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Worldview 8.16.12

A British police officer stands guard outside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Thursday on Worldview:

This morning, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced that his country had granted political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently living in their embassy in London. Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst on Latin America at the National Security Archive joins Worldview to break down political asylum laws and to examine the motives for Ecuador's decision, what it means for the nation's relationships with the US and UK, and the Wikileaks founder's future. 

Then, Discovery Channel is in the midst of its 25th annual Shark Week. With an estimated 30 million viewers tuning in, conservationists are seizing the opportunity to shine light on some alarming issues. Researchers say finning, the practice of cutting off a shark’s fins so they can be used to make a delicacy, shark fin soup, is one of the main reasons that as many as one third of all shark species face some threat of extinction. We’ll talk about the situation with Rebecca Regnery, Deputy Director of Wildlife at Humane Society International.

And in our Global Activism series, Over 12 million Africans have received health care from motorcycle-riding health care workers. We’ll catch up with the CEO of Riders for Health, Andrea Coleman.

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