8/18/2011 “Amigo” and growing unrest over drone strikes in Pakistan

[audio http://archives.kpfa.org/data/20110818-Thu1900.mp3]
Academy Award nominated writer/director John Sayles‘ new film “AMIGO“, about the U.S. Invasion & Occupation of the Philippines, will open in the U.S. this Friday, August 19th. It has already been screening in the Philippines, where the Philippine Department of Education has recommended it to schools. Tonight on APEX EXPRESS, we’ll share an interview with the director by Selekta LapuLapu, speak with the lead actor Joel Torre on the phone, and give away TICKETS to the opening of this Philippine-American War film in San Francisco!

Also, drones or unmanned aircraft have been in use since at least since 2004 in Afghanistan, and in the tribal regions on the border of Pakistan. It is estimated that every “drone strike” kills 10-15 civilians for every 1 “suspected militant,” with some estimates from Pakistani media stating 5,000 people have already been killed by the un-manned aircraft. The U.S. government justifies this by claiming 9 out of the 20 most wanted terrorists have been killed with this technology. U.S. government has released information that so-called “stealth drones” were used in the tracking and monitoring of Bin Laden before and during the assassination mission by U.S. Navy SEALs. Tonight on Apex we’ll learn about the growing resistance in Pakistan as well as in the U.S.

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