Note: We were unable to broadcast the Helen Caldicott interview live, so it will be broadcast next Tuesday, 11 to noon Central, on NoLiesRadio (archived here shortly after the show).
|Legendary anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott|
We're in that no-man's-land, smack in the middle of the dog days of August between Hiroshima Day and Nagasaki day, waiting for the next bomb to drop. During the first hour of the first show, Iranian journalist Kourosh Ziabari will correct some common misconceptions about Iran, which is being targeted in Israel's attempt to drag the US into World War III. Iran is a signatory in good standing to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has no nuclear weapons or weapons program according to the CIA, and is leading the effort to ban ALL nuclear weapons from the Middle East. Israel, on the other hand, has used the Non-Proliferation Treaty for toilet paper, holds 400 nukes, and is targeting all the capitals of the Middle East and Europe with its nuclear weapons. Additionally, Israel has allegedly used nuclear weapons against the US at least three times: In the Beirut Marine barracks bombing of 1983, the nuclear-assisted demolition of the Twin Towers on 9/11, and against Indonesia in the Bali hotel bombing of 2002. Don't be surprised if they nuke Chicago and try to blame it on Iran.
2nd hour: Jerry Mazza, whose Hiroshima Day poem is published below.
AUGUST 6th AGAIN
by Jerry Mazza
August 6th, I stand before
Monk Shinran Shonin, founder Jodo
Shinshu Sect of Buddhism, bronze
statue surviving atom blast,
Hiroshima—his gaze unfazed,
2.5 kilometers northwest
of the center of detonation,
symbol now of peace and hope
gifted by people of Hiroshima
to people New York Buddhist Church,
way back in 1955,
Riverside Drive, 104th
and 5th, not far away from Pupin Hall,
Manhattan Project, Nevis cyclotron’s
design place, Oppenheimer living
Riverside and 88th,
this poet three blocks away for years,
the mad uranium stashed downtown,
by Army Corps of Engineers,
270 Broadway, Chambers Street,
now 19 hundred 46
radioactive products produced
by nuclear weapons atomic reactors
as per Oak Ridge Weapons Lab,
What can I say oh Monk of Bronze,
your age of heart more lasting as you
sought the one way to salvation?
You’ve arrived but have the rest of us
born again as death or life?
I cross myself before your journey
in August sunlight, brighter that day
as thousands of suns blinded to fate
and resurrected three days later
as I in my mere seventh year
could hardly imagine cheers and jeers
of celebration and victory.