Shows: November 20, 2017

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Southeast Asian Refugees Fight Deportation

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Rights activists have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the scores Cambodians in America who have been detained in recent weeks as part of President Trump’s immigration crackdown. Many came to this country as refugees fleeing war and genocide and are now at risk of immediate deportation due to old criminal convictions, some from decades ago.

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Trump Meets Protests in Philippines

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A blustering President Trump has recently returned from a 12-day trip to Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – or ASEAN – summit, which was held in the Philippines. We speak with Jackie Mariano of the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines about the high points and low points of Trump’s trip.

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Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar, with Maung Zarni

The humanitarian crisis at the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh has become a global political flashpoint lately, as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya ethnic Muslim refugees have fled across the border to escape mass violence by the state and by hostile Buddhist factions. It’s a horror that many describe as genocide, but which has been met by stunning indifference and cover-ups by Myanmar’s supposed reform government. Human rights scholar Maung Zarni recently spoke about the crisis of the Rohingyas at a talk at Columbia University sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. He was joined by social theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak to discuss the path forward for the refugees to provide safety, basic rights and an opportunity for full and equal citizenship.

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Labor Justice in Bangladesh Garment Factories

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Workers in the the garment factories at the heart of the Bangladesh’s economy are fighting for labor justice and safe workplaces. In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse and numerous other industrial disasters, an international collaborative is working to provide worker-activists in the field with the skills to protect health and safety at work. We speak with Garrett Brown, an occupational health specialist with the OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka.

This interview originally aired on the Belabored podcast at Dissent Magazine

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