Maoist Upset in Nepal, New President in Power
On Monday, the Maoist popularity suffered a defeat, with with the election of Ram Baran Yadav to President. This came after several months of inter-party negotiations with the Maoist Party, who enjoyed a short tenure in power after a popular assembly win in April. We are joined by freelance journalist, Kashish Das Shrestha to discuss the situation in Nepal.
KASHISH DAS SHRESTHA is a freelance journalist based in New York. Since 2002, he has freelanced as a reporter and photographer for the weekly Nepali Times (Himal Media, Nepal), and served as the editor of the monthly magazine WAVE from 2004-2005. Kashish served as the founding Editor of the bi-lingual fortnightly newspaper Nepali Aawaz between September 2005 and December 2006 in New York. In September 2007, he worked on a week-long radio workshop, Citizen Journalism Training, in Nepalgunj, for the International Debate Education Association, a Soros Foundation program.
China's Great Leap: Human Rights in China on the Cusp of the Olympics
With the Olympics in Beijing less than three weeks away we talk to the editor of the recently released book, China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges. The book examines the politics of China today almost 20 years after Tiananmen Square. The Olympics have brought on a host of crises, concerns and also opportunities. How will the games affect the country? And, what about the promises made by the Chinese government when bidding to have the games in Beijing? We discuss the book and China on the cusp of the Olympics with Minky Worden, Media Director at Human Rights Watch and editor of China's Great Leap.
As Media Director of Human Rights Watch, MINKY WORDEN works with the world's journalists to help them cover crises, wars, human rights abuses and political developments in more than 70 countries worldwide. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Ms. Worden lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee and worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter for the U.S. Attorney General and in the Executive Office for US Attorneys. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. Worden speaks Cantonese and German, and is an elected member of the Overseas Press Club's Board of Governors. She is the editor of China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Seven Stories, May 2008) and the co-editor of Torture (New Press, 2005).
NYC's Chinatown Under Threat -- The City's Rezoning Plan
And to close our show, we hear about the City's rezoning plan for Chinatown, which claims to foster economic development. Community activists argue that the City's plan favors the building of luxury high-rises, threatening the displacement of low-income Chinatown residents and businesses. We will be joined by Malcolm Lam of the Chinatown Staff and Workers Association.
Malcolm Lam is a volunteer with the Chinatown Staff and Workers Association.
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