March 2010 Archives

Rumi: Secrets of Morning Breeze

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Here's another short "gem" from Rumi translations by Jonathan Star. Today's poem reading is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva."

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Len and Libby Traubman decided to change the world by having dinners in their homes. During the Cold War they invited a Russian poet; although they could neither speak Russian nor could the poet speak English. That went so surprisingly well that they initiated a program of dinner dialogues between Jews and Palestinians. That was 18 years ago; the dinners are still going on and the program that they founded is now going viral across the country."

This show series is offered courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). Craig's show airs on KSFR every Sat at 9AM MST and is streamed live on www.KSFR.org. His full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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Rumi: Look Inside

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In this show we continue the exploration of Rumi translations by Jonathan Star. Today's poem reading is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva."

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Today was a historic day... President Obama, signed the Health Care Reform (HCR) into Law today, March 23, 2010.

This eventful day came after a long and gruelling year of HCR debate, which was, unfortunately, full of irresponsible, misrepresentations by the Republicans - who are still not giving up and are ratcheting up the rhetoric and misinformation. The reconciliation bill is being debated in the Senate, as of the writing of this post, and is expected to conclude by the end of the week.

However, the American people have prevailed ... regardless of the polls or any misinformation in the media waves, HCR is now law. Hopefully, the media will, at least, start assisting the President by disseminating factual information about the reform from this point forward.

You can click here to find what is in the bill - an excellent summary provided by the White House, which includes a list of factual/informative resources. This resource list also includes a link to the actual text of the reconcilation bill passed in the house. This reconciliation bill's content is what was proposed by President Obama in February 2010 before the HCR Summit between Democrats and Republicans.

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I have watched our decaying Political Landscape and felt disheartened at the utterly irresponsible behavior of our politicians and the media. And, as I follow, along with millions of others, the final wranglings in Washington re the Health Care Reform (HCR), I can not help but wonder ... what has happened to America in this 21st century?  I found myself asking certain questions, ... and I would raise these questions whether I was a Democrat or Republican or Independent or other.

What happened to an honest and civil debate regarding real issues, such as HCR, that are facing America ?... a reasoned debate that is steeped with facts, policy positions, and substantive dialog instead of the current drama with emotions, twisted facts or spin, obsessive polling numbers, misrepresentations, and hollow, highly politicized dialog that is full of hypocrisy. Unfortunately, despite best intentions, the HCR debate, almost from the outset, was minimized by slogans like "death panels" or "socialized medicine" or "Government takeover."

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Mel Duncan is the founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce an organization that trains unarmed civilians to engage both sides of conflicts in Sri Lanka, Mindinao, and southern Sudan, teaching techniques by which to introduce civility and discourse into moments of extreme tension. Mel and Craig discuss the training, the sophistication and the power of non violence to transform desperate situations into openings for peace.

This show series is offered courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). Craig's show airs on KSFR every Sat at 9AM MST and is streamed live on www.KSFR.org. His full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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Since 1604 the practice of majority rule has governed parliamentary practice in England, the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention and throughout most of the 19th century in the United States Congress. The current use of the filibuster in the US Senate sets that all aside.  Emmet Bondurant, one of America's premier appellate lawyers explores the grounds for a constitutional challenge to this practice which cuts to the heart of democracy itself.

This is Craig's 2nd dialog with Emmet on Our Times. This show series is offered courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). Craig's show airs on KSFR every Sat at 9AM MST and is streamed live on www.KSFR.org. His full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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