Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN


Human Rights Activist, Khurram Parvez, was detained on September 16, 2016 on his way to the 33rd UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva to brief UN bodies, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and foreign governments on the atrocities committed by Indian state forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Khurram’s arrests comes amidst widespread protests that started in July, in which 82 civilians have been killed and 11,000 wounded. Khurram Parvez, who was en route to brief the UN on human rights violations in Kashmir, is currently being detained under the Public Safety Act. We discuss the campaign to Free Khurram with Ather Zia, Kashmiri scholar and human rights advocate.  And we hear a 2011 interview with Khurram Parvez. This interview first aired on KPFA’s APEX Express.



Surveillance in America

A conversation about surveillance targeting Brown people in America – first, Dr. Hatem Bazian discusses the Department of Homeland Security’s new “Shared Responsibility Committees,” which bring the FBI and local law enforcement together with mental health and other city and school programs and social workers to report on suspicious behavior. Then, we speak with Hasan Elahi, an interdisciplinary artist whose was profiled by the FBI and created artwork from the surveillance experience. Hasan’s work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and borders and frontiers. This conversation first aired on APEX Express.

The image is of a collection of snapshots Hasan Elahi took of his daily life on view at the Open Society Foundation (all images courtesy Hasan Elahi)

Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?

A conversation with Essar Batool, co author of the book, Do you remember Kunanposhpora? Essar Batool works to develop leadership among young women and volunteers with Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, documenting human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been over 60,000 cases of documented cases of torture in Indian administered Kashmir. Kuman and Poshpora are twin villages in Indian administered Kashmir. In 1991, 31 women were gang raped by the 4th Rajpuntana Rifles regiment of the Indian Army. No conviction have been made, despite survivors launching a new case in 2013. Do you remember Kunanposhpora? documents the stories, the horrors and the dignity of these women as they search for justice. This interview first aired on APEX Express, KPFA.

Zika Virus and Reproductive Rights

Recently, the World Health Organization declared Zika virus a global emergency. Most cases of the mosquito-borne virus have occurred in Central and South America. Zika virus is believed to be linked to microcephaly in pregnant women, a condition where babies are born with small heads and often have neurological disorders. A group of Argentinian doctors believe that increased microcephaly in Brazil is not from Zika virus, but from a Larvicide manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical. Recently, the government of El Salvador issued a recommendation that women not become pregnant until 2018 to control the increase of microcephaly. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador and access to birth control is extremely limited. We discuss the implications with Suyapa Portillo, assistant professor of Chicana studies at Pitzer College.



Justin Chin Tribute


Justin Chin, an award winning San Francisco based poet, died the day before Christmas at age 46. On APEX Express, we pay tribute to Justin Chin. In a world of very smart people, Justin was often the smartest.  His style was vicious, wounded, cynical, and mournful, and he was among the the great poets.  There are few gnarled fangs left in this toothless world.  Few had a bite like Justin Chin. We are in conversation with Kirk Read and Philip Huang. This first aired on APEX Express.


NYC Teacher Fired After Lesson on Central Park 5

On APEX we chat with Jeena Lee Walker, a former High School teacher at the School of the Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, who was fired after administrators stated that her curriculum about the Brooklyn Five could “rile up black students” and potentially lead to “riots.” Jeena Lee Walker created a unit that featured a documentary about how the 5 young men of color dubbed the Central Park 5 were wrongfully sentenced and convicted for a rape they did not commit. Jeena Lee Walker recently filed a case in Manhattan Federal Court, against the Department of Education and several school administrators. Check out the conversation that aired on APEX Express.



Curry Remixed

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The woman next to me at the Vietnamese stand sent her food back because there was no curry powder in the curry. I wanted to say, I never put curry powder in my curry. I know nothing about making Vietnamese curry. In my curry, I use fresh garlic and ginger, cumin powder, and a dash of cinnamon. Curry powder in curry reminds me of college, where we used potent spices to overpower college budget food—pasta bought on Safeway sale, yellow kale, ramen noodles, and canned tomatoes. I almost told the woman about how I learned to cook curry from my mother who recorded the recipe from my grandmother. I wanted to explain that how I feel influences the way I cook, unlike my mother who follows the recipe with measured precision. But I didn’t say any of this. I sipped my pho enjoying the lime and cilantro—the perfect blend.

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How Palestinian Women Defy Israel’s Occupation


From mothering a child to mourning one, three women share stories of steadfastness and resistance.

Susan Rahman, Tara Dorabji |

Lidia Rimawi wanted a son. But her husband is a political prisoner, serving a 25-year sentence in an Israeli prison, and will be 50 before he’s released.

So she did the only thing she could think of under the circumstances: She smuggled his sperm out of the prison.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lidia lives in Beit Rima outside the village of Nabih Saleh in the occupied West Bank. It is the site of regular Friday vigils and Lidia sometimes brings her son, a round-faced boy with a shock of black hair. For her family, the birth of Majd and his daily growth is an act of liberation. Despite the odds, Lidia’s family continues to grow.

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