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Asia Pacific Currents

Japanese people get organised against nuclear industry and militarism

September 4, 2015
| Labour updates including world's biggest strike in India and the growing movement in Japan against war and militarism
Length: 29:22 minutes (13.45 MB)
WINGS

Dividing Korea: A hidden Holocaust

August 31, 2015
| The effects of the division of Korea on women. Kellia Ramares-Watson interviews Hwa-Young Lee, war survivor and activist.
Length: 29:07 minutes (13.33 MB)

The dark side of human rights

The Human Right to Dominate

by Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon
(Oxford University Press,
2015;
$24.95)

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For many of us, human rights are somewhat like puppies: fluffy, benevolent things, a source of unalloyed happiness and good (although perhaps somewhat lacking in the tooth department). All upsides, no downsides; the world is an incontestably better place with them in it.

Critical scholarship on human rights, however, raises a host of serious questions about the ability of human rights to achieve or promote justice.

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Worth Fighting For: Canada's Tradition of War Resistance

August 12, 2015
| Stephen Harper wants to rebrand Canada as a nation steeped in warrior traditions. A new book tells the story of the many Canadians who opposed war and violence as far back as 1812.
Length: 10:35 minutes (9.7 MB)
WINGS

Women, war and Wikileaks

August 4, 2015
| In this program from the WINGS archives: Dr. Cynthia Enloe, Women's Studies, Clark University; and the women of the film WikiRebels, including Birgitta Jonsdottir, member of Parliament from Iceland.
Length: 29:19 minutes (40.26 MB)
| March 27, 2015
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We need to take responsibility for the true cost of war

Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: jamesomalley, The U.S. Army, Eddi

What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offences allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and "misbehavior before an enemy?"

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| January 9, 2015

Austerity and war no more! How do we shift course in Canada?

Photo: flickr/Aviva West

With overlapping crises and new extremes, it's time to shift course.

About ten years back a series of reports and studies indicated a very encouraging decline in war and armed conflict world-wide, with lower fatalities, as well as lower military spending. Now, few are confident that these promising trends will hold.

The Global Peace Index reported that the past year was the fifth consecutive slide backwards in peacefulness, with the costs of war reaching $9.8 trillion just last year. To paraphrase from a good book by Steven Pinker -- 2014 has not reflected the better angels of our nature. War and armed conflicts are now coupled to extremes, as well as to pressures from climate change and global divisions.

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