Thursday, April 22, 2004

  • Saudi Woman Running for Office in U.S. On the Riyadh Bombing & the House of Saud

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    A day after a bomb killed up to nine in Riyadh, we speak to Ferial Masry of Los Angeles who is attempting to become the first Saudi native to hold elective office in the US. She is running for the California State Assembly. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Other War: A Look At the Role of Women in Post-9/11 Afghanistan

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    While much of the world’s attention focuses on Iraq, the people of Afghanistan, especially women, continue to suffer from President Bush’s other war. The liberation of Afghan women–one of the Bush administration’s stated reasons for overthrowing the Taliban — has failed. Insecurity, sexual violence and oppression continue to dominate life for women in Afghanistan. We talk to KPFK’s Sonali Kolhatkar

  • Voters in Inglewood, CA Reject Wal-Mart Superstore

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    This month a coalition of grassroots organizations in the city of Inglewood scored a historic victory against Wal-Mart, thwarting plans by the retail giant to build a giant "Supercenter" the size of seventeen football fields in the west of Los Angeles County. Construction of the Supercenter would have represented Wal-Mart’s first foray into the supermarket business in Los Angeles. [includes rush transcript]

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