Shows: November 21, 2006

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Korea: Week of Protests

SOUTH KOREA is bracing for a week of political protest. One of the country’s largest trade union confederations has called for a nationwide strike tomorrow, while a coalition of more than 300 civic groups will take to the streets to protest the proposed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. A group of American activists, including antiwar mom Cindy Sheehan, is in Korea now to join in protests against the FTA, and to oppose the expansion of Camp Humphrey, the U.S. military base in Pyeongtaek, which Korean farmers have been fighting for two years. We’ll get a live report from WBAI’s MARIO MURILLO.

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Pakistan: Women's Protection Bill: A Victory?

Last week, PAKISTAN's lower house of parliament passed a Women's Protection Bill that was widely touted—including in the U.S. media—as an historic step forward for women in Pakistan. The bill will allow rape victims to file charges under criminal instead of religious law and was fought by religious parties. But unnoticed in media reports here have been the protests from Pakistani women’s rights organizations, who view the legislation as a decidedly mixed bag. Attorney and political scientist RAFIA ZAKARAIA will walk us through the legislation and the media hype.

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Bangladesh: Unrest and Strikes

In BANGLADESH, political unrest is growing in the runup to upcoming elections; a two-day countrywide strike has paralyzed the economy and violent clashes continue to claim lives. To provide us some much-needed background and historical context, we will be joined by NAEEM MOHAIEMEN, journalist and editor of Shobak.org.

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“One Way or Another”: Asian American Art Now

What is Asian American art? The Asia Society is attempting an answer of sorts in a new exhibition, “One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now”. The show presents a remarkably diverse—or is it disjointed?—collection of work by young Asian American artists, and is the first major exhibition of its kind since Asia Society’s groundbreaking show “Asia/America” of a dozen years ago. We do a gallery walk with the Asia Society’s Museum director MELISSA CHIU.

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