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May 20, 2009

Defending The Arts In Lahore

Faizaan Peerzada is a painter and puppeteer in Lahore, Pakistan -- a city that until recently has been peaceful. But even in Pakistan's cultural capital, Faizaan says he's seeing signs of Islamic extremism. He says people are afraid to gather at events, businesses are hesitant to sponsor the arts, and religious extremists are working to censor artistic expression. Late last year extremists bombed the international arts festival that Faizaan organized, and recently someone burned his museum cafe to the ground.

Faizaan talks with Dick Gordon about preserving the city's artistic legacy and how the arts can help unite moderates to fight Islamic extremism.

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