August 2 - Kofi Quits UN-Arab League Syrian Peace Mission Impossible; Refugees in Lebanon Inflame Sectarion Fissures; The Filmmaker of "Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry"

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We begin with today’s resignation by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former Secretary General of the U.N., Kofi Annan, who quit as the UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria. David Scheffer, who led the U.S. delegation in U.N. talks establishing the International Criminal Court, joins us to examine the human rights situation in Syria that continues to deteriorate while the U.N. Security Council remains paralyzed.

 

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Then we speak with Habib Battah, a Beirut-based journalist, media critic and author of the blog BeirutReport.com about the spillover into Lebanon from the war next door in Syria and what a defeat of the Assad regime will mean for Hizbollah’s influence in Lebanon. We also discuss Habib Battah’s article at Al Monitor “The Good and Bad Muslims of Western Media”.

 
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Then finally we are joined in the studio by Alison Klayman, the film maker of the award-winning feature documentary “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry” that opens nationwide on Friday. She lived in China from 2006 to 2010 and followed the artist and activist Ai Wei Wei for two years gaining unprecedented access to his life and work, resulting in an inspiring film about a great artist who almost single-handedly has taken on the ruthless regime of repression that keeps China’s corrupt and cruel Communist Party in power.
 
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