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WERU Special 8/22/18: The Threatened Forcible Displacement of Khan al-Ahmar and the Denial of Human Rights to Palestinians

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

The Threatened Forcible Displacement of Khan al-Ahmar and the Denial of Human Rights to Palestinians

Israeli order for the destruction of the bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar
Israeli control of water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
The unviable so-called two-state solution
How do Palestinians resist the continued denial of human rights?
How will climate change and illegal settlement building impact the future of Palestine?
How do Palestinians channel their anger?

Jamal Juma’, organizer of the grassroots campaign Stop the Wall (
Saim AbuDahouk, Khan al-Ahmar community member, Palestinian Authority employee
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, activist, professor, and founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (
Qumsiyeh’s blog:

WERU Special 8/15/18 The Importance of Human and Biological Diversity: Palestine as a Case Study

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

What is the value of social diversity and biodiversity? In resistance?
How does Zionism threaten diversity?
What are the historical outcomes of colonialism?
How does the Palestine Museum of Natural History work to influence Palestinian school children?

Guest: Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (
Qumsiyeh’s blog:

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

Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and

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: