January 2, 2019

Her warrior cunning

December 27

GUEST: Krystal Two Bulls, US military veteran, member of About Face Veterans Against the War, and Co-Director of the Drop the MIC Campaign (Military Industrial Complex), talks about her Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne indigenous identity and how that relates to her efforts to end America's reckless wars abroad.

About Face, Veterans Against The War

We can learn so much from indigenous peoples. From the very first meetings with European colonizers, Native Americans have expressed amazement and horror at a society that treated the earth like an expendable asset. How long it has taken us to accept this basic truth about ourselves. We have lost the connection our species must have always had to the earth around us. Unless we can realize the true nature of our dependency, there will be no planet for anyone to be part of.

Krystal Two Bulls is a warrior for her people. She has served her country as a veteran, but wants to end US imperialism abroad. She yearns to live in peace, but will not sit by while her forests and plains are despoiled by massive pipelines. Is not just the constant leakage of oil into the Lakota's sources of water. It is also the burning of more fossil fuels that will push global warming beyond the tipping point.

Insanity, fed by greed and militarism. If this is how it all ends, there will have been people like Krystal Two Bulls who applied her bravery and warrior cunning to try and save us from ourselves.   

Secret racists have more insidious goals

December 20

GUEST: Donna Nevel, psychologist, educator, and founding member of Facing the Nakba Project, Jews Say No!, Network Against Islamophobia, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice,  talks about her resent research that reveals how the Jewish United Fund (JUF) pays for racist and Islamophobic campaigns in the US.

Defund Islamophobia Now | HuffPost

Donna Nevel is an unstoppable force, using her intellect and sense of justice to make it hot for the secret racists of our time. Not the obvious racists who walk around looking for someone different to beat up. Secret racists have more insidious goals, and in the process hurt more people in the end. Take a look at the Jewish United Fund paying for hate campaigns directed at Muslim in America.

With close ties to Israeli, the Jewish United Fund spreads Islamophobia to take the pressure off the apartheid state. Five million Palestinians have been subjected to beatings, shootings and calculated deprivations in one of the longest running occupations in modern history. But don't think about that; just consider how Muslims are trying to undermine our culture and our democratic institutions. The JUF knows how to spread fear and hate to achieve its political ends.

Of course, many working for Palestinian human rights are themselves Jewish. They are as vulnerable to racism as any religious or ethnic minority in the United States. That is why fanning the flames of racism is so dangerous. Zionists have allied with Trump and his far right nationalists, and their agenda is deeply antisemitic.

Perhaps that is why so many Jewish activists condemn what the Jewish United Fund has done. In its drive to protect Israel, it has undermined the very racial tolerance that all of us depend on to live together in peace.