Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fear of a Muslim Planet?!

Radio Bandung confronts anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobia as it has been manifesting itself in contemporary political and cultural developments. What are its causes and consequences? We will examine a range of topics from debates over Muslim women and the hijab, the wave of oppressive "security" laws being enacted and renewed, the Kulturkampf over the Danish cartoons and the Pope's remarks, anti-immigration discourses and the fear of "Eurabia" or a Muslim Europe, and the racism underlying the detaining and torturing of Muslims from Abu Ghraib to the Maher Arar case here in Canada. Fasten your seatbelts for a whirlwind tour through the fiery furnaces of our day's most controversial issues. Our Virgil through this Inferno is Dr. Ariel Salzmann from Queen's.

(http://www.queensu.ca/history/People/Faculty/Salzmann.htm)

Unlike the blowhards of the major media punditocracy and the amateurs who pontificate on terrorism even in the Academy without the slightest knowledge, historical background, or languages of the Middle East and Islamic World, Dr. Salzmann combines expertise in the Middle East with an analysis of the long history of Europe's inner demons when it comes to religious difference and racial minorities.

Deus lo volt!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

From Picasso to Propaghandi

This week Radio Bandung's first ever "Variety Hour" looks at the way of art and music helps us negotiate the world around us. Listen up for Sayyida's interview with Don Maynard about his instillation which represents his interpretation of the Maher Arar debacle. The second half of the show has Tyler Shipley of the Consumer Goods joining us by phone to talk music, Left politics, and the difficulties of bringing those two identities together in a creative and meaningful way.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Rethinking Red Canada

Following up on the thrilling discussion with Barrington Walker on race and immigration in Canadian history, Radio Bandung re-imagines the history of resistance and the struggle for freedom broadly on the left in our local, national context. Ian McKay, distinguished professor of history at Queen's (http://www.queensu.ca/history/People/Faculty/McKay.htm) and author of an exciting new book, Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History, delivers a true reconaissance report on the history of radical movements and the leftist politics in twentieth century Canada. From labor to love-in, what has linked these different groups and movements? What can we learn today about the struggles of the past to extend the "realm of freedom"? How have these Canadian battles been connected to global histories of resistance? Stand tall, Red Maple!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Radical Sports

Radio Bandung floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee when it comes to sports talk. We explore the world of sports from a radical angle with Dave Zirin, author of What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States. Check out his website and weekly smackdown, the "Edge of Sports", http://www.edgeofsports.com/. From black power salutes in the '68 Olympics to NBA and MLB all-stars against the US war in Iraq, our discussion will run the gamut of cultural politics and corporate economics in and around the game. It's more than about who wins and loses, fun and games; sports is also about the big issues of our time: race, class, gender, and sexuality. Ali boomayey!