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Worldview 8.1.12

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann board their charter plane in Tel Aviv, Israel as they travel to Poland, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Wednesday on Worldview:

Mitt Romney flexed his foreign policy muscles on a trip abroad, where he’s been accused of racism by a senior adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, and of insulting the British government with comments about London's readiness for the Olympic Games. We take stock of Romney’s foreign policy performance with Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large for the Atlantic.

Then, Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik discusses the work of Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. There’s a retrospective of his films opening this weekend at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

And, Global Notes heads to Russia, where earlier this week three members of the punk band Pussy Riot pleaded not guilty to charges of hooliganism. The women face up to seven years in prison for a performance in February in which they entered Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, ascended the altar and called on the Virgin Mary to "throw Putin out!" The case has put an international spotlight on Vladimir Putin’s treatment of dissent. Jerome and Eight Forty Eight host Tony Sarabia trace the history of Russian protest music and Putin’s track record on censorship with Lyolya Vlasenko. She covers censorship issues in Russia for the Index on Censorship website.

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