Pt 1: XXX Domain - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is moving forward with a proposal to create a separate internet suffix for pornographic web sites. The company behind the proposal says a .xxx suffix would allow pornography sites to operate more openly and under better regulation. (Read More)
Pt 2: DRC's 50th - The Democratic Republic of Congo is marking the 50th Anniversary of its independence today. But instead of celebrating a half-century's worth of achievements, the country is mired in violence, poverty and bad governance. And some say it all began with the death of one man. (Read More)
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Today's guest host was Piya Chattopadhyay.
It's Wednesday June 30th.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said US police were out of control after 10 people were arrested for allegedly spying for Russia.
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XXX Domain - Stuart Lawley
Internet pornography is big business. Estimates of the worth of the on-line porn industry vary widely. But they're all in the Billions-of-dollars. And internet porn is everywhere ... under all kinds of names ... and all sorts of web addresses.
Last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the body that regulates internet domain names, approved the creation of a new, "dot xxx" suffix, a kind of red-light district for the internet ... a single suffix that would identify pornographic websites.
The proposal has brought together an odd collection of opponents including porn companies and conservative Christian groups. But Stuart Lawley doesn't oppose it. In fact over the last seven years, his company ICM Registry has spent nearly 10-million-dollars lobbying for the new "dot xxx" suffix. He was in Jupiter, Florida.
XXX Domain - Panel
Well not surprisingly "dot xxx" has run into opposition from conservative Christian groups in the United States. But it is also taking heat from its potential customers.
Diane Duke is the Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition, the trade association for the adult entertainment industry. She was in Los Angeles. And Susan G. Cole is the Entertainment Editor for NOW Magazine in Toronto. She's also the author of Pornography and the Sex Crisis and Power Surge: Sex, Violence and Pornography. She was in Toronto.
Articles of Interest: Put porn where it belongs - in an online ghetto / Dot-XXX Domain Won't Clean Up the Web / Porn's New Domain is Good New
DRC's 50th Independence Anniversary
We started this segment with some sounds from this morning's official celebrations outside the house of parliament in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today is the 50th anniversary of the DRC's independence from Belgium.
But half-a-century on, the DRC is in crisis. During 6 years, between 1998 and 2003, it was home to the world's deadliest conflict since World War Two ... a conflict that killed more than five million people. In the eastern part of the country, the fighting continues to this day. And though the Congo is rich in diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt and zinc, it's still home to some of the poorest people in the world. Needless to say, this isn't how it was supposed to be.
We aired a clip of Patrice Lumumba through translation. He was a key figure in the Congo's fight for independence and the country's first democratically elected Prime Minister.
Patrice Lumumba united a divided country by tapping into a sense of Congolese nationalism. But speeches such as that one also earned him some powerful enemies. And just six months after he was elected Prime Minister -- in January of 1961 -- Patrice Lumumba was assassinated by Belgian officials and with the complicity of the CIA.
To this day, many Congolese recall Patrice Lumumba fondly. And some believe he could have changed their country's destiny.
DRC's 50th Independence Anniversary - Ntanda Nkere
The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of seventeen African countries marking the 50th anniversary of its independence this year. And over the summer, we're going to look at how those countries have changed since then and whether the hopes and dreams associated with the fight for independence have been fulfilled.
This morning, we wanted to look at what could have been for the Democratic Republic of Congo. And we began with Ntanda Nkere. He's a historian and political scientist at the University of Kinshasa.
DRC's 50th Independence Anniversary - François Lumumba
François Lumumba is Patrice Lumumba's eldest son. He was ten years old when his father was assassinated. Over the years, he's spent a lot of time thinking about his father's legacy. He was in Kinshasa, along with translator Thomas Hubert.
We ended the program today with a few more words from Patrice Lumumba's many passionate speeches.
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