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News from the Hamilton, Ontario community and the world, from a labour perspective. Interviews with sources and topics excluded from the mainstream discourse.

News from the Hamilton, Ontario community and the world, from a labour perspective. Interviews with sources and topics excluded from the mainstream discourse.
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News from the Hamilton, Ontario community and the world, from a labour perspective. Interviews with sources and topics excluded from the mainstream discourse.




Unusual Sources: Syria - The New Terra Nullius, Segment 1

Syria has become a canvas upon which outsiders can project their fantasies. There has been a failure to adopt a truly 'decolonial' view that respects Syria's sovereignty and self-determination. If there is no resistance to "Team America's" neo-liberal world that reshapes borders as if they are clay, then there will be more Syrias and more refugee crises.


Unusual Sources: 10 Years of Independent Jewish Voices, Segment 1

Brendan speaks with Corey Balsam and Geneviève Nevin, who are organizing the Independent Jewish Voices 10th Anniversary Conference. We discuss the role and direction of IJV, creating an alternative for Jewish youth, and efforts to enhance solidarity with the Palestinian people (through such means as encouraging political parties to support BDS) in Canada.


Unusual Sources: Left-Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada, Segment 1

Yves Engler describes his important new book about how the Canadian 'left' fails to oppose Canada's militarism and imperialism. Yves investigates the NDP, unions, think tanks, and public intellectuals, and finds a leadership that largely follows the ideas and aims of the powerful. 'Left' politicos present a feel-good vision of Empire, where Canada is an 'aid superpower' and peacemaker that should expand its efforts, neglecting Canada's endless interference in the Global South and its pillage...


Unusual Sources: Kashmir report in Canada, Segment 1

Doug Brown interviews Ken Stone about the visit to Canada of President Masood Khan of Azad ("Free") Kashmir and the recent release of the UN High Commissioner's harsh report on the current humanitarian catastrophe in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Ken is the treasurer of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War. He recently traveled to Azad Kashmir in January 2017.


Unusual Sources: Gowans describes Korea book, Segment 1

Stephen Gowans recently launched his brand new book, "Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea's Struggle for Freedom." Following the Hamilton book launch, Unusual Sources recorded a special in-studio interview with Gowans. In the exclusive interview, Gowans discusses key aspects of the book, some of which were not featured heavily during the book tour.


Unusual Sources: Helping Hamilton injured workers, Segment 1

On today's program, Doug interviewed Karl Crevar of the Hamilton Injured Workers, who described the situations faced by injured workers in Hamilton and across Canada.


Unusual Sources: Rev. Naim Ateek on his upcoming (April 30) event, Segment 1

Doug interviews Rev. Naim Ateek about his upcoming visit to Hamilton, which is occurring on April 30th, details here:


Unusual Sources: Liberation Seder supports Palestine and renews Judaism, Segment 1

Hamilton is no stranger to the "Liberation Seder," a new way of performing the Passover ritual in solidarity with groups that are oppressed, particularly the Palestinians. Israel's occupation of Palestine, and the ideologies that justify it, no longer resonate with a growing section of the Jewish and general communities. Equality, and the rights of nations to self-determination, are concepts increasingly difficult to repress and deny. Rabbi Dr. Lucia Pizarro has been at the forefront of...


Unusual Sources: Coming to Hamilton: Economic warfare and threats vs. Korea, Segment 1

Brendan interviews Christopher Black about his upcoming lecture in Hamilton on the very dangerous economic warfare and threats that are directed at "North Korea," or the DPRK. He focuses on the illegality of blanket sanctions and threats to annihilate a nation, as well as Canada's slouching role in following behind Trump. Christopher, as well as Prof Atif Kubursi, speak in Hamilton on March 20.


Unusual Sources: The securitization of Africa via AFRICOM, Segment 1

McMaster PhD candidate Khaled Al-Kassimi joins the program to discuss his article about the creation of AFRICOM, the U.S. "Africa Command." It clashes with local structures and methods. Khaled argues that the U.S. increasingly views all African affairs through a securitization framework, one that places U.S. agency above African, in line with previous conceptions of U.S. exceptionalism.


Unusual Sources: Baraka Books Spring Launches!, Segment 1

Montreal-based author and publisher Robin Philpot joins the program to tell us about two exciting new book launches happening this spring. Stephen Gowans' much-anticipated book on Korea's struggle against colonialism could not have come at a better time. Philpot provides the details. But first, we learn that Fred Jerome's "The Einstein File" is re-launching with an updated 25-page section and new introductions! A pivotal book about the unreported story of Einstein's political convictions.


Unusual Sources: A Look at NDP Foreign Policy, Segment 1

This week on Unusual Sources, Brendan and Doug discuss NDP foreign policy issues with Hamilton Mountain NDP activist Henry Evans-Tenbrinke. For many years, peace and justice activists have been advocating that the NDP take more independent and fair positions on international issues such as Israel/Palestine, Syria, Korea, Arms sale to Saudis, and Venezuela. How can Canada have an independent foreign policy while being a member of NATO? How did the NDP's long-standing policy to withdraw from...


Unusual Sources: Canada should play conscientious role in Korea, Segment 1

Lawyer Chris Black and Prof. Graeme MacQueen are helping build a revitalized peace movement. Part of that involves standing up to the barrage of propaganda on North Korea, and demanding that our government play a more positive role in defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. We discuss their recent op-ed article in the Toronto Star, the less-known reality of Korea, and the U.S. as a stopping block to peace.


Unusual Sources: Supporting Tim Hortons' Workers, Segment 1

A detailed interview with Hamilton and District Labour Council President Anthony Marco about labour's support for Tim Hortons' workers, and the community coming together to picket on behalf of their minimum wage increase.


Unusual Sources: Community College Faculty Reject College Board's poor offer, Segment 1

We look at the strike of Ontario's community college faculty and staff. During the prior week, the province had forced striking OPSEU members to vote on management's last offer. The OPSEU members voted decisively against the offer as it did not address the main issues of precarious employment and academic freedom. Subsequently, the legislature passed back to work legislation. Doug gets an update on the situation from Kevin Mackay, VP of OPSEU Local 240, and a professor at Mohawk College.


Unusual Sources: The "Saudi" War on Yemen, Segment 1

Stephen Gowans issues a corrective about the 'Saudi' assault on Yemen.


Unusual Sources: College Faculty Strike to Improve, Segment 1

Doug interviews Kevin Mackay, VP of OPSEU Local 240, and a professor at Mohawk College. They discuss working conditions in Ontario's community colleges and the strike of more than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians.


Unusual Sources: U.S.-Saudi Interest in Myanmar is Suspicious, Segment 1

Antiwar activist Sara Flounders joins the program to discuss the worrying interest in Myanmar by the United States and Saudi Arabia.


Unusual Sources: The Ugly Canadian - In the Trudeau Era, Segment 1

Yves Engler discusses the continuation of his work on the "Ugly Canadian." Not restricted to the Stephen Harper administration, Canadian governments uniformly carry out a foreign policy in service of Empire and neo-colonialism.


Unusual Sources: Correcting "The Intercept" on Syria, Segment 1

Danny Haiphong discusses the flawed approach of a recent Intercept article on Syria. Cheap articles demonizing Syria according to the bête noire of the day does not help Syrians, and does not befit any sort of "resistance."