Thai-Cambodian Turf War
A fierce border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia is shaking up the entire Southeast Asian region. Fighting has broken out along the border, with the most intense clashes around the Preah Vihear Temple. While both sides have laid claim over the temple and border territories for decades, this latest clash reflects domestic political turmoil in both countries. Freelance journalist James Goyder, and Tom Parks of the Asia Foundation, join us from Thailand to explain the historical and political context behind the border clash.
James Goyder is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Thomas Parks is Regional Director for Conflict and Governance at The Asia Foundation, based in Thailand. He is an expert in subnational conflict, peacebuilding, state fragility, security and development in Asia.
Obama’s NAFTA Redux: Grassroots Opposition to Korea and Colombia Trade Deals
The heat is on in the fight against pending US free trade agreements with Korea and Colombia. Trade negotiators from Korea and the United States met in Seoul last week to give both governments a boost to ratify the Korea-US trade deal. Also on deck for ratification is the Colombia-US Free Trade Agreement. We sit down with Jose Schiffino, Chairperson of the Committee for Fair Trade of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Sukjong Hong of Korean Americans for Fair Trade, to learn about how Koreans and Colombians in New York City are joining forces to defeat both deals.
Sukjong Hong is a New York-based researcher and activist. She is a member of Korean Americans for Fair Trade, as well as Nodutdol for Korean Community Development.
Jose Schiffino is the Chairperson of the Committee for Fair Trade of the NYC Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement; and Statewide Organizer for the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), which is part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Building Green Cities in India
The United Nations reported in 2010 that for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population now resides in cities. With urban migration rising, industrial pollution growing by the day, and new technologies creating connections and conflicts between societies in unprecedented ways, what will the city of the 21st century look like? We speak with urban policy experts who have tested their vision in India, one of the most rapidly urbanizing countries in the world--Radhika Khosla of the India initiative at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Vatsal Bhatt, Senior Energy Advisor with the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
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