U.S.-India Nuclear Deal: Behind the News
One of the last acts of the late, not-much-lamented 109th Congress was the passage of landmark legislation ending a 30-year ban on U.S. nuclear commerce with India, which has never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The pact was pushed by the Bush administration and the government of Manmohan Singh, and was quickly signed by Bush just before the holidays. Now the deal has come under fire in India, especially from the Right. Meanwhile, some of the sharpest progressive critics in both countries say the criticisms miss the most troubling aspects entirely. We’ll be joined by our longtime friend VIJAY PRASHAD, who will help us unpack this underreported story.
VIJAY PRASHAD is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and professor and director of international studies at Trinity College, Connecticut. He is the author of the forthcoming The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New Press, 2007).
Immigration 2007: Raids and Reform?
In mid-December, raids at six Swift & Co. meatpacking plants led to the detention and busing away of some 1300 predominantly Latino workers—the largest workplace immigration raid in U.S. history. Immigrant advocates responded to the heavy-handed enforcement actions with renewed demands for a legalization program. For others, the raids only underlined the need for even stricter workplace databasing and enforcement of laws regulating immigrants—some say through temporary guestworker programs. Meanwhile, leading senators said they would debate immigration legislation in the new Congress. Veteran labor and immigration journalist DAVID BACON explains the meaning of the raids, and the likelihood that workers’ rights will be safeguarded in any legislation.
DAVID BACON is a former factory worker and union organizer. He is an associate editor for New America Media and a California-based photojournalist. His latest book, Communities Without Borders (Cornell University Press, 2006) documents immigrant communities, including those employed in the Swift plant in Omaha.
Impounded: Dorothea Lange’s Censored Images of Internment
When the U.S. government sent more than 100,000 Japanese Americans to makeshift concentration camps during World War II, it hired the great photographer Dorothea Lange, whose Depression-era pictures are among the most famous American photographs, to document the arrests and internment. Then the government promptly censored Lange’s photos. Now a new book brings more than 100 of these images to light, most never before published. We’re joined by historian GARY OKIHIRO, one of the editors of the extraordinary new book, Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment.
GARY Y. OKIHIRO is a historian and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. He has published eight books, including Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II, and Common Ground: Reimagining American History. Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment (W.W. Norton, 2006) is edited by Okihiro and Linda Gordon.
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