With all the hoopla over last week’s successful touchdown of NASA’s rover Curiosity on the gravelly surface of Mars, you might forget that the U.S. space agency has experienced big cuts to its budget in recent times.
America’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) fund is set up to provide financial assistance to developing nations. But this assistance can sometimes have negative social consequence in those countries, a fact that often goes over-looked.
"Deadly Aid," a recent article in Foreign Policy, describes how some USAID money has led to displacement, mass murder, slavery and drug rings around the world. The article details how that same money, which added up to approximately $47 billion in 2011, can "play a significant role in either abetting or addressing human rights violations.”
Monday on Worldview:
In a remarkable move over the weekendm Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dismissed several top military generals. The military has ruled the country for nearly six decades. We’ll discuss the implications with Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations.
Then, Worldview talks with Naomi Roht-Arriaza, professor of Law at the University of California Hastings School of Law about "Deadly Aid," her recent article for Foreign Policy uncovering the negative social impacts the U.S. Agency for Inernational Developement (USAID) creates with some of its programs.
And, though it hasn’t been discussed as such in decades here in the United States, the “space race” is far from over. Reaching the outer limits is at once a source of national pride and indication of technical prowess, an implied military chest-beating and a business opportunity in the making.
Egypt's military signaled its acquiescence Monday to the president's surprise decision to retire the defense minister and chief of staff and seize back powers that the nation's top generals grabbed from his office.
President Mohammed Morsi's shake-up of the military on Sunday took the nation by surprise. It transformed his image overnight from a weak leader to a savvy politician who carefully timed his move against the military brass who stripped him of significant powers days before he took office on June 30.
A posting on a Facebook page known to be close to the country's former military rulers said the changes amounted to the "natural" handing over of leadership to a younger generation.
"A greeting from the heart filled with love, appreciation and respect to our leaders who passed on the banner. They will be in our eyes and hearts," said the posting.
It all started in college. My freshman year was the first time I'd ever had Wi-Fi. This coincided with a slowly fading obsession with the television show Grey's Anatomy and the decision by ABC executives to start streaming their content. The show was on on Thursday evenings, and if someone was using the dorm lounge to play video games — a likely story — Friday afternoon you'd find me curled up in my bed, snow coming down outside, as I snacked and watched doctors get themselves into personal and professional trouble.
It's pure coincidence that my ability to watch television on my computer came at the same time as I moved away from home and lost anytime access to cable television, but it certainly signaled a subconscious shift to me. I could increasingly watch whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, as more and more networks made this a legal viability, and let's face it, more and more amateur websites made it possible for this to be done illegally, and easily.
Once upon a time, there were thousands of young Illinoisans actively looking for jobs in the suburbs with good schools for their kids or soon-to-be-kids, low taxes, and jobs they could drive to easily. They spawned the birth of the office park, large, heavily landscaped campuses with gyms and cafeterias that, before the recession, were often filled to capacity.
But now, in many towns, those campuses stand empty. With an inkling that the recession might be behind us, those companies seeking to reopen or expand are looking at downtown offices. It’s not just that more business is happening in denser urban areas these days, although that’s true. According to Chicago Sun-Times reporter David Roeder, it’s also an issue of image. People would rather work in, “a spiffy downtown address in a building of note.”
This Monday on Eight Forty-Eight, Tony Sarabia is out and Niala Boodhoo guest hosts. First, we check in with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Sean Johnson to discuss how the Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin is reacting to the news that he's been picked as Mitt Romney's vice presidental nominee. Then, we'll look into the why and how of the rip currents behind the increased drowning incidents on Lake Michigan. And Chicago Sun-Times business reporter and columnist David Roeder and Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson about what could be next for office parks in the suburbs, as more companies like Motorola Mobility, Inc. move into Chicago.
As a kid, I was lucky enough to grow up on the East Coast, but also have a bevy of relatives who lived in Southern California. Because of my dual-coast citizen status, I got the chance to spend summers in Los Angeles, where I experienced one particular cultural phenomenon that few outside of certain coastal towns get to be a part of: Ocean camp, where you spend all day on the beach and in the water, downing Gatorade and reapplying zinc oxide.
Sound idyllic? It basically was. But under the trappings of the best summer a 7-year-old could ask for lay important life skills for anyone who grows up around a major body of water. Ocean camp required early morning swims out to a buoy sans a wet suit, time spent treading water out in the ocean in huge kelp beds, and lessons on how to dive under a wave and not get smacked down. For those who live in beach communities, this is routine stuff, but considered necessary, both for everyone's quality of life and for safety.