Wednesday, November 26, 2008

  • As Obama Considers Napolitano for Homeland Security Chief, a Look at Her Immigration Policies as Arizona Governor

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    President-elect Barack Obama is on track to name Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary. Napolitano is a two-term governor, as well as a former US attorney and state attorney general for Arizona. She was the first governor to call for National Guard troops to secure the US-Mexico border. We take a look at her immigration policies with Aarti Shahani, a researcher with Justice Strategies. [includes rush transcript]

  • Poet and Anti-Apartheid Activist Breyten Breytenbach on South Africa’s "Failed Revolution"

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    We speak with exiled South African poet, writer, painter and outspoken activist for justice, Breyten Breytenbach. He was jailed for more than seven years under the apartheid regime, during which he wrote perhaps his most famous book, The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist. His brother was the head of the special forces in South Africa. Breytenbach has written a new article for Harper’s magazine titled "Mandela’s Smile: Notes on South Africa’s Failed Revolution." [includes rush transcript]

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