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.
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, 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.
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.
In conversation with Laila El Haddad, journalist, social activist, mother and author of Gaza Mom, a book on Palestine, politics, parenting and everything in between.
March 11, 2015 marked the four-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, which caused the meltdown of nuclear reactors. We speak with Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of Green Action Japan about the continued contamination and cover-up in Fukushima. This interview first aired on APEX Express.
On APEX Express we speak with Leslee Udwin, the director of India’s Daughter, a new documentary of the 2012 brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Dehli bus who died from the injuries caused from the assault. The film sparked massive debate: India banned it and many feminists critique the work. Padmalatha Ravi, Indian film maker and journalist, discusses her response within the context of India’s feminist movement. We also speak with the film director, Leslee Udwin, about her experience inside the jails, speaking with convicted rapists.
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.
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 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.