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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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