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Blase Bonpane on WORLD FOCUS,

Medea Benjamin

Aired on PACIFICA RADIO NETWORK by way of KPFK,

Los Angeles

March 16, 2014

Hello, this is Blase Bonpane with World Focus coming to you from KPFK/ Los Angeles. We are podcast and available 24/7 at kpfk.org where we are heard internationally.

As you know last week we had a transcription of Medea Benjamin, international leader in the movement for peace and abolishing war, co-founder of CodePink and a recent victim of the Egyptian dictatorship. Last week you heard this interview prior to the savage attack on her in Cairo. Against doctor’s orders Medea was deported to Turkey and accompanied by the same thugs who had attacked her. Medea’s now back in the States and has been on the road to recovery but still suffers a great deal of pain.

Welcome, Medea. Thank you for being with us.

Medea: Thanks so much for having me on.

Blase: You know, you are really tough, Medea. I’m so sorry about hearing people who are brutal warmongers called ‘tough’ when they bomb innocents and they’re called tough when they torture people and they’re not tough at all. They’re wimps. And you’re tough.  Click here for full transcript.

 

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Blase Bonpane on WORLD FOCUS,
Blase’s Commentary on 2013
Aired on PACIFICA RADIO NETWORK by way of KPFK, Los Angeles

January 5, 2014

Hello, this is Blase Bonpane with World Focus coming to you from KPFK/ Los Angeles. We are podcast and available 24/7 at kpfk.org where we are heard internationally.

I want to wish you all a very happy new year and look back a little bit at 2013. I think that Medea Benjamin, one of our great leaders in the peace movement, has done a great job of analyzing 2013. She said

We begin the new year with renewed awareness of the effectiveness of nonviolent action and nonviolent movements. The possibilities for a more peaceful and just 2014 are boundless.

It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things—wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform. But it’s also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the year ends, let’s pay tribute to the good things their efforts have wrought.

1. A spontaneous uprising by the American people kept President Obama from invading Syria.

Remember he said we were going to do that? His Secretary of State said we were going to do that. And the people said you’re not going to do that. That sounds like some sort of democracy.  Click here for full transcript.

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