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On this week's show... * An exploration of the roots of Labor Struggles and May Day in the US * Dahr Jamail on Iraq * Cheers and Jeers from Women's E-news * and the Radical Day in History
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On today's show...
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First on today's show, Radio Rootz has this radical history lesson for May 5th.
We bring you the best and worst of this week's women's news from the Cheers and Jeers report:
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May 1st is commonly recognized around the globe as May Day- the International Workers Day. Although not widely celebrated in the US, May Day's historical roots stretch back to the 1800's when workers were organizing to obtain an 8 hour work day, among other demands. In recent years, May 1st has been reclaimed by immigrants' rights activists as a day to express solidarity and support for all immigrants.
Today Rustbelt Radio brings you a special from the Pacifica Radio Archives which captures the essence of May Day as it evolved from the commemoration of the struggles of the Labor Movement to include the fight for peace, equality, and justice.
You've been listening to From the Vault, a weekly program produced by the Pacifica Radio Archives. To hear more archival audio on May Day, including stories from around the globe, visit fromthevaultradio.org.
In 2003, Dahr Jamail (PRONOUNCE: Dar Jah-MAL) was happily working as an outdoors guide and writer in Alaska. However, as the Bush administration began to campaign for war with Iraq, Jamail was so disturbed by the distortions of the mainstream media that he was motivated to go to Iraq and learn the truth first hand. He spent 8 months in Iraq in 2005 as an independent journalist, and he continues to report on the situation there through on-the-ground contacts he made during that time and through extensive background research. He says (quote) It was a failure of citizenship of the American people that the Bush cabal was allowed to invade Iraq. Thus, every U.S. citizen who is not doing everything in their power to end this illegal and immoral occupation as quickly as possible is complicit with the war crimes being committed in Iraq on a daily basis. (endquote)
Although he began with a home-made press pass and no outlet but the internet, Jamail's articles have now appeared in the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times, and The Nation, among others. He also reports for Democracy Now! and the BBC, and provides regular news dispatches from the middle east on his website, Dahrjamailiraq.com. Jamail is currently touring the country sharing what he has learned. We will hear an excerpt of a talk he gave at Cornell University, recorded by Cris McConkey. Jamail debunks many of the claims that the Bush administration has made about the success of the surge. Speaking on March 25, he predicts the resurgence of Moqtada al Sadr's Mehdi army, and explains the factors that led to it.
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That was independent journalist Dahr Jamail speaking at Cornell University on March 25th. This excerpt came from a video recording by Cris McConkey; the full version can be obtained from www.archive.org. For more updates on news from the middle east from Darh Jamail, visit dahrjamailiraq.com
And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:
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