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Activist Chen Guangcheng Escapes in China

Monday, April 30, 2012

A blind Chinese human rights activist, Chen Guangcheng escaped from house arrest recently from his village of Shandong province. Reports suggest that Guangcheng has reached Beijing and may be in U.S. custody, under protection. American diplomat Kurt Campbell is in the country, some believe to negotiate the release of Guangcheng. 

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Pro-Democracy NGO Offices Raided by Egyptian Military

Friday, December 30, 2011

On Thursday, Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of 17 human rights and pro-democracy NGOs across the country. One NGO worker was arrested. Taking computers, papers, cash, and telephones with them, the coordinated raids reflect the military's discomfort with criticism and foreign intervention: several of these organizations are monitoring Egypt's ongoing, multi-phase parliamentary elections. Egypt received $65 million in pro-democracy aid from the U.S. this year, and the Obama administration has demanded that the military return items confiscated from the raids.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Unrest in Yemen Leading Toward Civil War?

Monday, March 21, 2011

"I think, I really fear, that the countdown to civil war in Yemen has just begun. It’s not just about protests in Yemen. You have some major defections by army generals in the last 24 hours. You have internal divisions within the ruling party of Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh. Some elements from his own tribe are calling for him to step down. You have now a military standoff between special forces led by his son and the first division of the army of which the generals, some of his closest generals, have defected. You have turmoil engulfing most of the Yemen. You have a separatist movement in the South; you have a tribal insurgency in the North. But most important of all, I would argue, the new democratic revolt that has been sweeping the Arab world has reached Yemen with a vengeance."

Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics. For more of the interview, click here

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Protecting Journalists

Friday, February 18, 2011

Frank Smyth, Washington, DC representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Maryam Ishani, online video media producer for Reuters who was assaulted in Cairo on February 2nd while covering the uprising in Egypt, discuss the recent violence against journalists in the Middle East and the status of journalists covering the recent uprisings in the region.

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