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

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Anneke Van Woudenberg Of Human Rights Watch On The Crisis In The Congo

On March 18th, 2008 I spoke by phone with Anneke Van Woudenberg, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, about the war in the Congo, specifically the situation for women.
The people of the Congo are still struggling after one of the deadliest wars in all history. Millions have died and new conflicts threaten peace every day. Perhaps worse than the loss of life is the staggering numbers of human rights violations. Rape is used as a weapon of war and women in Congo are suffering daily under the conditions there. Listen to find out how you can help.

For more information please go to Women For Women International and Human Rights Watch

For some analysis check out this article

Interview With Israeli Peace Activist Dorothy Naor

On March 18th, 2008 I interviewed Dorothy Naor about her upcoming talk in Santa Cruz. She is a founding member of New Profile, a pluralist feminist movement which seeks to transform Israel from a militaristic society to a civil one. Listen here

Dorothy Naor spoke in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, March 19th at the Resource Center For Nonviolence on the topic of "The Cost Of Occupation For Israelis And Palestinians".

Dorothy Naor was born in San Francisco, CA. in 1932 and grew up in the Bay Area. She met her Israeli husband when he came to study at UC Berkeley in the early 1950's. They and their three children made Israel their home in 1958. Over the past 8 years much of her time has spent in activism against Israel's occupation of Palestine. She is a member of New Profile, a pluralist feminist movement, comprised of both women and men, which seeks to transform Israel from a militaristic one to a civil one. New Profile supports refusal to serve in the military, opposes the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, and supports selective divestment from companies that contribute to maintaining the occupation.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Update: National Park Service Has slaughtered 715 Wild Buffalo in Yellowstone and Plan to Slaughter 110 more

Since February 8, 825 individual buffalo have been captured by the Park Service and the Department of Livestock. 715 of these buffalo have already been slaughtered and 110 are currently being held in the Stephen's Creek trap awaiting shipment to the slaughterhouse. Including those killed in this year's hunt and those being held in the trap, 990 bison have been removed from the Yellowstone population since November 15. In the past seven days alone, 164 bison have been captured and 209 sent to slaughter.

Even calves have been sent to slaughter.

For the background info and the latest updates from the field visit The Buffalo Field Campaign Website here:

Also check out the article, "A Sickening Slaughter: Why Is Yellowstone Destroying Its Bison Herd?", by Bob Jackson, a backcountry ranger in Yellowstone Park for 30 years.

Why is our National Park Service slaughtering the last remaining wild buffalo that they are supposed to be protecting? It is to keep the wild buffalo off of grazing lands because the cattle industry views them as competition. Our Park Service should not be doing the bidding of the cattle industry, they should be protecting the park wildlife for future generations. Please take action!!

Please visit , listen to the audio in the below posts, and then call Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

* Urge Yellowstone and Montana to Stop Slaughtering Bison!

Please take a moment to contact Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and urge them to stop slaughtering the wild bison under their care.

These two individuals have the power to stop the slaughter. Let them know you demand it.

Suzanne Lewis, Superintendent
Yellowstone National Park
(307) 344-2002

Brian Schweitzer, Governor
State of Montana
(406) 444-3111

Joe Torres Of Free Press On Senate Bill That Would Veto FCC's Vote To Relax Media Ownership Rules

On March 11, 2008, I interviewed Joe Torres, government relations manager for Free Press, about a new Senate bill that would veto the FCC's vote to let Big Media get even bigger.
Listen Here

On December 18, 2007, the FCC approved new rules that could unleash a flood of media consolidation across America. The new rules could mean less diversity of voices, local news and investigative journalism. Congress has the power to throw out these rules -- and if hundreds of thousands of people demand it, they'll have to listen.

Senator Dorgan just introduced a bill (SJ Res. 28) to veto the FCC’s big handout to the corporate media, but Congress must act within 60 legislative days. In 2003, nearly 3 million citizens demanded that the Senate overturn the FCC's last attempt to let Big Media get even bigger.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Gray Wolves Removed from Endangered Species List, Defenders Of Wildlife Responds

On March 4, 2008, I interviewed Mike Leahy, Rocky Mountain Region Director for Defenders Of Wildlife about the Bush administration's recent decision to remove the northern Rockies gray wolf from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The decision could result in an 80% reduction in the gray wolf population of the region, possibly bringing their numbers as low as 300 wolves. Eleven conservation groups have vowed to fight the decision to remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered species in federal court and filed the required 60-day notice within hours of the delisting rule's publication in the Federal Register. Efforts to bring gray wolves back to the region are finally making progress which is part of the reason why this decision is so controversial. Listen Here

Press release below:

February 21, 2008

Wolves Lose Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Premature delisting severely threatens continued existence of the northern Rockies gray wolf

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today the Bush administration finalized its controversial decision to remove the northern Rockies gray wolf from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The delisting will take effect 30 days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) publishes the final rule in the Federal Register next week.

The removal of federal protections for the gray wolf puts its continued survival in the northern Rockies at the mercy of the woefully insufficient state management plans developed by Wyoming, Idaho and—to a lesser extent—Montana. These plans call for dramatic reductions in wolf populations in the region.

“We will support delisting of the northern Rockies wolf when the states establish sustainable management plans that ensure viable, interconnected wolf populations throughout the region,” said Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife. “Unfortunately, the current state plans seem designed to lead only to the dramatic decline and need for quick relisting of the wolf. That’s not in anyone’s best interest.”

Before a species can be delisted, FWS must determine that it does not face continued threats that could undermine the species’ survival. This criterion is not met under the state management plans which ignore scientific estimates that, for species to remain viable, there should be several thousand individuals, and wolf populations in the northern Rockies must be interconnected with larger wolf populations in Canada. With no federal protections in place, existing state management plans would permit wolf populations in the northern Rockies to be drastically reduced by as much as 70 percent, and eliminate any likelihood of establishing connections with Canadian wolf populations or promoting the establishment of wolf populations in other states such as Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Colorado.

“Given the tremendous public support and resources spent to reintroduce the wolf to the northern Rockies, it makes no sense to allow wholesale killing of wolves in the region and polarize the issue even more deeply with this one-sided plan,” said Suzanne Stone, northern Rockies wolf conservation specialist for Defenders of Wildlife. “Instead we need a balanced solution based on science that also addresses the needs of ranchers, wildlife supporters, and hunters.”

Defenders of Wildlife recently joined with the Natural Resources Defense Council in petitioning FWS to develop a national recovery plan for wolves in the United States, with regional recovery goals aimed at supporting sustainable populations of wolves in the northern Rockies, the northeast and the southwest.

More than 200,000 gray wolves (Canis lupus) once lived throughout the United States. Aggressive wildlife killing campaigns led to wolf eradication from most of the country by the mid-1930s. Gray wolves have been listed as endangered since 1974, and were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho in 1995 and 1996.

Wolves are native to the northern Rockies and have begun once again to restore natural balance to the areas they are reoccupying, by culling weak and diseased elk, deer, and other prey, and dispersing elk more widely across their habitat and away from sensitive wetlands and meadows that suffer from overbrowsing. Elk populations still remain high, (more than 400,000 elk are present today in the region) and hunter harvest success remains as high as it was prior to the return of wolves. Ranchers are also successfully learning to reduce the limited wolf predation on livestock to manageable levels and are compensated for most known losses that do occur by Defenders or state compensation programs. Wolf-related tourism in the Yellowstone region has generated more than $35 million annually for local communities.

Learn more about Defenders' efforts to protect the northern Rockies wolf.

Read FWS final delisting rule from FWS.

Petition to FWS to Develop a National Recovery Plan for Wolves