Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 08:06:24 -0800 (PST)

New show day/time; features Edward Said

Irvine -- Alternative News, a KUCI public affairs program, this quarter moves to Fridays at 5 p.m. Today's show includes an interview with social critic and political analyst Edward Said on the Middle East crisis from "Making Contact".

The show also will feature the latest news from Free Speech Radio News, including a report of protest plans during the Bush inauguration.

The show airs from 5-6 p.m. today on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and is Web-cast at We thank Free Speech Radio News and the National Radio Project (which produces Making Contact) for making these programs available.

Details follow for the two syndicated programs we will be airing.
National Radio Project's Making Contact

"Elusive Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"

On September 29, 2000, a new wave of intense protests erupted in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel. On this program we take a look at some of the root causes of conflict in that region of the world. And, we'll provide perspectives on this issue not often heard in the U.S. mass media -- those of Jewish-Americans and Palestinian-Americans calling for Israeli withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza.


Edward Said, Columbia University professor
Gayle Kirshenbaum, Not in our Name Coalition
Yifat Susskind, an Israeli-American human rights activist
Michael Feinberg, a New York City Rabbi
Khalil Barhoum, a Palestinian writer and activist and professor at Stanford University
Eyad Kishawi, Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee
Free Speech Radio News

January 12, 2001


Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators will converge on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 20th for George W. Bush's presidential inauguration.

They'll come to Washington to defend the legal right to abortion, which many see as threatened by Bush's choice for attorney-general -- former Missouri Senator John Ashcroft, an icon of the religious right. They'll also come to protest the death penalty and demand freedom for Death Row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. And they'll come to protest the inauguration itself, viewed as An insult by those who believe Bush became president only because of the disenfranchisement of millions of voters, particularly African-Americans.

Faced with an expected turnout of three quarters of a million people, local and federal police agencies have joined forces to control, and, some say, prevent the demonstrators from getting their message across. As the week began, only one group had received a permit from the D.C. police, although four major marches are planned. Free speech advocates won an important legal victory Tuesday, when the International Action Center, one of the first groups to call for a counter-inaugural protest, was granted a permit.

But organizers are continuing to press for assurances that, in the words of the U.S. Constitution, "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" will be respected. From New York, Susan Wood reports.


As activists march on Washington on Inauguration Day to protest the George W. Bush Presidency, there will also be demonstrations taking place in Florida - the state which was the focus of the five-week recount controversy ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. From Tampa, Mitch Perry has this report on the protest plans in Florida.


California declared an electric supply emergency this week as fall-out continues from implementation of the state's 1996 plan for electricity deregulation, which has caused energy prices to soar. On Thursday, the state's power exchange issued warned that rolling blackouts might be required to avoid the collapse of the entire power grid. In Washington, negotiations continued between state and federal officials, power plant owners, and California's two big utilities. And in Sacramento, California law-makers began considering proposals to rein in the crisis caused by state's energy deregulation plan. Aaron Glantz reports from California's capital.


While Californians deal with skyrocketing electricity prices, the Northwest has been going through a power crisis of its own. Failure of generating capacity to keep up with increased demand in the region, along with a dry autumn and low winter snowpack, has left residents looking at higher power bills as well. And as California looks hungrily toward the Northwest's traditionally cheaper power, the dynamics of the region's power marketing are in flux. Leigh Robartes has more.


Privatisation of government-owned industries and services was a trademark of Great Britain under Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative Party. But the Labour government under Prime Minister Tony Blair has been reluctant to reverse privatisation and has even supported it in certain sectors. Blair's Deputy Prime Minister has called for the privatisation of London's underground train system, but Ken Livingstone, the city's left-wing Labour Mayor, says the Tube should stay in public hands. From London, Patrick Beckett reports.


Last Saturday in New York City, more than a thousand demonstrated outside the studios of WBAI-FM, the New York station of Pacifica, the nation's largest and oldest progressive radio network. The protest continued a wave of organizing and agitation which has followed the so-called "Christmas coup" at WBAI, when Pacifica Foundation executive director Bessie Wash changed the locks at the station in the middle of the night and installed talk show host Utrice Leid as interim general manager. Bernard White, Program Director and host of the station's Morning Show, and Sharan Louise Harper, the morning show's producer, were fired. Three volunteer producers and reporters were also banned from the station. All were threatened with trespass charges if they returned to WBAI. The moves were reminiscent of three-week lockout at Pacifica's Berkeley, California station in 1999 and many Pacifica supporters see them as part of a strategy to mainstream programming and centralize control within the network. From New York, Miranda Kennedy files this report.


Daniel C. Tsang
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