Saturday, August 23, 2008

Military recruits with video games: America's Army

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The US military has paid over $6 million for the development of a video game as a recruiting tool. Does this game, America's Army, contravene the UN's Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the involvement of children in armed conflict?
The United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the ACLU say, "yes" - that the game violates international law. The ACLU says it also contravenes the US Senate's ratification of the Protocol in 2002.

Activist Michael Reagan and civil rights attorney Bill Simpich discuss their protests against Ubisoft, the software company in San Francisco that develops the console version of the game. Also included are a review of the game, a segment from the game, and a visit to the military's promotional booth at PAX 07 (Penny Arcade Expo) and a pep-talk from a military marketer.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Diane Benson for Congress... and the Truth for a Grieving Father

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Alaska native, Diane Benson is running for US House of Representatives against 38-year-long incumbent Don Young. She talks about why she is running, what she offers and why it is important to Alaska, and how to get involved in her campaign.

Mark Canham's son, Dustin died under suspicious circumstances serving with the US Marine Corps on a peace-keeping mission in Djibouti. Mark shares what he has been told by USMC about what happened ...and why this doesn't sound credible to him.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Dr. Raymond Scurfield, a Vietnam veteran and social worker based at University of Mississippi Gulf Coast shares insight into PTSD for families of war veterans. He also refers to Hurricane Katrina's devastation and PTSD from the point of view of natural disasters.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

63rd Anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombing

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City of Oakland and Western States Legal Foundation work with Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation to bring an exhibit of images from August 6 and 9, 1945 atomic bombings.
Survivor Nabuaki Hanaoka shares his story of that day. A quite different point of view is offered by Dutch van Kirk, the navigator of the B-29 Enola Gay that delivered "Little Boy."

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