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Wednesday 30 September 2009

Harry Wu
As the People's Republic of China celebrates its 60th anniversary, Harry Wu tells us how he was arrested as a counter-revolutionary, at the age of twenty one. He spent nineteen years in a labour camp, then after his release he fled to the United States to start a new life. His story is told in a book called "Nine Lives."

Madagascar after the coup
We hear how the ripples from Madagascar's political turmoil earlier this year are affecting life on one of its remote islands. The Ile aux Nattes depends largely on tourism, and visitor numbers are down.

Sergey Kuznetsov
The organiser of a Moscow art project, "Drawing the Court", explains why he wants artists to witness the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man. He says Russians have such entrenched opinions about Khodorkovsky and the new capitalists of the 1990s, that drawing the trial is more revealing than talking about it.


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