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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: The "Saudi" War on Yemen, Segment 1

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

Duration: 00:26:03

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.

Duration: 00:23:17

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.

Duration: 00:28:43

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.

Duration: 00:27:43

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."

Duration: 00:29:26

Unusual Sources: Initial impressions of North Korea, Segment 1

The surprise visit of Eva Bartlett and Prof. Tim Anderson to the DPRK sent waves of excitement around the world. We reached Eva via overseas telephone to get her earliest possible impressions of the country.

Duration: 00:32:25

Unusual Sources: Privatization Panel Discussion, Segment 1

Public services and assets, like highways, hospital labs, and hydro are being sold off to generate profits for private corporations instead of serving our communities. This panel resists the privatization of public infrastructure and public services by the federal and provincial governments. Doug is joined by five community leaders to discuss the impact of privatization of public services. Joining the discussion are Eric Tuck, President of ATU Local 107 representing Hamilton's transit...

Duration: 00:35:04

Unusual Sources: Destabilizing Venezuela, Segment 1

Venezuela's problems are not simply of their own making - rather, there are powerful international forces determined to hobble that bold country. Dan Kovalik details some of the forms of U.S. interference, and the challenges faced by Venezuela's reformers and revolutionaries.

Duration: 00:32:32

Unusual Sources: Why North Korea builds nuclear weapons, Segment 1

Gregory Elich comments on his July 7 article, "North Korea’s Fast-Track Missile Development: How Far It’s Come and Why It Has the U.S. on Edge." He explains the logic behind the DPRK's nuclear weapons program: U.S. invasions of non-nuclear states provide targeted countries with the incentive to build nuclear weapons.

Duration: 00:20:35

Unusual Sources: Corbyn rejects empire and wins votes, Segment 1

Host Brendan Stone and journalist Ann Garrison reflect on the growth of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. From the standpoint of North Americans interested in progressive change, it is notable that Corbyn revitalized the Labour Party by rejecting the imperial agenda of war and corporate globalization, and speaking directly to working-class voters who had been abandoned by their supposed representatives.

Duration: 00:34:13

Unusual Sources: Recent Developments in Kashmir + Persian Gulf, Segment 1

Zafar Bangash reports on the conflict in Kashmir, and also developments in the heated dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Unusual Sources: "We Own It" campaign against privatization, Segment 1

Brendan interviews Olivier Lopez about the "We Own It" campaign against the privatization of public utilities and services in Ontario.

Unusual Sources: Conference about Syria and imperialism in Australia, Segment 1

Brendan interviews Prof. Tim Anderson about a recent anti-war conference in Sydney. Organized by the Center for Counter Hegemonic Studies, presenters discussed "self-determination and imperialism in Syria and the wider region, corporate media presentations of the war, the ‘humanitarian war’ narrative, the geopolitical repercussions and the roots of the war on Syria."

Unusual Sources: Washington's Long War on Syria, Segment 1

Brendan and Stephen discuss themes in Gowans' new book, "Washington's Long War on Syria."

Unusual Sources: Hamilton's 2017 Liberation Seder, Segment 1

Hamilton's Liberation Seder continues to surprise and impress. Rabbi David Mivasair explains how he became involved in this year's Seder, and its relationship to liberation in Jewish theology.

Unusual Sources: Robin Philpot on Stephen Gowans' New Syria Book, Segment 1

Robin Philpot describes Stephen Gowans' important new book, and why producing readable research is still important even in this age of new media.

Unusual Sources: Peering into Syria - with Mark Taliano, Segment 1

They lied about Iraq, they lied about Libya, but at least you can learn about what is going on in Syria with the help of people like Mark Taliano. Mark, a retired Ontario teacher, visited Syria as part of the Third Tour of Peace. Through the contacts he made, he was able to write a booklet about the perspectives of Syrians under siege by the NATO/GCC assault on their country. He discusses his booklet, and also the news about a team of Swedish doctors refuting the White Helmets' pretensions...

Unusual Sources: Diana Ralph on Lia Tarachansky Tour, Segment 1

On Wednesday, March 1, Unusual Sources featured an interview with Diana Ralph of Independent Jewish Voices on the tour of Russian/Israeli filmmaker Lia Tarachansky. Lia Tarachansky was born in the former USSR, and her family emigrated to Israel and subsequently became settlers on occupied land. After moving to Canada, Lia learned of the impact of the Israeli occupation and the displacement of Palestinians from her Palestinian acquaintances. Her movie, "On the Side of the Road" looks at the...

Unusual Sources: Promo for Lia Tarachansky Tour, Segment 1

Brendan describes the upcoming Hamilton tour stop of Lia Tarachansky's "On the Side of the Road" Film Screening & Discussion. The Hamilton event takes place on March 3rd, at the Barton Stone United Church at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30).

Unusual Sources: To end Syrian conflict, stop destabilizing Syria, Segment 1

Stephen Gowans discusses two of his late-2016 articles concerning Washington's campaign to remove the Syrian government. As elsewhere, the U.S. has cultivated reactionary forces within the Islamic world to counter Arab efforts at self-determination and liberation. The U.S. use of Saudi-aligned terrorists to remove Syria's government reflects Washington's century-long campaign against independent or socialist governments. Recognizing the Syrian counter-revolution promoted by NATO is an...
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