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 Democracy Now in Exile 
 
 Regular Show
 Amy Goodman
 Anonymous  
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BILLBOARD: The UN World Conference Against Racism
ends with a contentious political declaration on
slavery and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, while
the conversation continues at the grassroots. We?ll
talk to women activists from Uganda, and Kurdistan
about racism, sexism and globalization. All that and
more on Democracy Now! in exile.

9:01-9:06 HEADLINES
9:06-9:07 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK

9:07-9:26 UN WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM ENDS WITH CONTENTIOUS POLITICAL DECLARATION ON SLAVERY AND THE
MIDDLE EAST.

After nine days of often bitter debate, the historic
U.N. World Conference Against Racism ended on
Saturday. Delegates from more than 160 countries,
many with competing agendas, managed to unanimously
support a statement and action plan for combating
racism and related discrimination.

But the conference declaration on slavery - a
statement that condemned modern slavery as a "crime
against humanity," expressed "profound regret" for
past slavery and suggested ways to assist countries
damaged by its legacy - was viewed by many African
nations as painfully inadequate. Bitter divisions
over how - or whether - to call attention to the
treatment of Palestinians under Israeli military
occupation nearly derailed the conference in its final
moments.

And the thousands of grassroots activists who attended
the conference left wondering if the political
declaration and plan of action agreed to by the
delegates will have a meaningful impact on grassroots
struggles against racism and discrimination.

GUEST: CHRIS MCGREAL, reporter with the British
newspaper the Guardian

9:26-9:27 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK

9:27-9:46 WOMEN, RACISM AND GLOBALIZATION

One of the conversations among grassroots activists in
Durban which didn?t receive attention in this country
concerned the connections between racism and
globalization. Many of the countries and peoples most
affected by slavery, colonialism, and their aftermath,
have been adversely affected by IMF imposed structural
adjustment, World Bank lending and development
practices, and Western led corporate globalization.

GUEST: SARAH MUKASA, with Akinamamawa Africa, a
development organization for African Women. She lives
in Uganda.
CONTACT: www.akinamama.com

GUEST: RIN KUSEN, with the Applied Research Center in
Oakland, California.
CONTACT: www.arc.org

9:46-9:47 ONE MINUTE MUSIC BREAK

9:47-9:58 RACISM AND THE PLIGHT OF KURDS IN TURKEY AND
IRAQ

Despite the large presence of NGOs, the structure of
the conference has meant that government delegates
could easily arrive, negotiate and leave without ever
having considered actual, real-life experiences and
effects of racism.

To address this problem, Gay McDougal of the
International Human Rights Law Group teamed up with
the South Africa Human Rights Commission to organize
the "Voices Special Forum on Comparative Experiences
of Racism." The forum was carefully planned to
attract as many government delegates as possible: the
sessions were held during the delegates? lunch break
in a room next door to the main hall.

One of the speakers at the forum was Rayhan
Yalsindach, a Kurdish lawyer now living in Turkey,
where hundreds of Kurdish villages have been destroyed
and thousands killed in recent years by the Turkish
government in its efforts to crush an armed resistance
movement and Kurdish calls for self-determination.

GUEST: RAYHAN YALSINDACH, a Kurdish lawyer now living
in Turkey

9:58-9:59 OUTRO AND CREDITS

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