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Who's Building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi?
A coalition of international artists is boycotting the Guggenheim Museum's newest branch on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, protesting the treatment of migrant laborers. The last decade has seen an explosion in the art trade in the Middle East., and Saadiyat is becoming home to a branch of the Louvre and NYU. Naeem Mohaiemen of the GulfLabor Working Group, is joined by Samer Muscati of Human Rights Watch to discuss the boycott, cultural institutions in the Middle East, and the goal of introducing international labor and human rights standards for these projects.
Naeem Mohaiemen is a writer, visual artist and member of the GulfLabor Working Group
Samer Muscati is the emergencies researcher in the women's rights division at Human Rights Watch. A lawyer, documentary photographer, and former journalist, Samer has worked in Rwanda, Iraq, and East Timor. He specializes in the fields of human rights and development in post-conflict countries. Previously, as a researcher for the Middle East and North Africa division, Muscati monitored, investigated, and documented human rights developments in the region with a specific focus on Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.
Responding to NYC's Growing Anti-Muslim Climate
The death of a South Asian man who was pushed off a subway platform on December 27 is renewing concerns about growing anit-Muslim sentiment in New York City, including the role of media and the government. Last Tuesday in Queens, a coalition of advocacy groups joined with local political leaders for a rally protesting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York Police Department's actions and inactions. Fahd Ahmed of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) and Muneer Awad of the New York chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations join us.
Fahd is the Legal and Policy Director at DRUM running the End Racial Profiling Campaign, particularly organizing Muslim communities. He is also developing a community law practice focusing on the same issues.
Muneer Awad is the executive director of the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY). He started working with CAIR in 2010 as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Chapter where Muneer was the lawyer and plaintiff that filed the landmark lawsuit to stop that state from implementing an anti-Sharia bill promoted to defame and demonize Muslims.
What Delhi's Anti-Rape Protests Mean for India's Future
Protests continue in Delhi and across India in response to the horrific gang rape and the government's reaction. We bring you a report back from the heart of the protest, from Malika Dutt, founder and president of the international women's and human rights organization Breakthrough. Amrita Basu, Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College, joins us to discuss the growing anti-rape movement in India.
Mallika Dutt is founder, president, and CEO of Breakthrough and a leading innovator in human rights, multimedia, and culture change.
Amrita Basu is the Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science And Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. She specialises in South Asian politics with a particular interest in women's movements and other social movements.
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