Shows: April 2, 2012

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No Deal on Nuke Security

Leaders of the United States, China, India, Russia and top officials from nearly 50 other countries gathered in Seoul South Korea last week at the Nuclear Security Summit. The conference failed to meet its mandate to produce concrete steps toward ridding the world of atomic weapons. What’s at stake in the global discussion on nuclear security and who are the key players? Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Services Committee was in Seoul last week to attend a counter summit organized by peace and disarmament activists, and will join us live to break down the issue.

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Censorship and Dissent in China's Cyberspace

What do Mein Kampf, calico cats and one-night stands have in common? Several months ago, Jason Ng wrote a computer program to determine what words were banned on Sina Weibo, China’s largest microblog (like Twitter), and these three words were among the several thousand words that turned up. What they show is the complex way that China gets the Internet to censor itself--as well as the existence of lively public debates on the internet. We’ll speak to Jason Ng and Rebecca MacKinnon about internet censorship and online dissent in China.

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On the Cusp of Freedom – Burma’s Political Prisoners

Despite Burma’s steps towards democratic reform, an estimated 600 to 1000 political prisoners still remain behind bars. They are former students, monks, and ordinary villagers, who face torture and solitary confinement for fighting for basic democratic and human rights. What legal and institutional change is needed to end political repression and torture in Burma? Asia Pacific Forum sat down with Bo Kyi, a former political prisoner, who supports the family members of political prisoners through an underground network, and fights for the release of all political prisoners in Burma.

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