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Radio New Internationalist - Peace of the action

Peace of the action

Protecting a human rights campaigner as he lays bare the connections between a mayor and notorious paramilitary death squads. Helping mothers negotiate the release of their children – kidnapped to become child soldiers. These are just some of the stories that women peacekeepers share with us in this week’s program. Challenging the perpetrators of violence with words, not arms, Jodie Martire from Peace Brigades International and Angela Pinchero from the Nonviolent Peaceforce take us to the front-line of the conflicts in Colombia and Sri Lanka and introduce us to the people who they are helping to protect.

Their stories explore the ways that truth can combat violence and the latest tactics at the peace movement’s latest frontiers. In addition:

  • Anastasia Moloney drops in from Bogota to tell us how – for the first time in Colombia’s history – their war criminals are facing trial.

  • And Sarojeni Rengam – the Executive Director of the Pesticide Action Network for the Asia Pacific region and one of the leaders of Week of Rice Action – talks about how the cultural and spiritual significance of rice could be threatened by genetic engineering.

Our album of the week: The invigorating music of those sons of Cuban music … Sierra Maestra …from their Soul of a Nation CD.

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