Tuesday, 14 April 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2609

There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Hour: Al-Jazeera Plugged into the world
From: Stefan Christoff

2. PANOS RADIO SOUTH ASIA's Latest Panoscope Issue, 9 April 2009
From: Satish Jung Shahi

3. Panos Radio South Asia | Latest Development Dilemmas Issue, 12 April
From: Satish Jung Shahi

4. 'Double whammy' malaria drug hope
From: George Lessard

5. FIJI: Expulsions of journalists likely today
From: George Lessard

6. JOB: Prometheus Radio Project Hiring New Development Coordinator
From: George Lessard

7. FIJI: Media crackdown by military
From: George Lessard

8. Radio Project Brings Modern Voices to History Series
From: George Lessard


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1. Hour: Al-Jazeera Plugged into the world
Posted by: "Stefan Christoff" christoff@resist.ca
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:42 am ((PDT))


* Hour: Al-Jazeera Plugged into the world
an interview with Tony Burman, managing director Al-Jazeera English

http://www.hour.ca/news/news.aspx?iIDArticle=16938

by Stefan Christoff

As bombs fell on the Gaza Strip in late 2008, major news media around the world
scrambled to report directly from the conflict zone as Israeli authorities
barred major international press from entering Gaza.

But Al-Jazeera English rose above the fray - the only major English-language
news service with a fully functioning news bureau operating from the centre of
the conflict, with extensive media teams based both inside Gaza and throughout
Israel.

Since launching in 2006, Al-Jazeera English, headquartered in Doha, Qatar, has
provided groundbreaking coverage of global news with alternative programming
focused on Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Take programs like
Music of Resistance. Hosted by famed musician Steve Chandra Savale, it tells
the stories of musicians who fight repression and sing about injustices.

Not exactly what you imagined from the Al-Jazeera brand?

Al-Jazeera English may be a sister channel to Al-Jazeera Arabic, but it has its
own destiny, says ex-CBC head honcho Tony Burman, now the managing editor at
Al-Jazeera English. While it still doesn't have a network provider in Canada,
the channel has been praised for its sleek look, balanced reporting and leftist
worldview - even hiring former "lefty" CBC host Avi Lewis as a correspondent.

In light of Al-Jazeera's success and given the financial doom and gloom
plaguing the CBC and other commercial broadcasters in Canada, Hour's Stefan
Christoff interviewed Burman, a Montreal native.

While Burman has lined up a major cable provider for Al-Jazeera English in
Canada, the deal - still under wraps - awaits a decision from the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). In the meantime,
Burman and Al-Jazeera English have launched a grassroots campaign to pressure
Canadian broadcasting authorities and cable companies to bring Al-Jazeera to
Canada.


Hour: In your view, what defines Al-Jazeera's international English news
service?

Tony Burman: Al-Jazeera offers a very international, global look at the world.
It's a channel that is based in the south and focuses overwhelmingly on the
developing world and regions very underreported in the mainstream media.
Al-Jazeera English has now been broadcasting for more than two years, is
available in more than 140 million households worldwide and in more than 100
countries.

Canada is in an odd, and also unique, position in regards to Al-Jazeera because
Canadians currently don't have the right to choose to tune in to Al-Jazeera -
Canada is one of the few countries in which our channel is currently not
available. Even in the U.S., where Al-Jazeera is certainly reviled in
right-wing Republican circles, Al-Jazeera Arabic is available nationwide.

Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, and given that
Canada's future is very much dependent on its own understanding of its place in
the world, Al-Jazeera is a channel that many Canadians would very much
appreciate. At Al-Jazeera we are confident that very soon the channel will be
available in Canadian homes.

Hour: Al-Jazeera reports from the global south - how does this affect coverage?

Burman: Most of the mainstream broadcasters, both domestically in Canada, such
as CTV or Global, as well as international broadcasters, such as BBC and CNN,
view the world from a very Western perspective. For example, the BBC, a network
that I very much respect, is clearly a British network based in London which
maintains a primary focus on British interests, while CNN reports in relation
to U.S. interests. In Canada the major networks are largely focused on Canadian
and local affairs. So we have a situation in the first decade of the 21st
century where there isn't much out there in regards to broadcasting that looks
at the world in a global way.

[But] most of the world's people live in the south, in developing countries
where so many of the major issues that matter to the world originate, issues
that are also important to people living in the North, in Western Europe, in
North America, such as immigration or multiculturalism. Al-Jazeera - between
the English and the Arabic services combined - has about 70 news bureaus, which
is considerably more than the BBC and CNN. Most of Al-Jazeera's bureaus are
based in the south so we broadcast extensive coverage of Latin America, of
Africa, of Asia.

What is clear in viewing the BBC or CNN, or content on the Canadian domestic
networks, is that the focus is on how major decisions are transmitted from the
centres of power - capital cities, places where the major decisions are made,
like London, Ottawa, New York or D.C. Al-Jazeera has an aspiration to reverse
this flow, not from the centres of power out to the masses of humanity, but to
focus on the people who live in the developing world and those who live on the
margins of the developed world. The goal of Al-Jazeera is to give a voice to
the voiceless and allow the voiceless a place on the stage where decisions are
made about their future.

Hour: As old media models crumble, there's a lot of talk about how
investigative news journalism is dying. How does Al-Jazeera English conceive
its programming?

Burman: If you can imagine the media being a spotlight in a darkened room,
Al-Jazeera places the spotlight in a very different place than the mainstream
media, focusing very much at the level of ordinary people. Our starting point
is on the powerless, not the powerful. Al-Jazeera brings to the media
environment an alternative look at the world.

One of the joys of the current transition in the U.S. from Bush to Obama is
that the U.S. - and we would hope Canada as well - sees that engagement with
the wider world is very important now in the 21st century.

Hour: You made the choice after retiring from the CBC to move to Al-Jazeera.
Why did the network interest you?

Burman: It is clear that people in North America and certainly Canadians have a
hunger for an understanding of the world as it impacts their own daily lives
and as it impacts their communities. Sadly there are simply not enough
information outlets in North America to offer a truly global perspective. It is
the North American networks that have totally abandoned any meaningful coverage
of global affairs, and this means that viewers are very badly served.

In Canada we have a wilfully under-resourced CBC that seems to be sadly turning
away from covering the world. Meanwhile commercial broadcasters in Canada,
according to their own analysis of the bottom line, don't have the resources or
the interest in trying to explain the world to Canadians. So it is that
international focus, that niche that Al-Jazeera English is attempting to fill.

Hour: Many people around the world turned their attention towards Al-Jazeera's
coverage during the war in Gaza. How did this affect the network's global
audience?

Burman: Gaza was a very important development for many people and certainly for
Al-Jazeera English, the only international English language network in Gaza
during the conflict, and the only news network that really covered both sides
of the conflict, as we also had journalistic teams throughout Israel as well.

I think that Al-Jazeera was able to bring a comprehensive approach to a
conflict that, in human terms, was really a catastrophe for so many people, and
caused so many deaths and injuries. It was a conflict that will leave a scar on
the region for many years, if not decades, to come.

Al-Jazeera received incredible international acclaim for our coverage on Gaza -
for the professionalism, balance and fairness that were brought to the story.
Al-Jazeera attempted to report on and provide context to the conflict in Gaza.
In contrast, you had the major media outlets in North America offering an
extremely narrow, incomplete - and to a large extent incomprehensible -
coverage on the war. This news coverage probably mystified many people in
Canada and the U.S. as to why there were demonstrations worldwide surrounding
this issue.

Viewers commented that the Al-Jazeera coverage on Gaza was for Al-Jazeera in
2009 what the first Gulf War was for CNN in 1991. As a news network, CNN was
not widely known prior to the first Gulf War, despite the fact that at that
time CNN had been broadcasting for 11 years.

Hour: What does this mean for the network?

Burman: My hope that this symbolizes a growing awareness on the part of people
in North America and also in Canada that they have to work hard to understand
the complexities of many international issues, particularly in the Middle East.
Until now in North America, people have not been well served by the mostly
narrow and one-sided coverage on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict available.

Al-Jazeera is widely watched and quite respected in Israel also, which is
important to note. Our coverage in Gaza is a symbol of what Al-Jazeera provides
through our journalism: We are on the ground when no one else is. In 2001,
after 9/11, Al-Jazeera was in Afghanistan when no one else was, and through
much of the conflicts in Somalia and Darfur in Sudan, Al-Jazeera was there when
no one else was. This is a hallmark of journalism at Al-Jazeera.

Many Canadians would like to turn on the television and understand what is
going on around the world - in Bolivia, in Liberia, or Eastern Europe, or parts
of Asia that are never included in major media coverage. There are so many
parts of the world that are fascinating, even if they don't directly relate to
our lives in Canada. Despite our flaws, it is clear that Al-Jazeera is filling
a critically important vacuum in conveying issues internationally that no one
else is addressing.

Hour: How have you experienced the move from CBC news to Al-Jazeera?

Burman: Some people have asked me, having moved from the CBC, a public
broadcaster, to Al-Jazeera, if there are journalistic values that I had to part
with at the door, and actually the reverse is true.

Certainly my experience working at the CBC was wonderful, especially working
with many people who share similar values of fairness, openness and
internationalism.

I have always been totally committed to trying to help Canadians understand the
world and the multitude of impacts on the day-to-day lives of people living in
Canada, which is why I spent so much time covering stories while working and
living abroad. At the CBC this process happened in collaboration with
Canadians. Now at Al-Jazeera English, which has a staff of more than 45
nationalities, sitting around a table discussing stories is almost like
discussing with a mini UN, including people from a variety of backgrounds with
a variety of perspectives.

However, there is a common thread that unites us all, which is very similar to
what I think united many people at the CBC, and also in Canada: the idea that
journalism should be for the public service and that journalism should
contribute to positive social change while helping people navigate through a
very complicated world.

What's the point of journalism or the media if we can't, even in some modest
way, help the world progress, and people to better understand their place in
it? That kind of high-minded ambition outlines what the best journalism can do.
While we can't achieve this every day, we can certainly aspire to achieve this
often. This is the type of journalism that drives Al-Jazeera.

* For more info on Al-Jazeera online, visit: http://english.aljazeera.net

* For the network's campaign to broadcast in Canada, visit:
http://www.iwantaljazeera.ca

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2. PANOS RADIO SOUTH ASIA's Latest Panoscope Issue, 9 April 2009
Posted by: "Satish Jung Shahi" satish@panossouthasia.org sjshahi
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:42 am ((PDT))

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Panos Radio South Asia | Latest Panoscope Issue, 9 April 2009
www.panosradiosouthasia.org
Latest Upload on Panoscope:
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Stopping the Press


In this edition of Panoscope, we take you to Nepal where it is becoming increasingly dangerous for local journalists as they now have to spend most of their time worrying about how to protect themselves due to rising impunity on crimes against them. Their attackers are not just politically affiliated groups. They also include the street mobs, criminal gangs, civilians involved in organising road blockades.
Country: Nepal
Upload Date: 09/04/2009

Duration: 15:00

File Size: 13.7 MB

http://www.panosradiosouthasia.org/prsa/prsaarchives.php?id=61

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Panoscope is an independent production of Panos Radio South Asia. We're committed to providing a forum for voices, views, and issues not often heard in the mainstream media. Non-profit media, development and other organizations can download Panoscope radio magazine free of cost for air or online use. Credit should be given to Panos Radio South Asia (PRSA) an undertaking of Panos South Asia. If you have suggestions for future programs please contact us at:

Panos Radio South Asia
GPO Box 13651
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 977-1-5521889/5531447
E-mail: prsa@panosradiosouthasia.org
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3. Panos Radio South Asia | Latest Development Dilemmas Issue, 12 April
Posted by: "Satish Jung Shahi" satish@panossouthasia.org sjshahi
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:43 am ((PDT))

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Panos Radio South Asia | Latest Development Dilemmas Issue, 12 April 2009
www.panosradiosouthasia.org

Latest Upload on Development Dilemmas:

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The mothers who die

Nearly half a million women die every year around the world due to complications during childbirth or pregnancy. Nearly 35 percent of these deaths take place in South Asia. Experts call it a grossly neglected genocide, a humanitarian disaster which is preventable as there are easy answers. But what is going on? Why can not the South Asia prevent so many maternal deaths? We spoke to some maternal health experts, Saramma Mathai from UNFPA in Bangkok, Sushil Baral from the DFID in Kathmandu, Sadiqua Jafarey and Nighat Shah from Pakistan. Naresh Newar moderates this discussion with inputs from our Pakistan Correspondent Asadullah Khan.
Country: Afganistan-Bangladesh-India-Nepal-Pakistan-Sri Lanka.

Upload Date: 12/04/2009

Duration: 26:32

File Size: 24.3 MB

http://www.panosradiosouthasia.org/prsadd/prsaarchives.php?id=11

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Panoscope is an independent production of Panos Radio South Asia. We're committed to providing a forum for voices, views, and issues not often heard in the mainstream media. Non-profit media, development and other organizations can download Panoscope radio magazine free of cost for air or online use. Credit should be given to Panos Radio South Asia (PRSA) an undertaking of Panos South Asia. If you have suggestions for future programs please contact us at:
Panos Radio South Asia
GPO Box 13651
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 977-1-5521889/5531447
E-mail: prsa@panosradiosouthasia.org
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4. 'Double whammy' malaria drug hope
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:58 pm ((PDT))

* 'Double whammy' malaria drug hope *
A new "double whammy" malaria drug could work on its own and as a
"booster" for existing drugs, research suggests.
Full story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/-/2/hi/health/7987459.stm


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5. FIJI: Expulsions of journalists likely today
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:02 pm ((PDT))

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Subject: [Pacific_media_watch] 6109 FIJI: Expulsions of journalists likely
today
From: "Pacific Media Watch nius" <pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au>
Date: Mon, April 13, 2009 15:48
To: "Pacific Media Watch" <pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au>
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Title – 6109 FIJI: Expulsions of journalists likely today
Date – 14 April 2009
Byline – None
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Radio New Zealand, 14/04/09
Copyright – RNZ
Status – Unabridged
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EXPULSIONS FROM FIJI LIKELY TODAY
www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/04/14/1245a9fe3e11

SUVA (RNZ Online/Pacific Media Watch): A TV3 reporter and her camera
operator from New Zealand are thought likely to be deported from Fiji
on Tuesday, along with an Australian journalist.

ABC Pacific correspondent Sean Dorney says the military government in
Fiji is unhappy with stories being filed by the international media on
censorship.

The ABC also reports a Fijian journalist has been arrested under new
censorship laws.

It says a reporter from a national television service was detained over
the transmission of material to overseas news organisations.

On Sunday, the Fiji Times printed: "This story could not be published
due to government restrictions" across blank columns that would have
otherwise have carried articles.

And the national television station, Fiji Television, did not broadcast
its regular 6pm news bulletin on Sunday.

* Comment on this item www.pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com

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6. JOB: Prometheus Radio Project Hiring New Development Coordinator
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:08 pm ((PDT))


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Subject: [MRN] JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Prometheus Radio Project Hiring New
Development Coordinator
From: "pete tridish" <petri@prometheusradio.org>
Date: Mon, April 13, 2009 18:18
To: microradio@lists.riseup.net
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:
Prometheus Radio Project Hiring New Development Coordinator

The Prometheus Radio Project is looking for an experienced Development
Coordinator to join our staff!

The Prometheus Radio Project is a grassroots organization that works
to expand and protect community radio stations, and to promote a more
democratic and accountable media in the United States and around the
world. From Black Panther-led community centers in Tanzania to
farmworker groups in Oregon, we help community groups build their own
radio stations as tools for their vital social justice organizing.

Every day, we advocate for these groups and their stations, help them
organize with allies near and far for their rights, and work with them
to keep their stations thriving and to help leaders teach new radio
pioneers the skills needed to own your own media.

We help community groups navigate the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) and the radio licensing process, and we provide
technical assistance to groups building radio stations. We also
advocate in Congress and at the FCC to protect community radio, and
actively participate in the broader campaign for a better media. We
are tireless in our fight to make community radio stations and other
appropriate technologies available to every neighborhood, every city,
every town that needs them.

Position Description

Prometheus is now accepting applications for our Development
Coordinator position. This individual will be responsible for
coordinating Prometheus' donor program and grant-related work, and
working closely with staff to grow a fundraising culture within the
organization and better integrate fundraising into Prometheus' program
activities. The Development Coordinator will supervise 1-2 development
personnel and volunteers, and will also support the Administrative
Director in developing Prometheus' annual budget.

We are seeking a candidate who has experience in coordinating a
diversified fundraising program and who has a background in social and
economic justice. In addition, the Prometheus office is a collective
working environment with a consensus based decision-making structure.
Candidates for this position should be prepared to take on
responsibilities related to collective processes- including shared day-
to-day office maintenance tasks, collaborative event facilitation and
group organization-building activities- and which extend beyond the
job responsibilities outlined on the back.

Job Responsibilities

Foundation Work
• Facilitate planning and strategy sessions and coordinating proposal-
writing
• Work with org to grow and maintain relationships with funders, and
prospect for new grant opportunities
• Maintain foundation files and track deadlines
• Coordinate with staff to track grant-related program work and
prepare reporting to funders
• Report grant activities to staff and board
Donor Work
• Work with organization to develop and maintain a robust grassroots
fundraising program and devise solicitation methods to support the
program
• Coordinate solicitations, follow-up tasks and other donor-related
activities
• Work with Prometheus and its supporters to develop new and
innovative fundraising tactics
• Strategize with staff to keep our donors regularly informed and
engaged with PRP's work

Desired Skills and Experience

Essential
• Strong written and oral communications skills
• Web savvy
• Well-organized and ability to be self-directed
• Experience coordinating multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to adapt to shifting time tables and strict deadlines
• Familiarity with word processing software, database work,
spreadsheet manipulation and electronic communications (i.e. e-mail,
distribution lists, etc.)
Preferred
• Past involvement in shaping a fundraising plan and annual budget
• Success in building a team to take on fundraising activities
• History of acting as a liaison for an organization and building
relationships with donors and funders
• Experience with consensus decision-making
• Experience working with a Board of Directors around fundraising
• Graphic design skills (familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
is a plus)
• A valid drivers license

Salary, Location and Application Info
This is a full-time, salaried staff position. All Prometheus staff
currently earn the same annual salary of $24,000 and receive full
medical benefits. Our office is located in West Philadelphia, in the
community center basement of the Calvary Methodist Church. Be ready to
smell delicious cooking, hear the shouts of children learning martial
arts, people singing gospel, or holding a self-help meeting.

Prometheus Radio Project respects and values people of all backgrounds
and considers applicants for positions without regard to race, color,
sex, religion, creed, gender identity and expression, national origin,
age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any
legally protected status. Due to the nature of work and the
organization, this job is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we
cannot currently consider telecommuters.

Please be advised that we are in need of someone experienced in
coordinating fundraising efforts and with a history of involvement in
social and economic justice work. An invitation to interview with us
will be extended primarily on this basis.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and up to three relevant work
samples to jobs@prometheusradio.org, and include "Development
Coordinator" in the subject line. The application deadline is May 1st,
2009 at 6PM EST. First round interviews will be scheduled for the week
of May 11-15. We will keep this call open until we feel we have found
the right person for the position.

--
Andalusia Knoll
Station Support Organizer
(215) 727-9620 x 506
andalusia@prometheusradio.org

Prometheus Radio Project
www.prometheusradio.org

"Radio is one sided when it should be two. It is purely an apparatus
for distribution, for mere sharing out. So here is a positive
suggestion: change this apparatus over from distribution to
communication. The radio would be the finest possible communication
apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes. That is to say, it
would be if it knew how to receive as well as transmit, how to let the
listener speak as well as hear, how to bring someone into a
relationship instead of isolating them." Bertolt Brecht

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7. FIJI: Media crackdown by military
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:50 pm ((PDT))

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Subject: [Pacific_media_watch] 6106 FIJI: Media crackdown by military
From: "Pacific Media Watch nius" <pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au>
Date: Mon, April 13, 2009 08:22
To: "Pacific Media Watch" <pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au>
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Title – 6106 FIJI: Media crackdown by military
Date – 14 April 2009
Byline – Phil Mercer
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – BBC World, 13/04/09
Copyright – BBC
Status – Unabridged
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MEDIA CRACKDOWN BY FIJI MILITARY
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7996322.stm

By Phil Mercer

SYDNEY (BBC World Online/Pacific Media Watch): Fijians are feeling the
force of a new military government with censors now controlling the
media.

Under a 30-day state of emergency, newspapers and broadcasters are not
allowed to carry stories critical of the army's grip on power in Fiji.

Army chief Commodore Frank Bainimarama has been reinstated as prime
minister.

He regained office after the president scrapped the constitution and
dismissed the judges who had declared the military government to be
illegal.

Editors at Fiji's newspapers as well as its television and radio
stations have been ordered not to publish or broadcast any material
that shows the military in a bad light.

Journalists must submit any sensitive stories to government officials
for approval.

Should these directives be ignored then media organisations could be
shut down.

Defiance
There has been some attempt by newspapers and broadcasters to voice
their displeasure.

The Fiji Times left one of its pages blank except for a message which
said that that certain stories could not be printed because of
government regulations.

Fiji Television's main evening news bulletin was cancelled in protest
at the restrictions. It was replaced by a programme about fishing.

The Fiji Media Council said censorship of the press was a tragedy for a
country where free and vigorous reporting has become a proud tradition.

Fiji has been run by Commodore Bainimarama since December 2006, when
troops ousted an elected government that senior officers said was
corrupt and discriminating against the ethnic Indo-Fijian minority.

Last week, the military take-over was declared illegal by the country's
Court of Appeal, which prompted Commodore Bainimarama to step down as
interim prime minister.

Fiji's President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, who is a loyal supporter of the
armed forces commander, responded by scrapping the constitution and
dismissing the judiciary.

The military administration was reinstated, its grip on power now
stronger than ever.

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8. Radio Project Brings Modern Voices to History Series
Posted by: "George Lessard" media@web.net themediamentor
Date: Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:10 pm ((PDT))

Radio Project Brings Modern Voices to History Series
<http://www.nativetelecom.org/radio_project_brings_contemporary_voices_history_series>

It was only 20 years ago when poet, professor and musician Joy Harjo went
to a gathering to discuss the Columbus quincentenary and heard an
indigenous Bolivian woman say she was stunned to discover indigenous
people still existed in the U.S. and Canada.

"She stood up and said, 'We all welcome you and we're really surprised to
see you and so many people from North America because'--and she wasn't
joking--'we all thought that John Wayne had killed all of you," Harjo
(Muscogee) said.

As the series We Shall Remain using such imagery debuts on PBS' American
Experiencetonight, a companion radio piece also rolls out today, which
Native people say works to balance the historic visuals with sounds and
conversation from contemporary people and culture -- the remain part in We
Shall Remain.

To read more about radio project, click here
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102518548040&s=11613&e=001bxYpXfb3vJDx5LhZBM5RBQYv4cVkk5k8vgCVNq_2ofqtGL6nZOPmdQos2eEGwI2X5AyReJIrHacCp8-_AHOICr2Myk_YRMSn6-M44xZxB9oeKX2-v2fFs5wupyBYdn--sxB8Shnlv1PCofn3IHK1vPkaHUXcMOBbsIBpOaVTnaQgDr-5iwZ_3yqJ0vba0_IP>.
or
<http://www.nativetelecom.org/radio_project_brings_contemporary_voices_history_series>

To listen to interviews with Charlie Hill, Joy Harjo or Chris Eyre for the
radio series, click here
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102518548040&s=11613&e=001bxYpXfb3vJDx5LhZBM5RBQYv4cVkk5k8vgCVNq_2ofqtGL6nZOPmdQos2eEGwI2X5AyReJIrHacCp8-_AHOICr2Myk_YRMSn6-M44xZxB9oeKX2-v2fFs5wupyBYdn--sxB8Shnlv1PCofn3IHK1vPkaHUXcMOBbsIBpOaVTnaQgDr-5iwZ_3yqJ0vba0_IP>.
or

The five-part We Shall Remain series, a look at 300 years of Native
American history in America, airs April 13. NAPT served as a funder and an
advisor for the American Experience series.

For more information about the series, click here
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102518548040&s=11613&e=001bxYpXfb3vJDsUSNF3E66l8u2BwKA9Kt_t5cWZm99SoZfotWqK0f_0Xud5_kFDBwjFBP1xsWtfqmxZe3N6XZr9sS1aTn8iI_DJYY4TOKUnAm6Rs3sTMNXJy5hRJlfkrl_BtNFu-5QBHZVfTGoaKuNAQ==>.
or
<http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/>


To check your local PBS station's schedule, click here
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102518548040&s=11613&e=001bxYpXfb3vJBmPI501DaKDMdME5yzZt4sEfRsYvn2iVpY5m2NL9eAFGG5bd2qpwV5wZV4H7wTn8GqTx5D7fMTU0_ddnXextHUpQ0uf046FzSjoVmlq55sSz-dTYwdFQqW0gOB-oBVwUz8BrkRaFe-2Q==>.
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