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Social Media Censored in Kashmir

On Kashmir Speaks on KPFA Mohammed Junaid, a Kashmiri anthropologist, discusses how the Indian authorities suppress social media in Kashmir. Mohammed Junaid goes on to discuss the impact of social media on the nonviolent independence movement in Kashmir. Then Naima Shalhoub, Oakland based singer and song writer, performs her song dedicated to the people of Kashmir. Naima Shalhoub discusses her inspiration for the song. Then a song by MC Kash.

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On Kashmir Speaks, independent film-maker Sanjay Kak discusses his most recent film: Jashn e Azadi (How we celebrate freedom). Sanjay Kak shot the documentary with a two-person crew in the most densely militarized land on earth. Sanjay Kak is also the editor of Until My Freedom Has Come: the new intifada in Kashmir, which will be released in the US in November 2012.

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Protests in Kashmir

On July’s Kashmir Speaks Khurram Parvez, human rights advocate, discusses some of the protests in Kashmir that took place in June. In addition he speaks about the former Indian Army official Avtar Singh murdering his wife and children and then committing suicide in California. Then Mohamad Junaid, Kashmiri anthropologist, discusses how living in such a densely militarized zone affects the psyches of people living in Kashmir.

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Update: After 277 days of being jailed in India, Waqar was released. Read the press release.

Kashmir Speaks on La Onda Bajita–June
According to the BBC, there are over 20,000 boys in Kashmir that are facing charges for protests. This is the case of Waqar a University student held since October 2011 for protesting in Kashmir. In a rare interview, his uncle speaks. In addition, Dr. Angana Chatterji discusses the conditions that are causing the huge spike in infant mortality in Kashmir.

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