Audio: Plane full of medicine turned away while health workers strain to treat patients in Port-Au-Prince

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Here’s my story for yesterday’s Free Speech Radio News newscast. Some horrific sights at both Cannape-Vert Hospital and the Doctors Without Borders Clinic in Cite Soleil.

MP3. Video probably coming later. It’s really an inefficient medium, from what I see here. Journalists go out, shoot footage, then come back mid-day to begin an hours-long editing process, when they could be out reporting. By tradition they go to the trouble of hiding cuts in interviews with b-roll, instead of doing simple, honest jump-cuts to which the YouTube generation is totally accustomed. There’s no innovation…

Update: Big thanks to the Quixotess in Seattle for transcribing! Global media collaboration FTW. Text below the jump. Continue reading “Audio: Plane full of medicine turned away while health workers strain to treat patients in Port-Au-Prince”

Podcast: Another Fort Hood Afghanistan War Resister Sentenced and Jailed

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Travis Bishop is led away from Fort Hood in shackles. Image from video shot by Bishop’s lawyer.

This started out as a story for Free Speech Radio News but didn’t make it into today’s newscast. I’ve heard of the Flash player not working for a few folks. Listen to the MP3 if that’s the case for you. Cross-posted to Houston Indymedia, now featured on Indymedia.us.

A Fort Hood soldier faced a military trial today for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan, one week after another member of his unit was sentenced to 30 days in jail for refusing to go to war. Sergeant Travis Bishop was convicted on all charges and sentenced to one year in prison, loss of pay, and reduction in rank. Continue reading “Podcast: Another Fort Hood Afghanistan War Resister Sentenced and Jailed”

Exclusive Podcast: Korean Metal Workers Union member speaks out

To my knowledge this is the only interview with a member of the Korean Metal Workers Union recorded in the United States. Last night I spoke by phone with Jung Sik Hwa, a 20-year member of the union whose Ssangyong branch occupied their factory for 77 days. He was outside the Pyeontaek factory last week protesting the police assault in solidarity with the Ssangyong workers. Transcript and more to come soon. This podcast and the interview with Mr. Goldner will air on KVRX 91.7 FM here in Austin. Feel free to share and re-broadcast.

MP3. Cross-posted to Radio Indymedia.

Podcast: S. Korea workers’ 77-day factory occupation broken by violent police assault

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Image from the Hankyoreh

Yesterday the 10-week-long occupation of the Ssangyong automotive plant in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, by striking workers was broken by a final, violent police assault. When Ssangyong went bankrupt and announced the firings of thousands of assembly-line workers, they armed and barricaded themselves inside the plant. I spoke with Loren Goldner, an author writing a book on the Korean working class who visited the factory in June, on Friday about the situation. The workers’ struggle has received stunningly little attention in the US corporate and alternative press. He was speaking to me from New York City. Please share and re-broadcast.

MP3. Cross-posted to Radio Indymedia and libcom.

Update: The podcast does not convey the “epic,” in the BBC’s words, nature of the final four-day fight the workers put up against the police. Below are pictures and videos collected from Youtube and libcom.org. Continue reading “Podcast: S. Korea workers’ 77-day factory occupation broken by violent police assault”

Podcast with pictures: Texans march against Hutto detention center on World Refugee Day

Click the arrow button in the bottom right-hand corner below for a better view. (Sorry about the wind noise, folks!)

This was my second time traveling out to Hutto. Transcript and more information below. Continue reading “Podcast with pictures: Texans march against Hutto detention center on World Refugee Day”

Podcast: Protests over wages in Haiti ignored in questioning of new U.N. envoy Clinton

clintonI would have finished and posted this last night if I hadn’t felt rather sick. I recorded most of this podcast yesterday; it runs under 5 minutes long.

Apparently Clinton invited a bunch of liberal bloggers to his New York office yesterday to talk about politics, Haiti, and his foundation’s work. Wish I could have been there. One blogger asked about Dr. Paul Farmer, who incidentally I refer to below. AP photo above.

MP3. Full transcript below. Continue reading “Podcast: Protests over wages in Haiti ignored in questioning of new U.N. envoy Clinton”

“Chubbing” jams up the Texas legislature

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My first second-ever feature story for Free Speech Radio News looks back at the 81st Texas legislative session, which ends today. What’s “chubbing?” You can Google it if you want, or you can listen here.

On the night of November 2, 2004, I was standing outside a polling station with Mark Strama, handing flyers to citizens rushing in to vote before the election ended. Continue reading ““Chubbing” jams up the Texas legislature”

Podcast: Haitian spiritual and political leader Father Gerard Jean-Juste dies

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I have a short story on Father Jean-Juste’s passing in yesterday’s Free Speech Radio News headlines.

Listen to a longer version of that piece below. Includes comments from Brian Concannon Jr., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Ira Kurzban, a Miami-based attorney – both friends of Father Jean-Juste who worked closely with him on several legal cases – as well as audio from an older interview with Father Jean-Juste himself.

Rest In Power, Father Jean-Juste. MP3 here. Transcript and full-length interviews below. Continue reading “Podcast: Haitian spiritual and political leader Father Gerard Jean-Juste dies”

Podcast: Walnut Creek Apt. residents speak out after officer fatally shoots youth

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Broken glass from shattered police car windows

Early this morning 18-year-old Nathaniel Sanders was fatally shot by Austin Police officer Leonardo Quintana at the Walnut Creek Apartment Complex in East Austin. I arrived at the scene at about noon and spoke to residents who were gathered outside. These voices are not being heard enough right now. This podcast just aired on KVRX minutes ago.

Download the MP3 here and feel free to re-broadcast. Transcript below. Continue reading “Podcast: Walnut Creek Apt. residents speak out after officer fatally shoots youth”