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.
Dr. Joseph Gerson has served the American Friends Service committee since 1976 and is currently Director of Programs and Director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for the AFSC in New England. He is the author of "Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World." His work focuses on challenging U.S. foreign, military and domestic doctrines designed to reinforce global hegemony and to replace them with commitments to common security.
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.
Jason Q. Ng is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, a blogger at Waging Nonviolence, and the creator of the blog Blocked on Weibo (blockedonweibo.tumblr.com).
Rebecca MacKinnon is a fellow at the New America Foundation; the co-founder of Global Voices, a citizen media network; a former CNN correspondent in Tokyo and Beijing; and most recently, the author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom.
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.
Bo Kyi is the Joint-Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Burma (Thailand). He became involved in politics during the 1988 popular uprising in Burma. He is a former executive committee member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU). Bo Kyi spent 7 years (1990-93 and 1994-1998) in the infamous Insein jail and Mandalay & Tharawaddy prisons for political activities. He was released on October 2,1998 from Tharawaddy prison and he left Burma a year after his release. Bo Kyi is one of the founders of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Burma (AAPPB). The organisation was set up in 2000 by former political prisoners to support political prisoners with food and medicines, and monitor the situation in jails and work camps all over the country.
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