Monday, September 13, 2010

  • Tariq Ramadan Debates Moustafa Bayoumi on Proposed Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

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    On the ninth anniversary of 9/11, thousands take to the streets of Lower Manhattan for and against the plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero. We host a different kind of debate. Tariq Ramadan, one the world’s most renowned Muslim scholars who was barred from entering the United States for six years under the Bush administration, says it should be built elsewhere. He debates Mustafa Bayoumi, an associate professor at Brooklyn College and author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America. [includes rush transcript]

  • Activists Go on Trial in Nevada for Protesting Obama Admin Drone Program

    Drone

    This week marks the beginning of a trial for fourteen antiwar activists who held a ten-day vigil outside the Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada last year. The base is one of several homes of the American military’s aerial drone program in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The activists were charged with criminal trespassing for entering the base with a letter describing their opposition to the drone program. [includes rush transcript]

  • "This Is the Worst Catastrophe to Hit Any State Since Biblical Times"–Just Back from Pakistan, Feryal Ali Gauhar Describes the Suffering from the Flood

    Pak

    It’s been over a month since the floods began in Pakistan. Although the water has receded in many areas, there are still towns and villages that remain submerged. Some 21 million people have been displaced from their homes, and many have been forced to live outside their villages in camps or alone on roadsides. We speak with Pakistani actress, filmmaker, writer and human rights activist, Feryal Ali Gauhar. [includes rush transcript]

  • While Gingrich Says Obama Acts "Kenyan, Anti-Colonial," What Does a Real Kenyan Anti-Colonialist Think? A Conversation with Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o

    Ngugi

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is coming under fire from many Democrats for saying one needs to turn to "Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior" in order to understand President Obama. We turn to a recent interview with a real Kenyan anti-colonialist: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, a world-renowned novelist, playwright and literary critic, and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. [includes rush transcript]

  • Kenyan Father, White American Mother, from Illinois & Went to Harvard: President Obama? No, It’s Guitarist Tom Morello

    Morello

    Guitarist Tom Morello, whose great uncle was Kenya’s first prime minister, Jomo Kenyatta, talks about the similarities between his background and President Obama’s. "Other than the fact that we’re devastatingly handsome, half-black dudes with Kenyan fathers, white American mothers, from Illinois, who both went to Harvard, there’s very little in common between us." [includes rush transcript]