Eleanor Goldfield recently spoke with former leader of the Feminist Initiative party in Sweden, Farida al-Abani. They discussed the supposedly “neutral” country’s militaristic tendencies– from the push to join NATO to being one of the world’s largest weapons exporters. Farida al-Abani also shares her personal experiences with NATO as a Libyan as well as her professional struggles for peace in the din of ever crescendoing war drums. In the second segment, Mickey talks with attorney and author Charlotte Dennett about her latest book, Follow the Pipelines, which explores the pervasive role that oil and gas have played in politics and war, in both the 20th and 21st centuries right up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Born in Libya, Farida al-Abani was brought to Sweden at an early age, grew up there, and became a leader in the Feminist Initiative party. Charlotte Dennett is an attorney and author, and the daughter of a US intelligence official who died while on assignment in the Middle East just after WWII. Her previous books include The People vs. Bush and Thy Will be Done. The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil with Gerard Colby.
1) “The Resistance” by 2 Cellos
2) “The Military and the Monetary” by Gil-Scott Heron
3) “Pipeline” by the Alan Parsons Project