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Rustbelt Radio for July 7, 2008
by Pittsburgh IMC: Rustbelt Radio collective Tuesday, Jul. 08, 2008 at 12:19 AM (email address validated) 412-923-3000 WRCT 88.3 FM

On this week's show... * Raj Patel, former world bank employee, speaks on the hidden battle for the global food supply * We'll hear about the internet for all initiative from Media Minutes * and The International Middle East Media Center on current events in Palestine

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Rustbelt Radio for July 7, 2008

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Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media.

On today's show...

Rustbelt Radio is broadcast live from WRCT studios every Monday at 6 PM on 88.3 FM in Pittsburgh, and the program airs again on WRCT every Tuesday morning at 9AM.

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We turn now to this week's stories.



[2:15] Internet for all initiative

The Initiative was launched last week to raise public awareness about America’s digital divide, and renew the call for a fast, open and affordable Internet as a basic right. Free Press brings us a report on this event in their weekly episode of Media Minutes.

[1:15] Radical Day in History

Radio Rootz brings us this radical history lesson for July 6th.

[3:00] Mumia: The Boy They Called Bushead

Prison Radio brings us Mumia Abu-Jamal's latest radio commentary, recorded July 2nd:

* 7-02-08theboahtheycalledbushead_long.mp3: 7-02-08theboahtheycalledbushead_long.mp3


For more news, you can visit indymedia dot org.

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Global News


You are listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news overlooked by the corporate media. We turn now to news from other independent media sources around the world.

[6:30] Women's Enews

We now bring you the best and worst of this week's women's news from the Cheers and Jeers report:

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You're listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news from the grassroots.

[27:00] Stuffed and Starved Feature

Raj Patel's new book, "Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the Worlds Food System" addresses why such a basic need is increasingly becoming so hard to meet. Patel is a former employee of the World Bank, WTO, and the United Nations, but now, as an activist and author, he has become a harsh critic of policy which leads to increased hunger around the world. In this story from National Radio Project and Making Contact, Patel talks at Cody's Books in Berkeley, California about the causes of food insecurities.

For more information on Patel's lecture or other Making Contact stories, visit

[08:00] 19th U.S.- Cuba Friendship Cravan

This past weekend the U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan arrived in Cuba after overcoming many obstacles in the US-Mexico border. This project in defiance of the coercive US measure against Cuba is sponsored by Pastors for Peace, from the Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), a US ecumenical institution created in 1967 to fight for social justice. The caravan’s focus is to bring more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid to the Caribbean island, which they collected as they moved through 12 Canadian cities and more than 130 towns belonging to 47 US states on their way to Cuba. On Saturday June, 21st the caravan stopped here in Pittsburgh. The event consisted of discussions and educating people about Cuba and the blockade against Cuba.

After the event, Rustbelt Radio spoke with Ellen Bernstein a speaker from Pastors for Peace. She explained further the purpose behind the U.S. – Cuba Friendship caravan. * cuba.wav: 01:28 cuba clip

The U.S. – Cuba Friendship caravan is sought to bring an end to the blockade, bring aid to the people of Cuba and to change the perception people have of Cuba. Ellen Bernstein talks about in what parts the project has been successful so far. * cuba2.wav: 01:53 cuba clip#2

The project is known for being fully committed to the cause of Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez who are know as the Cuban 5. Ellen Bernstein further explains their cause and case. * cuba3.wav: 00:28 cuba clip#3

Finally, Ellen Bernstein explains how the public can get involved to confront the issues facing Cuba and help end the blockade that is hurting the people of Cuba. * cuba4.wav: 01:12 cuba clip#4

To Learn more about this carvan visit

[16:00] This week in palestine

We'll now hear from the International Middle East Media Center, with "This Week in Palestine."

That was 'This week in Palestine," from the International Middle East Media Center. To learn more, visit their website at: The center is currently experiencing a funding crisis that may cause them to shut down; they are appealing for donations to continue their operations.


Calendar of Events

And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:

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Thanks for tuning in to Rustbelt Radio here on WRCT Pittsburgh, WPTS Pittsburgh, WNJR Washington, WVJW Benwood, and WIUP Indiana.

Our hosts this week are Larry Miller and Ellen Pierson with contributions from Carlin Christy and Jessica McPherson. This week's show was produced by Phill Cresswell. Special thanks to all of our hosts, producers, and contributors.

You can get involved with Rustbelt Radio! To contact us, or to send us your comments, email RADIO at I-N-D-Y-P-G-H dot ORG. All of our shows are available for download or podcast on our website at RADIO dot INDY-P-G-H dot ORG and this show can be heard again Tuesday morning on WRCT at 9 AM after Democracy Now!

Tune in next week at this time for another edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news from the grassroots.

Rustbelt Radio for July 7, 2008 (ogg vorbis)
by Pittsburgh IMC: Rustbelt Radio collective Tuesday, Jul. 08, 2008 at 12:19 AM 412-923-3000 WRCT 88.3 FM

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