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2007

Gorilla Radio Podcast this Week
Tuesday, 11 September 2007 11:28
by Chris Cook 

This week on GR, American Human Rights lawyer and Harper's Magazine contributor, Scott Horton on the strange case of the railroaded governor, Don Siegelman.

Don Siegelman's was a storied political career. A democrat in staunchly republican, and overwhelmingly Christian Alabama, Siegelman managed, before ascending the Governorship, to be elected to three of the next-highest offices in the state. And, not unusually, he also managed to make a few enemies. Because, as well as being a highly effective political campaigner, Don Siegelman was also an honest administrator, a trait going decidedly against the grain of George W. Bush's America, and it wasn't long before the Alabama democrat came to the attention of the Bush coterie. Scott Horton is a New York-based attorney specializing in Human Rights law, and the law of Armed Conflict. He also serves as a consultant to the Human Rights First, Accountability for Military Contractors project. He's a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and is a current contributor to Harper's magazine, writing the on-line blog column, No Comment. Scott Horton and the undoing of Don Siegelman in the first half. 
Scott Horton is a contributor to Harper's Magazine and writes No Comment for this website. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.
And; the visit this past weekend of the commanders of the armed forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO reminds: Canada is currently involved in a war. Yet, you would be hard-pressed to prove that point, wandering the sunny, placid inner harbour among the late Summer's thinning throngs of tourists. Warfare for we in what was called "the West" when NATO was born is not what it once was; it's now become a clean, almost antiseptic endeavour where not even television images of the heart-breaking, gut-wrenching apocalypse being visited upon the heads of the Iraqi, and Afghani people penetrate the calm of our North American idylls. Few going about their business on a sunny Saturday afternoon too need be aware, within the stately walls of the Grand Pacific Hotel, beneath the gentile lobby, young men with machine guns and body armour prepared for protesters who may try to breach the barricade. But that's what the world has come to here; iceberg-like, most of what makes this post 9/11 society tick occurs beneath the surface, hidden from the light of public scrutiny. I went down to the demonstration Saturday to ... well you know how the song goes. Walking the protest walk in Victoria in the second half.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Some past guests include: M. Junaid Alam, M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, David Barsamian, Rhoda Berenson, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, William Bowles, Vincent Bugliosi, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Diane Christian, Juan Cole, David Cromwell, Murray Dobbin, Jon Elmer, Reese Erlich, Anthony Fenton, Jim Fetzer, Laura Flanders, Chris Floyd, Connie Fogal, Glen Ford, Susan George, Stan Goff, Amy Goodman, Robert Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Sander Hicks, Julia Butterfly Hill, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Anthony Lappe, Frances Moore Lappe, Jason Leopold, Jeff Leys, Dave Lindorff, Jim Lobe, Jennifer Loewenstein, Wayne Madsen, Stephen Marshall, Linda McQuaig, George Monbiot, Loretta Napoleoni, John Nichols, Kurt Nimmo, David Orchard, Greg Palast, Mike Palecek, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, Kevin Pina, William Rivers Pitt, Justin Podur, Jack Random, Sheldon Rampton, Paul Craig Roberts, David Robb, Paul de Rooij, John Ross, Danny Schechter, Vandana Shiva, Norman Solomon, Starhawk, Grant Wakefield, Paul Watson, Bernard Weiner, Mickey Z., and many others.

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