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US Wars, Climate Change & the Economy

At a panel discussion on Sept. 23, 2014, speakers addressed issues related to the ongoing US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and, as of the previous day, Syria. Jenka Soderberg of KBOO-FM's news department led off the panel by talking about connections between the wars and climate change, and the importance of movement building. Amin Wahab, an Afghan American who'd spent 13 months working on water projects in his native country, talked about ways the US presence affected people's lives. Ian LaVallee, an Iraq War Veteran, talked about his personal experiences and encouraged people to get involved and speak their minds. Maya Rotem, an Israeli-American Jew, spoke passionately about ways to oppose Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and how America supports that injustice. Robin Hahnel, a radical economist and former professor at Portland State University, talked about the connection between the economy and empire. And Lenny Dee, founder of 350 Oregon, an environmental network combating climate change, talked about how changing habits around energy consumption could end the policies driving the US wars.

The event was a forum hosted by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House titled "US Foreign Policy: The Wars Continue." It was taped by Allen Evans and produced/edited by Dan Handelman.

Streaming made possible in part by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group

Part 1 (27:32):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Cecil Prescod- Welcome / Jenka Soderberg-Environmental Crisis & Bombs
  3. 7:17: Amin Wahab- Afghanistan's Reconstruction, Resources and a Path to Peace
  4. 13:54: Ary (Ian) LaVallee-Step Up Against American Imperialism--at Home, in Iraq & Syria
  5. 19:07: Maya Rotem- Divided State of Israel, Settlements and US Funding
  6. 24:08: Maya- American Police Trained in Israel / Gaza Attacks
  7. 26:25: Maya- Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions / End Credits, part 1
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:15):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Robin Hahnel- Imperial Wars & the Economy: Trade-offs
  3. 7:30: Robin: Costs and Benefits of Empire
  4. 9:32: Lenny Dee-Oil, Climate Change, War & Building Social Movements
  5. 14:14: Maya & Jenka-Who to Boycott / Local Economy
  6. 17:43: Lenny- Broadening the Movement & Disinvestment
  7. 20:58: Ary (Ian)- How to Get Active
  8. 21:47: Amin-Leave Afghans in Peace
  9. 24:15: Robin- Financial Reforms / Pick Your Issue
  10. 25:46: Lenny- Relating to the Faith Community
  11. 26:27: Maya- Tipping Point for Palestine / End Credits / Cecil-Final Word

The whole show (VB #94.13/95.01) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel. .

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