1999 Shows

9952-Freedom Party/Training Police-12/28/99
Racism is on the rise in Austria. Thanks in part to a resurgence of extreme right-wing politics. On this edition, Common Ground examines the rise of Austria's controversial Freedom Party. We also talk with an American official who trains police forces in some of the world's most dangerous places.

9951/9924-Living With Conviction-12/21/99
Cynicism is all to commonplace in American politics, but, author Paul Loeb is optimistic about the future. On this edition of Common Ground, Loeb details his vision of how individuals can engage themselves in their communities and take responsibility for their future.

9950-Iran Today-12/14/1999
Iran is expanding its role in the world. On this edition of Common Ground, two professors from Tehran University will discuss their country's rocky relationship with the United States and the struggle between tradition and progress in Iran.

9949-Arsenic and Lace: Life in Bangladesh-12/7/1999
Life is challenging for many in Bangladesh. On this edition, Common Ground travels to Bangladesh to get an inside view of the garment sweatshop industry. We'll also learn why it's not always a good idea to drink the local water.

9948-Cornfield Junket/Hague Appeal-11/30/1999
The expanding global marketplace is beginning to reach every corner of the world. On this edition of Common Ground we'll feature a unique trade mission in America's heartland. We'll also visit with the president of the Hague Appeal for Peace-a worldwide effort to end all wars.

9947-South Korean Hope/US vs. UN-11/23/1999
North and South Korea are still technically at war since the conflict between the two countries ended in an armed truce forty-six years ago. On this edition of Common Ground, the ambassador of the Republic of Korea discusses prospects for lasting peace. Plus, a State Department official talks about the strained relationship between the United States and the United Nations.

9946-Humanitarian Intervention-11/16/1999
The NATO military operation in Kosovo is referred to as a humanitarian mission. But what defines humanitarian intervention? On this edition of Common Ground an independent journalist and an American scholar debate the advantages and disadvantages of military intervention in humanitarian crises.

9945-Peace and Argentina; World Federalism-11/9/1999
Adolfo Perez Esquivel won the 1980 Noble Peace Prize for his support of human rights in Argentina. On this edition of Common Ground Esquivel discusses Argentina, globalization, and post-conflict justice. And later World Federalist Movement Executive Director Bill Pace discusses UN reform.

9944-Cuba Waits-11/2/1999
Is there a subtle change taking place in US-Cuban relations? On this edition of Common Ground two Cuban government officials argue the answer is yes.

9943-Opportunity International; Sierra Leone-10/26/1999
The latest UN Human Development Report highlights the world's increasing rich-poor gap. On this edition of Common Ground we'll talk with the head of one American organization working to break the world's cycle of poverty. We'll also hear how war is destroying the lives of children in Sierra Leone.

9942-The Human Element-10/19/1999
A new report says globalization is a positive force in the world. But the report also warns that globalization may marginalize some of the poorest and weakest people on the planet. On this edition of Common Ground we talk with the authors of the 1999 Human Development Report.

9941-Covering the World-10/12/1999
From a perch inside United Nations headquarters in New York City, a handful of American journalists are covering the biggest stories in the world. On this edition of Common Ground we'll talk with New York Times UN Correspondent Barbara Crossette and former Christian Science Monitor UN Correspondent Lucia Mouat.

9940/9909-Wheels for the World-10/5/99
War and disease have left 20 million people in the developing world in need of something as simple as a wheelchair. This week on Common Ground, we'll see how one man's vision is providing better wheelchairs-and much better lives-to people around the world.

9939-Net Aid; Border Pollution-9/28/1999
The United Nations is coordinating a major concert and World Wide Web site to fight poverty around the world. On this next edition of Common Ground, we'll hear from the organizers of Net Aid. We'll also hear a report from the US-Mexican border on renewed efforts to fight environmental pollution.

9938-Turmoil in East Timor-9/21/1999
Chaos continues in the Indonesian province of East Timor following last month's historic independence vote. On this edition of Common Ground, an American election observer recalls the horrors she witnessed both before and after the vote.

9937-Cuba’s Changing Society-9/14/99
Cuba's ongoing economic crisis is fueling a sharp increase in street crime. On this edition, Common Ground explores the crime explosion and Fidel Castro's plan to restore peace. We'll also visit with members of the famed Buena Vista Social Club.

9936-China Today (Part 2): US-Chinese Relations-9/7/99
The People's Republic of China is struggling to find its role in international affairs as the world prepares to enter the twenty-first century. On this edition, Common Ground concludes a two-part series on China by examining the country's relationship with the United States and the rest of the Western nations.

9935-China Today (Part I): Inside China-8/31/99
The People's Republic of China will celebrate fifty years of Communist rule this October. On this edition of Common Ground, Chinese and American scholars discuss day-to-day life in China and how conditions have changed in recent years.

9934-Eliminating Poverty-8/24/99
The British government has made international development and the elimination of global poverty top national priorities. On this edition of Common Ground, we'll hear from the person in charge of this effort, Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short.

9933-The Value of the United Nations-8/17/99
The love-hate relationship between the United States and the United Nations is quite complex. This week Common Ground features a lively debate between two American experts with very different viewpoints on the value of the United Nations.

9932-The Myths and Misconceptions of Africa-8/10/99
Africa is viewed by much of the world as a land of extremes. On this edition of Common Ground, scholar Marina Ottaway discusses what she calls the myths, misconceptions, and hasty conclusions about the African continent.

9931-The Women of Iran-8/3/99
New political forces are emerging in Iran, but that is little comfort to the women who live there. On this edition of Common Ground, a leading Iranian scholar shares her thoughts on what the Iranian Revolution has meant for the women of Iran.

9930-Kosovo’s Refugees; Milosevic’s Indictment-7/27/99
The refugee crisis in and around Kosovo is far from over. On this edition of Common Ground, we talk with the head of the Council of Europe's refugee committee. And later, a discussion with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights on Yugoslav President and indicted war criminal, Slobodan Milosevic.

9929-Israel’s Future-7/20/99
Ehud Barak is ushering in a new era in Israeli politics. On this edition, Common Ground talks with Eugene Bird and Milton Viorst, two journalists who witnessed the recent Israeli election, about the country's future and Barak's plan to bring peace to the Middle East region.

9928-India’s Voice-7/13/99
India is the world's largest democracy and an important voice on the international stage. On this edition of Common Ground, we'll hear from India's ambassador to the United Nations about foreign policy, China, Kashmir, Pakistan, and nuclear weapons.

9927-Conflict in Chiapis; Women and the Web-7/6/99
It's been more than a year since a group of Tzotzil Indians were ambushed and massacred in a rural village in Chiapas, Mexico. This week Common Ground visits the region to see how residents are coping. And, later, the founder of Webgrrls International, Aliza Sherman, joins us to discuss her growing global network.

9926-The Changing Landscape in Venezuela-6/29/99
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has his work cut out for him. When he took office five months ago, he inherited a massive government debt, soaring inflation, and high unemployment. This week Common Ground profiles Venezuela's attempts at economic and social reform.

9925-Solar El Salvador; Rwanda’s Horror-6/22/99
Firewood is still the primary source of energy for many rural communities in El Salvador. On this edition of Common Ground, we'll learn how some El Salvador villages are using the sun instead of firewood. Also, author Phillip Gourevich discusses his book on genocide in Rwanda.

9924-Living With Conviction-6/15/99
Cynicism is all to commonplace in American politics, but, author Paul Loeb is optimistic about the future. On this edition of Common Ground, Loeb details his vision of how individuals can engage themselves in their communities and take responsibility for their future.

9923-Cairo+5; Global Y2K-6/8/99
Five years ago the United Nations held a global conference on populations. This week on Common Ground, we'll get a progress report from the head of the UN Population Fund, and we'll talk with the leader of UN efforts to help nations cope with the Y2K computer problem.

9922-People, Partnerships, and Pressure-6/1/99
The world is full of citizen organizations with agendas, issues, and international goals. On this edition of Common Ground, we'll look at how these groups can best approach, partner with and, ultimately, change international powers.

9921-Child Labor-5/25/99
At first glance, Craig Kielburger is a typical teenager. The 16-year-old Canadian enjoys music, sports, and spending time with friends. But Kielburger devotes nearly all of his spare time to educating others on child labor abuse. This week Common Ground profiles Craig Kielburger and his international organization, Free the Children.

9920/9906-Hope for Nigeria-5/18/99
Hafsat Abiola has lost both her mother and her father in the fight for democracy in Nigeria. On this edition of Common Ground, this remarkable young woman talks about the potential for change in Nigeria and her own upcoming return to the nation.

9919-China vs. the Internet-5/11/99
China would like to reap the benefits of the Internet and electronic commerce. But China would also like to escape from the Internet's potential as a highly effective political organizing tool.

9918-Inside Brazil-5/4/99
Poverty, unemployment and dangerous working conditions are a way of life in Brazil. This week, Common Ground travels to Brazil to get an inside perspective on the country's asbestos industry and troubled land reform program.

9917-Freedom for East Timor-4/27/99
The violent battle for independence in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor spans nearly 25 years. Here, Nobel Peace Laureate José Ramos-Horta discusses the conflict with Indonesia and outlines his prospects for an independent East Timor.

9916-Radio Communities-4/20/99
Bill Seimering is using his public radio skills to help foster democracy worldwide. This week, Common Ground, profiles Seimering and his radio projects in South Africa, Mongolia and Macedonia.

9915-Human Rights Heroes-4/13/99
A growing number of organizations in the Midwest are making the connection between grassroots activism and the international human rights movement. In this broadcast, we look at how four of these groups have created award winning programs.

9914-Forgotten Refugees; Nicaraguan Friendship-4/6/99
While the world focuses on the tragic plight of refugees from Kosovo, refugees from earlier conflicts still suffer. This week on Common Ground we'll hear from Bosnian refugees still living in Serbia. And later, we'll look at a thriving friendship between cities in Nicaragua and the US.

9913-Hanan Ashrawi; Better Help-3/30/99
Hanan Ashrawi gives us an inside look at life in what would be Palestine. And later, a new effort to more effectively target economic assistance to poor countries has reined in the UN's sprawling bureaucracy.

9912-Vanessa Redgrave’s World-3/23/99
Academy Award winning actress Vanessa Redgrave discusses her work on behalf of Kosovo Albanians and other voiceless peoples.

9911/9843-George Mitchell on Peace-3/16/99
Long-term peace in Northern Ireland is finally a realistic possibility. This week, former Senator George Mitchell discusses his role in the historic peace agreement.

9910-Vietnam’s Economy-3/9/99
This week we report on the prospects for Vietnam's efforts to emerge from desperate poverty.

9909-Wheels for the World-3/2/99
War and disease have left 20 million people in the developing world in need of something as simple as a wheelchair. This week on Common Ground, we'll see how one man's vision is providing better wheelchairs-and much better lives-to people around the world.

9908-Rebuiding South Africa-2/23/99
Nelson Mandela's term as president of South Africa will soon end, and the nation will enter yet another phase of post-apartheid life. Here we see how heavy industry, agriculture, tourism and health care are being rebuilt in South Africa.

9907-Vietnam: Legacy of the War-2/16/99
It's been a quarter century since the war between the United States and Vietnam ended. But, despite efforts to put it to rest, the conflict lives on in the cultures of both countries. This week, a Common Ground look at the legacy of the Vietnam War.

9906-Hope for Nigeria-2/9/99
Hafsat Abiola has lost both her mother and her father in the fight for democracy in Nigeria. On this edition of Common Ground, this remarkable young woman talks about the potential for change in Nigeria and her own upcoming return to the nation.

9905-Inside the Congo-2/2/99
Civil war, foreign invasion and tribal massacres have become a part of life in the Congo. On this edition of Common Ground, we look at wealth, poverty, corruption and revolution in central Africa.

9904-At War With Children-1/26/99
To a shocking degree, children are caught up in armed conflicts around the world. This week, we talk with the UN's chief advocate for children in war.

9903/9818-Unarmed Guardians-1/19/99
Author Liam Mahoney tells us how human rights activists in dangerous situations are being protected by unarmed volunteers.

9902-Rio Grande; Defense ’99-1/12/99
First a movement in the US and Mexico seeks to counter the damage done to the Rio Grande River. Later, we'll look at how defense spending in 1999 will affect US security.

9901-Women’s Vital Voices-1/5/99
More than four hundred women from throughout the Americas and the Caribbean met in Uruguay to share ideas about strengthening their democracies. Here we hear from many current and emerging leaders of the Americas.

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