Monday, June 27, 2011

Denis Rancourt on Left ideological control-indoctrination

On June 23, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM The Train's Denis Rancourt went solo in a critique of "critical race theory", including select readings and music to accompany the developing theme.

Word policing... SFUO student union... Ann Coulter... calculus... recycling cult... discourse... anti-oppression as oppression... groupthink... opinion mobbing... hate speech... personal agency... political reform vs freedom of inquiry... Golden Rule of institutional preservation...

"War is bad and love is really good..."
-- hummm

Related article:
USA academic freedom scholarship as a measure of corporate fascism

Books cited: "Politics by Other Means" by David Bromwich

Music links: 111111, 22222, 33333, 44444, 55555.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Barbara Todish -- Banned from academia and from her professional associations for her honesty about the human condition

On June 16, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed teacher and performing artist Barbara Todish based in Newark, NJ; by phone about her banishment from academia and from her professional associations for being honest and real.

Barbara is an eclectic original, a Freirian educator, a criminology researcher, a certified performing artist, a stand up comic, a survivor of economic apartheid, and a former prostitute (for three months).

This is an interview you do not want to miss.

DR: What is one key thing you learned from being a prostitute in that three-month period?
BT: Well... I learned I could enjoy sex... (explained in the interview).

Cited articles:
"Love Is Only Practice for Absolute Meaning"
"Just trying to attract attention?"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Secret Trial 5 documentary film project and update on CSIS madness

On June 9, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa, Canada) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed film makers Noah Bingham (Producer) and Amar Wala (Co-Producer, Director) of the new documentary film project: The Secret Trial 5.

Crazy stuff. Difficult to not conclude that Canada is a pseudo-democratic dictatorship bent on aggressive ideological targeting of Muslim men, with barely a pretence of due process.

This was followed by an interview with Christian Leger, spokesperson for the Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee. "Canadian justice" is starting to resonant more and more as an oxymoron...

Update on Bradley Manning -- USA government's insane reaction to Wikileaks

On June 2, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa, Canada) The Train's Denis Rancourt first explained the efforts he has been making to secure pro-Israel (Israel Lobby) radio guests to balance the show's critical reports against the ongoing war crimes of Israel. The show had been reserved for representatives of the Israel Lobby organization B'nai Brith but they did not reply or show up (see invitation here).

As a backup, Rancourt aired a May 25, 2011, press conference interview series about the USA Bradley Manning violations of human rights. This remarkable series featured speakers Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Raddack, Ann Wright, Christina McKenna, and Julian Assange.

The show ended with this new high-profile music video about justice for Palestine:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Israel Lobby's B'nai Brith ignores invitation to Train

Three prominent Canadian contacts for the Israel Lobby group B'nai Brith were contacted (see email below) to be interviewed on June 2, 2011, but did not acknowledge the invitation or show up for the show.

This is in sharp contrast to the Lobby's (now apparently disingenuous?) repeated and vehement calls for media "balance".

The invitation remains open.

From: Denis Rancourt
Date: Fri, May 20, 2011 at 6:59 PM
Subject: request for media interview
Cc: "CHUO 89.1 FM Train"

Dear contacts for B'nai Brith Canada,

I seek to radio interview representatives or executives of B'nai Brith Canada on my radio show: The Train, CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa.

My show has been very critical of Israel policies and Israel state behaviour and I want to provide the other side for my listeners. I tried to invite several members of Hillel but all declined.

The show plays every Thursday in prime time (5pm EST) on the entire Ottawa metro area and has a good following. It is also live streamed and podcast.

The blog of the show is here:

Past guests have included a very broad range of societal actors, from a Canadian Senator to law experts to media leaders to film makers and musicians to politicians to homeless people to medical doctors to criminalized activists to civil rights and human rights leaders and many more.

You and your work would be featured for the full hour, 5pm to 6pm, preferably live in the U of O campus studio but phone interviews are also possible.

We can also do more than one show if you feel the issue needs more time.

In addition, I would welcome your suggestions for other contacts who would be recommended representatives of the Canadian Jewish community.

Jewish members of such groups as the Canada Boat to Gaza and Faculty for Palestine have been interviewed in the recent past but I would like the Jewish pro-Israel side to be represented.

I am personally openly critical of Israel but I would make a strong effort to be as objective and fair as possible while allowing the guest all the needed time for responses and explanations. I am an open minded person who is prepared to re-examine all his positions.

The topics would also largely be up to the guests who can direct their contributions as they wish.

I'm hoping we can schedule a first show on Thursday June 2nd (5pm to 6pm) for this?

Is this possible?

Dr. Denis Rancourt
Host, The Train, CHUO 89.1 FM

COMMENT AT YOUTUBE (accessed today):
"A once great organization is in shambles. Frank Dimant is not just an embarresment to Bnai Brith, but shames our community in front of all of Canada. With his partisan hackery, his baseless accusations of antisemitism where there are none, his willingness to ignore REAL antisemitism on the right when it comes from antisemites who cloak themselves in the shield of being pro-Israel, his ongoing attempt to caste out anyone who disagrees with him - Frank has destroyed Bnai Brith"

(Part-1) Victori on free democracy -- (Part-2) Journalism professor Karl Grossman's critique of nuclear power

On May 26, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM The Train's Denis Rancourt hosted a two-part show.

Part-1: Local activist Victori discussed her efforts coordinating a continuous free democracy event.

Part-2: Long-time investigative journalist and professor of journalism (State University of New York College at Old Westbury) Karl Grossman discusses the one million deaths from Chernobyl and the risks and politics of nuclear power.