Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A lot has been happening since my last post. I work now guiding tourists to NYC, Washington, D.C. and Boston, mostly high school students. It's grueling, but often quite fun. I've seen more tourist destinations like Ellis Island, where my family came to the US early in the last century, but where I never visited before. Considering how immigration has become such a hot topic recently the visit to Ellis and the nearby Statue of Liberty was appropriate. I've always supported immigration and immigrants to the USA. The concept of "illegals" and "aliens" has always disgusted me. When space craft photograph the earth from orbit then we see what a small world we inhabit. To create artificial boundaries serves only the interests of globalization and imperialism. It's not just a matter of what country, but that we are all of the same planet separated by archaic class and racial divisions. Fear of outsiders threatens our humanity and we must not succumb to the anti-immigrant disease.

Last night on Let Them Talk our guest was Ian Williams and author and reporter who covers the United Nations. We discussed two of his books RUM: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776 and DESERTER: Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past. I'm going to have him on again to talk more about Bolton and the UN.

Last week we featured an interview with Bogdan Denitch, which is archived and available at pdr.autono.net. Denitch is a Professor Emeritus at City University of NY and he headed the sociology Department there for 12 years. He founded and ran the Socialist Scholars Conference held at Cooper Union for a quarter century. He currently runs a NGO based in Zagreb, Croatia fighting for the return of refugees to the region after a decade of war. We spoke about the impact of the uncompleted war crimes trial in The Hague of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

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