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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

  • Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act Raises Fears of New Government Crackdown on Dissent

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    A little-noticed anti-terrorism bill quietly making its way through Congress is raising fears of a new affront on activism and constitutional rights. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act was passed in an overwhelming 400-to-6 House vote last month. Critics say it could herald a new government crackdown on dissident activity under the guise of fighting terrorism. [includes rush transcript]

  • "We Ask the World Not to Help Us"–Acclaimed Lebanese Composer, Singer Marcel Khalife on US interference in Lebanon, War, Censorship and Art

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    Marcel Khalife, world-renowned Lebanese composer, singer and oud player, joins us in our firehouse studio for an extended conversation on war, censorship, Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, US interference in his country, and much more. Khalife is a cultural icon of the Arab world and is sometimes referred to as the Bob Dylan of Lebanon. He has consistently opposed war, performed in bombed-out buildings during the Lebanese civil war, and passionately defended the rights of Palestinians. In 2005 he was named UNESCO’s Artist for Peace. [includes rush transcript]