Asia Pacific Currents

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Asia Pacific Currents

APC first went to air in the mid 1980s. We broadcast stories and issues from the Asia Pacific region from a labour and grassroots perspective.
The programs feature regular interviews with labour and human rights activists of the Asia Pacific region, updates on solidarity campaigns and reports of labour and progressive struggles in the region.Presented by Pier, Kavitha and Jiselle (pictured) as well as Diana and Budi.

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Jul 17, 2019
Image: Wikimedia - Yemen civil war detailed map (August 2015)

The ongoing war in Yemen explained

Asia Pacific Currents
Kamillia el-Eriani, a Melbourne-based professor of sociology and politics, talks to Jiselle Hanna about the dynamics and deep roots of the conflict in Yemen.
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Jul 3, 2019
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Workers bracing for tough times after Indian election

Asia Pacific Currents
The far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by Narendra Modi won the recent general elections in India. This will have serious ramifications for workers in the coming years.
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Jun 26, 2019
Demonstration against proposed extradition bill, Hong Kong, June 2019. Image: etan liam/Flickr

Massive protests shake up politics in Hong Kong

Asia Pacific Currents
The question of the relationship between Hong Kong and the Chinese government is not clear and a proposed extradition bill saw the biggest demonstration ever in Hong Kong.
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Jun 12, 2019
Voting slip for the Presidential elections. Image: Wikimedia - Voting slip for the Presidential elections

What do the Indonesian elections mean?

Asia Pacific Currents
Indonesia is one of the world's biggest democracies and elections are closely watched especially now when many neighbouring countries are becoming more autocratic.
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May 28, 2019
Another Nakba Day for Palestinians. Image: Palestine Solidarity Campaign/Flickr

Another Nakba Day for Palestinians

Asia Pacific Currents
It has been 71 years since the Palestinians were forced off their land. Their struggle continues in many different forms.
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Mar 27, 2019
Indian workers fighting back

Indian workers fighting back

Asia Pacific Currents
The upcoming general elections in India are allowing workers to put forward their own demands against the far right BJP government of President Modi.
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Mar 19, 2019
How free are the upcoming Thai elections?

How free are the upcoming Thai elections?

Asia Pacific Currents
The current Thai military government has engineered the upcoming national elections so that it will retain power even with a national vote.
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Feb 26, 2019
 Journalists under attack in the Philippines

Journalists under attack in the Philippines

Asia Pacific Currents
Maria Ressa, CEO of media organization Rappler, talks about why the Philippines is one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists.
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Feb 12, 2019
Korean workers say no to outsourcing death

Korean workers say no to outsourcing death

Asia Pacific Currents
Outsourcing is a problem for workers all around the world. A recent workplace death has sparked a massive protest movement in South Korea.
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Dec 4, 2018
Istanbul airport. Photo: Milan Suvajac/Wikimedia Commons

The struggle by workers at new Istanbul airport

Asia Pacific Currents
A labour activist at the Istanbul airport speaks out about the conditions facing workers and the recent events that saw hundreds of workers detained by the police.
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Nov 20, 2018
Changes afoot in New Caledonia and Fiji

Changes afoot in New Caledonia and Fiji

Asia Pacific Currents
While the independence referendum and national elections confirmed the status quo, social changes are happening in both countries.
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Nov 13, 2018
Anti government demonstration Syria 2011

What are the lessons for the left in Syria?

Asia Pacific Currents
The popular uprising in Syria has been drowned in blood. What could have the left and international solidarity movements done better to avoid this outcome?
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Oct 31, 2018
Australian workers taking to the streets

Australian workers taking to the street

Asia Pacific Currents
Stagnating wages, insecure work and harsh laws against organizing have galvanized Australian unions to campaign for better rights, better conditions and better laws.
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Oct 23, 2018
Banana workers defy company, police and military

Banana workers defy company, police and military

Asia Pacific Currents
Some of the regions most ravaged by militias are to be found in the rural areas of the Philippines. The workers at Sumifru are striking for basic rights but in doing so they face great danger

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