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Author: Julia Gumbleton
Monday, November 10, 2003
This Friday morning, we have Palestinian academic and human rights campaigner Dr Hanan Ashrawi. She was awarded the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize last week amid a hail of criticism from some Jewish groups and Australian politicians. We broadcast the lecture she delivered prior to her acceptance in its entirety. Tune in!

Monday 10/11/2003 08:00-09:00PM

Just & unjust wars: From ancient Athens to 21st century America, the rhetoric is the same. When "the dogs of war" are set loose, there is a cascade of jingoistic platitudes and cliches. We want peace. When we fight a war, it is just. We are good. The enemy is evil. We are victims seeking justice. We are making the world safe for democracy. And if they were honest they'd add, "We are making the world safe for lexical and moral hypocrisy." Erasmus, the great 16th century philosopher monk, said of war, "There is nothing more wicked, more disastrous, more widely destructive, more loathsome." He then added that war was useful to a government for it enabled it to extend its power over citizens. Erasmus warned that "Once war has been declared then all the affairs of the State are at the mercy of the appetites of a few." Howard Zinn, professor emeritus of history at Boston University, is perhaps his country's premier radical historian. His masterpiece, A People's History of the United States, continues to sell in huge numbers. Among the many honors he has received are the Eugene Debs Award and the Upton Sinclair Award. His play Marx in Soho is being widely performed. He is also the author of The Future of History.

Tuesday 11/11/2003 10:00-10:30AM

Gossip journalism has been around for decades, but the coverage it receives in the media is continuing to increase. Public interest in the private lives of celebrities, Hollywood stars and even Bondi renovators seems insatiable. But is this obsession having a significant effect on how much real news we get, and can journalists find ways to avoid the pressure to be shallow.

Tuesday 11/11/2003 10:30PM-12:00AM

Trevor takes off! An eclectic mix with Trevor Parkee through the wide realms of funk and other afro music styles with the help of guest DJ's and friends to create a unique aural experience. Trevor is reputed to have one of the most remarkable collections of vinyl in Sydney.

Wednesday 12/11/2003 04:00-06:00PM

This week on Wednesday Drive we'll have Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward talking us through a new HREOC report into sexual harassment in the workplace. Also, Andrew Khedoori will be catching up with James Mercer from this week's feature artists The Shins.

Friday 14/11/2003 09:00-10:00AM

2003 Sydney Peace Prize Lecture: Last week Dr Hanan Ashrawi was awarded the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize amid a hail of criticism from some Jewish groups and Australian politicians. They argued she was not a supporter of peace, and that she did not denounce Palestinian terrorism. She was recognised by the Sydney Peace Prize jury for her commitment to human rights, to the peace process in the Middle East and for her courage in speaking against oppression and corruption. Dr Ashrawi is a Palestinian academic, human rights campaigner, spokesperson in the Madrid and Washington peace talks and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. She is the author of This Side of Peace: A Personal Account and founder and secretary general of MIFTAH, the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, and has been a passionate and consistent advocate for the Palestinian people, and for a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Dr Ashrawi delivered the Sydney Peace prize lecture last week, speaking about the path to peace for Palestine and Israel.

Friday 14/11/2003 10:30AM-12:00PM

This week on Battle Cat Sessions we have one of UK's hip-hop prim