Shows: April 14, 2009

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Workers in China Protest

Thousands of taxi drivers went on strike this past week in a city in Hunan, China to protest high fees charged by taxi companies. After striking for three days, the drivers have succeeded in forcing the city government to intervene on their behalf. It was the latest in a series of taxi driver strikes in several Chinese cities that started last year. And today, the Associated Press reports that hundreds of workers at a textile factory in southern China blocked roads in a second day of protests. Workers at the factory in the city of Chongqing in Sichuan province are demonstrating because of unpaid wages. Meanwhile the Chinese central government has released plans this week to improve human rights and provide health care for all of its 1.6 billion citizens. China expert Stephen Philion joins us now to analyze these developments. He is the author of a new book entitled Workers' Democracy and China's Transition from State Socialism.

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CAAAV seeks Health and Justice for Cambodian genocide survivors in the Bronx

The UN-backed Khmer Rouge trials that began this March are now in jeopardy due to lack of funding and allegations of corruption. Meanwhile, the survivors of the traumatic events under examination, including the concentrated Cambodian refugee community in the Bronx, still face serious health issues related to this history of war, violence and torture. The Youth Leadership Project's Health is Justice campaign aims to address this legacy of trauma through a demand for a comprehensive war survivor clinic for Southeast Asian refugees. YLP director Chhaya Chhoum tells us more.

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Supreme Court Ruling on Native Hawaiian land claims

Back in 1993, then-president Bill Clinton issued an official apology for the United States role in the illegal overthrow of the Hawai'ian monarchy a century before. Citing that apology, the State Supreme Court of Hawai'i issued a ruling this January restricting the sale and transfer of over a million acres of land seized during the conquest and entrusted to the newly created state in 1959 to be held in trust for the betterment of conditions for native Hawai'ians, until their land claims are resolved. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has sought to restrict the scope of that ruling, calling recognition of those native land claims into question. Joining us are Professor Jon Osorio of the University of Hawaii, who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit contesting the sale of some of these lands; and Keanu Sai, a political scientist that specializes on Hawaiian history, law and politics.

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