Hindu Extremists and US Students: Ties Exposed
This January, the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate released a report entitled: Unmistakably Sangh: The National Hindu Students Council and its Hindutva Agenda. The report exposes connections between the Hindu Students Council, a popular American student organization with chapters on many U.S. campuses, and right-wing Hindu extremist organizations in the US and India. Two universities have since taken action in response to the report. Campaign to Stop Funding Hate activist ASHWINI RAO joins us.
ASHWINI RAO is a collective member of The Campaign to Stop Funding Hate. The CSFH has initiated a petition urging members of Hindu Student Councils to change their relations to the national HSC because of its ties to extremist groups.
The China Syndrome: What's Driving the Defense Budget
President Bush's recently announced baseline military budget for 2009 is the largest one-year Pentagon request in real dollars since World War II. The budget calls for $515.4 billion—excluding spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But while the administration has said that these monies are needed to sustain the global war on terror, a close examination of the 2009 request shows that the costly weapons sought won't be used to fight insurgent bands or Third World armies. Instead, these weapon systems are designed for all-out combat with a military superpower—in other words, China. Leading defense analyst MICHAEL KLARE helps us break down the budget.
MICHAEL T. KLARE is the author of thirteen books, including Blood and Oil and Resource Wars. His latest book, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, is just out from Metropolitan Books. A regular contributor to Harper's, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense analyst for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst.
The Age of Dreaming: A Novel by Nina Revoyr
Jun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood, but by 1964, he finds himself living in obscurity--until a young writer tracks him down living in L.A. Nakayama's recounting of his rise to stardom opens up memories of sexism, anti-Asian prejudice, and the scandal that led to his retreat from the public eye. This is the setting for NINA REVOYR's historical noir, The Age of Dreaming. Revoyr talks to us and reads from her fascinating new novel.
NINA REVOYR was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, and grew up in Japan and the U.S. She is the author of two previous novels, The Necessary Hunger and Southland. The Age of Dreaming is published by Akashic Books. Revoyr lives and works in Los Angeles.
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