Another World


Pittsburgh’s Israel-Palestine Roadblock

Israel-Palestine Checkpoint Action in Oakland

Checkpoint Palestine

Checkpoint Palestine

Last Thursday, at 5:30 in the afternoon, about 15 people took to the streets of Oakland. Their goal: to make Pittsburghers aware of the regular hassles and dangers that Palestinian people face in their daily lives.

Produced for Rustbelt Radio

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Ed Robbins: Shooting the Iraq War

Ed Robbins – Shooting the Iraq War

Ed in Afghanistan
Ed in Afghanistan

 

Ed Robbins has made several films about the Iraq war — including one from the perspective of American soldiers, and one about Iraqi refugees. He recently visited Pittsburgh to discuss the complications of documenting war.

Produced for Rustbelt Radio.

Abdullah, an Iraqi Refugee

Abdullah, an Iraqi Refugee

Hannan, an Iraqi Refugee

Hannan, an Iraqi Refugee



After the Obama Campaign

 Dan Gore After Obama

Obama in Pittsburgh

Obama in Pittsburgh

Dan Gore founded the University of Pittsburgh chapter of Students for Obama two years ago, and spent the time since then running a massive drive to get the university vote out. The response was enormous in Pittsburgh, just as it was nationwide, but now that the campaign has given way to the administration, it’s not clear whether the mass political mobilization can be sustained. Dan reflects on the winding down of the campaign, the start of Obama’s time in Washington, and his own political future.

And if you want to enter the world of political junkie-ism, Dan’s got a few recommendations for online reading.  For a more balanced perspective there’s http://politico.com or http://politicalwire.com.   But if you’re looking for bombast or bias, he has some other picks.  Leftists and liberals, head to http://dailykos.com, or http://mydd.com.  And the Republicans – http://redstate.com.



A Dada Day

Americans on Northern Ireland, No. 3

 US on NI – Sam May

Sam in Belfast

Sam in Belfast

Sam May took an interest in Northern Ireland young.  A history buff in school, he participated in Civil War re-enactments and ended up in the 69th Pennsylvania Infantry, a regiment that had been made up of Irish immigrants.   His fellow re-enacters introduced him to Irish Rebel songs and Republican ideology — but at the same time Sam was conflicted.  He had family links to Ireland — but to Protestant Ireland in the North.   

Out of this confusion, Sam started to read up on Irish history, and it led him to Tony Novosel’s class at Pitt.  But studying the Troubles hasn’t necessarily made it any easier to stake out opinions about what’s best for Northern Ireland.

Produced for The Politics Show



Americans on Northern Ireland, No. 2

US on NI – Kelly Cullen

It’s Part 2 of the continuing series on American perspectives on the conflict in Northern Ireland.  This time it’s Kelly Cullen, a senior at Pitt and a marine reservist, who explains why he took such an interest in the Troubles + what he learned from studying it. 

Partly it’s a heritage thing for Kelly, having grown up in an Irish American family.  But his interest in Northern Ireland also grows out of his impending deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, and his creative writing projects. 

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Americans on Northern Ireland, no. 1

USA on NI – Scott Nicolson

Scott, in Avatar Form

Scott, in Avatar Form

University of Pittsburgh offers a class on the politics of Northern Ireland every semester.  Tony Novosel teaches it with the intention that it will be the most challenging — and most involving — class the students will ever take. 

The veterans of the class — like Scott Nicolson, heard here — leave with an intricate understanding of the Troubles, as well as some insight into the unexpected comic book connections + psychological conditions of the province.

produced for The Politics Show