North Korea's Rocket Launch
This past weekend, North Korea launched a rocket over Japan. While North Korea insisted the rocket was a satellite, the US and other countries say that it was actually a missile, and as such was in violation of an international agreement reached in 2006 after North Korea tested a nuclear device. President Obama, along with allies South Korea, Japan and the European Union, is urging a unified response along with UN sanctions. We explore North Korea's motivations behind the launch, the Obama administration's response, and the threat of sanctions.
John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee on such issues as the global economy, gun control, women and the workplace, and domestic politics.
"Chaal Baby" by Red Baraat Festival
Death in Detention: The Case of Ahmad Tanveer
In September 2005, an immigrant detainee at a county correctional facility in Freehold, New Jersey sent an urgent, handwritten note to a local advocacy group. In it, he pleaded for an investigation of the death of Ahmad Tanveer, a Pakistani New Yorker and fellow detainee who had died while in custody. But when the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Times began looking into what happened to Tanveer, they could find no record of his death, few details about his life, and little information about what had happened to his body. Tanveer was one of tens of thousands of immigrants currently held in detention pending deportation, and his case highlights the secrecy and lack of accountability surrounding the process. Nobody knows precisely how many people have died in detention, and facilities are not required to keep count. We’ll speak with Tom Jawetz of the ACLU National Prison Project, which filed a lawsuit to obtain documents relating to the death of Tanveer and others, about the system of immigration detention and whether policies might change with the Obama administration.
Tom Jawetz is the Immigration Detention Staff Attorney for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. He works on a wide range of issues dealing with the conditions in which immigration detainees are housed and has co-counseled several lawsuits involving issues ranging from overcrowding to poor medical care. Prior to joining the ACLU, he worked in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2003 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimba M. Wood in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Poet Timothy Liu on his New Book
To commemorate National Poetry Month this April, we will be joined by Timothy Liu, a long-time poet whose collection Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse has just been published. Liu is a longtime poet, the child of Chinese immigrants, an Associate Professor at William Paterson University, and a Mormon. We’ll speak with him about how all of these experiences have influenced his work. Liu will be reading at the Asian American Writer's Workshop this Wednesday.
Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California to parents from the Chinese mainland. He studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of For Dust Thou Art; Of Thee I Sing (2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; and Hard Evidence (2001). Liu's newest poetry collection is titled Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse. Liu is currently an Associate Professor at William Paterson University and on the Core Faculty at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars.
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