Thursday, June 10, 2004

  • Kurdish Political Prisoner Leyla Zana Released After a Decade in Jail


    Kurdish leader Leyla Zana was released yesterday after spending 10 years in a Turkish jail for daring to speak Kurdish and wear the Kurdish colors in the ribbons in her headband in Parliament. We play the historic addresses of Leyla Zana speaking in parliament and defending herself at her trial and go to Turkey for a report from activists on the ground. [Includes transcript]

  • Ghost Wars: How Reagan Armed the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan


    During Reagan’s 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported jihad against the Soviet Union. We take a look at America’s role in Afghanistan that led to the rise of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. [Includes transcript]

  • Remembering Reagan’s Invasion of Grenada


    We take a look at the 1983 U.S.-invasion of Grenada that led to the installation of a pro-American government to replace the former rule of the leftist President Maurice Bishop. We speak with Bishop’s former Press Secretary Don Rojas, who was deported from Grenada by the U.S. military. [Includes transcript]

  • Ignoring AIDS: The Reagan Years


    We take a look at the Reagan administration blatant refusal to deal with the issue of AIDS while thousands of Americans were dying from the disease. We speak with Andy Humm of Gay USA who confronted Reagan in 1987 when he first addressed the issue near the end of his second term. [Includes transcript]

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