.

2.  Libya in our minds (again)

A
year or so after the Arab spring engulfed the Middle East and a Western-backed coup toppled Libya’s strongman,

we turned to discussing the recent tragic
killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, as well as
the
mostly peaceful demonstration in Cairo.  Both where allegedly in
response to the release of a video most believe to be a hit job (and a
really bad one at that) on Islam and a smearing of its revered founding
Prophet. We talked
about the shady origins of the video, allegedly produced by a “Israeli
Jewish businessman”  who seems more and more likely to be a Coptic Christian convicted businessman.  We
were joined by Daniel Tutt, Director of Outreach at Unity Productions Foundation,  Ian Black, Middle East editor of the Guardian with additional thoughts from Deepa Kumar.  Here is some additional reading that brings up some points that we brought up on the show.

3. Our Teachers in Chicago

Finally, though our bodies may be in Miami our
minds are in Chicago with the city’s teachers who went on strike three
days ago.   We closed out the show by doing what we do talking to actual
teachers who are actually striking.   Our guests included Maria Rivera,
Brett the teacher and Ms. B
who discussed the reasons for the strike and dispelled many of the
criticisms
being made of the teachers and the teacher’s union. The main charges
being
thrown at the striking teachers is that they are out looking for more
money and
are hurting children to which Maria responded “Anybody who believes that
the
teachers are hurting students should walk into a Chicago school and
realize
that the children are being hurt already.” This sentiment was echoed by
Brett
who insisted that this strike wasn’t over money but instead about
adequate
resources and materials for teachers to better take care of the needs of
students. Ms. B also told us that her main concern was the lack of
respect that
Chicago teachers received and how they all work so hard but are still
made out
to look the bad guy. Hiram Rivera of the Philadelphia Student Union also joined
us to tell us about the reactions of students and education advocates in
Philadelphia and how it relates to the fight to save public education in the
rest of the country.

The situations we spoke of on the show are unfolding and we hope to check back with more info.

Wednesday, August 24 @ 7pm
 or tune into 880 am (S. Florida)
You can call this our foreign policy show if you want.  But if you live in Florida, nothing related to Cuba is foreign policy.  If you live in America, the stuff happening in Libya will probably have a huge impact in the long run on what happens with this country and how it relates to the world.  On this show, we are trying to figure out how we feel about two topics that folks should have an opinion on…
First: From Cuba With Love
For recent Cuban immigrants, President Obama’s easing of the restriction preventing Cuban families from visiting their relatives was a step in the right direction.  For some old school Cuban exilees, the travel restrictions were an important policy to isolate Castro.  Right now, there is a bill floating around Congress to bring back the travel restrictions.  We will here from our guests about what this might mean to the Cuban American community here and their families back home.
Then: From Libya with…?
We would be lying if we said we knew what to make of the situation in Libya.  But it seems like the Qadaffi (how the hell do you really spell his name?) era is coming to an end.  Was this an example of a “good” US and NATO intervention?  Is this going to be another disaster like Iraq?  How does this affect the average person in this country?  Should the average person here be pro or anti intervention?  Hopefully this show will iron some of this out.
Remember to tune in, call in, and Let’s Talk About It!
Wednesday, August 24 @ 7pm
or tune into 880 am (S. Florida)

In case you missed it, we had a great show with some real convo on the anniversary of the Iraq War and on the heels of a military intervention in Libya.  We spoke with Mike Prysner, Iraq war veteran and co-founder of March Forward!, a national organization of veterans and service members fighting to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  We also spoke with Ian Thompson, an Attorney with Partnership for Civil Justice.  Perhaps just as lively was the conversation amongst the co-hosts on whether the intervention in Libya was the right or wrong thing to do.

But before that we talked about the push for a law to limit overall tax revenue be tied to inflation and population increases.  They call it TABOR (taxpayer bill bill of rights).  We talked TABOR with Carol Hedges, Director of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute who feels that TABOR tanked Colorado.  And we had a back and forth between Karen Woodall of the Florida Center For Fiscal and Economic Policy and Allen Douglas of the National Federation of Independent Business about whether TABOR was good or bad for Florida.

Check the show out by downloading here or press play below