Protests Against US Beef Imports to South Korea
It is reported that more than a million have taken part in protests against South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, due to a treaty allowing US beef imports into the country. US beef imports to South Korea were blocked in 2003 because of a fear of mad cow disease. The protests eventually led to a call for President Lee's impeachment. While the media has covered the protests as being the catalyst to requests for President Lee's resignation, for many protesting the US beef import issue is just the last straw in many problems with the current administration in South Korea. Tonight to we talk to professor Bruce Cumings about the current situation in South Korea.
BRUCE CUMINGS is the author of North Korea, Korea's Place in the Sun, War and Television, The Origins of the Korean War, and other books. He contributes frequently to the London Review of Books, The Nation, and other publications, and is a professor of history at the University of Chicago.
ICED, Anti-Deportation Video Game Created by Breakthrough
Last February Breakthrough, an international human rights organization, launched a new video game entitled ICED. ICED stands for I Can End Deportation, a play on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department, which is responsible for detentions, deportations and raids on immigrants and undocumented migrants in the US. In the game the player's goal is to avoid getting caught and going to detention by doing good deeds and knowing the facts about current immigration laws. The hope is to create awareness and spark dialogue about unfair US immigration policies. We speak to Executive Director of Breakthrough, Mallika Dutt about the video game, ICED.
MALLIKA DUTT is the Founder and Executive Director of Breakthrough (www.breakthrough.tv), an innovative, high impact, international human rights organization using education, media and popular culture to transform attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity. Breakthrough works in India and the United States, the world's two largest democracies, on several issues including women's rights, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice and immigrant rights.
Vijay Prashad on his book, The Darker Nations
The Third World was a project, not a place. That's the premise of Vijay Prashad's newest book, a fascinating reconstruction of the movement of the world's poor countries to establish an alternative global order during the era of the Cold War. Led by post-colonial titans like Nehru, Nasser, and Nkrumah, newly liberated societies joined forces to put forward an incredibly ambitious global programóbefore it all came crashing down. APF's own Andrew Hsiao edited The Darker Nations, recently released in paperback, so we'll re-air this chat between author and editor.
VIJAY PRASHAD is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian history and professor of international studies at Trinity College in Connecticut. He's a board member of the Center for Third World Organizing and a co-founder of the Forum of Indian Leftists, and the author of a number of other books, including The Karma of Brown Folks and Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting. The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World is published by The New Press.
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