Shows: March 28, 2011

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by Roberland Borges

Imagined Wars: Videogame Invasions of The 'Homefront'

New York City subways have been plastered with posters showing an all-American hostage, his face covered by a thick red band and menacing red star. They promote the new videogame Homefront, which imagines the U.S. suffering a “savage occupation” by a united Korea. It’s the latest videogame mimicking American military and foreign policy anxieties. We'll talk to R.A. VILLANUEVA about Homefront and contemporary gaming culture’s obsession with war and all-American resistance.

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Libya: Politics of Solidarity

We’re entering the second week of a U.S.-led military operation in Libya, under the guise of humanitarian mission. NATO is expected to take over enforcement of the no-fly zone, with recent reports suggesting that the rebel forces are on the brink of taking over Muammar Gaddafi's hometown, Sirte, the gateway to Western Libya. We'll talk to journalist and historian VIJAY PRASHAD about the politics of solidarity with and developments in Libya.

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Killer Drones: Counting the Human Costs

Drones, according to the news, hunt and kill terrorists, but not anyone else. News stories depict a U.S. shadow war in Pakistan fought with unimaginably precise and accurate unmanned planes. But are the human costs as low as the news reports say? We speak with MADIHA TAHIR, a journalist based in Karachi, about what she calls the “illusion of information” on killer drones.

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