Women In Resistance: Kashmir and Palestine

Ather Zia

On International Women’s Day, Kashmiri and Palestinian women discuss their resistance to occupation. Kashmir and Palestine are both under vast military occupation. The Israeli government controls the movement of people and goods within Palestine. Kashmir is the most densely militarized land on earth. An estimated 70,000 Kashmiris have died as a result of the Indian occupation. On March 8, 2015 Salima Hamirani and Tara Dorabji were in conversation with Palestinian American educator Samia Showman, Rama Kased from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, and Kashmiri anthropologist Ather Zia, discussing how women in Kashmir and Palestine keep the resistance movement alive. Women in Resistance aired as part of KPFA’s special programming for International Women’s Day.

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The Paris Attacks, Racism and Islamophobia

Zahra Billoo the Executive Director of SF Bay Area CAIR

Zahra Billoo the Executive Director of SF Bay Area CAIR

Last week the Paris attacks struck the world, killing seventeen people and three gunmen. The attacks were against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, on a police officer, and at a kosher supermarket. There has been an explosive media response and spin on the coverage. Zahra Billoo, the Executive Director of the SF Bay Area Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), discusses the Paris attacks, the ensuing media frenzy and the rising wave of global racism against Muslims. This interview first aired on KPFA’s APEX Express.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Brings Nuclear Weapons Nations to Court

Castle Bravo atomic explosion in the Marshall Islands.

Castle Bravo atomic explosion in the Marshall Islands.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands brings the world’s nuclear giants, including the United States to court. The lawsuit makes the case that the nuclear nations have failed to fulfill their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, which was signed into law in 1970. Every year one hundred billion dollars is spent on nuclear weapon forces globally.

The US conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 1946 to 1958. These tests are equivalent to 1.7 Hiroshima bombs being exploded daily for 12 years. Health effects suffered by the Marshallese include the birth of jellyfish babies, children who were born without arms, or without heads, brains, but with a heart that beat. The lawsuit seeks no monetary compensation, but moves to compel the nuclear weapons nations to commence negotiations to achieve nuclear disarmament by 2020.

Listen to a conversation with Tony De Brum, the foreign minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Rick Wayman the Program Director at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. This interview first aired on KPFA’s APEX Express. Music is by F.O.B. Marshallese.

Dismantle

Elmaz and Tara talking about breaking hearts

Elmaz and Tara talking about breaking hearts

There are few things I love more than a live broadcast. On May 30, 2014, two of my favorite worlds came together for Dismantle’s Bay Area Release. KPFA’s La Onda Bajita radio broadcast the release of the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) writers workshop’s first anthology, Dismantle. VONA was conceived of as a revolution by and for writers of color. Over 2,000 writers of color participated in VONA and Dismantle features established and emerging writers.

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Salaam Love

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An interview with Ayesha Mattu, an editor of Salaam Love, an anthology of American Muslim Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy. Salaam Love brings together the true stories of 22 Muslim men, talking about love, betrayal, loyalty, faith and more, giving Muslim American Men a chance to share their stories in their own words. Contributor, Sam Pierstorff, joins the conversation. Sam is a Poet Laureate from CA and his publications include, Growing up in Someone Else’s Shoes.

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4,000 Infants Dead in Kashmir

Family mourns the death of their infant. Photo courtesy of the Global Press Institute.

Family mourns the death of their infant. Photo courtesy of the Global Press Institute.

In Kashmir, the babies are dying. Since 2008, over 4,000 babies have died in the government run children’s hospital—Govind Ballabh Pant. Despite numerous government investigations, a complete change in administration, and massive civilian protests—no one has gotten to the bottom of why these babies continue to die. Aliya Bashir, a senior multimedia reporter with the Global Press Institute based in Indian-Administered Kashmir, discusses her work, covering infant mortality in Kashmir. This segment first aired on KPFA’s La Onda Bajita.

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Shake Down the Stars

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Oakland based author Renee Swindle discusses her new novel, Shake Down the Stars. Renee is the author of Please, Please, Please an Essence Magazine best seller. Shake Down the Stars is set in Oakland and follows the life of Piper a feisty woman burying her grief in alcohol and one night stands. This interview first aired on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine.

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Women and Publishing

Click to see VIDA's count of women published in leading literary journals

Click to see VIDA’s count of women published in leading literary journals

Author Joy Castro is in conversation with Brooke Warner a publisher at She Writes Press about how the publishing industry largely silences female voices. Castro teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the author of several books including Island of Bones. Warner was the former Executive Editor at Seal Press. This interview first aired on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine.

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Kunan Poshpora Mass Rape Investigation in Kashmir

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UC Berkeley lecturer, Huma Dar, discusses the recent court decision that is forcing the police in Kashmir to reinvestigate the 22-year-old gang rape case that took place in Kunan Poshpora in the Kupwara district of Indian administered Kashmir. There have been no convictions to date—after 22 years the victims have again taken their plea back to the court which is requiring further investigation. This edition of Kashmir Speaks aired on KPFA’s La Onda Bajita. The segment features Rasheed Jahangir’s song, Mayi Chani Rawam Raat Doh.

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the Voices of Our Nation

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Voices of Our Nation, or VONA, is the nation’s only multi-genre conference for writers of color. VONA faculty Evelina Galang and Mat Johnson break down why they teach at VONA and discuss their journey as writers of color. VONA alumni, Melissa Rae Sipin and Vanessa Martir share their stories in first-time interviews.

Listen to Evelina and Melissa below. Music is by Ayesha Fukushima. This interview first aired on APEX Express

Listen to Mat and Vanessa below. This interview first aired on the Project Censored show