Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

23 November 2008

Human Rights Day - Part 1

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The newly formed United Nations approved the Declaration on December 10, 1948. Since then the United States has failed to ratify not only this original statement on human rights but also every follow-up document produced by the United Nations, including Declarations on the Rights of the Child; Women; Social, Cultural and Political Rights; the elimination of racial discrimination, etc.

Over the next several weeks we will provide some articles of interest as well as resources for all Kansans to learn more about the cause of human rights. To begin, please visit the following sites:

Official 60th Anniversary UN Site

Know Your Rights, website created by the United Nations Regional Informaiton Center for Western Europe, filled with information.

Amnesty International has a special webpage dedicated to education on the UDHR.

Resources for the Classroom:
Lesson Plans for teachers and university instructors on the UDHR. The Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee has additional lesson plans. The Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site has lesson plans for middle and high school students focusing on the role she playing in developing the UDHR. Youth for Human Rights has a simplified English version of the UDHR and other resources to use in education young people to the importance of human rights.

Readings of Interests:

Human Rights Watch has issued a open letter to President Obama on the topic of fighting terrorism. Over the past seven years, the US government’s consistent disregard for human rights in fighting terrorism has diminished America’s moral authority, set a negative example for other governments, and undermined the goal of reducing anti-American militancy around the world. The use of torture, unlawful rendition, secret prisons, unfair trials, and long-term, arbitrary detention without charge has been both morally wrong and counterproductive. To read the report or download the pdf of the report, click here.

Something to Declare
Conor Gearty writes for the New Humanist: "Critics from all sides seem determined to dismiss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as either vague posturing or dangerous leftism. So is it now time to send it to the great care home for failed utopias, that quiet place not in the sky but rather at the back of our minds, where Magna Carta, the Communist Manifesto, New Lanark and all the rest are quietly allowed to fade from memory?"

Afghanistan on the Edge

Vanessa Baird writes for The New Internationalist: "Living on the edge is nothing new to Afghanistan. The country and its people are familiar with extremes of most kinds – geographic, political, religious. But today they are well and truly on the brink."

Human Rights -- The Facts
The January 2008 edition of the New internationalist is devoted to the topic of human rights. Human rights refer not just to personal civil and political rights, but collective economic, social and cultural ones too. Worldwide, they are more violated than respected. This article provides soem data o think about.

Human Rights in a Time of Terror
David Ransom writes for the January '08 edition of The New Internationalist: "If the torture of a single person could save the lives of a thousand others, would it be justified? Difficult to say ‘no’. But that must be said all the same, because torture has never saved anyone from anything; not from a single suicide bomb, not from a single act of terrorism or fate worse than torture itself. So why should anyone be asked to suppose that it might? Who can believe that it does?"

A Guide through the Maze
New Internationalist, January 2008. What are your legal rights, simply by virtue of being human? Not many people know; even fewer are encouraging you to find out; fewer still are making sure they apply in practice. So the New Internationalist starts at square one, with an introductory tour around the labyrinth and a sample of what the legal documents say.

Amnesty International's 2008 Report on Human Rights

Amnesty International today challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

"The human rights flashpoints in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar demand immediate action," said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, launching AI Report 2008: State of the World's Human Rights.

"Injustice, inequality and impunity are the hallmarks of our world today. Governments must act now to close the yawning gap between promise and performance."

Amnesty International's Report 2008, shows that sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations, people are still tortured or ill-treated in at least 81 countries, face unfair trials in at least 54 countries and are not allowed to speak freely in at least 77 countries.

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