Shows: July 22, 2008

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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.

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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.

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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.

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