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WERU Special 3/8/18: The University Student Movement & the Honduran Government’s Violent Repression of Dissent

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

The University Student Movement (el MEU) and the Honduran government’s violent repression of dissent

Human rights organizations have documented human rights abuses committed by Honduran security forces against university students, citizens protesting election fraud, and community members defending territory from concessions granted to extractive industries. This report describes the struggle in Honduras for a quality education and examines the Honduran government’s violent repression of dissent.

Ovet Cordova, student activist in the University Student Movement at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH)
Eleana Borjas, Radio Progreso journalist
Lahura Vasquez, high school natural science teacher, previously taught at UNAH
Gerson Medina, UNAH law student and human rights advocate


WERU Special: Afghan Peace Volunteers 1/30/18

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Afghan Peace Volunteers

Part I: Nematullah, active with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has been teaching refugees and internally displaced people in Shahrak Police Refugee Camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. He describes how his work as a child laborer influenced his desire to become an educator of disadvantaged children. He also shares how he has introduced into his classroom the concept of nonviolence in addition to core subjects like math and Dari.

Part II: Three students who are in their third and final year of study at the Street Kids School–Adila, Sakina, and Amrullah–share what they have learned at the school as well as challenges they face and have overcome. One of their teachers, Naser, shares his concerns about the street kids’ future and reveals his struggle to be a different sort of teacher, and person, from what he experienced.

Part III: An update on the situation for Afghans in Afghanistan and in Europe from Voices for Creative Nonviolence UK–

Nematullah, teacher for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and a coordinator of the EarthGEN! team at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre
Students at the Street Kids School (a program of the Borderfree Centre):
and Amrullah
Naser, bridge class teacher at the Street Kids School and Kabul Univ. student

Afghan Peace Volunteer blog:
Voices for Creative Nonviolence:

WERU Special 11/2/17: Drinking Water in Flint, MI & Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Part I: Lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. How did the state of Michigan’s actions, under the direction of a state-appointed emergency managers, cause the poisoning of the drinking-water in Flint, Michigan?
What actions did Flint residents, scientists, journalists, and the medical community take to demand safe drinking water? What steps are being taken to help mitigate the damage done by lead ingestion?

Part II: Palestinian refugees’ situation in Lebanon. How do NGOs help preserve Palestinian heritage in Lebanon where the previous Lebanese Minster of Education banned the teaching of Palestinian history and geography?
How can Palestinians earn income despite discriminatory labor laws in Lebanon?

Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha, pediatrician, director of pediatric residents, and whistleblower
Flint Child Health and Development Fund:
Robert Shetterly, activist and artist of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series
Nadia Abdelnour, board president of Innash Association
Grace Said, board member of Innash Association
Umm Mohammed, embroiderer for Innash Assoc.
Samar Kabouli, Innash Assoc. employee who helps to coordinate Innash’s embroidery project
Kassem Aina, Director of the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (Beit Atfal Assumud)

RadioActive 9/7/17

Guest Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Palestinian refugees
Syrian refugees

Palestinian refugees empower themselves and educate others about their situation by publishing their own stories. Both Palestinians and Syrians volunteer or find often low-paid work with NGOs as the Lebanese government makes work in many fields very challenging if not impossible. Some refugees find work in the refugee camps themselves. Meanwhile, NGOs offer scholarships and educational and cultural experiences to individuals in different marginalized communities, including refugees, to help give youth hope and resolve conflicts in Lebanese society.

In this program, we meet a Palestinian and Syrian refugee who attended a We Are Not Numbers writing workshop. Both share their personal stories, including the challenges they face in Lebanon. We also meet the founder of Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP), which works with the different marginalized communities in Lebanon–Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as Lebanese public school students.The Social Support Society, the umbrella organization for ULYP, runs a physical therapy center in Borj el Barajneh camp. There we meet Amira Dabbagh, one of the therapists on staff.

Huda Ibrahim Dawood, volunteer coordinator in Lebanon of We Are Not Numbers
Dalia Swaid, former school teacher, Syrian refugee living in northern Lebanon
Melek Nimr, founder of Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP)
Amira Dabbagh, physical therapist in Borj el Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon


Maine Currents 9/5/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Carolyn Coe

Bruce Gagnon on the “US Pivot to the Asia-Pacific” and ties with BIW here in Maine

Bruce Gagnon is well known in Maine as the co-founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, and as an active member of Veterans for Peace. He is also a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute and a member of the “Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific” and has traveled extensively in the area.
He spoke in Deer Isle on August 3rd at an event sponsored by Island Peace and Justice, Peninsula Peace and Justice and Americas Who Tell the Truth. The topic was the “Pivot to the Asia-Pacific”. Gagnon talked about the U.S. military presence in the region, U.S. relations with N. Korea, S. Korea, Japan, China, and Russia, and ties with Bath Iron Works here in Maine

Note: An excerpt from this talk aired on a previous edition of Maine Currents

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RadioActive 8/31/17

Guest Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Palestinian refugees

Writer, activist and professor in Lebanon, Rania Masri explains why Palestinian youth have a high drop out rate in UNRWA schools in the country. Among the reasons for drop outs is the ban on employment for Palestinians in many occupations. Masri also explores the idea of full citizenship and phantomized landmarks.

Also in this program, we visit the Active Ageing House, where elders in the Borj el Barajneh camp in Lebanon find community as well as cultural and wellness support. At the center, we speak with Sahar Serhan and Mariam Sharqyeh; both are residents of the camp.

Rania Masri, writer, activist, and professor in Lebanon
Sahar Serhan, manager of Active Ageing House in Borj el Barajneh and Nahr el Bared camps in Lebanon
Mariam Sharqyeh, resident of Borj el Barajneh camp
Social Support Society’s Active Ageing House:

RadioActive 8/24/17

Guest Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Topics: Lebanon, Palestinian refugees

Writer, activist and professor in Lebanon Rania Masri describes the campaign to boycott supporters of Israel in Lebanon. She also explores the state of education, both public and in the UNRWA schools, in Lebanon and the deliberate fracturing of society.
What history gets taught in Lebanon and what is banned?
How has the recarving of geopolitical boundaries helped to reframe how people are taught to see themselves?

Rania Masri, writer, activist, and professor in Lebanon

Maine Currents 8/15/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing producers: Carolyn Coe, Denis Howard

Segment 1: Bruce Gagnon on Korea, BIW and the US “Pivot to the Asia-Pacific”

Maine-based peace activist Bruce Gagnon spoke in Deer Isle on August 3rd about what’s being called the US “Pivot to the Asia-Pacific”. Gagnon has traveled to South Korea and worked with peace activists there and elsewhere in the region who oppose US military bases in their countries. He has also made the connection with the destroyers being built here in Maine at Bath Iron Works and has been arrested for civil disobedience at BIW. Although he spoke before President Trump’s recent comments about “fire and fury” in North Korea, Gagnon’s views on the region provide insight not heard in the mainstream media. He is a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, and is a member of the “Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific” a consortium of acclaimed scholars sharing a focus on the region. (Recorded by Carolyn Coe, edited by Amy Browne)

UPDATE: We contacted Bruce Gagnon this week for a comment following the escalation of tensions in the region after he spoke in Deer Isle. Here is his response:
“In a new report, published by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, missile experts (including Ted Postol from MIT) write that North Korea does not have the rocket capability that Washington and the corporate media are claiming. They state, “The Hwasong-14 does not currently constitute a nuclear threat to the lower 48 states of the United States. The flight tests on July 4 and 28 were a carefully choreographed deception by North Korea to create a false impression that the Hwasong-14 is a near-ICBM that poses a nuclear threat to the continental US. The Hwasong-14 tested on July 4 and 28 may not even be able to deliver a North Korean atomic bomb to Anchorage, Alaska.”

The US to this day refuses to sign a peace treaty with North Korea – thus the war legally continues. On July 27, 1953 the US signed an Armistice (ceasefire) with North Korea but that is it. Thus the continuous US-South Korean war games right along the North Korean border must make Pyongyang wonder – is this the real thing? Did the Pentagon decide to invade us for real this time like they have done in Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Granada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen?

Embedded deep beneath North Korea’s mountainous zones are some 200 varieties of minerals, including gold, iron, copper, zinc, magnesite, limestone, tungsten, and graphite. Some of these stockpiles are among the largest in the world, and North Korea, a tiny and cash-strapped nation, frequently uses them to bring in additional revenue — no matter the laws against doing so.
The total value of these minerals lies somewhere between $6 trillion and $10 trillion. Could much of this war hype be a plan to grab their resources?

In the end I think it important to say that North Korea is really a foil – the US does not fear NK which only has 4 nuclear warheads while the US has 6,800 of them. Clearly the demonization and scare campaign around NK is intended to justify the US military ‘pivot’ of 60% of Pentagon forces into the Asia-Pacific to be aimed at China and Russia – the real prizes that Washington has on the regime change list.”

Segment 2: WERU’s Denis Howard talks with Peter Alexander about his new rock opera “One Way Trip To Mars”
— opening at the Waterville Opera House on August 24th. Tune in to hear what went into creating the project and get a sneak preview of the music!

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