Korea: Week of Protests
SOUTH KOREA is bracing for a week of political protest. One of the country’s largest trade union confederations has called for a nationwide strike tomorrow, while a coalition of more than 300 civic groups will take to the streets to protest the proposed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. A group of American activists, including antiwar mom Cindy Sheehan, is in Korea now to join in protests against the FTA, and to oppose the expansion of Camp Humphrey, the U.S. military base in Pyeongtaek, which Korean farmers have been fighting for two years. We’ll get a live report from WBAI’s MARIO MURILLO.
MARIO MURILLO is the host of the Friday morning edition of WBAI’s Wake Up Call. He is the Coordinator of the Audio/Radio program at Hofstra University and is the author of two books, most recently, Colombia and the United States: War, Peace and Intervention (Seven Stories Press).
Pakistan: Women's Protection Bill: A Victory?
Last week, PAKISTAN's lower house of parliament passed a Women's Protection Bill that was widely touted—including in the U.S. media—as an historic step forward for women in Pakistan. The bill will allow rape victims to file charges under criminal instead of religious law and was fought by religious parties. But unnoticed in media reports here have been the protests from Pakistani women’s rights organizations, who view the legislation as a decidedly mixed bag. Attorney and political scientist RAFIA ZAKARAIA will walk us through the legislation and the media hype.
RAFIA ZAKARIA is an attorney and doctoral student focusing on Comparative Political Philosophy with an emphasis on Muslim identity in the 20th century and issues of multiculturalism and Islam. She is a contributor to Alt.Muslim and works extensively with the International Campaign Against Honor Killings and ANAA, the Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights.
Bangladesh: Unrest and Strikes
In BANGLADESH, political unrest is growing in the runup to upcoming elections; a two-day countrywide strike has paralyzed the economy and violent clashes continue to claim lives. To provide us some much-needed background and historical context, we will be joined by NAEEM MOHAIEMEN, journalist and editor of Shobak.org.
NAEEM MOHAIEMEN is a filmmaker and digital-media activist specializing in political Islam. He is editor of Shobak: Outsider Muslims, associate editor of Alt.Muslim, and director of Muslims or Heretics, a documentary about struggles between progressive and radical Muslims.
“One Way or Another”: Asian American Art Now
What is Asian American art? The Asia Society is attempting an answer of sorts in a new exhibition, “One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now”. The show presents a remarkably diverse—or is it disjointed?—collection of work by young Asian American artists, and is the first major exhibition of its kind since Asia Society’s groundbreaking show “Asia/America” of a dozen years ago. We do a gallery walk with the Asia Society’s Museum director MELISSA CHIU.
MELISSA CHIU is the director of the Museum and curator of contemporary Asian art at the Asia Society. She curated “One Way or Another” with Karen Higa of the Japanese American National Museum and Susette S. Min, assistant professor of Asian American Studies and Art History at UC Davis.
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