BaldPolitiKs INTERVIEWS

EPISODE 13 – BaldPolitiKs – 7 September 2017 (Derek Ford – Hampton Institute & North Korea – DPRK)

Michael Moore “North Korea has taught a great lesson to all the countries in the world, especially the rogue countries of dictatorships or whatever: if you don’t want to be invaded by America, get some nuclear weapons.”

Welcome to the BaldPolitiKs, where we look at politics from an other angle and give a voice to the unheard. This is 07/09/17 where the world focus is on North Korea & the recent visit there by Derek Ford of the Hampton Institute.

On August 1, Rex Tillerson announced that beginning in one month the U.S. government would be banning its citizens from traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea). A few days later, Derek Ford of the Hampton Institute boarded an Air Koryo plane and landed in North Korea for a fact-finding and peace delegation. There were a total of five of them, all traveling on U.S. passports. They didn’t buy that the Trump administration was acting in the best interests of the US, let alone acting in the name of peace and justice. Indeed, as soon as they landed they noticed that the hegemonic U.S. narrative about the country began to crumble. Even though Derek had previously been highly critical of the presentation of the country he had been exposed to, he couldn’t quite anticipate just how different the reality actually is. And it wasn’t only life in the country that was radically different, but also his experience as U.S. citizen traveling there. I interview Derek in this episode of BaldPolitiKs to find out more. But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 7 September.

SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1652 Around 15,000 Han farmers and militia rebel against Dutch rule on Taiwan.

1778 – American Revolutionary War: France invades Dominica in the British West Indies, before Britain is even aware of France’s involvement in the war.

1901 – The Boxer Rebellion in Qing dynasty China officially ends with the signing of the Boxer Protocol.

So now let’s go to this episode’s topic where I spoke with Derek Ford of The Hampton Institute about North Korea.

So thank you to Derek for his time and if you want to know more simply check out http://www.hamptoninstitution.org

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EPISODE 12 – BaldPolitiKs – 23 August 2017 (Peter Jukes – Untold)

John Steinbeck“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts…perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”

Welcome to the BaldPolitiKs, where we look at the world of politics from an other angle and give a voice to the unheard. This is the 23 August 2017 where the world focus is on the UK & in particular the 1987 murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan.

The phone hacking scandal that closed News of the World was big, but just the tip of the iceberg. At the bottom of the iceberg of ‘dark arts’ – hacking, burglary, bugging, & bribing bent cops – is the body of Daniel Morgan. It’s been described by an Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police as “one of the most disgraceful episodes in the entire history of the Metropolitan Police Service.” Over the 3 decades since Daniel was killed, 5 failed police investigations & an ongoing panel inquiry; his has become the most investigated murder in British history. Author & Journalist Peter Jukes, from untoldmurder.com joins us to tell more about this brutal & fascinating murder. But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 23 August.

SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1914 – World War I: Battle of Mons: The British Army begins withdrawal.

1929Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine.

1939 – World War II: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.

1973 – Bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, turns to a hostage crisis; hostages sympathise with captors, leading to term “Stockholm syndrome“.

So now let’s go to this episode’s topic where I spoke with Peter Jukes of Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder Exposed.

So thank you to Peter for his time and if you want to know more simply check out http://www.untoldmurder.com

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EPISODE 11 – BaldPolitiKs – 26 April 2017 (Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos (Politics First)

George Orwell“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

Welcome to the BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

This is the 26 April 2017 where the world focus is on Syria and Russia in light of Trump’s attack on Syria, which he did without official domestic of international approval and in response to a chemical attack that the democratic Syrian government deny. I asked Russian expert and editor of Politics First Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos whether Europe, and in particular the UK establishment, were ‘Russaphobic’ and where this may come from.

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 26 April.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1478 – The Pazzi family attack Lorenzo de’ Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in Florence Cathedral.

1865 – Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.

1933The Gestapo – secret police of Nazi Germany – is established.

1937 – Spanish Civil War: Guernica is bombed by German Luftwaffe.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1894Rudolf Hess, Egyptian born German Nazi politician.

1898John Grierson, Scottish director and producer.

1970Melania Trump, Slovene-American model; 1st Lady of the USA.

So now let’s go to this episode’s topic where I spoke with Dr Marcus Papadopoulos of political magazine Politics First.

So thank you to Dr Marcus for his time and if you want to know more simply check out https://www.politicsfirst.org.uk .

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EPISODE 10 – BaldPolitiKs – 8 March 2017 (Paul Mc Laughlin (MOJO)

Mahatma Gandhi“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.”

Welcome to the BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day, where the world focus is on miscarriages of justice and in particular the work of Scottish based miscarriages of justice group, MOJO. To find out about their work and the area of miscarriages of justice I spoke with one of their project managers Paul Mc Laughlin.

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 8 March.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1920The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established.

1966 Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin, Ireland, destroyed by a bomb.

2014Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying a total of 239 people, disappears en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

NONE.

So now let’s go to this fortnight’s topic where I spoke with Paul Mc Laughlin of MOJO about miscarriages of justice.

So thank you to Paul for his time and MOJO too. If you want to know more simply check out http://www.miscarriagesofjustice.org

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EPISODE 9 – BaldPolitiKs – 22 February 2017 (Don Irvine (AIM)

Mitt Romney“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Welcome to the BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 22 February 2017 where the world focus is on the USA and in particular the media reaction since the election and inauguration of Donald Trump. This time I get a viewpoint from right-wing/conservative watchdog body Accuracy In Media (AIM) and its chairman Don Irvine.

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 22 February.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1797The French Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales.

1848The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.

1924U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio address from the White House.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1732George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States.

So now let’s go to this fortnight’s topic where I spoke with Don Irvine of AIM about media coverage since the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump.

So thank you to Don for his time and AIM too. If you want to know more simply check out www.aim.org

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EPISODE 8 – BaldPolitiKs – 8 February 2017 (Malaka Mohammed (BDS)

Martin Luther King“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”

Welcome to the BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 8 February 2017 where the world focus is on Palestine and in particular the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. This week, and until 14 February, Gazan native and Phd candidate in the University of Exeter, Malaka Mohammed is on a talking tour of Ireland from Dublin to Sligo, Maynooth and Belfast. On this tour she is highlight the plight of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the BDS movement. 

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 8 February.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1865Delaware refuses to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that outlawed Slavery in the United States.

1924 – Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.

1950The Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, is established.

 

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1937Harry Wu, Chinese human rights activist.

So now let’s go to this fortnight’s topic where I spoke with Malaka Mohammed about the BDS movement that opposes Israeli colonisation and occupation.

So thank you to Malaka for her time and the Trinity Palestinian solidarity committee for arranging it. If you want to know more simply check out https://bdsmovement.net or http://www.ipsc.ie.

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EPISODE 7 – BaldPolitiKs – 18 January 2017 (Cormac Mc Aleer (SOS) – Gold Mine in Greencastle, Co. Tyrone)

Margaret Mead“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Welcome to the first BaldPolitiKs of 2017, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 18 January 2017 where the world focus is back on west Co. Tyrone in the north of Ireland and the proposed Dalradian gold mine in the Greencastle/Gortin/Rousky area. I’m speaking with Cormac Mc Aleer of the community organisation Save Our Sperrins who oppose the gold mine and we’ll find out exactly why in a moment.

This controversy was also featured on BaldPolitiKs last November when I visited the area and spoke to some concerned local families.

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 18 January.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1943Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The 1st uprising of Jews there.

1976Lebanese Christian militias kill at least 1,000 in Karantina, Beirut.

1978The European Court of Human Rights finds the British government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1931Chun Doo-hwan, South Korean general and their 5th President.

1933David Bellamy, English botanist, author and academic.

1937John Hume, Irish civil rights activists and politician and Nobel Prize laureate.

So now let’s go to this fortnight’s topic where I spoke with Cormac Mc Aleer of Save Our Sperrins in the Gortin/Greencastle area of west Co. Tyrone in the north of Ireland

CONTACT DETAILS

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EPISODE 6 – BaldPolitiKs – 28 December 2016 (Friedrich Bokern (R&R) – Syrian Refugees in Lebanon)

Franklin D. Roosevelt“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

Welcome to the final BaldPolitiKs of 2016, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 28 December 2016 where the world focus is on Syrian refugees in Lebanon and in particular an interview with Friedrich Bokern of the aid agency, Relief and Reconciliation based in the Akkar province in northern Lebanon.

They are a group of people who are experts in peace building, humanitarian aid and interfaith dialogue. With the direct involvement of local communities, they want to combine peace building with practical help. Their immediate goal is to offer a space for the youth from Syria and from host communities in the countries that shelter Syrian refugees.

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 28 December.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1836 – Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico with the signing of the Santa María–Calatrava Treaty.

1846 – Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state.

1918 – Constance Markievicz, of the Irish movement for freedom from the British, became the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament – as a member of that movement she refused to take up her seat.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1856 – Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States.

1890 – Quincy Wright, American political scientist, historian & academic.

So now lets go to this fortnight’s topic where I spoke with Friedrich Bokern of Relief & Reconciliation in Akkar, northern Lebanon. So thank you to Friedrich for his time and if you want to know more about what they do at R&R simply check out www.reliefandreconciliation.org

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EPISODE 5 – BaldPolitiKs – 21 December 2016 (Anne Cadwallader – Pat Finucane Centre)

Albert Camus“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

Welcome to BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard. I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 21 December 2016 where the world focus is back on Ireland and how the legacy of the IRA/British War from 1969–1997 is being dealt with or not being dealt with.

Earlier this month the Secretary of State for NI, James Brokenshire, announced that unless SF and DUP can agree he will not publish plans to deal with the past conflict in NI. This is despite his legal obligation to do so and calls from the ECHR that he do so without delay.

This has come in for much criticism, not least from independent human rights organisation – Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) and from Anne Cadwallader of the Pat Finucane Centre. Before that, let’s look at some significant happenings on 21 December.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1907 – The Chilean Army commits a massacre of at least 2,000 striking saltpeter miners in Iquique (Ekeykay), Chile.

1988 – A bomb explodes on board Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270.

1995 – The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1866 – Maud Gonne, Irish nationalist activist.

1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host and producer.

So lets go to this fortnight’s topic where I spoke to Anne Cadwallader, a journalist for 30 years covering Northern Ireland at war & peace from both sides of the border, now a Case Worker with The Pat Finucane Centre. If you want to know more about what they do at the Pat Finucane Centre simply check out Pat Finucane Centre

CONTACT DETAILS

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EPISODE 4 – BaldPolitiKs – 7 December 2016 (Jim Naureckas FAIR)

Noam Chomsky“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”

Welcome to BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 7 December 2016 where the world focus is on the media coverage of the 2016 USA Presidential elections and in particular an interview with Jim Naureckas for Fair.org the media watchdog body in the USA.

They have been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986 and they scrutinise media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. Recently I spoke to Jim to ask him about media coverage of the recent US Presidential elections and what we can expect from a Trump Presidency.

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 7 December.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1917 – World War I: The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary.

1941 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

1949 – Chinese Civil War: The Government of the Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei, Taiwan.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1928 – Noam Chomsky, American linguist and philosopher.

1962 – Jeffrey Donaldson, Irish politician.

So now lets go to this fortnight’s topic where I spoke with Jim Naureckas of the media watchdog organisation, FAIR. So thanks to Jim for his time and if you want to know more about what they do at FAIR simply check out www.fair.org

CONTACT DETAILS

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EPISODE 3 – BaldPolitiKs – 23 November 2016 (Greencastle Dalradian)

Margaret Mead“never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.”

Welcome to BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

I’m Peter Kearney and this is the 23 November 2016 where the world focus is on Ireland and in particular the small agricultural communities in the Greencastle area of west Co. Tyrone.

While this part of Tyrone is listed as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a Canadian gold exploration company called Dalradian are proposing to commence mining there for gold. It’s called the Curraghinalt Gold Project and a number of local residents are extremely concerned about it and the damage it may do to their locality.

I went to Tyrone to meet with some of these residents to discuss their fears. Attempts were also made to include Dalradian in this programme but they did not respond to my requests. It is hoped to have them on in the near future.

But before we get to that let’s have a look at some significant happenings on this day the 23 November.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS

1867 – Irish Republicans, known as The Manchester Martyrs are hanged in Manchester, England, for assassinating a police officer while freeing two Irish Republicans from custody.

1934 – An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal. This leads to The Abyssinia Crisis.

1981Iran–Contra affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17. Gives CIA the authority to recruit and support Contra in Nicaragua.

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS

1962Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan union leader and politician, President of Venezuela.

So now lets go to this fortnight’s topic where we met with members of the Greencastle area community in west Co. Tyrone where they talk about the fears around proposed Gold Mine that will be on their doorsteps in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and less than 1km from a local primary school and homes.

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EPISODE 2 – BaldPolitiKs – 9 November 2016 (Brian Terrell)

Nelson Mandela“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.”

Hello and welcome to BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard. This is the 9th of November 2016. The very sad day that the USA confirmed the election of Donald J Trump. Now we must wait, with a lot of trepidation, as to what that really means and what it will bring and if he follows through on his racdist promises. There is a lot of soul searching to be done by a lot of people – those who voted for Trump and those who believed Clinton was a credible alternative more than anyone else.

But also for the rest of us who need to reflect and work really hard to build the world of respect, love and peace that we want because neither Trump and sadly no member of the political establishment is going to help us do that. On this 9 November:

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS
  • 1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
  • 1791 – Foundation of the Dublin Society of United Irishmen.
  • 1989 – East Germany opens checkpoints on the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.
  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS – on this day in 9 Nov;
  • 1961 – Jill Dando, English journalist (d. 1999).

And on this fortnight’s BaldPolitiKs show we have:

  1. Brian Terrell – Voices for Creative Non-Violence

And on this fortnight’s BaldPolitiKs show we have Brian TerrellCatholic Worker (CW) & Voices for Creative Non-Violence (VCNV).

Brian is a member of the CW and VCNV peace movements. Brian has experienced first hand the US priosn system and talks about his own perosnal experiences there and the alarming rate of incarceration in the US. He also talks to us about his work with VCNV in Russia where they are attemtping to build better understanding between the USA and Russia.

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EPISODE 1 – BaldPolitiKs – 26 October 2016 (Henry Giroux)

Albert Camus“Memory is the enemy of totalitarianism”

Welcome to BaldPolitiKs, where we take an alternative look at the world of politics and give a voice to the unheard.

  1. SIGNIFICANT HAPPENINGS – on this day 26 October;
  • 1776 – Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
  • 1811 – The Argentine government declare the freedom of expression for the press by decree.
  • 1995 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shaqaqi in his hotel in Malta.

 

  1. SIGNIFICANT BIRTHS – on this day in 26 October;
  • 1959 – Evo Morales, Bolivian soldier and politician, 80th President of Bolivia.

And on this fortnight’s BaldPolitiKs show we have:

Topics – this fortnight’s topics (26 October)

  1. Henry GirouxAmerica at War with Itself

In his new book, scholar Henry Giroux examines “America at War with Itself.” From poisoned water in Flint and other cities to the police deaths of African Americans to hatemongering on the presidential campaign trail, Henry Giroux critiques what he believes is a slide toward authoritarianism and other failings that led to the current political climate and rise of Donald Trump. Giroux is the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Department of English and Cultural Studies.

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A new show will be launched in the days following Wednesday 26 October 2016 with an interview Henry Giroux regarding his latest book – America at War with Itself

Episodes from its radio days, along with other interviews and videos, can be listened to here

A selection of other interview and radio documentaries can be heard here

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