Worldview: Upheaval in Tunisia, Somali pirates on film, and Maz Jobrani

February 8, 2013


Worldview: Political upheaval in Tunisia, Somali pirates on film, and Maz Jobrani

Protesters took to the streets of Tunisia after the country’s ruling political party, Ennahda, rejected a proposal to dissolve the government. One filmmaker brings us a documentary on Somalia's pirate culture. Worldview gives you tips for your international weekend.

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Political upheaval in Tunisia

Earlier this week in Tunisia, Chokri Belaid, a leading opposition figure who was critical of the governing party for perceived tolerance of Salafist extemists, was assassinated. Protests swept the country, leading the Islamist prime minister to call for a new government, only to be rebuffed by his own party. Today, as Belaid was buried, protests continued. Chicago resident Kehena Sraieb, who was born and raised in Tunis and has been active in opposition politics since she gained asylum in 1997, worries that if the political strife continues the country could end up in civil war. Today, she tells Worldview why.
Violence Erupts As Thousands Mourn Slain Tunisian LeaderTUNIS, Tunisia -- The funeral of a slain Tunisian opposition leader was marred Friday by clashes between police and gangs of young men de...
Somali pirates on film

Last month, the Somali pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan, also known as "Afweyne," or "Big Mouth," announced he was quitting the piracy business. But filmmaker Thymaya Payne says the problem of piracy in Somalia has been suppressed but not solved. And he should know--the Somali pirate industry is the subject of his new documentary, "Stolen Seas." Payne and film contributor Milos Stehlik join Worldview to discuss the film.
Stolen Seas: Everything you ever wanted to know about Somali piracyA Somali pirate in Stolen Seas film review The hijacking of Danish cargo ship CEC Future in late November 2008 is the prism through which...
Weekend Passport: Samba, noise, and laughs

Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend.We’ll tell you where to celebrate Carnaval with the city’s Brazilian community and see avant-garde noise rockers from Seoul, Korea do their thing, and comedian Maz Jobrani joins us in studio,
Chicago Samba Caranval

When: Saturday, February 9, 10 pm
Where: Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 North Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60647

It's Carnaval time, and Chicago's Latin American community is not about to be left out. At Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago Samba, a local Brazilian music ensemble, will host an evening of Brazilian music and dance, complete with a dance instructor to show guests how it's done.
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Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki

When: Saturday, February 9, 8 pm
Where: Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Believe it or not, Korea has more to offer musically than "Gangnam Style."  The Graham Foundation presents two prominent members of Seoul's burgeoning experiemental music scene, Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki. Using a variety of instruments and devices, these two pop, squeak and hiss their way to the boundaries of what music is and can be.
Graham Foundation > Events > LAMPOLampo and the Graham Foundation are very pleased to welcome Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki, two leading figures from the emerging experime...
Maz Jobrani

When: Friday, February 9, 8 pm & 10:15 pm 
           Saturday, February 10, 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm 
           Sunday, February 11, 7 pm
Where: Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which aired on Comedy Central, had his own Showtime comedy special, Brown and Friendly, and has done standup comedy around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. He has performed his stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Lopez Tonight. He has also been featured on NPR, CNN, The BBC and in print in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek.  
Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?tedtalksdirector