Shows: September 19, 2006

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Photo: Sakchai Lalit - Associated Press

The Coup in Thailand

Today, after months of nationwide unrest and calls for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's resignation, Thailand's army has launched a coup, declaring martial law and revoking the constitution. The fate of PM Shinawatra, who is in the U.S. for address before the UN General Assembly, is unclear. KEVIN HEWISON, director of the Carolina Asia Center, will comment on Shinawatra's record and what his ousting may mean for Thailand's democracy in the coming weeks.

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Vietnamese Americans Demand Release of Cong Thanh Do

TOAN DO, a U.S.-based journalist originally from Vietnam, will discuss the recent arrest of anti-government activist and U.S. citizen CONG THANH DO in Vietnam, and on the U.S.-based campaign around him seeking his release. Ahead of President Bush's upcoming trip to Vietnam in November, supporters of Do have sought to pressure the U.S. government to link trade policy with Vietnam with the release of Do and other rights-based issues.

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Our Rights, Five Years after 9/11

Activists and attorneys reflect on the state of our civil rights and civil liberties: How can we judge and contest the effectiveness of "counter-terrorism" tools that in practice, single out minority communities? How significant a legal victory is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld given current proposals in Congress to bend the Geneva Conventions? We'll be joined by attorneys SOHAIL MOHAMMED and KHURRUM WAHID—expert panelists from Saturday's Muslim Bar Association of NY panel, "FIVE YEARS LATER: Protecting Civil Liberties and National Security after 9/11 ."

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Samita Sinha on the Fusion Project KAASH

We'll be joined by SAMITA SINHA, a local artist trained in piano, and classical South Asian music. Sinha will talk to us about her fusion project KAASH, playing two upcoming shows in New York this week, and spin tracks from their debut album. We'll talk to her about what she calls her "vocal and compositional style drawing from the various musical and linguistic idioms she knows (Hindi, Urdu, Braj, Mandarin, English, and vocal sound painting)."

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