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The Ban Ki-moon Interview
Ban Ki-moon served as Secretary General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016. He has written a new memoir "Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World."
We cover quite a bit of ground in this interview, including his perspective on what the covid crisis revealed about the UN, what can be done to bolster multilateralism today, his frustrations with the security council and advice he might offer to his successor Antonio Guterres.
Biden's Pick for Top US Human Rights Post, Sarah Margon
President Biden has nominated Sarah Margon as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. This is the top American global human rights watchdog and an the most important human rights position in the US foreign policy bureaucracy.
In 2015, Sarah Margon came on the podcast for a long conversation about her life and career in human rights. Listen back to this conversation to learn the events that shaped the worldview of Biden's pick for top human rights official.
The Dictator's "Digital Dilemma"
Governments around the world have used tools like mass surveillance, internet blocking and disinformation to stay in power. This includes both autocratic governments and weak or illiberal democracies.
New research from Steve Feldstein offers some novel insights into the kinds of digital tools governments are using to consolidate power, and for what purpose. He is the author of the new book The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance
A Grounds-Eye View Of the Scarily Rapid Demise of Democracy and Free Speech in Hong Kong
Hana Meihan Davis comes from a long line of democracy activists in Hong Kong. Today, they are all either in exile, facing arrest, or somewhere in between.
She is the author of the new book "For The Love of Hong Kong: A Memoir From My City Under Siege," which tells the story of those on the frontline of an epic struggle to defend democracy, freedom of speech and human rights in the face of increasing repression by Chinese government authorities.
Why Would Belarus Force Down A Civilian Airliner to Capture a Dissident Journalist?
On Sunday May 23rd a Belarusian fighter jet intercepted a civilian Ryan Air flight and forced it land in Minsk, Belarus. Authorities promptly arrested a dissident journalist onboard and his girlfriend.
Often described as "Europe's Last Dictator," this incident was an audacious example of the lengths that the regime of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko would go to silence opposition voices and dissidents.
Guest: Sofya Orlosky, senior program manager for Europe and Eurasia at Freedom House.