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ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"i
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September 06, 2013 3:00 AM
INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

ON THE LINE: INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"

Published September 05, 2013

INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE" As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely. GUESTS Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York. Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco; Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.

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#HongKong Democracy
As Hong Kong prepares to mark the 18th anniversary of the territory’s return to Chinese sovereignty, protestors are once again planning to take to the streets in the name of democracy, echoing the cries of last fall’s Umbrella Revolution. Adding to the tensions, the Hong Kong government’s electoral proposals, which were designed to lay out a framework for the election of the city’s next leader in 2017, have collapsed. This week’s HashtagVOA looks at the vast political gulf between pro-democracy and pro-establishment camps in Hong Kong.  

GUESTS
James Tien: Hong Kong Legislative Councilor (Liberal Party)
Chip Tsao: Columnist, Broadcaster
Lawrence Ma: Silent Majority for Hong Kong
Michael Lipin: VOA   
Raymond Yam: VOA