Following an appearance on a recent IPA news release, scholar Junaid Ahmad was interviewed by The Real News examining gun culture, homophobia, and the U.S. ideologies that informed the Orlando shooting. He explained that despite Hillary Clinton’s claim that this was an act of “radical Islamism” and Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country, placing the blame on Islam ignores the homophobia and violence that the U.S. has historically perpetuated. Ahmad said, “You don’t have to go to the country of origin of this shooter to find [homophobia] it’s very present here in the U.S. as well.” He states that we need to look at the bigger picture and the “culture of violence that is cultivated within the U.S. that has been exported abroad through wars, invasions, drones, and so on, is also part of the picture when looking at why something like this is taking place.”
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Following an appearance on this IPA news release, Howie Klein was interviewed on the “Bill Press Show.” Klein discussed the failings of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chair of the DNC and current efforts to remove her from the role. He commented on Schultz’s and the DNC’s performance in contrast to predecessor Howard Dean, whose successful 50-State strategy was eliminated upon Schultz’ debut. Klein is a retired music executive whose career included a dozen years as president of Reprise Records. He now blogs at downwithtyranny.blogspot.com and has closely followed the career of Wasserman Schultz.
Following an appearance on an IPA news release, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was interviewed by Danielle Masterson of WHDT World News. Dunbar-Ortiz spoke about Obama’s role in sustaining the longest war in U.S. history and drew parallels to the Seminole Wars. She is author or editor of seven books, including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.
Following an appearance on a recent IPA news release Maria Luisa Mendonça was interviewed by The Real News, KPFA Pacifica Radio’s “Rising Up with Sonali“, FAIR’s “Counterspin” and RT UK’s “Going Underground” about the ongoing impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. She explained that social movements critical of the government are “Now taking the streets and protesting because it’s clear to us that we’re facing a parliamentary coup, very similar to what happened in Honduras and Paraguay recently.” She emphasized that there is no legal basis for an impeachment: “The President has not been accused of any corruption crimes,” unlike the opposition. Mendonça is a director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights and a professor in the international relations department at the University of Rio De Janeiro.
Following an appearance on an IPA news release, John Hanrahan was featured on “Talk Nation Radio.” He spoke to host David Swanson about the organization Avaaz and their support for no-fly zones in Syria, which “seemed out of synch” with the organization’s causes and notes that many who supported the group now wonder, “what’s their agenda?” Hanrahan is on the editorial board of ExposeFacts.org. He is the former executive director of The Fund for Investigative Journalism and has been a reporter for The Washington Post, The Washington Star, UPI and other news organizations.
Following an appearance on an IPA news release, Kevin Kamps spoke of the fifth anniversary of Fukushima on KPFA’s “Flashpoints.” He explained that plans have largely failed to clean radioactive material from melted reactor cores. Contaminated water now poses a new threat were another earthquake to occur. According to experts, “Fukushima could easily be worse than Chernobyl, especially in the long term,” due to population density around the area. Kamps is with Beyond Nuclear, a leading U.S. anti-nuclear watchdog group on reactor oversight, health impacts and radioactive waste.
Following an appearance on an IPA news release last week, James Early and Alexander Main spoke to The Real News about President Obama’s visit to Cuba and the effects of open Cuban-American discourse. “Cubans are rightly proceeding very cautiously with this opening” vis-a-vis U.S. private interest, said Main, senior associate on international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Early is the former director of cultural heritage policy at the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
After being featured on an IPA news release, Arun Kundnani appeared on “The Scott Horton Show“ on March 11th to discuss an FBI program directing teachers to “monitor Muslim students for their religious and political opinions.” He noted that in Britain — where the program originated — children as young as six have been reported to the police. He is a lecturer at New York University and author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror.
After being featured in an IPA news release last month, James K. Galbraith spoke to The Real News in support of Gerald Friedman, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who calculated robust growth under Sanders’ proposed economic reform and noted the attacks from former chairs of the council of economic advisors. He called the attacks “a classic case of professional bad manners and rank-pulling.” Galbraith is a professor of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin and author of Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Following his appearance on an IPA news release last month, Greg Guma, author of The People’s Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution, was featured in several interviews. In his radio interview with WLEA radio, he spoke of the changes implemented in Vermont and Sanders’ campaign outlook. In an appearance in the February 27th airing of Going Underground, he commented on Sanders’ ‘inside-outside’ approach — working outside his party when necessary. With Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi, Guma discussed the candidate’s historical commitment to social justice.