July 3, 2009
By Deborah Dupre
Blase Bonpane is “the most underrated humanist of the past decade.” ~ Los Angeles Weekly
Bonpane worked on the ground for peace in many countries where U.S. policy is in question. He worked in Latin America, Cuba and Iraq. He led fact-finding delegations to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cuba and more recently to Chiapas and Colombia
Numerous awards have been given to Bonbpane in recognition of his commitment to peace and social justice. He has received several from the American Civil Liberties Union and a Certificate of Commendation for his pursuit of peace in Central America by the City of Los Angeles.
Bonpane is author of two books. Guerrillas of Peace on the Air (South End Press), stems from his experience as a Maryknoll priest in Guatemala during the 1960s. He was expelled from that country for his efforts on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. He is credited for initiating the historic dialog in Latin America between Christianity and Marxism.
The most recent of Bobpane’s books, Common Sense for the 21st Century (Red Hen Press) is compilation of his powerful radio commentaries broadcast over national and international radio.
Among numerous other humanitarian activities, Bonpane hosts radio program “World Focus” in Los Angeles on Pacifica network station KPFK.
This Sunday, Bonpane’s two guests are:
Dr. Juan Almandares, Executive Director of the Centre for the Prevention, Rehabilitation and Treatment of Victims of Torture in Honduras will address torture issues.
Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserves Colonel, former U.S. Diplomat, and Shae Popovich, Associate Director, OOA will speak about their peace delegation to Gaza.
Learn More: World Focus airs Sunday mornings, 10:00am to 11:00am. Listen to the live broadcast at 90.7 FM Los Angeles and 98.7 FM Santa Barbara. World Focus is automatically archived on the KPFK website, under “audio archives.”