As reported on Friday’s newscast, last Thursday the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees voted to rescind its previous support for a hotly contested new telescope project on Mauna Kea, which is of central and sacred importance to the Hawaiian people.
The Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, would be by far the largest of an already crowded 13-telescope complex near the summit of the mountain.
Native Hawaiians and environmentalists had opposed the other telescopes, but only the TMT has aroused a mobilization powerful enough to prevent construction from going forward. 13:20 minutes (12.2 MB)
In the nation of India, deaf activists are organizing to challenge the discrimination they face. In March, a deaf teenager was raped and killed, and just this week, a deaf child was badly beaten by a teacher in India for failing to understand an assignment. KBOO’s Sarika Mehta produced this report about the situation in India for deaf people:
The full version of this story aired on KBOO’s Political Perspectives last week. You can find it here.
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A whistleblower who came forward in 2006 to report what he believed to be illegal activity of his coworkers is now fighting to save his home from the very financial institution that acquired his former employer. Robert Kraus worked as a controller for North Carolina based Wachovia Bank before it got acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008. KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan spoke with professor Fred Alford at the university of Maryland about the consequences whistleblowers face and the power of organizations to discourage ethical behavior.
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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations. 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)