Shows: May 19, 2014

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Global Cities, Global Resistance

In recent years, amid rapid economic globalization and industrialization, urban centers like Mumbai, Rio De Janiero, and Shanghai, have put Global South Cities at the center of the world stage. The focus of policymakers on cities and urbanization have also made these fast-growing metropolises emblems of both political vitality and growing inequality. Miloon Kothari, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, spoke on these issues at a recent forum on urbanization, economic justice and social movements, looking at the social consequences of industrialization, migration, and mega-events like Brazilís upcoming World Cup, for the poor populations of these new centers of power in the so-called emerging economies. He asks what the rise of cities means for the migrants and workers who are often left behind.

Special thanks to Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung for this audio recording.

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The Color of Citizenship: Tracing the Legacies of Japanese Internment from WWII to Special Registration of Muslim Americans

Roosevelt House at Hunter College recently hosted a conference on the legacy of Japanese internment and what it means for Americans today, facing new threats to civil liberties and human rights in the post-9/11 era. Featuring a range of perspectives in law, public policy, media and the arts, the speakers helped chart a new course for defending rights in a more global, yet in some ways more divided, world. We bring you excerpts from some of key discussions in this ongoing national and global dialogue.

Special thanks to Roosevelt House at Hunter College for this audio recording.

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Solidarity for Victims of the Sewol Tragedy

About one month after the sinking of the Sewol Ferry in South Korea, families of victims, as well as the entire nation are grieving the lost lives of the tragedy. Beyond the grieving, people have also risen up in anger against the South Korean government for its failure to protect the lives of the passengers and its continued mishandling of the situation by manipulating information about its disastrous rescue plans and efforts. Tens of thousands of people in South Korea have taken the streets to not only hold candlelight vigils but also demonstrate in an effort to push the government to take responsibility for the Sewol tragedy. Korean people abroad have also taken the streets to show support for the families of the victims and demonstrate solidarity for those in South Korea protesting the irresponsible actions of the government.

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