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Show Details for the week of July 21st, 2014

Posted by themonitor on July 21, 2014

On The Monitor this week:

  • Dollar Democracy: with Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All – an interview with Peter Mathews
  • Gaza under attack: Getting the basics right as the corporate media gets them wrong – an interview with Robert Naiman

More about this week’s guests:

Peter Mathews has spent 30 years as a College and University Professor. Peter is a full-time Professor of Political Science at Cypress College, and an adjunct Professor of Sociology at Long Beach City College. He has taught at California State University, Fullerton, and is currently a Featured Political Analyst and Contributing Partner on the “Head-On” Radio Show on KEIB AM 1150 in Los Angeles, California. On July 3, 2014 Peter served as guest Host on KPFK radio 90.7 FM and KPFK.ORG from 3 PM to 4PM of Special Programming, calling it, “Standing up for Social and Economic Justice.” During 2012 and 2013, Peter served as a Political Analyst on KTLK Progressive Talk Radio’s popular “The David Cruz Show” in Los Angeles. Peter has served as a political analyst on KNBC-TV, KCBS-TV, KTLA-TV, CNN radio, KPFA radio and guest on KPFK radio, KPCC radio, and as a commentator on KNX News Radio and other venues. He is a contributing columnist for the Long Beach Register, and on-line Orange County Register. He has been a guest op-ed writer in the Long Beach Press Telegram, and other publications. Having lived, traveled, taught, and conducted research in 27 countries including Brazil, Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Nicaragua, and elsewhere, Peter Mathews has gained firsthand knowledge of public policy issues such as healthcare, education, economic development, international relations, and environmental sustainability in these and other societies. Peter Mathews was the Democratic Party Nominee for the U.S. Congress in 1998 and ran a close race in the Long Beach, California based district, while refusing money from corporate donors. Peter Mathews moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and has been a resident of Long Beach for 23 years, where he lives with his wife Toya Baker-Mathews and daughter Page.


Robert Naiman is a spokesperson for Gaza Ark, whose ship was attacked on July 11th. Gaza Ark is “part of the ongoing international Freedom Flotilla Coalition challenging the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza” imposed by Israel. Naiman — who is also policy director of Just Foreign Policy — recently wrote the article “Netanyahu’s War: What Is It Good For?” which states: “The government of Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a new war on Palestinians in Gaza, a war whose purported justifications make George W. Bush’s excuses for his illegal invasion of Iraq smell nice by comparison. So far, the United States, Netanyahu’s chief enabler, has been unwilling to stop the carnage, as it could easily do, because Washington hasn’t yet heard enough complaint from Americans not to use their tax dollars to kill children in Gaza.”


Posted in Arab Spring, Corporations, Debt, Democracy, Economic Inequality, Economy, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Palestine | Leave a Comment »

Show Details for the week of July 7th, 2014

Posted by themonitor on July 7, 2014

On The Monitor this week:

  • Why Should a Woman’s Health Care Depend on Her Employer? The SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision – a doctor’s perspective with Elizabeth Rosenthal
  • The escalation of violence in Gaza – recent events discussed with Jennifer Loewenstein

More about this week’s guests:

Elizabeth Rosenthal is is a dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. She is an executive board member of the NY Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. A very experienced advocate for single payer, upon her retirement after 40 years in private practice, Dr. Rosenthal has focused her energies on the state of U.S. health care and argued for the rationale of a single payer system. She has appeared on radio and television and she helped lead a fact-finding delegation to Canada to compare the Canadian system with the US.  Dr. Rosenthal received in medical degree from New York University’s School of Medicine.

Quote: “If we had a single-payer health care system instead of our current employer-based health insurance, this question would be moot. Women would not be at the mercy of their employer to get access to family planning services and contraceptive care.”


Jennifer Loewenstein is  Faculty associate in Middle East Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Loewenstein has spent extensive time in Gaza including witnessing attacks. She is now in touch with human rights groups there.

Quote: “More than three times the number of the Israeli youths murdered near Hebron were murdered by the Israeli military in its terrorist rampage across the West Bank since the three [Israeli youths] went missing. But we will never see the handsome photos and bios of the dead Palestinians because they are ‘human animals’ according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unworthy of our grief. … Israel has been dying to arrest many of those it freed in deals over the last year or so, especially those connected to the Gilad Shalit case. … Clashes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood are growing more violent after the murder of a Palestinian teen by the Israeli military there. He was innocent of any crime. … Israel is already taking ‘justice’ into its own hands without any proof, real trial, or legal punishment of the accused. The accused teens’ families have already had their homes destroyed.”

In the story “Is Israel Preparing New Military Offensive against Gaza?“, the Real News reports “Israel is punishing Gaza despite no evidence that shows Hamas was responsible for the deaths of the Israeli teenagers.”

Posted in Health Care Reform, Israel, Palestine, Single Payer, The Supreme Court, Your Body | Leave a Comment »

Show Details for the week of March 31st, 2014

Posted by themonitor on March 31, 2014

On The Monitor this week:

  • Music to build peace and dialogue – an interview with Shani Rigsbee
  • Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), what is the movement about and what is it trying to achieve? – an interview with Marjorie Cohn

I hope listeners are going to think and interact with the show on this topic. The questions I want to start out with in the context of this show:

Are these two efforts compatible? Can you be for peace and sanctions as well?

Send in your thoughts and comments to

More about this week’s guests:

Shani Ribsbee


Singer / Songwriter Shani Rigsbee and her music have been featured in highly acclaimed feature films such as the Academy Award Winning CRASH, and many other studio and independent films and television. Having an International fan base from her numerous albums and single releases, she has toured the globe extensively singing in multiple languages playing in some of the world’s most exclusive venues in both concerts and plays and has committed herself to many charitable organizations.

She is the Writer / Producer of “We Hear Your Voice”

Her website:

Watch “We Hear Your Voice” here:

Marjorie Cohn
Marjorie CohnMarjorie Cohn is a former president of the National Lawyers Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law. She lectures throughout the world on human rights and US foreign policy. A news consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, she also provides legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, Air America and Pacifica Radio. In addition, Professor Cohn is the author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent. Her latest book, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse, was published in January 2011 by NYU Press.
Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as The National Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune. Professor Cohn is a contributing editor to Jurist, MWC News and National Lawyers Guild Review, and her frequent columns appear on Huffington Post, Truthout, AlterNet, CommonDreams, Counterpunch, OpedNews, AtlanticFreePress, ZNet, and GlobalResearch, and are archived at
On the show this week we talk about her recent article on the BDS movement

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Show Details for the week of December 3rd, 2012

Posted by themonitor on December 3, 2012

  • Bradley Manning takes the stand – an interview with Kevin Gosztola
  • The State of Palestine, can it take Israel to the ICC? – an interview with John Quigley

More about our guests:

Kevin Gosztola

ABC News reports: “Private First Class Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified and confidential military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, took the stand in a military court [Thursday] to make his first public statements since his arrest in 2010.”
Kevin Gosztola is the co-author of “Truth & Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning,” Gosztola is covering the Manning trial at

Quote: “Bradley Manning has been in pretrial confinement for over 900 days and, in this current hearing, his defense is arguing he was ‘unlawfully punished’ while imprisoned at the Quantico Marine Brig for nine months. They hope to have the charges dismissed or be awarded credit for time served and are putting key commanding officers on the witness stand to show how the Brig was more concerned with media attention and scrutiny from senior officials in the Pentagon and Washington than they were with Manning’s health.”



John Quigley reports: “The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government.”

AFP reports: “Britain threatened Wednesday to abstain from a vote for enhanced Palestinian status at the United Nations. … British Foreign Secretary William Hague … said to win Britain’s vote, the Palestinians would also have to pledge not to sue Israel for war crimes through the International Criminal Court … If the request is approved, it will give the Palestinians access to a range of UN agencies and also potentially to the ICC, where they could accuse Israel of war crimes.”

Legal analysts note that if the Palestinian Authority has the political will it could do a wide range of things.

John Quigley is Professor of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley’s books include “The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict.”

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Show Details for the week of June 4th, 2012

Posted by themonitor on June 4, 2012

On The Monitor this week:

  • Author interview – Fifteen steps to Corporate Feudalism by Dennis Marker
  • Iran’s Nuclear Program, Julian Assange, Whistle-blowers, Obama’s Kill List – an interview with Ray McGovern


More information about this week’s guests:

Dennis Marker

Dennis Marker was twenty one when he embarked on his career in Washington, DC. While there he worked for the US Congress, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), various political campaigns, and Jim Wallis at Sojourners magazine. In addition, he helped launch and directed Washington, DC–based progressive nonprofits, including Witness for Peace and The Pledge of Resistance, where he specialized in national and international media operations.

This work took him from every country in Central America to Iraq and many countries in between, where he negotiated with government officials and nongovernmental organizations looking for ways to avoid war and limit civilian causalities. Marker has appeared on numerous network and cable television news and talk shows in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and throughout Europe. He has also been used as an on- and off-the-record source by many publications, including Newsweek, Time, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, USA Today, and other major newspapers in the United States and internationally. In addition, he has written, edited, and been the on-air voice for a weekly UPI syndicated political radio commentary.

Book Website:


Ray McGovern:

ImageRay McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, in the early 80s preparing The President’s Daily Brief and using it to conduct one-on-one morning briefings of President Reagan’s most senior national security advisers.

It is not likely that there will be enough time to cover all the issues in this one interview. For more background please review the information below:

Ray McGovern will discuss these issues at 6:00 PM Thursday, June 7, at Random Row Books, 315 West Main St. Charlottesville, Va.


On Whistle-blowers:

Panorama, the oldest and most respected “60 Minutes”-type program on German TV, did an excellent 16-min special, featuring Ethan McCord, et al. and key footage from the “collateral murder” original tape.  It aired in Germany (with dubbing into German) on Feb. 10, 2011.

The program had unusually broad and intense resonance in Germany.  Ray asked Panorama if it could possibly undub the dubbing, and one of the producers did just that.  So now it’s available to all who understand English.  Videos are truly worth a thousand words, so see it here:

For those who understand German, the full-length program is equally compelling.  The URL for the GERMAN original is:

On Assange:

Ray’s Comments on Julian Assange and Latest Developments at Supreme Court in London, Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV News 24 Program: ‘The DRUM’, 5/30/12

Ray’s portion runs from the 2:55 to the 8:00 minute mark; the two minutes immediately following (up to the 10-minute mark) include interesting comments from an Australian Social Justice Lawyer.

On the “Kill List”:

Obama’s and Brennan’s “Kill List” (video) Ray interviewed on The Real News Network, 5/30/12

For more on Ray (and links to some of the best reporting on the web) go to Ray’s website

Posted in Assassination, Bradley Manning, CIA, Economic Inequality, Empire, Iran, Iraq, Israel, News And Analysis, Obama, Radio Shows, Wealth and Income distribution | 1 Comment »

Show Details for the week of May 28th, 2012

Posted by themonitor on May 28, 2012

On The Monitor this week:
  • Media Action Center Files Urgent Complaint to FCC – an interview with Sue Wilson
  • Veterans giving back their medals at the NATO Summit – an interview with Shawna Foster
  • Failed nuclear talks between P5+1 and Iran – an interview with Gareth Porter
Sue Wilson
Sue Wilson, Media Action Center founder, author of the “Walker Recall Talk Radio Report,” and director of the much-watched documentary Broadcast Blues, the film that claims that media policy in this country is not only killing our people  but our democracy as well.
Sue Wilson says that Wisconsin’s WISN and WTMJ  are violating Federal Regulations During the Walker Recall. The Media Action Center has filed an urgent complaint with the FCC demanding equal time for Barrett supporters
Members of the Media Action Center Wisconsin released results of the Scott Walker Recall Talk Radio Monitoring Project.  They revealed that Clear Channel Radio’s WISN and Journal Communications’ Radio WTMJ are each giving supporters of Scott Walker and the GOP over $80,000 in free airtime every day over the air in the run up to the election, and virtually nothing to the Democrats.
Video here:
Tom Barrett supporters cried foul, and demanded comparable time from the stations, citing the little known FCC regulation, the quasi-equal opportunities doctrine, or “Zapple.”
The stations failed to comply, so yesterday MAC founder Sue Wilson filed a formal complaint with the FCC on their behalf.
“The stations are acting in an egregious manner by intentionally promoting only one political party on the radio during the Walker campaign.  The radio airwaves are the public airwaves, not the Republican airwaves, and this activity violates FCC political rules,” says Wilson. Wilson says the complaint asks for the FCC to immediately order the stations to comply with comparable time rules and give 80 minutes daily to Tom Barrett supporters throughout the remainder of the election. The FCC has already responded to Wilson about the complaint, and are reviewing it now.  They say they will try to answer this immediately, but that the implications for talk radio are “huge.”
Shawna Foster
Shawna Foster is a veteran of the US National Guard where she served as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapons Specialist. She now organizes with Iraq Veterans Against The War.
“I was a Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapons Specialist for a war that didn’t have any Weapons of Mass Destruction! So I deserted. I’m one of the 40,000 people that left the United States Armed Forces because this is a lie!”
Gareth Porter
Gareth Porter is an investigative journalist and historian specializing in U.S. national security policy. He has been writing extensively about the Iranian nuclear talks, including the new piece “U.S. Hard Line in Failed Iran Talks Driven by Israel,”
“Negotiations between Iran and the United States and other members of the P5+1 group in Baghdad ended in fundamental disagreement Thursday over the position of the P5+1 offering no relief from sanctions against Iran. The two sides agreed to meet again in Moscow Jun. 18 and 19, but only after Iran had threatened not to schedule another meeting, because the P5+1 had originally failed to respond properly to its five-point plan. The prospects for agreement are not likely to improve before that meeting, however, mainly because of an inflexible U.S. diplomatic posture that reflects President Barack Obama’s need to bow to the demands of Israel and the U.S. Congress on Iran policy.”
U.S. Hard Line in Failed Iran Talks Driven by Israel

Posted in Afghanistan, Armed Forces, Cost of War, Empire, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Media, Nuclear Weapons, Radio Shows, The "War on Terror", War Reporting | 1 Comment »

Vote Like an Egyptian

Posted by themonitor on May 24, 2012

Greg Palast posted a short article of mine on his website. Worth a read, but I’m probably a little biased :-)

Vote like an Egyptian?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
by Mark Bebawi
Says Greg:
It’s rare for us to have guest articles, but Pacifica Radio host of The Monitor, Mark Bebawi, has insight into an issue where to be dumb is to be deadly.  Mark, born and raised in Cairo, wrote his master’s dissertation at Oxford on the Egyptian Brotherhood.  George Bush sent me his copy.  (Or was that The Pet Goat?)
So, to cut through the crapola about doings in Cairo, I’ve asked Bebawi to write a short “Egypt for Idiots” about the election today, a special for our readers.
Read it hereVote like an Egyptian?

Posted in Arab World, Egypt, Elections, Islam, Israel, Peace | Leave a Comment »

Show Details for the week of March 5th, 2012

Posted by themonitor on March 6, 2012

  • Arizona has been the focal point for immigration-related issues and legislation for some time. Recently, Mexican-American studies course was shut down and many books were banned and removed from classrooms. Bryan Parras and Liana Lopez joined us in the studio to talk about the Librtoraficante Caravan to smuggle banned books back into Arizona
  • Also on the show is Marjorie Cohn. She is Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, Cohn wrote the piece “Pressure Israel, Not Iran,” which states: “Neocons in Israel and the United States are escalating their rhetoric to prepare us for war with Iran. …Quote: “Security Council Resolution 687, that ended the first Gulf War, requires a weapons-of-mass-destruction-free zone in the Middle East. Israel, which reportedly has an arsenal of 200-300 nuclear weapons, stands in violation of that resolution. Israel refuses to sign the NPT, thus avoiding inspections by the IAEA. As Shibley Telhami and Steven Kull advocate in a recent op-ed in the Times, we should work toward a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, and that includes Israel. They cite a poll in which 65 percent of Israeli Jews think it would be best if neither Israel nor Iran had the bomb, even if that means Israel giving up its nukes.”

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Pledge Drive Show – week of February 6th, 2012

Posted by themonitor on February 6, 2012

This week’s show is your last chance this drive to support The Monitor. Our guests are Sam Pizzigati and Gareth Porter. Please call 713.526.5738 or go online to to make a secure online pledge. We have a goal of $900 for the hour and we can only do it with your help.

About our guests this week:

Sam Pizzigati

Sam PizzigatiA veteran labor journalist, Sam Pizzigati has written widely on economic inequality, in articles, books, and online, for both popular and scholarly readers. Pizzigati edits “Too Much,” the weekly Institute for Policy Studies newsletter on excess and inequality. He recently wrote the piece “The 10
Greediest Americans of 2011
,’ which will be the topic of this interview.

Currently as associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., Pizzigati has been editing Too Much, a newsletter on inequality and excess, since the publication’s 1995 debut. His op-eds and articles on income and wealth maldistribution have appeared in a host of major American dailies, from the New York Times and the Washington Post to the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times, as well as a broad variety of magazines and journals.

Pizzigati, 62, has edited publications for four different national American unions and directed, for twenty years, the publishing operations of America’s largest union, the 3.2 million-member National Education Association. The 1992 anthology he co-edited, The New Labor Press (Cornell University ILR Press), remains the primary reference for trade union journalists.

Pizzigati’s most recent book, Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality that Limits Our Lives (Apex Press), builds on work he began with his 1992 Apex title, The Maximum Wage. Greed and Good, published in 2004, earned an “outstanding title” of the year rating from the American Library Association (Choice, January 2006).

Pizzigati’s next book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The forgotten triumph over plutocracy that created the American middle class, will be forthcoming in spring 2013 from Seven Stories Press.


Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an historian with a PhD in South-east Asian studies from Cornell University in New York state. He was Saigon Bureau Chief for Dispatch News Service in 1970 and 1971. Porter has taught international studies at City College of New York and American University and has written several books on Vietnam, the most recent being “Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War”, published by the University of California Press in 2005. He has also written on war and diplomacy in Cambodia, Korea and the Philippines. Porter has been a news analyst for IPS focusing on U.S. policy and developments in Iraq and Iran since September 2005.

We will be talking to Gareth about his most recent article: U.S. Leak on Israeli Attack Weakened a Warning to Netanyahu -
When Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius this week that he believes Israel was likely to attack Iran between April and June, it was ostensibly yet another expression of alarm at the Israeli government’s threats of military action.

You can read his other articles here:

Gareth Porter – North America – Inter Press Service

Posted in Assassination, Debt, Greed, Intelligence, Iran, Israel, Radio Shows, War Reporting, Wealth and Income distribution | Leave a Comment »

Show Details for the week of November 7th, 2011

Posted by themonitor on November 7, 2011

With Greece potentially pulling out of the Euro and Israel threatening to attack Iran, the Mediterranean is looking as unstable as ever. We shed some light on these issues with our guests Costas Panayotakis and Ray McGovern.

Costas Panayotakis

Costas Panayotakis is associate professor of sociology at the New York City College of Technology at CUNY and author of the book “Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy.”

Quote: “Far from ending the Greek and eurozone crisis, the announcement of a new coalition government in Greece will signal the continuation of the harsh austerity policies that have thrown the country and large parts of Europe into a deepening depression. To add insult to injury, media reports indicate that Greece’s new prime minister is likely to be a banker, Lucas Papademos, who enjoys the trust of European political and economic elites much more than elected politicians who might on occasion feel compelled to pay attention to what Greek citizens feel about the destructive impact of the harsh austerity measures that the latest European agreement requires of Greece.”


Panayotakis recently wrote the piece “Change the World, Occupy that Square.” and the piece “Greeks on the Move: Capitalism’s Wreckage and the Demand for Real Democracy.

Ray McGovern

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He served a total of 30 years as a U.S. Army officer and then a CIA analyst, and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He was a passenger on the U.S. Boat to Gaza the Audacity of Hope that was blocked in July.


McGovern recently wrote “Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran,” which examines Israeli policy in light of its actions against peaceful flotillas.

More Articles:

Common Dreams

Posted in Euro, Greece, Iran, Israel, The Economy, The Market | Leave a Comment »


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