Miko Peled, Israel's Escalating Crimes Against Humanity; Bob Avakian, Trump/Pence Must Go; Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Van-Anh Vo - My Lai

Miko Peled - Israel's Escalating Crimes Against Humanity

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We'll talk with author and activist Miko Peled about Israel's incremental genocide against the Palestinian people, denying the most basic rights, blowing up their houses, stealing their land, imprisoning thousands, including hundreds of children, starving them, poisoning their water, killing dozens by preventing medical care, and unleashing the Israeli Army, and fascist settlers, to kill and brutalize them with very few consequences. 

These crimes have increased with the support and even encouragement of the fascist Trump/Pence Regime -- as well as the Democratic leadership. Sen. Chuck Schumer recently said that there is no peace because Palestinians "don't believe in the Torah," the Jewish scripture.

Miko Peled is a tireless fighter for the freedom of the Palestinian people. Born and raised in Jerusalem in a prominent Zionist family -- his father was a famous Israeli general -- he was driven to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative. He is the author of The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, and Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five

Bob Avakian, from THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America, A Better World IS Possible!

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We'll hear part of the Questions and Answers that followed the talk: "What do you say to the late night comedians, the Stephen Colberts etc, who do some powerful exposure and ridicule but also run the risk of becoming like court jesters and, in this case, contributing to the normalization of fascism?"

You can access the entire talk, plus shareable clips and the complete Q&A here

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Vân-Ánh Võ Perform the Opera "My Lai"

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The infamous 1968 massacre of unarmed Vietnamese in the village of My Lai, by American soldiers provides the context for this gripping new work written by composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman for the Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert and Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ. My Lai, which features traditional Vietnamese instruments and digitally processed sounds, is told from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson who tried to stop the slaughter by pointing guns at the US soldiers, and then worked to expose the massacre, enduring years of vilification. Thompson faced a challenge, endured tremendous risks, and stood on the right side of history -- an example for all of us amid the challenges we face today. 

Written for the Kronos Quartet two years ago, "My Lai" was recently performed in Royce Hall at UCLA, sponsored by The Center for the Art of Performance. It is an unforgettable, intense experience. 

We'll hear from the composer, Jonathan Berger, and musician Vân-Ánh Võ.

Read Vietnam, March 16, 1968—The My Lai Massacre, from revcom.us, the American Crimes series