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Big Issues - Conflict and Climate Change

the second in a two-part special... listen to part one here

They say that media have short memories. So in this - the second of two special programs - Radio New Internationalist looks back over some of the big issues of 2007 that are set to get bigger in the next few years. This week: the two issues that have been dominating, and in our view will continue to dominate, the international social justice agenda - conflict and climate change.

  • A staggering 28 nations have no armies. Peace pioneer Professor Johan Galtung and Ahmed Abdisalam Adan from HornAfrik Media in Somalia talk about what it takes for a country to ditch their armed forces.
  • With the amount of global conflict at the moment, you'd reckon that peace would be the most popular debate in the world. Why isn't it? One reason is that there's more money in war than in peace. Damien Kingsbury explains why around 70 per cent of the income needed by the Indonesian military to operate must come from profit-making companies, not government.
  • Carteret Islanders Ursula Rakova and Bernard Tunim remind us what environmental refugees are facing as their Pacific islands are becoming submerged.
  • Prominent progressive author and thinker Susan George drops in to our airwaves to outline a possible solution to climate change that we hadn't heard about before.

Big issues deserve big musical sounds - and today's are from a broad range of countries and performers selected from the World Music Network's Riverboat Records series.

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