Thursday, June 26, 2014

Earthwatch Commemorative Broadcast: Undercurrents 1989-1990

A special commemorative edition of Earthwatch featuring some historic broadcasts from Robert Knight.
The Not-Ready-For-Mainstream News
Dennis Bernstein and Robert Knight
In this commemorative broadcast of Earthwatch, we hear from Robert Knight through his work on Undercurrents in1989 and 1990.

The first segment includes a series of broadcasts on "The US Agenda - Conflicts in Central America", including a May 18, 1989 phone call from Manuel Noriega to WBAI, on the impending US invasion.

In the second segment, a series of Undercurrents reports on the Panama Invasion from January of 1990, including broadcasts of Robert Knight's interview of Manuel Noriega done on-site in Panama, Dennis Bernstein's interview of Congressman Charles Rangel, and an investigative report by Allan Nairn.

The third segment from January 8, 1990, features a report from Phyllis Bennis and an interview with Admiral Eugene Carroll on both Columbia and Panama.

Robert visited Panama in November and December of 1989. He received the Polk Award for his reporting in January of 1990. Robert Knight's ground-breaking work is featured in the 1992 documentary film The Panama Deception, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  The film is critical of the US military during the 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States. It includes footage of mass graves uncovered after the US troops had withdrawn, burned down neighborhoods, as well as depictions of some of the 20,000 refugees that fled the fighting.

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