During Truth, Lies & Torture: Stories from Iraq, students at the University of Cincinnati were given the opportunity of hearing first-hand stories of abuses perpetrated by U.S. forces in Iraq. Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall was the site of the event on the 24th of January.

Iraqi-American Fedaa Jasim, Iraq War veteran Aidan Delgado, and national coordinator for Vietnam Veterans Against by the War (VVAW) Marty Webster spoke out against the Iraq war, sharing experiences of torture and their thoughts on the present situation in Iraq.

Aidan Delgado, a conscientious objector who was honourably dismissed from the U.S. Army, talked about his time in Iraq as a soldier.

Delgado admitted that the fighting had “corrupted” him and his fellow soldiers.

Delgado saw torture of captives at Abu Ghraib.

A group of detainees demonstrated against the conditions of their confinement centres by chanting and holding placards. Three convicts were killed instantly when the officers opened fire using rubber bullets, Delgado added.

They were living in squalor and filth in sub-zero temperatures, with no clothing or blankets to keep them warm. Delgado claimed that the food supplied to the sick and dying inmates was “decaying food infested with maggots.”

It was Delgado’s opinion that “if only Americans saw this, they never would tolerate this.”

In order to convey his message, Delgado projected images ranging from single limbs through a sergeant holding a skull.

Delgado recalled, “I felt the fighting energy leak out of me.” When I first met her, I was struck by how similar we were.

It wasn’t just abuse that Delgado focused on.

For example, “there are several things to celebrate of,” Delgado said. “We provided Iraqis with food and supplies, and there were charitable acts among the units.”

Webster, Jasim, and Delgado believe the condition in Iraq is being understated.

The Jamie Leigh Foundation was created by Jamie Leigh Jones.

Originally broadcast on Tuesday, Jan 15th, 2008 – Pay attention to the show!

Jamie Leigh Jones, the founder of Jamie Leigh Foundation, has filed accusations against Halliburton/KBR, alleging that while training in Camp War Eagle in Iraq in July 2005, she got drugged and raped allegedly Halliburton/KBR employees.

Jamie Leigh Jones was a 19-year-old military wife when she started working as just an administrative assistant at KBR in Houston. She got transferred to Iraq a year later. Jamie claims that she had been drugged and afterwards raped by a group of nameless colleagues from inside Baghdad Green Zone when she was there. She claims she were confined with armed guards after the event on orders.

Member of Congress

This episode aired before July 25, 2007. It’s time to turn on the television!

In the United States Congress, he was a Republican house member of Representative from Illinois’ 20th District. In 1961, he was elected for the first time. Dick Durbin, who is a United States Senator, defeated him in 1982. Co-founder of the Council for National Interest in the Public Interest, a Washington-based lobbying group.

Paul Findley is now a vocal opponent of US policies toward Israel. The pro-Israel lobby, especially AIPAC, holds considerable control on Congress as in United States of America, according Findley’s best-selling book “They Dare to Talk Out: People & Organisations Confront Israel’s Lobby,” published in 1989. “Washington’s 700-pound gorilla,” he says.

Combatants from Iraqi Forces Oppose the War

In 2007, the episode was aired on February 27. It’s time to tune in!

Kelly Dougherty did serve 8 years inside the Colorado Army National Guard as a medic and military policeman. Between 1999 and 2000, she served in the Balkans, as well as Kuwait and Iraq. During the months of February 2003 and February 2004.

After returning from Iraq, she has become an outspoken advocate of the war after becoming disillusioned by the toll that the conflict had taken on the lives of both American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. As a co-founder and regional coordinator for Iraq Vets Against War in the Southwest, Dougherty has given numerous speeches both in the United States and abroad. As part of a group of Iraq War veterans, Kelly has been featured in a documentary called The Ground Truth. The Attraction for Redress is another cause Kelly supports.

Obama’s 2008 campaign spokeswoman

Prior to that, the episode aired on October 16, 2007 Please tune in!

Betsy Myers is the COO of a Obama for America campaign as well as the Chair of the Women for Obama organisation.. Harvard’s Center for Public Governance was headed by Myers, who served as its executive director. She had previously served as the Kennedy School’s Director of Alumni Initiatives & External Relations before that position was created.

As just a senior official inside the Clinton administration, Myers also played an important role. Two years were spent as Associate Deputy Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development at the Small Business Administration (SBA), where she was in charge of the agency’s management and distance learning programmes as well as its technical assistance.

President Clinton’s Welfare to Work Initiative, she was also in charge of implementing SBA requirements across the country. Myers served as The deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Women’s Initiatives in the White House from 1995 to 1997, launching and directing the very first White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. As Director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership in Washington, D.C. (again with the SBA) in the early 1990s, she was an advocate for the 7.8 million women business owners who were represented by the office. She holds a degree from the Kennedy School of Government (MPA 2000).

Dr. Depleted Urnaium

Before This Episode Was Aired: December 12th, 2006 Inaccessible at this time.

Joyce Riley has a Bachelor’s degree In nursing from the University of Kansas. For the duration of her nursing profession, she has worked in the following capacities: Staff Nurse; Patient Care Systems Analyst; Utilization Review; Instructor of Nursing; Director of Nursing. The American Trail Lawyers Association, the National Institutes of Health, and her own radio talk show, “NurseTalk Radio-The Truth in Health Care,” are just a few of the places where she’s spoken. She’s also appeared on more than 1500 radio and television shows.

Mrs. Riley was a Captain in the Air Force during Operation Desert Storm, where she flew C-130 missions. A spokesperson for American Gulf War Veterans Association, the group’s mission is to educate and inform Gulf War veterans and their families, as well as seek therapy for illnesses which large numbers of Gulf War veterans now suffer. Joyce is well-aware of the difficulties our troops face while serving in Iraq, as well as the difficulties they face upon their come back to civilian life.

Educator, Historian, Writer, and Activist..

It was first broadcast on May 5, 2006 – It’s time to tune in!

Howard Zinn is a well-known historian, playwright, and activist for social change in the United States. He is also the author of several books books and plays. Throughout the last 30 years, Zinn has been regarded as a writer, a political and moral voice, and a major figure in the history of the United States.

Zinn was indeed a shipyard worker at the age of 18 and an Air Force bombardier at the age of 21. An anti-war sentiment and a love of history were formed by both experiences. He taught history at Spelman College after earning his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, in which he started working to youths Civil Rights activists like Alice Walker & Marian Wright Edelman. Zinn led anti-war demonstrations, accompanied Daniel Berrigan to Vietnam, and testified in the Pentagon Papers trial of his friend Daniel Ellsberg. Throughout Zinn’s life, he was involved in a wide range of political activities, from his time in prison for civil disobedience to his work as an activist.

Many of Zinn’s works, including the classic A People’s History of the United States as well as the recent release companion loudness Voices of a People’s History, have been published. Many others, including War and Terrorism, Declarations of Independence: A Personal History of With us Time, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, The Zinn Reader, and Emma and Marx in Soho have been written by Zinn, including: There is also a new documentary about Zinn, You Can’t Be Neutral on the a Moving Train, which has already received a lot of attention from critics and the general public.

One of the founders of FreeGaza.org, Greta Berlin

Ex-Congresswoman and Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney, Jr.

Michael Heart is a musician and a songwriter, both at the same time.

Basima Farhat is your host.

Previously aired on: January 20, 2009 – 00:01 Please tune in!

In less than two weeks, Michael Heart’s song “We Will Not Go Down” on YouTube received beyond a quarter – million hits, bringing attention to the problems of Gaza’s residents.

Along with Michael, Greta Berlin – Co-Founder of FreeGaza.org – joins Basima Farhat to talk about her decades of service and organisation on behalf of the Palestinian people, sometimes at her own risk. Cynthia McKinney, a longtime advocate for Palestinian rights, will join Greta in her mission. I’ve been on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill and the SS Destiny, which has been rammed by Israeli Navy before that could deliver tonnes of medical supplies, doctors, and journalists to Gaza. I’m a member of Congress. Cynthia McKinney, who has lived to tell the tale, uses her storey to raise awareness about the plight of Gaza’s civilians.

Since the early 1960s, GRETA BERLIN was a vocal proponent of fair treatment for Palestinians. A 1948 refugee, her husband was born and raised in Safad, Palestine, and is the father of two Palestinian/American children. It’s not uncommon for her to be teaching scientists and engineers presentation skills when she’s not working with Palestinians. She holds both a Master’s in Theatre and then a Bachelor’s in English.

As a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a Palestinian-led nonviolent movement, she has been to the West Bank three times (a total of over five months) since 2003. Anin, from just outside Jenin, is where Greta and 10 both these ISM volunteers were shot and wounded through July 2003 whereas trying to remove a gate from the fence. At ISM’s Beit Sahour & Ramallah offices, she has primarily worked as an editor and media coordinator. A co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement, she was on board the Free Gaza when it became the first ship carrying internationals to reach the besieged Mediterranean strip in 41 years, helping to lift Gaza’s blockade through seaborne nonviolent action. Her articles & interviews can be accessed by GOOGLING. Greta Berlin is a Palestinian.

As a result of her experiences in Palestine, she has given lectures all around world at universities and organisations about how to advocate for a people who are oppressed.

According to the website FreeGaza.org:

The conflict in the Middle East has its roots in the long history of Israeli colonisation of Palestinian land, homes, and cultural heritage. It has resulted in the world’s largest ever refugee population. Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians inside the West Bank has been facilitated by the 1967 land grab and 27-foot walls and sniper towers that have encircled Palestinian ghettos and bantustans. Gaza has become an open-air prison, housing 1.4 million people who are starving and crammed in like sardines.

A destitute Palestinian refugee population is left with just there own memories of Palestinian, crumbling real estate deeds, and also an unwavering desire to return to their homeland.

Statement of Purpose

The blockade on Gaza must be lifted. Gaza has been sealed off like a jail cell, and we hope to bring attention to the situation and exert pressure on world leaders to reevaluate their sanctions policies and end their support for the Israeli occupation. Humanitarian workers and journalists are just some of the types of visitors we want to keep coming to Palestine.

What is our identity?

Human rights defenders, humanitarian aid labourers, and journalists make up the vast majority of our profession. Volunteer work in West bank and Gaza at the request of Palestinians is something we’ve done for years. As a result of the tightening grip of Israel’s illegal invasion of Palestine, many are unable to travel to Gaza and also an increasing number are being refused admission to Israel and also the West Bank. The Israeli government refuses to let us do our work despite the dire need for it.

In our group, we come from all walks of life. We are a diverse group of people back home, including educators, drs, nursing staff, engineering technicians, truckers, youth groups, performers, assistants, families, relatives, defense attorneys, educators, protesters, performers, playwrights, law makers, web designers, authors, and even a former Hollywood movie sector worker, a retired Marine, an airman, and an explorer. We also have ties to the world of politics and the world of politics. As a diverse group, we represent a cross-section of the world’s ethnicities and cultures.

What’s going on here?

We broke the Gaza blockade for the first time on August 23, 2008 and again on October 29, 2008. A permanent ocean lane among both Cyprus and Gaza is what we want to do again.

Unifying Factors

The succeeding principles and techniques are accepted by all Free Gaza Movement members:

All people, regardless of ethnicity or religion or national origin or language are entitled to equal protection under the law regardless of their background.

UN resolutions & international law mandate that all occupied territories must have unrestricted access to global waters and airspace, including those israeli – Occupied since June 5, 1967.

The lawful inhabitants of any and all territories israeli – Occupied since June 5, 1967, have the power to dictate all entries and exits into and out of those regions without Israeli interference.

Fourth, the Israeli government must rescind any laws, regulations, or practises that discriminate against Israeli citizens in the occupied territories it has populated since June 5, 1967.

Israel should demolish all barriers erected in the occupied territories since June 5, 1967, in order to facilitate free movement.

All Palestinian refugees and exiles, as well as their heirs, have a fundamental right to return to their homelands, recover their properties, and end up receiving compensation for damage, dispossession, and unlawful use of such property. This is a personal, not a collective, right that can only be agreed to by the individual who wishes to exercise it.

The fundamentals of nonviolence & nonviolent resistance will guide us at all times, in word and deed.

The Inspired Heart – Artist/Author

Basima Farhat is your host.

As seen on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 – Previous broadcast: Please tune in!

Jerry Wennstrom has been born on January 13, 1950, in New York City. He studied at Rockland Community College as well as the State University of New Paltz in New York State. At the age of 29, he embarked on a journey to find out what was really going on in his life. The studio painter’s creative life was questioned for a long time. Jerry started a life of unconditional believe within a week of destroying the whole of his art as well as giving it away everything he owned. In this manner, he went on for 15 years. It wasn’t long before he married Marilyn Strong as well as started creating new works of art in Washington State in 1998. The charming Whidbey Island residence of Marilyn and Jerry is now adorned with his one-of-a-kind interactive artwork. His storey is also featured in Laura Chester’s Holy Personal book about Jerry’s 40-foot relaxation tower on his property.

The Inspired Heart: An Artist’s Journey of Transformation, accepted for publication by Sentient Publications with a foreword by Thomas Moore, and the documentary film Inside the Hands of Alchemy: The Art as well as Life of Jerry Wennstrom, produced by Parabola Magazine, both tell Jerry’s storey. Short film Studio Dialogue is included on a DVD from Sentient Publications that bears the same name. In Studio Dialogue, Jerry performed in front of an audience and sung Susan McKeown’s music. Filmmaker Jerry travels the world teaching and lecturing, & he writes a monthly column on current events for just a New York City consultancy firm.

There are numerous venues where Jerry Wennstrom has given lectures and workshops, including Birmingham Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, a EMP (Experience Music Project), the Glen Arbor Art Association, Both these Side Arts, Pacifica Graduate Institute, UCS-NAROPA (Western New Mexico University), and the Vancouver Public Library. Over 50 radio, television, & magazine personal interview and art features have also been part of his résumé.

An Artist’s Journey of Transformation: The Inspired Heart

Wennstrom takes the reader on an extraordinary journey as he recounts his daring investigation into the origins of his creative genius. As a rising New York art star inside the 1970s, Wennstrom realised that he’s too connected to his individuality as an artist & set out now to discover the bottom of his life. He threw away his vast collection of artwork, gave away everything he owned, and then spent the next ten years doing nothing but staying in the present and following the creative expression of his heart.

Having been transformed towards a more human being and artist, he returned to the world with a completely new type of art that is rooted in innocence & spontaneity. To this day, his works of art take the form of distinctive, interactive, life-size sculptures made primarily from found materials that open up to reveal hidden workings and unexpected surprises.

There are 16 pages of colour art by him in the book. Ed Severinghaus photographs the artwork for the book and website.

Throughout the book, Grace’s sole commandment is that one must persist fearlessly attentive to the heart.

Alan Watts’ Son

Formerly broadcast on July 1, 2007– It’s time to tune in!

Master of Theology from Sudbury-Western Theological Seminary as well as an Honorary DD from of the University of Vermont through acknowledgement of his work in the field of comparative religion. Alan Watts has been regarded as a leading Western interpreter of Eastern philosophies for further than forty years. A worldwide audience of millions gained access to his work thru his books, tape audio recording, radio shows, and television appearances, all the way back to his first published essay when he was sixteen years old for such publication of a Buddhist Lodge of London. And over twenty-five books were written by Watts, as well as over a thousand workshops and seminars, all of which formed a personal philosophy which he shared openly and joyfully with his audience. Few philosophers have come close to emulating him in terms of individuality and self-expression.

During World War II, Alan Watts served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Northwestern University, where he received scholarships from Harvard University as well as the Bollingen Foundation. At the American Academy for Asian Studies, in San Francisco, he served as professor and dean and produced the television series “Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life” for National Educational Television. In the mid-1960s, he travelled extensively throughout Japan with his students, stopping in Burma, Ceylon, & India along the way.

The Alan Watts Mountain Center, run by Mark Watts, Alan’s eldest son, preserves his father’s legacy by housing a library of Alan’s writings and recordings, both visual and audio. The Alan Watts archive will be made available to library services, educators, producers, writers, singers, editors, animators, as well as through the Center’s online publications and other means.