Peace Talks

Peace Talks is a political talk show that I host weekly on Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 fm (and streaming on-line at

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This Winter: More Attacks Being Planned Against Wild Buffalo of Yellowstone National Park

In early December, members of the Buffalo Field Campaign met with Yellowstone National Park administrators and also attended the Interagency Bison Management Plan open house. At both meetings the news from the agencies wasn't good. BFC was told that it will likely be a very bad winter the buffalo.
On December 18, 2007, I interviewed Stephanie Seay of the Buffalo Field Campaign about the latest news on wild buffalo in Yellowstone National Park in Montana. Listen here

From a recent BFC update, "One of the reasons given by the government agencies is the increased paranoia instilled in Montana's cattle producers since brucellosis was detected in a Montana cattle herd last spring. While it is widely known that wild buffalo were not responsible for this transmission, and while there is no substantial evidence that the source wasn't domestic cattle, the cattle industry is looking to blame Yellowstone wildlife, in particular the elk and buffalo. The industry fails to take responsibility for bringing brucellosis to this continent and infecting native wildlife.

The agencies are also prepared to heavily haze, capture and slaughter buffalo this year based on Yellowstone's estimate of 4,700 individuals. Though Yellowstone biologists have stated time and again that the Park could sustain well over 5,000 buffalo, the Interagency Bison misManagement Plan's politically derived population cap for wild buffalo living in Yellowstone is 3,000. Based on this, the agencies could capture and kill upwards of 1,700 buffalo. It is a sad day when a sacred keystone species that once numbered in the tens of millions and has been reduced to an island population of fewer than 5,000 is deemed "overpopulated." It is an even sadder day when the agencies who are responsible for conserving and protecting wildlife cow-tow to the economic interests of the cattle industry and sacrifice native wildlife in the process.
Yellowstone National Park, the Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have all made it perfectly clear that once the buffalo hunt is over on February 15, hazing, capture and slaughter will begin in earnest. It is very difficult to have such a warning of impending doom.

One positive thing these agencies could do, at least on the western boundary of Yellowstone, is to let the wild buffalo have the Horse Butte Peninsula. Horse Butte is now completely cattle-free, and there is absolutely no excuse for the agencies to insist on capturing and killing wild buffalo for accessing this land. These agencies base decisions on the assumption that cattle-based economics outweigh the interests and integrity of wildlife and wild places. We must raise our voices and let them know they are wrong!"

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

FCC Vote Will Further Consolidate Media

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, the FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to approve new rules that will unleash a flood of media consolidation across America. The new rules will further consolidate local media markets -- taking away independent voices in cities already woefully short on local news and investigative journalism.
I interviewed Joe Torres, government relations manager for Free Press on Tuesday, December 18, about these new rules and what impact they are likely to have. Listen here

Saturday, December 15, 2007

"Not at Home for the Holidays" Protest at Capitola Military Recruitment Center

On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, peace activists gathered for a "Not at Home for the Holidays" protest and vigil in front of the Military Recruiting Center in Capitola, CA.
I interviewed several of the participants, Army representatives, counter-demonstrators and observers for Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 FM.
Download this 22 minute piece here.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

On December 4, 2007, I interviewed Dr. Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement, about plans to set sail from Cyprus to Gaza in May of 2008.

The Free Gaza Movement's mission is to break the siege of Gaza. They want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation. They want to uphold Palestine's right to welcome internationals as visitors, human rights observers, humanitarian aid workers, journalists, or otherwise.

Dr. Paul Larudee is Co-Founder of the Free Gaza Movement. He is a former Ford Foundation supervisor in Lebanon, a Fulbright-Hays lecturer to Lebanon, and a former contracted US government advisor to Saudi Arabia. He participates in Palestinian nonviolent resistance with the International Solidarity Movement.

Gaza Photo by Joe Carr

Download Audio HERE