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Best of KPFA Flashpoints Radio week of June 25-29, 2001

Best of KPFA Flashpoints Radio week of June 25-29, 2001
-Attorney Tony Serra on the trial of former SLA member Sara Jane Olson -Three anti-World Bank protestors in Papua New Guinea shot dead -Human Rights Watch investigation into Ariel Sharon war crimes -Palestinian mural defaced for the 30th time in San Francisco -The current United Nations Conference on AIDS -Princeton Professor gets police protection because of death threats
Best of KPFA Flashpoints Radio week of June 25-29, 2001
-Attorney Tony Serra on the trial of former SLA member Sara Jane Olson -Three anti-World Bank protestors in Papua New Guinea shot dead -Human Rights Watch investigation into Ariel Sharon war crimes -Palestinian mural defaced for the 30th time in San Francisco -The current United Nations Conference on AIDS -Princeton Professor gets police protection because of death threats -Attorney Tony Serra on the trial of former SLA member Sara Jane Olson Start Audio (20 min)
-00:00 "It was June 16th, Soweto Day.

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I was on my way to teach citizenship class.. pulled over having for tinted windows,"
the voice of Sister Kathleen Soliah, now better known as Sara Jane Olson. A member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), was arrested in Minnesota after living peacefully for 20 years underground. Flamboyant defense attorney Tony Serra interviewed by Noelle Hanrahan:

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on the motives of the government prosecution: unfortunately for Sara Jane Olson.. they want to make the point, if you defy law enforcement, they will get ya. ... Brain-washed Patty Hearst link2 hearsay testimony one leg of the prosecution, Officer Bryant's fabricated memory... his flimsy fabricated disfunctional story the other base.. The prosecutors will try to make the jury hate the SLA... any lawyer defending a case in Los Angelos better watch his back.. i trust the jury, it'll be a mixed jury... trial by jury is our last hope, our only hope..

-Three anti-World Bank protestors in Papua New Guinea shot dead Start Audio (15 min)

-00:00 Celia Alario: Three student anti-globaliztion protestors shot dead in New Guinea. Reports from Beatrice, secretary of the PNG Timber and Construction Workers Union, and Australian journalist Max Watts on the ground in Papua New Guinea.. the students have been going around warning about the WTO/World Bank inspired governmental effort to register the people's land.. registration is the first step to taking the land and selling the land. The land is communally owned by the women in Papua New Guinea... the demonstrations started last week, the University of PNG students knew what they were going to do, take a petition to the prime minister... the pm came out after much delay, took the petition and left without answering the complaint.. the students stayed all night, and left the next day.. then at the campus the police came in and started shooting... special units, trained by Australian government, which backs this WB program, to keep wages down in this old Australian colony.. the students were running around, not sure where to go.. bullets flying everywhere.. the people support the students.. the soldiers starting now also

-Human Rights Watch investigation into Ariel Sharon war crimes. Start Audio (15 min)
-Palestinian mural defaced by racists again in San Franciso. (audio continues) (17 min)
-The current United Nations Conference on AIDS (audio continues) (18 min)

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Dennis Bernstein: Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, met with GW Bush today. Sharon, who himself is the subject of a Human Rights Watch call for a criminal investigation, demands "10 days" w/o a stone being thrown (by the Palestinians); calls Arafat the leader of a gang of terrorists. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies: This talk is meant to pave the way for the Israeli purging of the PLO, to asserting ever more control. (Also see: Robert Fisk June 27) Does the Sharon demand for 'Ending Violence' include Israel ending its assassinations and other war crimes? No. Israeli public opinion has moved so far to the right that Sharon is a now a centrist. U.S. and Britain shamefully acquiesing to Israel for its 'restraint'. All not well for Sharon though, as the BBC documentary, Sharon, The Accused (read transcript) airs to applause; Lebanese survivors taking Sharon to court in Belgium; and today finds Human Rights Watch calling for an investigation into Sharon's role in the Sabra and Chatila camp massacres in 1982. The brutal occupation of Palestine is the root cause of all this violence.
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Noelle Hanrahan: An inspirational Palestinian mural with symbols of peace and hope, defaced for the 30th time in San Francisco. Attacks have intensified lately - the 10-yr-old mural is now being boarded over by the shopkeeper who fears arson. One image: an old man holding the city of Jerusalem. Shopkeeper: This mural is for Arabs *and* Jews, we all want just to live in peace. 21st Str Mural Project
-20:20 Interviews w one of muralists, Susan Greene, and activist Lillian Bachter. Palestinians over the last 53 years have been increasingly marginalized... the racist attacks on the mural intensify the hurt... images gathered from when Susan Greene and other artists visited Palestine... another image: a holocaust survivor who said: 'never again means never again for everybody'. She stands in opposition to the Israeli occupation every Friday w Women In Black. Another image: horses galloping across a rainbow, from a painting in a home demolished by Israelis. "We will offer them tea"...
-27:40 Noelle recounts walking by the mural at 21st and Mission for the last ten years and being inspired again and again... Over 5000 Palestinian children have been injured in the last 6 months. The children's faces on the mural had been slashed... Another symbol in the mural: wild cactus groves, which now mark where the 475 Palestinian villages destroyed by Israeli Zionists in 1948 once stood...
Police protection for the mural non-existent. But just the attendance today of SF supervisors Tom Ammiano and Chris Daly at a press conference exposing the hate pathology against the mural is a good sign.
-32:40 Celia Alario: The current United Nations Conference on AIDS. w Scott Long and Dr Artur Kalichman. This is the first time that gay and lesbian issues have been broached during a U.N. summit. The homophobic reaction of some UN members is frightening though. w Karyn Kaplan of the Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. The Brazilian law allowing generic drug manufacture. Trade issues and *Intellectual Property Rights* threaten to outweigh the human right to life.. The pharmacuetical companies are ashamed of themselves, and they should be... We need to increase the awareness that it's a human right to have adequate healthcare...

-Princeton Professor gets police protection because of death threats Start Audio (18 min)

-11:05 Interview with Professor Richard Falk of Princeton University

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who has just been placed under police protection after receiving death threats for talking about Ariel Sharon's role in war crimes on a BBC documentary, Sharon, The Accused (watch video or read transcript). Mr Sharon is entitled to a fair trial, but there is a very solid foundation to indite him for war crimes, crimes against humanity. The Israeli military surrounded the camps, disallowing the residents to flee the Phalange; providing flares so the Phalange could see what they were doing; in constant radio contact with the Phalangist command. Professor Falk: It is the responsibility of citizens in a free society to speak the truth and not let themselves be intimidated.

END FLASHPOINTS HIGHLITES JUNE 25-29 2001


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