Roger Leisner presents Radio Free Maine

A show that presents voices of the left, unedited and uncensored.
Contact Roger at: Radio Free Maine, P.O. Box 2705, Augusta, Maine 04338, (207) 242-0643 Cell Phone, Email: rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com

2/17/09 Chris Hedges: Covering War and Conflict as a Foreign Correspondent
Chris Hedges was an early and vocal critic of Bush’s plan to invade and occupy Iraq. Hedges questioned the rationale for war, and was critical of the early press coverage, calling it “shameful cheerleading”. On May 17, 2003, just two weeks after Bush’s famous Mission Accomplished speech. Hedges delivered a commencement address at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, saying: “We are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige and power and security.” Several hundred members of the audience booed and jeered his talk, although some applauded. Hedges’ microphone was cut twice and two young men rushed the stage to try to prevent him from speaking. Hedges had to cut short his address and was escorted off campus by security officials before the ceremony was over. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal denounced Hedges for his anti-war stance. His employer, The New York Times, criticized his statements and issued him a written reprimand for “ public remarks that could undermine public trust in the paper’s impartiality.” The paper’s editors demanded Hedges cease speaking about the Iraq war. Hedges, refusing to accept these restrictions, left The New York Times to become a Senior Fellow at The National Institute, write books and teach. Hedges has stated that he is not a pacifist and supports humanitarian interventions, such as those in Bosnia and Kosovo, designed to stop campaigns of genocide. Hedges, nevertheless describes war as “the most potent narcotic invented by humankind”.Recorded by Roger Leisner on Feb 10, 2009. This is an excerpt from the audio on the DVD. To obtain the complete DVD contact Roger Leisner directly at rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com
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2/10/09 Principled Resistance to the Israeli Occupation
Shachaf Polakow Israeli citizen and member of Anarchists Against The Wall ( AATW ) Leila Farsakh Palestinian-American, author, teacher of political science at UMB, recipient of Cambridge Peace Commission Peace and Justice Award Noam Chomsky Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT, author, Lecturer and leading critic of US foreign policy Nancy Murray, moderator President of the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, member of BCPR and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation For the pasts five years members of the Israeli-based organization, Anarchists Against the Wall, have worked alongside the non-violent Palestinian popular movement, to fight expansion of the Israeli wall, and recently to oppose the Israeli atrocities in Gaza. In December 2008, AATW and the Bilin Village Committee were jointly awarded the prestigious Carl von Ossietzky Medal, by the Berlin-based International League of Human Rights, named after the Nobel Peace Prize winner who died in a Nazi concentration camp. This forum is an opportunity to learn about AATW’s efforts and to hear what local activists view as opportunities for principled resistance within the US and internationally. Recorded by Roger Leisner on Feb 10, 2009. This is an excerpt from the audio on the DVD. To obtain the complete DVD contact Roger Leisner directly at rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com
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1/13/09 Noam Chomsky talks about the crisis in Gaza
"30years ago, I wrote that those who call themselves supporters of Israel are in reality supporters of its moral degeneration and its probable ultimate destruction, and regrettably that judgment looks more and plausible. Meanwhile, we’re observing a very rare moment in history, that’s what the late Israeli sociologist, Baruch Kimmerling, called ‘Politicide’ that’s murder of a nation at our hands.” Recorded by Roger Leisner on January 13, 2009. This is an excerpt from the audio on the DVD. To obtain the complete DVD contact Roger Leisner directly at rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com
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11/19/08 Noam Chomsky
Chomsky’s first public words since the presidential election express pessimism that Obama will bring real “change” to the country. Besides the disappointing appointment of Iraq War supporters and financial-crisis enablers to his administration, besides the fact that Obama ran on public-relations slogans (“Brand Obama”) rather than a platform of specific change, Chomsky points out that Obama, like McCain, was largely financed by the elite. More deeply and provocatively, Chomsky contrasts our “democratic” government with a mass-popular-movement government such as exists now in Bolivia. As always, Chomsky answers questions about the future with “It’s up to people like you,” expressing his respect for America’s working people and his scorn for America’s elite. Recorded by Roger Leisner on November 13, 2008. This is an excerpt from the audio on the DVD. To obtain the complete DVD contact Roger Leisner directly at rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com
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Howard Zinn on Sacco and Vanzetti
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian-born immigrants, workers and anarchists, who were tried and convicted in 1921 for the armed robbery and murder of two payroll guards. After 7 years of legal appeals and international protest, the two men were finally executed on August 23, 1927 in Boston for a crime that many felt they did not commit and by a judicial system that was patently biased and unjust.
Howard Zinn is a historian, playwright and political activist. Zinn was a shipyard worker and US Air Force bombardier in WWII before he went to college under the GI Bill and eventually received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Zinn has taught as a tenured professor at Spelman College and Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. Recorded by Roger Leisner on November 7, 2008. This is an excerpt from the audio on the DVD. To obtain the complete DVD contact Roger Leisner directly at rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com
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Kill the Indian, Save the Man
Ward Churchill was a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado from 1990 to 2007. Primarily, his work has focused on the historical treatment of political dissenters and American Indians by the U.S. government. In Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools (2004), Churchill traces the history of removing American Indian children from their homes to residential schools in Canada or the US as part of government policies from the 1880's to the 1980's, which he regards as genocidal. Recorded by Preston Enright on November 11, 2005. This is an excerpt from the audio on the DVD. To obtain the complete DVD contact Roger Leisner directly at rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com
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10/21/08 Roxanne Munksgaard interviews Billy Bragg
Finding inspiration in the righteous anger of punk rock and the socially conscious folk tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg was the leading figure of the anti-folk movement of the '80s. For most of the decade, Bragg bashed out songs alone on his electric guitar, singing about politics and love. While his lyrics were bitingly intelligent and clever, they were also warm and humane, filled with detail and wit. Even though his lyrics were carefully considered, Bragg never neglected to write melodies for songs that were strong and memorable. Throughout the '80s, he managed to chart consistently in Britain, yet he only gathered a cult following in America, which could be due to the fact that he sang about distinctly British subject matter, both politically and socially. - allmusic.com
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Billy Bragg interview (16:13)
Sample of one of Billy Bragg's songs (3:31) Here are the lyrics
05/25/08 Noam Chomsky: US Government Foreign Policy, Unintentional Murder Inc.
Sponsored by No More Victims, an organization that works to obtain medical sponsorships for war-injured Iraqi children, their families and communities in the US. One of the most effective means of combating militarism is to focus on direct relief.
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1. Noam Chomsky (46:47)
05/02/08 Michael Lowy: Global Justice and Ecosocialism
Michael Lowy is an historian, a sociologist, a mediator and a leftist activist. He has written widely on political philosophy and intellectual history. He teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. Some of his books are THE MARXISM OF CHE GUEVARA, MARXISM AND LIBERATION THEOLOGY and THE THEORY OF REVOLUTION IN THE YOUNG MARX.This is an excerpt from the event. To obtain the complete audio / DVD contact Roger Leisner directly at rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com.
1. Michael Lowy (26:20)
04/25/08 Max Elbaum, Stephen Zunes, Ellen Frank
Max Elbaum is a War Times editor, a writer of monthly columns for Washington's Wars and Occupations and the author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals turn to Lenin, Mao and Che. He talks about where we stand today in the Middle East and at home / US Foreign Policy and Military Spending.
Stephen Zunes is a Middle East contributor for Foreign Policy in Focus and a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and Chair of its Middle East Studies program and the author of Tinderbox: US Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism. He talks about the political and military lay of the land in the countries of the Middle East.
Ellen Franks is a Visiting Professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a Senior Economist at The Poverty Institute and a contributor to Dollars and Sense. She talks about the US Domestic Crisis and the war.
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1. Max Elbaum (26:19)
2. Stephen Zunes (28:09)
3. Ellen Frank (16:33)
04/24/08 Noam Chomsky: Modern Day American Imperialism, Middle East and Beyond
Noam Chomsky is in top form in this speech. He gives a comprehensive historical tour of American Imperialism, from its earliest days of Manifest Destiny, to the current manifestations.
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1. Noam Chomsky (1:02:46)
4/20/08 Malik Rahim & Robert King: Reflections on Race and the environment in Post-Katrina Louisiana
Malik Rahim was a co-founder of the Louisiana Black Panther Party. Today Malik continues struggling for social and ecological justice in his community.
Robert King is the only free member of the Angola 3. He spent 29 years in solitary confinement in Angola Prison inLouisiana for a crime he did not commit. He was completely exonerated and released in Feb 2001. Since his release, King has worked to free two other former Black Panthers, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace, who are still incarcerated at Angola. They were also framed, even though extensive proof of their innocence has been established.
Gary Young is a journalist for the Guardian of England.

Recorded by Roger Leisner at Cooper Union in NY City.
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1. Malik Rahim and Robert King (7:03)
2. Malik Rahim and Robert King (5:49)
3. Malik Rahim and Robert King (7:10)
4. Malik Rahim and Robert King (1:22)
5. Gary Younge (15:22)
4/09/08 Noam Chomsky: Thinking Outside the Bomb
Youth and securing a Nuclear Free Future
Recorded by Roger Leisner at the Cabot Intercultural Center at Tufts University in Medford, MA.
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1. Noam Chomsky (38:54)
4/03/08 Noam Chomsky and Omar Baddar: The Middle East
The so-called "success" of the Surge and the impact of the Israeli lobby (AIPAC) in American politics.
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1. Noam Chomsky and Omar Baddar (36:29)
4/2/08 Norman Finkelstein: Palestine - 60 years of dispossession and displacement
Norman Findelstein is a political scientist and author, specializing in the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has written sharply critical academic reviews of several prominent writers and scholars whom he accusses of misrepresenting the documentary record in order to defend Israel's policies and practices. Recorded by Roger Leisner at M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA.
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1. Norman Finkelstein (59.31)
12/2/06 A poetic tribute to Daniel Berrigan
Following the recording of this event, Liam Rector committed suicide, Jason Shinder developed untreatable and incurable cancer and Roger Leisner almost died of pneumonia in January 2007. Poetry is hell. Recorded by Roger Leisner at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, MA.
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1. Poetic Tribute to Daniel Berrigan (37:09)
3/7/08 Lance Tapley: Human Rights in Maine's Prisons
Lance Tapley of the Portland Phoenix speaks about how human rights of prisoners are constantly denied and violated. Recorded by Roger Leisner at the Meg Perry Center in Portland, Maine.
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1. Lance Tapley (49:45)
1/28/08 Noam Chomsky: The impact of the Iraq War
Noam Chomsky speaks about the impact of the current US war in Iraq and whether we are heading toward unending war in the Middle East.
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1. Noam Chomsky (35:31)
11/3/07 Dave Zirin: Socialism and Sports
Dave Zirin writes about sports related matters from a left wing point of view. Here he addresses the question whether sports helps or hurts the revolutionary movement. Recorded by Joe Friendly at Columbia University.
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1. Dave Zirin (25:30)
11/28/07 A Discussion of the 60th Anniversary of the UN Palestine Partition resolution of 11/29/47
Recorded by Roger Leisner at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.
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1. Noam Chomsky (15:09)
2. Nadim Rouhana (14:59)
3. Beshara Doumani (14:21)