Mickey, Eleanor and their guests spend the hour examining the background to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, going back to the eastward expansion of NATO, the 2014 Ukraine coup, and other factors. Their guests, both long-time peace activists, make the case for a cessation of arms shipments to Ukraine, and a negotiated end to the war. In the first half of the show, Eleanor interviews Phil Wilayto. Then we hear excerpts of a conversation Mickey had with Medea Benjamin at a KPFA-FM / Project Censored event in Berkeley, CA earlier this month.
Phil Wilayto is cofounder of Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality, as well as the Virginia Prison Justice Network. He’s also coordinator of the Odessa Solidarity Campaign , and the author of several books, including Notes from Iran.
Medea Benjamin co-founded both the women’s peace organization Code Pink and the fair-trade group Global Exchange. Her recent books, include Inside Iran and Kingdom of the Unjust. Her latest book is War in Ukraine, co-authored with Nicholas Davies, and published by OR Books.
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