Shows: July 20, 2015

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Revisiting Kwangju

About twenty years ago, journalist Tim Shorrock helped expose long-buried documents showing the complicity of the US military in enabling the South Korean military dictatorship to viciously suppress peaceful protesters in the city of Kwangju in 1980. He talks to APF about revisiting Kwangju more than thirty years on and how the uprising links to the current state of politics on the Korean Peninsula today, and what it portends for the ongoing struggle for peace between north and south.

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Stopping Migrant Deaths at Sea

European leaders have for months been debating the issue of migration and how to cope with huge boatloads of refugees and asylum seekers making a perilous journey across the Mediterranean in hopes of reaching the tip of Italy. Due to shoddy boats and terrible conditions, thousands have died trying to make the journey, but there has recently been a ray of hope. Amnesty International researcher Elisa De Pieri talks about the changes she’s seen in the Italian coastline as humanitarian efforts have made significant but slow progress in intensifying rescue operations for migrants stranded at sea.

Also: a preview of new documentary about another migrant crisis in Asia, the Myanmar Rohingya stranded on the coasts of Malaysia and other neighboring countries, from Myanmar--Journey Into Hell (Journeyman, 2015).

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Advancing Women's Rights Across Asia

At a recent panel hosted by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-New York Office and the UN Research Inititative for Social Development, "Women's Mobilization for Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change in the 20 Years since Beijing,” Nitya Rao discusses progress and challenges on the global womens’ rights agenda in India, Indonesia, and China.

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