The bloody civil war in Syria has spawned a refugee crisis of dimensions unknown since World War II. Nearly 5.5 million people have fled the conflict with only around 10,000 re-settled in the United States—less than 0.2 per cent of the total Syrian refugee population. Yet, during the campaign, President-elect Trump said he would close the door to Syrian immigration. International Rescue Committee President David Miliband tells Jim that the U.S. must open its doors to carefully vetted Syrian refugees, and do its part to avert a humanitarian disaster.
Prosecutor and law professor Frank Tuerkheimer studied “forgotten trials of the Holocaust” and wrote a brilliant book about it. He also went to Israel to interview Eichmann’s prosecutor, Gabriel Bach. He tells Jim the inside story of trying the perpetrators of the genocide of six million Jews, punishing the guilty and spreading the facts of a horrific crime upon the public record.
On September 28 tens of thousands of student-led Chinese took to the Hong Kong streets to protest Beijing-imposed limitations on voting rights. They were met with police tear gas, which the protesters warded off with umbrellas, declaring that they would not be moved. China expert Elizabeth Economy tells Jim that she sees little hope of true reform, but is guardedly optimistic that the “occupy Central” movement will produce some degree of change, and not end in Tiananmen-style violence .
Beheadings in Syria, military trials in Guantanamo, rising Antisemitism in Europe, a dysfunctional immigration policy, we live in a world pervaded with grave challenges in human rights. Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, a non-governmental organization, tells Jim of gains over the past year, and of serious setbacks as well.
We can kill them with drones or hit squads, capture them, detain them forever or try them, but which tactic will stand up best in court? Columbia Law Professor, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow and former Bush administration assistant to the national security adviser, Matt Waxman reviews the options and tells Jim which is the best way to go.
With Internet censorship spiking, the U.S. has become increasingly concerned that technology will undermine freedom of expression. Law Professor Molly Land tells Jim that a 1966 international treaty on civil and political rights was prescient in providing a digital framework for protecting human rights around the world.
China has almost 500 million citizens using the Net. Yet, the government blocks or filters many sites and keywords. The Council on Foreign Relations China hand has just returned from Beijing where she saw a more humbled and fearful China. She tells Jim that its bloggers will survive the censor.
David created a blog, Cyberdissidents.org, to support dissident pro-democracy bloggers in Iran and throughout the Arab world. He tells how his work impacted a revolution.
She tells how gypsy tribes in Europe have been victims of Nazi genocide, hate crimes, mass deportations and unspeakable violence. Her NGO, Human Rights First, has used the new media to call attention to their plight.
She says that a delicate balance must be struck between free expression and free trade as Human Rights First calls out Microsoft for helping the Russians crack down on dissidents.
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