This Week's Program: Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse welcomes ANDRE VLTCHEK back to “First Voices Radio” as his sole guest for the hour. Andre is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer who travels widely around the world reporting on the plight of oppressed peoples everywhere—including the world’s Indigenous peoples. Tiokasin and Andre start out the hour by discussing a recent, comprehensive report of Andre’s (Mira Lubis, co-author): “New Indonesian Capital in Borneo: From Rural Misery to Grody Dreams of Urban Glory,” https://www.globalresearch.ca/indonesian-borneo-rural-misery-urban-glory/5709933. The report focuses on the proposed move of the current Indonesian capital of Jakarta to the island of Borneo, a plan that is devastating this once beautiful island. Tiokasin and Andre talk about the history of colonialism in Indonesia and the current, tragic situation facing the Indigenous people and all the people of Borneo and the rest of Indonesia. These places are, as Tiokasin says, “Hidden and out of sight from us in the West.” Andre, an intrepid globetrotter, is currently grounded in Santiago, Chile due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He gives listeners his firsthand account of what the Indigenous peoples of Chile, Brazil and other places throughout Latin America are now facing during this time.

Guest Bio: ANDRE VLTCHEK is a revolutionary, internationalist and globetrotter who fights against Western Imperialism and the Western regime imposed on the world. He has covered dozens of war zones and conflicts from Iraq and Peru to Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Rwanda, Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Timor Leste. Andre has produced and directed several documentary films for the left-wing South American television network teleSUR. His films deal with diverse topics, from Turkey and Syria to Okinawa, Kenya, Egypt and Indonesia, but all of them are exposing effects of Western imperialism on the planet. Andre’s many books include: “Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism,” “The Great October Socialist Revolution: Impact on the World and Birth of Internationalism,” and “Exposing the Lies of the Empire.” Andre’s investigative works appear in countless publications worldwide. He frequently speaks at revolutionary meetings as well as at principal universities worldwide. More about Andre can be found at andrevltchek.weebly.com. He tweets @AndreVltchek. Support Andre’s important, ongoing work at https://bit.ly/3eHony3.