Shows: June 4, 2012

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India Under Scrutiny at UN

India's human rights record came under review by the United Nations Human Rights Council last week. More than 80 countries made recommendations on issues ranging from impunity of the armed forces in Kashmir to sanitation and nutrition. We speak with Vrinda Grover, a leading human rights lawyer based in New Delhi who is part of a coalition of human rights groups urging the Indian government to meaningfully respond to these recommendations, made in the UN's Universal Periodic Review.

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Vijay Prashad's Uncle Swami: South Asians in America today

Why did Indian Americans, wearing turbans and carrying the Indian republic flag, march in New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade in 1920? What’s the connection between the Israel lobby in the US and the rise of the Hindu lobby? And how did multiculturalism facilitate the growth of rightist Hindu groups on US college campuses? Vijay Prashad’s takes on these questions in his latest book “Uncle Swami: South Asians in America today.” Vijay Prashad joins us by phone to discuss.

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The Great Pacific Shuffle – US Troops to Move from Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii, Australia

The US military is playing a game of shuffle in Asia Pacific – planning to withdraw 9000 troops from Okinawa and transfer them to Guam, Hawaii, and Australia – according to a deal reached at the US-Japan summit last month. The plan reflects “US’ attempt to save its long-standing alliance with Japan in the face of unrelenting resistance by the Okinawan people” against the presence of US marines there, according to Kyle Kajihiro of DMZ Hawaii. What does this sudden announcement mean for the people of Guam and Hawaii? How much will the move cost US taxpayers, and will the minority but growing voices of concern in Washington about unlimited military spending check the planned troop transfer? APF talks with Kyle Kajihiro, as well as Terri Keko’olani of the Hawaii Peace and Justice Center and Cara Flores-Mays of We are Guahan.

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