Thursday, September 26, 2013

Talking to the Enemy with Scott Atran

Scott Atran
Scott Atran is an anthropologist and a leading expert on terrorism and violence.  He is interviewed by Chris Mooney. Scott Atran has worked with terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists, as well as political leaders. He is author of the book "Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (un)Making of Terrorists". See the book review by Al Mckay who is an Associate Editor of e-International Relations.

The word "terrorism" is politically and emotionally charged, and this greatly compounds the difficulty of providing a precise definition. In today's context, a terrorist would be a Muslim that strongly opposes the U.S. empire.
Source: Point Of Inquiry: Scott Atran - What Makes a Terrorist?

Cesar Chavez
Farm workers have civil rights with Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union. His birthday, March 31, has become Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.
Source: Free Info Society: Cesar Chavez' Commonwealth Club Speech

Next week on Great Speeches And Interviews, Steven Pinker on the decline of violence.

Download or Play Scott Atran Part 1
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Download or Play Cesar Chavez Part 1
Download or Play Cesar Chavez Part 2

Music includes Cranberries - Zombie, Cat Stevens - Peace Train, Peacesong - Sudden Sound, Tom Paxton - George W Told The Nation, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Beatles - The Fool on the Hill, Michael Jackson - History, Buffy Sainte-Marie - Soldier Blue, Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner, Terry Gangstad - Theatre of Whine, The Gladiators - Streets of Freedom, Ronald Reagan 1-20-1981, Joan Baez - Fountain of Sorrow, Annette Hanshaw - Happy Days Are Here Again, willie Nelson Crazy, Godfather Theme Song

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