With about 175,000 troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the US military has been forced to rely on a controversial policy known as “stop-loss” to force soldiers to continue serving after their voluntary stints had ended. We speak with two US soldiers: one on active duty in Iraq on his second tour of duty after being stop-lossed, the other facing redeployment after being stop-lossed. We also speak with Hollywood director Kimberly Peirce about her feature film, Stop-Loss. [includes rush transcript–partial]
A new book by award-winning journalist Douglas Blackmon uncovers the forgotten history of neo-slavery imposed on hundreds and thousands of African-Americans that continued well after the Civil War and persisted right up to the 1940s. Using extensive archival sources Blackmon uncovers the shameful system created to re-enslave African-Americans. Under new laws they were intimidated, arrested, charged with exorbitant fines, and then sold as forced laborers to corporations, mines, and plantations or compelled into involuntary servitude.
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Jul 11, 2008, 20:59:27
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