Archive for June 2013
With Featured Guest: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mairead Maguire from Northern Ireland.
Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, who has done peace work based in Northern Ireland for decades and who has just returned from a visit to Syria, is protesting the policies of G8 leaders.
Back in her native Northern Ireland, Maguire recently returned from leading a peace delegation to Syria. She wrote after the trip: "An appeal to end all violence and for Syrians to be left alone from outside interference was made by all those we met during our visit to Syria. ... During our visit we went to refugee camps, affected communities, met religious leaders, combatants, government representatives, opposition delegations and many others, perpetrators and victims, in Lebanon and Syria. ...
"The Syrian State and its population are under a proxy war led by foreign countries and directly financed and backed mainly by Qatar which has imposed its views on the Arab League. Turkey, a part of the Lebanese opposition and some of the Jordan authorities offer a safe haven to a diversity of jihadist groups, each with its own agenda, recruited from many countries. Bands of jihadists armed and financed from foreign countries invade Syria through Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon's porous frontiers in an effort to destabilize Syria."
We are also joined by Alice Slater, the nuclear weapons campaigner, to comment on Obama's Nuclear weapons proposal yesterday.
Then, we discuss the lawsuit Filed Against NYPD for Spying on Muslims, with Deepa Kumar.
AP reports this afternoon: "The New York Police Department's widespread spying programs directed at Muslims have undermined free worship by innocent people and should be declared unconstitutional, religious leaders and civil rights advocates said Tuesday after the filing of a federal lawsuit."
Fred Branfman's writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and other publications. He is the author of several books on the Indochina War.