Shows: November 14, 2011

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Special: The State of the Left in Pakistan

The Pakistani Left

Mainstream media and U.S. politicians depict the political scene in Pakistan as dominated by "Talibanization" and the rise of extremism. But the progressive, labor and feminist movements of Pakistan tell a more complicated story. In a special episode tonight, we bring you snapshots of Pakistan's Left and the issues activists are confronting today.

In this one-hour special on Pakistan:

- Former Asia Pacific Forum collective member Amna Akbar talks with activists in Lahore and Karachi about the history and development of Pakistan's Left.

- Imran Khan, famous cricket player turned Pakistani politician, gives his take on Pakistanís youth and its desire for change, in a Columbia University speech.

- Karachi-based journalist Madiha Tahir and author Saadia Toor join us in the studio to assess the state of progressive politics. Toor's new book, The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, tells the story of Pakistan through the lens of the cultural Left, including the poetry and literature of the time.

The interviews include Farooq Tariq, spokesperson for the Labor and Education Foundation; Zohra Malkhani, a young feminist and leftist artist in Pakistan who has just started the Karachi Feminist Collective; Syeda Diep, an activist for religious minorities in Pakistan. We'll also play clips of a recent talk by Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan that he gave at Columbia University.


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State of Islam: Saadia Toor's New Book

Saadia Toor joins us in the studio to discuss her new book, State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan. The book tells the story of the Pakistani nation-state through the lens of the Cold War, and more recently the War on Terror, in order to shed light on the domestic and international processes behind the rise of militant Islam across the world.


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