Shows: June 12, 2007

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Pakistan--Revolt of the lawyers

Political Crisis in Pakistan

In Pakistan, a mass protest movement has emerged in the wake of president Pervez Musharraf’s March suspension of the country’s chief justice. This middle-class revolt, unexpectedly led by lawyers, has catalyzed secular and democratic frustration with the military regime. And in turn, the regime has cracked down on dissent, attacking journalists and targeting activists. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to proffer official support for Musharraf, though even some neo-conservatives are now calling for the U.S. to re-examine its support for the general, as the country heads toward fall elections. We talk to journalist BEENA SARWAR about the explosive situation.

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Pakistan's Military Industrial Complex

AYESHA SIDDIQA's new book, Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy, has caused a sensation in Pakistan, causing the respected scholar to leave the country in the wake of threats against her. Siddiqa is a longtime strategic analyst whose latest book details the way Pakistan's military leaders have created a vast business empire, including property development, airlines, construction companies, trucking companies, bakeries, even beauty parlors. In effect, Pakistan has a military economy, which serves the interest of the military elite and an entrenched class of cronies. Siddiqa spoke to us from London about her controversial book.

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National Asian American Theater Festival

We talk to TISA CHANG of the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre about the upcoming First National Asian American Theater Festival, which will bring together more than two dozen theater companies for two weeks of performances in New York. And we get a live performance of “speed plays” by two of the artists responsible for Edge of the World, a collaborative performance experiment playing at the fest.

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Stone Forest Ensemble: Live in the Studio

Listen to a live performance by STONE FOREST ENSEMBLE, an NYC band that layers political lyrics over the eclectic sounds of electric violin, cello, beat box, and various percussion instruments.

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Stone Forest Ensemble: A Freestyle Rap

Stone Forest Ensemble's Jie-Song Zhang asked APF's Amna Akbar to throw outs some words, and Amna chose immigration reform and blue. Then Jie-Song launched into a freestyle rap around those words--namechecking Asia Pacific Forum and WBAI along the way. Listen to the results!

This program is brought to you by Amna Akbar and Andrew Hsiao of the APF collective.

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