Thursday, May 29, 2008

  • Israel Bars One of its Most Prominent Critics, Norman Finkelstein, for Ten Years

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    Norman Finkelstein was arrested and deported from Israel last week and told he’s barred for ten years. Finkelstein is known as one of the most prominent academic critics of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We speak to Finkelstein and the human rights worker he was on his way to visit, Musa Abu Hashhash. [includes rush transcript]

  • Gore Vidal on the Kennedys and His 1960s Battle with the New York Times

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    With a career spanning more than six decades, Gore Vidal is one of America’s most respected writers and thinkers. He’s authored more than twenty novels and five plays. His latest book is Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir. [includes rush transcript]

  • 1968, 40 Years Later: Tariq Ali Looks Back on a Pivotal Year in Global Struggle for Social Justice

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    We continue our series "1968, Forty Years Later" with the political activist, novelist and historian, Tariq Ali. Back in the 1960s, with the Vietnam War at its height, Tariq Ali earned a national reputation through debates with figures like Henry Kissinger and then-British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart. He protested against the Vietnam War, led the now-infamous march on the American embassy in London in 1968, and edited the revolutionary paper Black Dwarf, where he became friends with numerous influential figures, such as Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Forty years later, Tariq Ali continues his lifelong struggle against U.S. foreign policy across the globe. [includes rush transcript]

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