Tues 1.07.14 | Remote Detention

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Asylum seekers and migrants without papers are often arrested and taken to detention facilities purposely sited far from population centers -- and sometimes on remote islands. Alison Mountz discusses US, Australian, and other national policies to disperse and isolate detainees, often hiding their location from family members and potential advocates. She also describes efforts to find and assist detainees. Also, Matt Mitchelson explains the broader project of the volume to which Mountz contributed.

Mon 1.06.14 | Afghan History; Drones Today

Klassen & Albo, eds., Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan U. of Toronto Press, 2013

Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control Verso, 2013

Amnesty International report “Will I Be Next?" and Human Rights Watch report “Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda”

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What will happen to Afghanistan if virtually all US troops are withdrawn by the end of 2014? And what has the foreign military presence in that nation achieved to date? Justin Podur talks about Afghanistan past and present, and Medea Benjamin discusses the politics and morality of drone warfare.

Wed 1.01.14 | Regarding Animals

Paul Waldau, Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know Oxford U. Press, 2010

Paul Waldau, Animal Studies: An Introduction Oxford U. Press, 2013

Religion and Animals Institute

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We've all heard about human rights, but what about animal rights? What rights do animals, should animals, have, and what stands in the way of their realization? And how does the US compare with other nations in terms of animal protection commitments? Paul Waldau and his ideas are at the forefront of a growing interdisciplinary field called animal studies.

Tues 12.31.13 | A Look Back

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Several highlights from 2013, including David Graeber on private property; Priya Kandaswamy on the politics of "deservingness"; Ron Glass on Paulo Freire's radical pedagogy; Rashad Shabazz on prisons and disease; and Eduardo Galeano.

Mon 12.30.13 | Sustaining Activism

Jeffrey Rubin & Emma Sokoloff-Rubin, Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women's Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration Duke U. Press, 2013

Rubin & Sokoloff-Rubin, “International Women’s Day and Gender Equality in Brazil” Americas Quarterly

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What happens when an historian brings his teenage daughter along to study a women's movement begun by teenagers? And what can a social movement in rural Brazil tell us about activism, social change, and possibilities for greater democracy? Jeffrey Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin tell the story of women who fought for social justice and for equality at home.

Wed 12.25.13 (WBAI) What Empire Ruins

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