On June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the U.S. intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Thirty-four men died and 172 were wounded.
On this anniversary of the attack, KBOO presents a special program speaking with survivors and examining the recently-declassified US government documents about the attack.
Tonight, a film screening of "USS Liberty: Dead in the Water" will be held at Portland State University Smith Student Union (1825 SW Broadway. Portland, OR) - Room 236 - 7 pm - FREE!
Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza from KBOO’s Voices from the Edge morning talk radio program will interview Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, live on stage to discuss the paperback release of her book Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times and about her experiences as an award-winning ground-breaking journalist. A book signing sponsored by Powells will take place immediately following the program.
Mohammed Omer from Gaza spoke with KBOO on Tuesday night 7/29 around midnight Gaza time. Planes were flying overhead, naval artillery was firing from the west and tanks firing from the east. Tens of thousands of Palestinians who followed Israeli orders to evacuate to Gaza City found themselves under fire there as well. As Mohammed reports, there seems to be a deliberate attempt to cut off all communication to and from Gaza - bombing of cell phone towers, the destruction of the power plant in last night's bombing, and the targeting of journalists. Mohammed told us that a busload of foreign journalists was seen leaving Gaza today - "always a bad sign", he said, as his phone crackled and cut. 8:06 minutes (7.42 MB)
This episode of the Old Mole is hosted by Frann Michel, and features discussions of uses and misuses of media representations--of Gaza (including failures of the mainstream media and the power of visual images), of public education (including misleading stories about charter schools and what makes learning possible) , and of science-fictional futures. The episode includes musical clips from M1 All Stars, Barbara Dane, and Michael Franti & Spearhead:
Laurie Mercier talks with historian and Middle-East specialist Juan Cole about current events in Gaza. They discuss Israel's motives in launching its attack, and the history of Israel's occupation of Palestine, attacks on Hamas, and expansion of settlements in the West Bank. In addition, Laurie and Professor Cole discuss the role of the US: the failure of much of the US mainstream media to report adequately on events in Palestine; the US support for Israel; the impact of financial contributions on corrupt US legislators; and the possibility that the US could make all the difference by withholding its veto of UN security-council measures censuring Israel. 18:14 minutes (8.35 MB)