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Flashpoints, for October 28, 2011 - 5:00pm

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Original Message From: DICKERSON1295To: Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 5:04 PMSubject: Recent cutbacks aimed at FlashpointsKPFA and Pacifica Radio Management and Boards:I am very ceennrcod about the recent cutbacks aimed at Flashpoints. This show in particular has been an extremely important platform for our work as journalists, writers, scholars, activists and social critics. I urge you to reinstate Nora Barrows-Friedman to a full-time position, and provide Flashpoints with a permanent Technical Producer.Sent by John Lewis-Dickerson, Atlanta. (no reply necessary)P.S. I listen to Democracy Now/Amy Goodman on WRFG 89.3 FM in Atanta and contribute to them in support of their carrying Democracy Now!

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KPFA and Pacifica Radio have a sordid hstoiry when it comes to discussing the Israel-Palestine conflict. In the 80s, KPFA GM David Salniker (who later moved up to be the head of Pacifica) banned any mention or discussion of Zionism on its airwaves. He also stopped broadcasting critical reports on the Israeli political scene by an anti-Zionist Israeli, Amos Wollin, because of complaints from New Jewish Agenda (!), a precursor to J Street, that he was anti-Israel. One look at the names on the wall in the entrance way to KPFA's Berkeley headquarters honoring its big contributors will give the answer to those who wonder how a station claiming to be the voice of the voiceless, can move against a program as valuable as Flashpoints. I'll just mention one that I recall, the Walter Haas Foundation, founded with profits from Levi's jeans and a big supporter of Jewish and Zionist causes.When I helped to expose the ADL spying operation in the Bay Area in 1993, Dennis's Flashpoints was the only program on KPFA where I was allowed to talk about it, (and the only program that has allowed any discussion of the lobby.) . Both subjects were and remain too hot for the Zionist-lite news department and the morning show which elected to bring in an outsider who had once worked with the ADL , Chip Berlet, to talk about it. When I went on the Morning Show with Hatem Bazian, at the time a Palestinian student leader and now a UC professor, to promote an event in which we were both to speak against the Oslo agreement, when I entered the studio, the first thing I was told was not to say a word on the air about the ADL case . That was 1993 and the same news directors and morning show hosts are still there, although one now has a noon show. That's the milieu in which the Flashpoints crew, Dennis, Nora Barrows Friedman and Miguel Molina have had to courageously continue their commitment to the truth. They must be defended.

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