The State We're In, 18 August 2012. You see a tense situation developing. It looks bad, but you’re not sure. When do you take a stand? Today’s guests all have their own stories about taking a stand: from Nigeria, the US, Russia, Palestine and Kenya.
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Ayo Omotade was excited to be flying to Nigeria in 2008 for his brother’s wedding. But when he got on board at Heathrow, he heard security personnel subduing a man. The man was screaming that he couldn’t breathe.
So he asked airline staff several times if he could help. Security then arrested him, and he was later put on trial for trying to incite a riot. He was acquitted, but the experience has shaken his faith in people.
More - Training film for G4S guards undertaking deportations – The Guardian.
Ayed Morrar lives in the West Bank village of Budrus.
When he heard that Israeli tanks were going to demolish the olive groves to build a security fence and totally isolate the town, he helped lead protests – peaceful protests.
He tells host Jonathan Groubert how their non-violent approach won the day.
Trailer for the documentary Budrus.
Jonathan speaks with Marianne Thieme, Dutch Member of Parliament for the Party for the Animals, the world’s only serving political party whose constituency is not human.
Read Marianne's blog here.
Russian poet Katia Kapovich believes that poetry is about the forbidden, that it thrives on "stealing air", and challenging convention.
She tells Jonathan about her brushes with Russian police... and why she likes to be photographed while smoking cigarettes.
Sarah Abonyo had a best friend in high school, the one person in the world she could confide anything in. Or so she thought.
Other kids were made strange faces whenever her friend passed by. They told Sarah that her friend smelled bad. That left Sarah in a dilemma.
Either say nothing and watch her friend get ridiculed. Or tell her friend and risk losing the friendship.