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Friday, April 28, 2006

Halliburton’s contract for Iraq infrastructure repairs was awarded with no competitive bids. New York Times correspondent James Glanz reports on how their pipeline repair project failed, costing American taxpayers $75 million. Also, Marshall Berman on spectacular Times Square, and Chris Abani, Yiyun Li, and Greg Palast on writing from exile.

Don't Trust Anyone Under 60

Molly Klopot, co-founder of Grannie's Peace Brigade and chair of the New York Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
- on the acquittal of the "Grannies" protesting Iraq War

» WILPF website

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Deconstructing Reconstruction

James Glanz, New York Times correspondent and co-author, with Eric Lipton, City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center (Henry Holt, 2003)
- on his investigative reports into mismanagement and scandal affecting Iraq reconstruction efforts

» James Glanz in the ...

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Life and Times Square

Marshall Berman, professor of political science at The City College of New York and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author, On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square (Random House, 2006)
- explores the history of Times Square

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PEN and Telling

Yiyun Li, PEN World Voices panelist and author, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories (Random House, 2005)
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Chris Abani, PEN World Voices panelist and author, Becoming Abigail (Akashic Books, 2006)
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Greg Palast, PEN World Voices panelist, investigative journalist at the BBC, contributing editor at Harper's ...

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Lost in Translation?

Gerson Borrero, columnist for El Diario
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Carolina Gonzalez, former editorial writer at The Daily News
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listeners' calls on the Spanish translation of the Star-Spangled Banner

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Required Reading: 4/28/2006

Required reading: in which the national anthem gets remixed in Spanish, the Smithy code gets cracked, Suffolk County gets wireless, ESB parachuter gets nabbed, and big oil gets big flack for big profits

Spanish Version of 'Star-Spangled Banner' Draws Strong Reactions (Wash Post)

Broken: The Code in the ...

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