Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya on NATO war crimes in Libya

On December 29, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt first read his essay "A theory of chronic pain" and then interviewed Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya (Associate at Global Research and graduate student, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, Canada) about his independent journalism in Libya.

This interview gives a true sense of the war on the ground in Libya and explains (the tactical reasons for) the war crimes perpetrated by NATO and its hired thugs.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dr. Aalya Ahmad and activist Hugh about Occupy Ottawa

On December 22, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed CUPW staffer, journalist and Carleton University sessional lecturer Dr. Aalya Ahmad and tent-sleeping activist Hugh about Occupy Ottawa. The discussion was live in-studio.

Red-flag communists, safe-place zealots, Nazis, old-school feminists, white-skin privilege, class oppression, public-park-laboratory, police intervention...

Aalya's article about safe-space zeolots

Aalya's articles

Occupy Ottawa press release Youtube

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Against Industrial Wind Power: It's a war...

On December 15, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed two prominent members of the political resistance to industrial wind power in Ontario: Jane Wilson and Dan Scharf.

Both guests are authors of chapters in the new book edited by Jane: "Dirty Business - The reality of Ontario's rush to wind power". Jane is a registered nurse, editor and award-winning writer. She is a member of the North Gower Wind Action Group. Dan has a degree in statistics and computer science and experience in product marketing, sales management, and risk management.

"This is a war between rural residents, landowners, and municipalities on one side and corporations, the provincial government, and environmental NGOs on the other. It is a war fought around a host of conflicting issues -- bird kills, coal plants, nuclear safety, wind turbine footprints, subsidies, energy strategy, property rights, and political agendas. It is a war..." (Dan Scharf in "Dirty Business")

Monday, December 12, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Activist and philosophy professor Steve Best on animal liberation and on human-animal nature

On December 8, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed activist and philosophy professor Steve Best (El Paso University, USA) live from studio by phone about his work supporting animal liberation.

Dr. Best described the consequences he has suffered for practicing his academic freedom in his analysis of and participation in the international animal liberation movement. He described his personal transformation starting in 1987 after reading the 1975 book "Animal Liberation" by fellow philosopher Peter Singer, leading to his co-authored 2001 book "Terrorist of Freedom Fighter? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals". Dr. Best is a vocal supporter of the direct-action non-violent tactics of the Animal Liberation Front.

(A technical difficulty resulted in persistent popping sound in the recording. If any listeners happened to record the entire show in a clean and usable format, please contact me so we can upload a clear recording.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

David Burton on civil liberties and police conduct

On December 1, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed David Burton, Board Member, Civil Liberties Association (Ottawa), in-studio about civil liberties, atheism, police accountability and oversight, police culture, and police conduct.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dr. Ajamu Nangwaya on race analysis in union and power politics

On November 24, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed social scientist Dr. Ajamu Nangwaya about his work analyzing racism in union organizations and race attitudes within the class structures in North America.

The discussion included a critique of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the welfare state as an accommodation to capitalism, the radical way to labour self-management, white supremacy as a barrier to progressive aims, resistance cooptation impact on race solidarity, the need for free expression in the public arena -- even racist or homophobic speech, criminal gangs versus Black Panthers in establishment's response, Obama's racism, and more.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Crown, government and police malicious prosecution of Terry Stavnyck

(Example of artist Terry Stavnyck's photography.)

On November 17, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Ottawa artist and social justice activist Terry Stavnyck live-in-studio about the malicious prosecution by the Crown, government and police against him.

This is an update about the on-going bogus criminal trial (alleged assault of a muscle-bound parliamentary security police twice his weight; while being arbitrarily targeted and brutalized by said victim) against 122-bound multiple-sclerosis-afflicted Terry Stavnick -- a shameful display of "justice" being perpetrated in Canada's capital.

See all Train reports about Terry Stavnyck HERE.

Consider attending the next trial sessions:
"Regina v. Stavnyck"
November 22nd and 23rd, 10am start
161 Elgin Street courthouse
Ask at criminal proceedings counter for room number.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Carleton U police arrests of pro-life students lawsuit

On November 10, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed student-plaintiff Ruth (Lobo) Shaw (by phone, Vancouver) and her counsel Albertos Polizogopoulos (in-studio) about their lawsuit against Carleton University.

Ruth Lobo is a former Lifeline President. Carleton Lifeline is the pro-life club at Carleton University. Her major was Human Rights. Albertos Polizogopoulus is with Vincent-Dagenais-Gibson law firm.

The pro-life students were arrested hand-cuffed and hauled-off for their public expression on campus. Echos of the Berkeley free speech movement... Stunningly, as was the case in the Berkeley movement of the 1960s, the student union sided with the administration. History repeats itself.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dr. Benoit Awazi on the African Crisis

On November 3, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Dr. Benoit Awazi, President of the "Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Black African Communities and Diaspora" (translated from French) about the re-emergent colonialism in Africa, the Africa Crisis, Muammar Caddafi's murder, elite intellectual dishonesty, the recent Ivory Cost war crime of France, the collapse of intelligence, the intimidation of Greece, and much more.

Dr. Awazi is the author of several critical books about the Africa Crisis. We contrasted Dr. Awazi's criticisms with the criminal sham that is the "R2P" doctrine shamelessly promoted by U of O president Allan Rock, among others. History will expose these false-justifications for global colonialist interventionism.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dr. Steven E. Noble on queer theory and education

On October 27, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Dr. Steven E. Noble, Educator, Researcher, Councellor, and former professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.

This is what applied critical pedagogy, inspired by queer theory and critical disability theory, looks like in Dr. Noble's class room -- until he was fired in reprisal for filing a grievance to contest breaches of his contract. And that's what the University of Ottawa looks like.

Dr. Noble is also informed by his community work with addicted youth in the Downtown East Side, Vancouver, by his work with "mental illness" patients, and by his experience with government and public institutions.

Hazel Gashoka on Ottawa police brutality and racism in U of O student politics

On October 20, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed student activist, 4th-year psychology major and U of O Senate member Hazel Gashoka, live in-studio.

Unfortunately, the sound track was lost due to technical problems.

Ms. Gashoka described her 2003 violent and racist encounter with the Ottawa Police, from her first days as a 1st-year student on the U of O campus. Ms. Gashoka reported that she was pushed to the ground for no apparent reason by one of Ottawa's finest. When she protested, she was hauled off in cuffs into a dark holding truck, told to urinate on herself, and then dumped into a cold holding cell on a steel plate to spend the night, without ever being charged. Her recommended music for the theme was "Fuck the Police" by N.W.A.

Ms. Gashoka went on to describe:
  • the inherent racism of the white U of O student union (SFUO) in its paternalistic management of Black History Month campus organizing,
  • the SFUO's absurd stance in eliminating the Student Arbitration Committee - its constitutional independent judiciary arm - under the pretext of increasing "democratic representation", and
  • the zoo that is the Senate of the University of Ottawa, chaired by president Allan Rock.

We apologize for not being able to provide this sound track for this interview.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

"Mise en Demeure" Quebec radical anarchist alternative urban Montreal scene music

On October 13, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt went solo:
Host Rancourt tried to "translate" some of the titles and lyrics... and described the dumster-diving and police-violence-abused scene that has given rise to the penetrating expression of Mise en Demeure.

October 6th show cancelled

The October 6th (2011) production of The Train was CANCELED due to unforeseen circumstances.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Teacher Mike Kaulbars and student Jess Menard on pacifism and diversity of tactics

On September 29, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Mike Kaulbars (long-time activist, producer of the "Politics of Resistance" course) and Jess Menard (local activist, Carleton U student) about non-violent resistance, activist tactics, and criticisms of the End Civ film by Frank Lopez and black bloc tactics...

Duff Conacher on the problem with "democracy"

On September 22, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Duff Conacher, Founder and Board Member of Democracy Watch, by phone from Toronto.

The interview was a broad-based discussion about the main systemic and structural problems with Canadian "democracy", with some focus on the upcoming Ontario election.

The macro-level and most damaging problem is the lap-dog culture of Members of Parliament (MPs) who are dependent on party leaders for their jobs (and pensions) and who agree to be servile to the leaders rather than independent thinkers who work for their constituents without compromise.

But there are way more problems than that... We need our establishment/government watch dogs to be like Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Professor Maximilian Forte on Eurocentric geopolitics and NATO crimes

On September 15, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Dr. Maximilian Forte, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, about his criticisms of the UN Security Council, NATO, "R2P" doctrine, war crimes in Lybia, and more.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Adbusters Senior Editor Micah White on riots and revolution

On September 8, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Adbusters magazine Senior Editor Micah White about his work, riots and revolution.

White cites Foucault in a piece entitled "Is rioting revolutionary?" How would Foucault react to today's gutless left?

Friday, September 2, 2011

MD psychotherapist and author Susan Rosenthal on health in a dominance hierarchy

On September 1, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed MD psychotherapist and author Susan Rosenthal by phone from the Greater Toronto Area about health in our capitalist system.

Class struggle, medicalization of human emotional reactions, class struggle, sense of threat reaction, anger as natural reaction, class struggle, professional poison, anger as the emotion of justice, class struggle, "Be the change" as sick slogan, rat race, hurtful language, and much more...

Crazy clip played during the show:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Conversation with Peter Laux on global warming

On August 25, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa, Canada) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Peter Laux in Melbourne, Australia, by phone.

Peter Laux is a train driver (engineer) who has contributed to The Train previously, here. He is the author of the "$10k climate challenge", here: He has signed a legal undertaking that he will pay $10 thousand Australian dollars to anyone who can provide
"a conclusive argument based on empirical facts that increasing atmospheric CO2 from fossil fuel burning drives global climate warming."
The radio discussion started with physicist Rancourt explaining basic climate physics to discern the crap from a clear picture of the relevant planetary radiation balance and moved into a societal and class analysis of global warming preoccupations.

The climate physics paper cited is THIS ONE.
The Guardian article about Martians is HERE.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lia Tarachansky on the on-going mass civil protests in Israel

How can the North American mainstream media not cover this?!

On August 18, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed The Real News video-journalist Lia Tarachansky by phone in Israel about her investigative reports on the on-going massive civil unrest and tent cities in Israel.

Fascinating and needed current affairs overview about Israel.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

M.A. student Joshua Blakeney on 911 research and Israel

On August 11, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed University of Lethbridge (Canada) graduate student Joshua Blakeney on his M.A. thesis research about 911 scholarship.

Joshua Blakeney is a well known "truther", a student of the oppression of Palestine by Israel, and a staff writer with Veterans Today.

Main underlying 911-related themes were the war on terror as an instrument of political manipulation and the strategic goals of Israel in the Middle East.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Racism and John Akpata on Ottawa police misbehaviour

On August 4, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa) The Train's Denis Rancourt read an introductory essay about the theory and practice of racism in society before interviewing spoken word artist and politician (Marijuana Party of Canada) John Akpata on the topic of police misbehaviour in Ottawa, Canada's capital.

John explained how citizens can participate to make police accountable. He also described his recent conflict with police (reported by the national media) over his constitutional right to not let a cop take his cell phone using the sole pretext that it contains witness evidence.

John mentioned these two key resources:

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sakura Saunders on mining colonialism and freedom radio activism

On July 28, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa (Canada) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Sakura Saunders by phone from Toronto.

The themes were Canadian mining crimes in the world, blood money paths from Canadian mining, and community radio activism in communities affected by mining colonialism.

The keynote characteristics of a Canadian mining "operation" are: (1) Corruption, (2) living environment destruction, and (3) repressive militarization. For background information see

Get involved suggested link:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tel Aviv University senior lecturer Anat Matar on Israel's political prisoners

On July 21, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed senior lecturer of philosophy and political activist Anat Matar by phone from Israel.

We explored "Who Profits" from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Israel's grotesque system of political prisoners and their judicial treatments, and the origins of the societal pathology of Israel's Zionism.

Cited book: Threat - Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hilla Dayan in Amsterdam on Israel's Knesset madness

On July 14, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa, Canada, The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Hilla Dayan by phone to Amsterdam to talk about Israel and her activism for Palestinian justice.

Hilla Dayan is an International Relations Policy Advisor of the Coalition of Women for Peace (Israel).

"Hilla Dayan teaches International Comparative Democracy and International Relations Theory and Practice at Amsterdam University College. She studied comparative and English literature at Tel Aviv University in Israel, and completed her graduate studies in the United States, obtaining an MA in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D in political sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York."

A main topic was the Israel Knesset's passing of a boycott prohibition law on July 11, 2011. We also covered the psychology of widespread Jewish hysterical victim-hood arising from systemic indoctrination, the need for world citizens to choose a side in the occupation of Palestine, genocides as a feature of "democracies", Hilla's personal development, and more...

Related blog post article by the host:
On "speaking truth to power" and US Zionism

Friday, July 8, 2011

Professor Richard Lindzen on global warming science

On July 7, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Professor Richard Lindzen (Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT) on the broad question of the practice of global warming science.

Why would a warming even as large as 5 degrees C be of concern?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert on the physics of global warming

On June 30, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed Raymond Pierrehumbert, Louis Block Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago. Professor Pierrehumbert is an internationally recognized expert on the physics of global warming.

After introductions and (dis)agreeing on some basics, get ready for a heated (so to speak) debate between the two Ph.D. physicists having different perspectives. It becomes clear that climate physics is not apolitical, at least not between these two...

One music break is beautiful accordion music arranged and played by Professor Pierrehumbert.

Cited publications:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Denis Rancourt on Left ideological control-indoctrination

On June 23, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM The Train's Denis Rancourt went solo in a critique of "critical race theory", including select readings and music to accompany the developing theme.

Word policing... SFUO student union... Ann Coulter... calculus... recycling cult... discourse... anti-oppression as oppression... groupthink... opinion mobbing... hate speech... personal agency... political reform vs freedom of inquiry... Golden Rule of institutional preservation...

"War is bad and love is really good..."
-- hummm

Related article:
USA academic freedom scholarship as a measure of corporate fascism

Books cited: "Politics by Other Means" by David Bromwich

Music links: 111111, 22222, 33333, 44444, 55555.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Barbara Todish -- Banned from academia and from her professional associations for her honesty about the human condition

On June 16, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed teacher and performing artist Barbara Todish based in Newark, NJ; by phone about her banishment from academia and from her professional associations for being honest and real.

Barbara is an eclectic original, a Freirian educator, a criminology researcher, a certified performing artist, a stand up comic, a survivor of economic apartheid, and a former prostitute (for three months).

This is an interview you do not want to miss.

DR: What is one key thing you learned from being a prostitute in that three-month period?
BT: Well... I learned I could enjoy sex... (explained in the interview).

Cited articles:
"Love Is Only Practice for Absolute Meaning"
"Just trying to attract attention?"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Secret Trial 5 documentary film project and update on CSIS madness

On June 9, 2011, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa, Canada) The Train's Denis Rancourt interviewed film makers Noah Bingham (Producer) and Amar Wala (Co-Producer, Director) of the new documentary film project: The Secret Trial 5.

Crazy stuff. Difficult to not conclude that Canada is a pseudo-democratic dictatorship bent on aggressive ideological targeting of Muslim men, with barely a pretence of due process.

This was followed by an interview with Christian Leger, spokesperson for the Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee. "Canadian justice" is starting to resonant more and more as an oxymoron...