Are US Journalists Being Used as Pawns by North Korea?
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North Korea said today that it would use nuclear weapons in a "merciless offensive" if provoked, just two days after sentencing two American journalists to twelve years in a gulag-type prison labor camp. Guest host Sara Terry explores the motives behind North Korea's recent aggressive actions. Should President Obama try to re-start negotiations or take a hard-line stance with the secretive communist power? Also, the first Guantanamo detainee is transferred to the US, and Fourteen years after the death of nine anti-oil nigerian activists, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell says it will pay $15.5 million in compensation.
Banner image: South Korean conservatives burn a North Korean flag during a rally in Seoul demanding that the US journalists be freed. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
First Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to US for Trial ()
The first detainee from Guantanamo Bay has been transferred to stand trial in a US civilian court in New York. The transfer of Ahmed Ghailani comes three weeks after President Obama laid out his plans for closing the prison camp by January of next year. Adam Zagorin is senior correspondent in Washington for Time magazine.
- Adam Zagorin: Senior Correspondent in Washington, Time magazine
Are US Journalists Being Used as Pawns by North Korea? ()
North Korea has sentenced two American television reporters to twelve years in a prison labor camp, prompting an international outcry. The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee have asked the government of North Korea to show compassion and the US is working for their release, but Pyongyang hasn't shown any signs recently of backing down in its dealings with the West. North Korean nuclear tests and missile firings have increased tensions in the region. What options does President Obama have in dealing with a country that George Bush designated as part of the Axis of Evil? With a new leader in the wings, how are internal issues driving North Korea's actions on the global stage?
- Bill Powell: Shanghai Bureau Chief, Time magazine
- Bob Dietz: Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
- L. Gordon Flake: Executive Director, Mansfield Foundation
- Don Kirk: Seoul Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
- Abe Denmark: Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Shell Oil Pays $15.5M for Human Rights Abuses in Nigeria ()
In 1995, Nigerian author Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other anti-oil activists were convicted and hanged in Nigeria. A court case scheduled to begin in the US next week alleged that Royal Dutch Shell helped the Nigerian government capture and hang the men. Without admitting any wrongdoing, the oil giant announced yesterday that it will pay $15.5 million as compensation in the deaths of the protestors. Human rights activists are hailing the decision as a victory in an oil-rich region that continues to be plagued by corruption and violence. Michael Watts, Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, has more on the story.
- Michael Watts: Director of the Center for African Studies at UC Berkeley
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