Special Fundraiser: CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare
While the mainstream media fails to protest the expansion of secret drone strikes across the globe, APF hosts leading activist Medea Benjamin. Her new book "Drone Warfare: Targeting by Remote Control" describes the toll of drones on local communities and drone operators themselves, as private companies reap the financial benefits of the expanding war.
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Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years. Described as "one of America’s most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and called "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement. In 2005 she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.
Drone Installation in Central Park, Oct 15, 2010
Drones are a vicious fact of life in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But much of the US public is completely unaware of them.
As an act of protest, on Friday, October 15, 2010 Zohra Ahmed installed a life-sized styrofoam and plaster drone near the S.W entrance of Central Park (Merchant's Gate), near Columbus Circle.
The drone was modeled after one of the models relied upon by the US to launch missiles into Pakistan through these unmanned drones.
We will play you the interview that we did with Zohra Ahmed, on that occasion.
Zohra Ahmed is a law student, artist, and member of the Pakistan Solidarity Network.
Killer Drones: The Human Cost
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 will replay an interview we had with MADIHA TAHIR, a journalist based in Karachi, about what she calls the “illusion of information” on killer drones.
Madiha R. Tahir is multimedia and print freelance journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Herald (Pakistan), The Friday Times, as well as on Democracy Now!, PRI’s The World, Global Post and other outlets. Tahir is fluent in Urdu and Hindi and has a basic knowledge of Arabic. She holds a masters degree in Near Eastern Studies from NYU and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
The war in Afghanistan and Pakistan: 11 years on
Finally, to place the entire issue of drones in context, we will bring you an earlier discussion about the broad backdrop of the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Eleven years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, and years into the U.S.'s
military campaigns in Pakistan, we'll discuss the toll these wars have taken, why they remain under the radar in American public consciousness and the mainstream media, and what we can anticipate going forward.
A member of the faculty of law at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, JUNAID S. AHMAD has written for Left Turn Magazine on Pakistan and Islam. He is a member of the Peoples Rights Movement (www.prmpakistan.org), a progressive political confederation of social movements committed to structural changes in the Pakistani state, widespread social change, and a fundamental reconfiguration of the global relations of power; the President of National Muslim Law Students Association (www.nmlsa.org); and a longtime activist on issues related to corporate-led globalization, HIV/AIDS, gender justice, militarism and war, and Palestine.
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