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Radio New Internationalist - Caste aways

In this program you'll hear one of the main concepts behind Radio NewInternationalist take-off, as progressive people from Asia, Europe andthe Pacific drop in to our airwaves to share and compare theirexperiences from different continents. Today, arms traders andcorporate raiders share the space with human rights advocates …and astand-up comedian:  

  • Dr Shaista Shameem, Director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission, co-hosts today's program. She's presently mounting an historic case to obtain compensation for the descendents of Pacific Islanders who were forced into slavery to service Fiji's cotton industry.
  • Brokering international sales for electric torture batons is child's play. Literally! British comedian and author Mark Thomas was there when the kids were on their mobiles doing the deals.
  • In a country still plagued by the problems of caste, Urvashi Butalia, an Indian writer and publisher who lives in New Delhi, tracks the progress of India's affirmative action legislation - one of the first countries in the world to enact such laws.
  • Murray Horton from Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) talks about this year's Roger Award for the worst transnational operating in New Zealand.

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Radio New Internationalist - A wave from the ocean

Just what is on the very bottom of the world's ocean? Dive in as New Internationalist co-editor David Ransom looks around. He and Greenpeace campaigner Sara Holden - co-ordinator of the world voyage being undertaken by The Esperanza -fish-out why the world needs a network of ocean reserves. Also droppingin for a chat in this week's program are progressive people fromBolivia, the Netherlands, Nova Scotia and England: 

  • Bolivia's people are fighting an economic war against globalization - and winning some significant battles. Jim Shultz pops in to tell us about the next front: attempts to nationalize the country's oil and gas sectors.
  • Paul-Emile Comeau welcomes us to the wacky world of radioactive fads: like toothpaste produced in Germany during WWII and radium suppositories sold to give men more vitality during the 1930s.
  • What's it like being a child who lives on the streets of Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar? Fourteen-year-old Dolgion (read by Jahan Meeran) gives a very personal account.

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Radio New Internationalist - World Social Forum Special

When international campaigners from more than 100 countries converged on Nairobi, Kenya for this year's World Social Forum, Adam Ma'anit and Jess Worth from New Internationalist wereon the ground to find the people, the ideas and the action for socialand economic justice in 2007. This program - a-day-in-the-life of aWorld Social Forum - introduces us to:

  • Pat Mooney from the What Next? Project as he looks through new technologies to find out what the world will look like in thirty years time
  • Basila Urassa, the Executive Co-ordinator of the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation, whose challenging a deeply entrenched cultural practice… and winning
  • Al-Hassan Adam, from the Ghana Coalition Against Water Privatization - whose fresh from setting up public water partnerships, and talks about how water privatization has left worms in the water of Ghana

Plus a general discussion about one of the most critical issues facingAfrica - and this year's World Social Forum: how China is taking thecontinent with money, not guns.  

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Radio New Internationalist - First ever Radio NI broadcast

The first-ever Radio New Internationalist hits the airwaves with Timor Leste's (East Timor's) First Lady - Kirsty Sword Gusmão- in the co-host's chair. Married to President Xanana Gusmão and anactive campaigner for the people of the poorest country in Asia, sheillustrates the issues facing freedom fighters once they gainindependence… and government. Drawing on her experiences from bothbefore and after Timor Leste's independence, Kirsty opens the door tosome fundamental issues facing a new nation as she swaps stories with arange of progressive people from around the world:

  • Dr Shaista Shameem - Director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission - about the cause of military revolts.
  • Haunani-Kay Trask, Indigenous human rights advocate, scholar, writer and poet from Hawai'i, about choosing a national language.
  • Alia, a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), about educating people after a war.

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