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for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 45, November 2010
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Some farmers in North Carolina are switching from traditional crops to prawn aquaculture. Joe Thompson made the switch after he got injured and could not maintain a tobacco farm. Organizations like the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA and the Golden Leaf Foundation are helping area farmers transition from tobacco farms. The farming of prawns yields a high profit with a low cost of labor and many area restaurants are eager to prawn’s on their menus.
The FBI is interested in individuals participating in the anti-war movement. Durham resident Kosta Harlan was one of many anti-war and international peace activists recently targeted during raids by the FBI. All of the targets have two things in common: they oppose the wars in the Middle East and are critical of US foreign policy regarding Colombia and Palestine. Area experts discuss the current raids and the government’s reasons for carrying them out.
“The Theme is Blackness” Festival was recently curated by Duke’s Theater Studies faculty. The event is a way to encourage diversity in theater. The number of minority students who participate in Duke’s Theater programs is approximately 10 percent and the department has not had any black directors of plays over the last 15 years. This year, the festival premiered a play produced by a black director and used a NC Arts Council grant to foster black stage designers. The festivals plays are intended to celebrate blackness and push audiences to consider issues of race.
The FBI recently asked for information about tenants at a Durham Apartment complex. Complex owner Matthew Flynn was questioned about four of his residents who were flagged by the FBI. Flynn turned over financial documents from the tenants to the FBI. Complex residents and members of the Muslim American Society in Raleigh discuss how the FBI’s surveillance programs have negatively affected their lives.