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PODCAST: THE OLDEST PEOPLE: Part One covers the cultural: the family unit, marriage, divorce, child rearing, and the ever important music, which is such an integral part of who the Bushmen are. Part Two gets into the spirituality and trance dances, and then the very real political and legal issues the people have been facing over the last few decades. Featuring interviews with renowned experts, Professor Robert Hitchcock, Elizabeth Marshall-Thomas, James Workman, and musicians Pops Mohamed, and Clark Wheeler. Also featuring excerpts from the film, "The Lion Shaman" by Lianne Cox.
PODCAST: STIGMA OF INCARCERATION: A fascinating, and moving, look at how America handles those who have paid their debt to society. Featuring interviews by Katina Andoniadis, and excerpts from a film by VII Agency photojournalist, Ed Kashi. Katina spoke to Sheila Rule, founder and executive of "Think Outside The Cell" organization. Also featured is a remarkable interview with Ronald Day - an inspiration to all who have been through, or face, the prospect of incarceration.
PODCAST: WATER; HATE SPEECH: Leigh Barrett spoke to water management expert, James Workman, about how we can value water, and the lessons we can take from the Bushmen of the Kalahari. Jamie's book, "Heart of Dryness: How the Bushmen can help us endure the coming age of permanent drought" is a beautifully written, and enlightening discussion on that most essential resource. And then, we examine how hate speech can escalate into violence and genocide with contributors Melissa Ulto and Dara Barlin, who attended a United Nations panel discussion on the subject.
PODCAST: SOUTH AFRICA: A commemoration of South Africa's recent history, featuring interviews with singers and musicians, Vusi Mahlasela, Pops Mohamed, and Johnny Clegg, as well as a fascinating interview with the US Ambassador John Campbell, who was stationed in South Africa at the time of the great transition and currently a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. And as Vusi Mahlasela says, you cannot walk anywhere in South Africa without being bombarded by "noise pollution" (music), and there's plenty of it in Parts One and Two.
PODCAST: STATELESS PEOPLE: There are two types of statelessness: De jure and de facto: DE JURE means legally stateless, meaning they are not recognized as citizens under the laws of any state. DE FACTO means they are no recognized as citizens by any state even if they have a claim to citizenship under the laws of one or more states.
In 2011, the UNHCR estimated around 12 - 15 million stateless people worldwide, although it’s difficult to correctly estimate that number since most countries that have stateless populations do not keep accurate records.
There are various forms of being “stateless”. Canada, for example, limits citizenship to second generation, and if their children are born abroad and the country of their birth does not offer them citizenship, they are then stateless. Other countries have gone much further in deliberately denying citizenship to populations who have lived in those countries for generations.
North Korea presents a particular case in point. Parents who have escaped North Korea, land in relative safety in China, only to find their children then lack documentation of their birth. Without a birth certificate, they cannot seek asylum or protection. Women who flee North Korea and then marry a Chinese citizen, frequently as a result of being sold into marriage to avoid being forced to return to North Korea, face the dilemma of their children not being registered in China as the Chinese fathers fear government retribution if they expose the illegal status of their children. For those children to be able to attend school, receive health benefits, and live openly, the police must issue an arrest warrant and deportation order for the mother. This, of course, makes the women even more vulnerable to further slavery and abuse.
In this podcast, MIPJ correspondents Sean Mullan and Tanya Clarke spoke to Greg Constantine, a photojournalist who has been documenting stateless populations around the world since 2005, at a recent event at the Pulitzer Center in Washington, DC. His project, “Nowhere People”, has culminated in a series of books aimed at highlighting the impact that statelessness and the denial of citizenship has had on communities around the world.
The first book was Kenya's Nubians: Then & Now (2011), the second is, Exiled To Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya (2012) which was chosen as a 2012 Notable Photo Book of the Year by PDN Magazine, The Independent on Sunday in the UK and by the Christian Science Monitor.
You can see Greg’s work at the following sites:
A feature of Greg’s work has included the Rohingya Muslims of Burma, a discussion of whom you will hear in the podcast:
A country that has had a history of enforced stateless people, is Kenya. As you will hear in the podcast, this has recently changed, and the Nubians, who have contributed greatly to the history and development of Kenya since the early 20th century, have finally been recognized.
In future podcasts, we will be examining the importance of citizenship, and whether we need to start taking a closer look at the value of “global citizenship”, instead of the requirement to “belong” to one particular state.
“If we consider that the world today is increasingly depicted as a global community then it becomes apparent why human rights could be now more relevant than citizenship.” ~ Paulina Tambakaki, from Citizenship and Agonism, from the collection of essays edited by Robert Danisch, published by Rodopi, 2011
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